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Local organizations receive over $34,000 from Arts Council grants

CRYP’s Waniyetu Wowapi (Winter Count) Art Park in Eagle Butte is a favorite designation for artists who take part in the annual RedCan event. Artists combine Lakota culture and graffiti culture during the popular event.

The Cheyenne River Youth Project, Simply Smiles Inc., and Timber Lake Middle School were among the numerous organizations to recieve grants and special arts initiatives from the South Dakota Arts Council.

Grants awarded to artists total approximately $217,000 and include four artist fellowships, 10 artist career development grants, two traditional arts apprenticeship grants, one artist collaboration grant, two artist project grants, and 31 touring artist grants. These grants contribute to the artists’ professional development and reward their commitment to live and work in the state. Touring Arts grants also provide South Dakotans the opportunity to attend quality performances and exhibitions in small towns throughout the state.

Grant awards to 75 organizations total about $660,000. Additionally, $145,000 has been awarded to support 202 weeks of artist residencies in school, healthcare and community settings. The grants encourage organizations to develop and sustain important arts projects in their communities and provide employment opportunities for artists and arts administrators.

Special initiatives and activities funding totaling $238,500 will support programs such as arts education, public awareness, traditional arts, technical assistance, professional development, excursion grants, Poetry Out Loud, Art for Life and Art for State Buildings.

Arts Council funds are provided by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts and by the State of South Dakota from a portion of the state’s tourism promotion tax. Annually, Arts Council grants help generate $20 million in local spending to complete funded projects and reach more than 1 million audience members statewide.

• Cheyenne River Youth Project: $28,766.00. Arts Challenge grant supports access to arts, arts education, and creative spaces that will nurture youth and lead them toward a more prosperous, healthy future through positive self-expression, exploration of identity, and critical job and life skills.

• Cheyenne River Youth Project: $4,200.00. AISC residency grant supports artists-in- residence activities for sponsor organization.

• Simply Smiles Inc: $600.00. AISC residency grant supports artists-in-residence activities for sponsor organization.

• Timber Lake Middle School: $1,000.00. AISC residency grant supports artists-in- residence activities for sponsor organization.

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