All posts by Tana Zwart


605 Magazine is pumped to announce the 9th Annual 605 Summer Classic presented by University Center and Carnaval Brazilian Grill happening June 22-23 at Cherapa Place. Check out the lineup, and purchase your tickets online starting Friday, May 4. See you there!


Washington Pavilion unveils newly-renovated Raven Children’s Studio

The Washington Pavilion’s art studio has a fresh coat of paint and much more ready to welcome visitors.

The Visual Arts Center unveiled its newly-renovated Raven Children’s Studio on Thursday.

It is updated with a new look, equipment and opportunities for kids to explore their creativity.

“It was a wonderful space for kids already, but we felt it needed to be a bit more direct and purposeful,” Jason Folkerts, director of exhibitions and collections at the Washington Pavilion, said. “So when kids come in here now, we’ve created stations…

via KSFY. To view more, click here.

Sioux Falls 11-year old honored for volunteering efforts

A Sioux Falls 11-year old is in Washington D.C. being recognized for her philanthropic efforts. Bria Neff is a home-schooled fifth grader from Sioux Falls. She is being honored for her efforts to create a better future for endangered species.

Bria Neff says she hopes her efforts eventually make the world a better place.

“A species goes extinct everyday that we don’t know about and I wanted to help save them,” said Neff.

The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards honors youth volunteers from each state, grades five through 12, for service to community. Neff has spent more than 500 hours over the last three years fighting for animals through her art. Her brush strokes have raised over $14,000, which she donates to organizations that are working to paint a brighter future for these species.

“I first research some, then look up pictures, and I write about them. Then I draw them and paint them,” said Neff.

There is no doubt this Neff is a different breed. She has already crafted two coloring books. Her next plan is to publish a children’s book…

via KSFY. To view more, click here.


Sioux Falls, S.D. — The Sioux Falls Arts Council will feature Lauren Anderson as March and April’s Featured Visual Artist.

Anderson says, “through a happy accident I have stumbled upon a new way of painting in which I only have begun to explore. This accident came in the form of coffee, which has become the basis of most of my mixed media paintings. It has been an unexpected realization that anything can be used to create art. I start in my paintings by using coffee to create general outlines. As the coffee dries I am left with wonderful and strange gradients. I then add many layers consisting of different mediums including conte, charcoal, graphite, watercolor, pastels. I like the idea of creating a piece that collages different mediums with different personalities. Each brings something new and exciting to the piece and results in a sort of time-capsule that preserves not just my mood but mediums from my surroundings. I primarily create these works abstractly. I am interested in how colors and shapes reflect such complicated concepts such as emotions and ideas. I am particularly gravitated towards abstract art for its intrinsic nature to be interpreted in an infinite amount of ways. I am fascinated by what others tell me they see, feel, think, and interpret from my work.”

Sioux Falls Imagined: A Cultural Plan for a Vibrant and Prosperous City, approved by the City of Sioux Falls in July 2014, named the Sioux Falls Arts Council as the organization given the charge of implementing the plan. From the Artists and Creative Workers task force findings, a strong need identified for the local art community was alternative exhibition space(s). The Featured Artist Exhibit at the Sioux Falls Arts Council office opened in May 2016 as a way to start filling this need.

The Sioux Falls Arts Council, located in the Crane Centre at 8th & Railroad 326 E 8thSt #106A, is open Monday-Friday 10:00 am – 4:00 pm, First Fridays 5:00 – 7:00 pm, and by appointment.

Visit for more information.

The SFAC is wheelchair accessible from the back entrance of the Crane Centre.
Please notify in advance for any accommodations.

Please Contact:
Angelica Mercado
Communications and Program Coordinator
Sioux Falls Arts Council
605.271.6696 ext. 403

via SFAC. To view more, click HERE.


Since one of our very own is a nominee in the Helpline Center’s Spirit of Volunteerism Awards coming up May 10,  what better time than to feature her in our Volunteer Spotlight for the month? We are so glad to have you in the JAM family, and grateful for all that you do for us, Shanda! It is passionate, creative, community-focused art advocates like you that make us who we are.

Tell us a little bit about yourself?:

I am a Minnesota girl, born and raised. I have lived in Mesquite, Nevada, a small desert town, and in Las Vegas, a not-so-small desert town (that is where booth my kids were born). I have a son and a daughter, and when we’re not busy with hockey, or my daughter’s sports, we love to go to the Washington Pavilion, Museum of Visual Materials and all the great parks. I love to bake and make healthy comfort food.

How long have you been a volunteer at JAM? 

I have been a volunteer at JAM for 10 months now.

What do you do at JAM?

I do a few different things at JAM. First, I am the Volunteer Coordinator, and do a training class every other Sunday at 11:00 am and every other Monday At 11:00 am and 6 pm (those times will change in the future). Second, I volunteer in the store one day a week putting away donations, talking about JAM to customers that stop in for the first time, and help people with their shopping. It’s great because my kids can come with me, and it gives them a chance to gain some good work skills and a work ethic, as well as make cool things. When I was able to, I would be at JAM almost everyday. It was great. Third, I love going to events around town during the summer and working our booth, talking about JAM and doing crafts.

How did you hear about JAM, and what made you get involved?

I heard about JAM by stopping in one day after driving by it for almost a year, and thinking it was another pricey art store I could not afford. Boy, was I wrong. I was amazed by all the different supplies you can get, and I could afford everything in the store. When I started shopping there it was during a rough time in my life, and it became my happy place. I started slowly thinking of doing art again. At that time I was just crafting for my kids’ birthday parties. I started volunteering because I was in there so often, and knew Jess needed help. I wanted to be involved with such a cool place, and have been helping at least once a week ever since.

What is your favorite part about volunteering at JAM?

I love when people come into JAM for the first time and are excited about the store; they think its such a cool idea. I also love hearing the cool projects and ideas people have, and what they are making with our stuff. And I love doing JAM booth events, and sharing JAM with everyone.

What would you tell someone who is thinking about volunteering at JAM?

Stop thinking and start doing! We offer a training class once a week at different times, and it’s between 30 minutes to an hour. We are always in need of volunteers. We have so many different tasks that need to be done that anyone can find something they will enjoy sharing their time doing. You can be in the store and run it, you could put donations away, clean up the backroom, sort through boxes. You can lead birthday parties/craft parties, lead/help art camps for kids, and that is naming just a few things to do. We ask for 8 hours a month, but if all could do is an hour a month that would be great, too. It is such a great place to be, and you will meet awesome people.

What is your art background?

Besides high school art classes, I am a self-taught artist and learning every day. I read a lot of art books of all kinds about everything. I do mixed media, and really love working with chalk. I also make rugs and pillows using old clothing. I am just getting out there in the art community.

Any projects that you are currently working on?

I am going to start selling my rugs and other crafts, as well as my art pieces. So, I have been working on perfecting my craft and art skills.



Love art?! Hope to go to college for something art related? We have a perfect opportunity for you to bulk up that college application, and gain priceless experience.

JAM Art & Supplies in downtown Sioux Falls is a one-of-a-kind art nonprofit looking for a one-of-a-kind individual to serve as a summer intern. You will work largely with JAM’s executive director, as well as with the media manager. You may also have interaction with our volunteers, and volunteer coordinator.

We are a newer, small nonprofit, so you will be expected to wear multiple hats. Duties range from (but are not limited to) helping in the store, assisting with projects for Weird Art Wednesday, aiding with summer camp, organizing the gallery, and helping draw in customers through regular Snapchat and Instagram posts. We consider the variation a huge plus if you are hungry to know the ins and outs of an art nonprofit, make connections in the art community, and experience multiple facets of art in business and art in education. Flexibility, adaptability and self direction are three qualities we value most. We allow our interns a lot of ownership of their work, as well as flexibility in schedule.

Hours: Minimum 15/week, open to more
Ages 15+

Send cover letter and resume to Jess at Deadline is May 30, 2018.

To broad?
We also have internships that are field specific.
Check them out online!

Volunteers set up for 15th anniversary of SculptureWalk

Dozens of volunteers set up for the SculptureWalk. Jeff Hanson, SculptureWalk ambassador, says it is a bitter-sweet day for them.

“We’re saying goodbye to so many sculptures that everybody falls in love with, one or the other,” he said. “So, in a way it’s sad, but at the same time, it’s making way for another great expedition of sculptures.”

This year marks the 15th anniversary of the exhibit, and one volunteer has helped for many years. Regan Smith has been volunteering for the SculptureWalk for fourteen years and has set the stage for exhibitions downtown and at the University of Sioux Falls.

“You get to meet artists from all around the country, and they’re great people,” he said. “You get to learn a lot about their work and their passion.”…

via KSFY. To view more, click here.

Sioux Falls Searching for Artists to Paint Storm Drains

When harmful chemicals and environmental waste find their way into a storm drain, they eventually end up in the Big Sioux River.

Sioux Falls is looking to raise awareness through artwork. The city is looking for five talented artists to paint storm drains.

One of those spots is reserved for an artist that’s under 18.

Jessica Sexe from the Environmental Division of Public Works says it is a fun way to celebrate local art and make people think twice about littering.

“We want to work with our artists in the community,” said Sexe. “We have so many talented people in Sioux Falls to draw attention to these storm drains, that people take a second look…

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Spirit of Volunteerism Awards Sioux Empire

The Spirit of Volunteerism Awards luncheon recognizes the amazing volunteers that make our community tick.

2018 Sioux Empire Nominee’s by category

Youth Award Nominees:
Brianna Balzer nominated by St. Francis House
Bryn Devlin nominated by The Outdoor Campus
Isaac Burchill nominated by The Ransom Church – South Campus
Kaela Wierenga nominated by Tammy & Jason Wierenga
Leo Mullen nominated by Siouxland Heritage Museums
Preston Quissell nominated by Butterfly House & Aquarium
Shelby Specht nominated by Kristi Specht
Sydnie Cloutier nominated by Sanford Health
Trinity Willert nominated by Washington Pavilion of Arts and Science
Zachary Buchholtz nominated by Sanford Health

Group Volunteer Award
American Cancer Society Road to Recovery Volunteers nominated by American Cancer Society
Big Sioux Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation nominated by Ryan Donovan
Chariots for Children nominated by Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Sioux Empire
Good Earth State Park Volunteers nominated by Good Earth State Park
Hal and Jan Frentz nominated by The Salvation Army
Metabank JA Council nominated by Junior Achievement
NAMI Sioux Falls Volunteers nominated by NAMI Sioux Falls
Sioux Empire Community Theatre Build team nominated by Sioux Empire Community Theatre
Sioux Falls Christian School Photography class nominated by Alpha Center
Soroptimist International of Sioux Falls Club nominated by Toy Lending Library of South Dakota
Steve and Kaye Cook nominated by The Salvation Army

Corporate Humanitarian Award – (2 awards will be given)
Avera nominated by Lutheran Social Services Mentoring
Billion Toyota of Sioux Falls nominated by Big Brothers Big Sisters of South Dakota
Citibank – Technology Department nominated by Feeding South Dakota Backpack program
EXIT Realty nominated by Habitat for Humanity of Greater Sioux Falls
Flyboy Donuts nominated by The Salvation Army
Hy-Vee nominated by the Alpha Center
Hy-Vee nominated by The Salvation Army
The Barrel House nominated by Sioux Falls School District
Vern Eide Motorcars nominated by Habitat for Humanity of Greater Sioux Falls

Up and Coming Volunteer Award Nominees:
Bryn Dubs nominated by The Ransom Church
Courtney Hottovy nominated by Sanford Hospice
Cynthia Larson nominated by Alpha Center
Diana A. Randall nominated by Toy Lending Library of South Dakota
John Tobin nominated by Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Sioux Empire
Kristi Kranz nominated by LSS Better Together and Janice Barry
Laura Pommier nominated by National Abstinence Clearinghouse
Shanda Maurcio nominated by JAM Art & Supplies

Shining Bright Volunteer Award Nominees:
Courtney Tielke nominated by Bishop Dudley Hospitality House
Dawn Malsam nominated by Safe Families (The Ransom Church)
Deb Harris nominated by Habitat for Humanity of Greater Sioux Falls
Debbie Pederson nominated by Great Plains Zoo & Delbridge Museum of Natural History
Eimi Ibrahim-Cloutier nominated by Feeding South Dakota Backpack Program
Gregg Moores nominated by The Ransom Church
Jacki Blumenauer nominated by The Ransom Church
Kristi Thurston nominated by The Salvation Army
Lizette Aanenson nominated by Elizabeth Lambert
Marcia King nominated by Sioux Falls CASA
Mary Jackson nominated The Community Outreach
Michelle Solberg nominated by Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Sioux Empire
Sara Timothy nominated by National Abstinence Clearinghouse
Sheila Wassom nominated by Lifescape
Tarin Obbink nominated by The Ransom Church
Terry Burchill nominated by The Ransom Church

Lifetime Volunteer Award Nominees:
Alice Ann Stange nominated by Sunnycrest Village
Alvin Meyer nominated by The Salvation Army
Arlene Jockheck nominated by Senior Companions of South Dakota
Beth Jernberg nominated by Avera McKennan
Carolynn Stavenger nominated by Sioux Falls CASA
Cheryl Ulvestad nominated by The Outdoor Campus
Christi Winter nominated by Sioux Falls Area Humane Society
Clair Halverson nominated by Sanford Health
Darrell Weinacht nominated by Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Sioux Empire
Doug Erickson nominated by First United Methodist Church
Greg Olsen nominated by Siouxland Heritage Museums
Jeaneite Lorenz nominated by Lutheran Social Services Center for New Americans
Lenora Bezpaletz nominated by Washington Pavilion of Arts and Science
Leona Wieland nominated by Soroptimist International of Sioux Falls SD
Londa Vickerman nominated by Avera@Home Hospice
Lou Johnson nominated by Alpha Center
Mark Sinkey nominated by Sanford Hospice
Phyllis Thomspon nominated by Sanford Health
Ricky Anderberg nominated by Active Generations
Ron Mattice nominated by The Salvation Army
Ruth Atkins nominated by Call to Freedom
Shirley Skoglund nominated by Good Samaritan Society – Communities of Sioux Falls
Susan Wright nominated by Butterfly House & Aquarium
Tom Wierenga nominated by Habitat for Humanity of Greater Sioux Falls


All nominees and winners will be recognized at the 2018 Spirit of Volunteerism Awards Luncheon that will be held on May 10th at the Sioux Falls Convention Center from 11:30 am to 1:00 pm. Click here for tickets.

For questions please contact Susie Ryks at or call 211.

The Spirit of Volunteerism awards are made possible through the generous support of Midco, Avera, The First National Bank in Sioux Falls, Independent Insurance Agents of Sioux Falls, High Point Networks, Children’s Dental Center and Parkway Orthodontics, First PREMIER Bank/PREMIER Bankcard, MetaBank and Citi.