Category Archives: An Ear to the Ground


Our fantastic board of directors steers our nonprofit, and we are currently seeking to fill empty positions.  No matter your skill set or trade, if you have a passion for community and the arts, we would love to have you sit at the table with us.

• Up to 8 hours of your time a month (includes monthly meeting)
• Ability to afford the JAM VIP Membership ($25/month, or $250 one-time annually)

Drop off or email us an APPLICATION at We can’t wait to hear from you!

CFA: Kid Artists for Kids Nite!

Kids Art Show and Sale
At Kids Nite! in McKennan Park

Tuesday, June 26
6 to 8 PM

Tuesday, July 31
6 to 8 PM

Are you creative?
Do you like to paint, draw, work with wood, make bracelets, or any kind of crafty treasures?


  • Set up begins at 5 PM. Must be in place and ready by 5 PM.
  • Only creations made by youth (17 years and younger) may be sold/displayed.
  • Booth space limited to a card table and chair provided by artist.
  • Artist responsible for handling all aspects of sales.
  • No edible items may be sold.
  • You will not be charged for your booth.

Register your booth at least one week in advance at using activity number 170010.

HOSTED BY City of Sioux Falls Parks and Recreation

Sioux Falls Parks and rec reserves the right to determine appropriate both.

CFA: RFP for Downtown Yankton Art Alleyway Project

Calling all Artists!

The Meridian District Board of Directors  and the Art Alleyway committee is seeking proposals for the design and installation of a mural in the alleyway located in the Meridian District in Downtown Yankton, South Dakota, located between the blocks of Walnut and Douglas Street on the Northside of 3rdStreet.

Please see the attached RFP for additional details.

RFP for Merdian District Artwork


5PM | August 1, 2018

Ashli Danilko | 605-660-9821

CFA: 42nd Annual Fine Arts Exhibit

42nd Annual Fine Arts Exhibit and Deadline Announced


The Brookings Arts Council is excited to release the Call for Art for the 42nd Annual Fine Arts Exhibit in early August. The rules and entry forms for Fine Arts Exhibit and Competition are now available online and at the Brookings Arts Council. We always look forward to seeing the art submitted to this exhibit as it is always amazing!

This annual exhibit is open to residents of South Dakota, 18 and older. All media, with the exception of photography, are eligible. There is a limit of two pieces per artist and the work must have been completed within the past two years. The entry fee is $20.00 per piece with cash prizes awarded to the top four pieces.

The deadline for entering is Friday, July 27th at 5 pm and the exhibit will officially open August 1st. The artists’ reception will be held Thursday, August 2nd from 4:30 to 6:30pm with awards being presented starting at 5pm.

The Brookings Arts Council is open Tuesdays through Saturdays, Noon to 5. There is no admission charge. For more information or copies of the form, contact 605-692-4177, email at , stop in at 524 4th Street in Brookings or check the website at

Voyage Visionaries “June is for the Roses” Art Show

Thursday, June 14 at 5 PM – 8 PM

Kristine Reiner is the next artist showcasing in Voyage’s gallery at Dawley Farms. Music will be performed by Ben Gertner from 6:30 – 7:30 pm.

Reiner is a graphic designer and a mixed media artist that graduated from USF in 2016. Reiner creates abstract art by painting with roses and feels that it’s a magical thing to have someone see a different image in her work than what she originally imagined.

Reiner’s works are based on her own life experiences, she finds that her emotions are really what guide her subject matter. When creating, Reiner tends to use whatever is available but rarely paint brushes. Instead, most of her works are created using roses. From start to finish Reiner will use the different parts of the rose to achieve a unique movement that you can’t get with a brush.



Studio space we have for rent:

8th & Railroad Center
401 East 8th Street
Sioux Falls, SD 57103

310A in the 310 Artists Suites is available immediately.
It is comprised of 178 square feet which opens to a larger, shared reception area.
The rent is $250.00 per month.
To view the space or for more information, please call 332-4349.

CFA: Black Hills Plein Air Paint-Out

Registration fee: $60 if postmarked by Sept. 1, 2018 ($75 fee after Sept. 1).

​Artists of the Black Hills (ABH), in partnership with the Hill City Arts Council, is now accepting artist registrations for the first annual Black Hills Plein Air Paint-Out. The Black Hills Plein Air Paint-Out gathers artists in the Black Hills of South Dakota to paint the beautiful Black Hills on the last weekend of September. This particular weekend in the Black Hills is packed with visitors from around the state and region for Custer State Park’s famous annual buffalo round-up. This area offers intimate scenes of Black Hills granite, Mt. Rushmore, Crazy Horse Memorial, prairie, meadows, aspens, lakes, streams, wildlife, the Mickelson Trail, and history.

For more information and to download the prospectus and registration form, visit:


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!

2018 South Dakota State Arts Conference

SIOUX FALLS, SD (April 5, 2018) Arts South Dakota, the South Dakota Arts Council and the Sioux Falls Arts Council are excited to welcome art enthusiasts from every corner of the state to converge at the Downtown Holiday Inn City Centre in Sioux Falls, SD for the 2018 South Dakota State Arts Conference on May 4 & 5, 2018. The South Dakota State Arts Conference occurs every five years, and 2018 is the first time the conference is taking place in Sioux Falls. Organizers are pleased to offer a reduced registration fee of $125 and a reduced hotel rate of $124 until April 16, 2018. For more information on visit

The conference is the state’s biggest arts event of the year and an opportunity to celebrate South Dakota’s unique cultural heritage and vibrant arts community. Attendees will have the opportunity to share their enthusiasm for the arts and network with national and state leaders.

The conference’s three keynote speakers are top arts professionals and leaders. First, at 6 p.m. on Friday May 4, Randy Cohen, Vice President of Research and Policy at Americans for the Arts will serve as the opening Keynote Speaker. Cohen will talk about building a healthier South Dakota through the arts—how we derive not just cultural benefits from the arts, but also how we benefit socially, educationally, and economically—making our communities a great place to live and work.

Next, at 8:30 a.m. on May 5 Janet Brown, Past President & CEO of Grantmakers in the Arts, will offer a welcome keynote. Brown will focus on the arts for changing times and share what a successful arts organization looks like in 2018.

Finally, at 11:30 a.m. on May 5, Jane Chu, Chairman at National Endowment for the Arts, will serve as the lunch keynote speaker. Chairman Chu will focus on the impact of the arts in South Dakota and communities across the nation.

Along with the keynote presentations, the weekend will have helpful and practical learning sessions, as well as exciting art, performances and presenters who are the best in their fields.

The weekend of the conference will also see the installation of the 2018 Sioux Falls SculptureWalk pieces, with new sculptures and artists throughout downtown Sioux Falls on the morning of Saturday, May 5.

The South Dakota State Conference is sponsored by The White Wall Sessions, Workplace I.T. Management, First Bank & Trust, Sanford Health and Jack & Linda Stengel.

For more information on the 2018 South Dakota State Arts Conference schedule and presenters, visit the Arts South Dakota website,

Arts South Dakota, a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization, enriches the lives of South Dakotans and their visitors, by advancing the arts through service, education and advocacy. Launched in November 2015, Arts South Dakota is a statewide arts service and advocacy organization headquartered in Sioux Falls. It brings vitality to South Dakota communities and enriches people’s lives through the promotion of the creativity and visitor industries, by nurturing cultural leadership and education, and recognizing artistic excellence. The private, nonprofit group works closely with the South Dakota Arts Council, the state and federally funded division of South Dakota Tourism.

via SFAC.