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Mixed media journaling is a great way to stay busy (and creative) while school is out.

Looking for a low cost, easy way to promote creativity in your child over the summer months? Mixed media art journaling is a great, low-pressure and therapeutic option that allows your child to find his or her own voice, document memories, express ideas, spur dialogue, even tune fine motor skills.

Building the base of your child’s journal can be as simple as picking up a notebook or book with blank pages from the bookstore, or as in-depth as binding your own using repurposed paper materials. If you are feeling ambitious, Pinterest has a lot of ways to build and bind your own journal.

The fun part about mixed media journaling is that there are no rules! So, how your child chooses to keep their journal is up to them. It can be as minimal as writing a sentence or quote, drawing a picture or cutting and pasting. The site is a fun place to find writing prompts, or a question-of-the-day to get them started. These can also provide great dinnertime conversation.

Use of various writing/drawing materials can increase a variety of sensory experiences, as well as allow them to creatively explore. From crayons to pencils to markers, even watercolors, pastels and chalk; the sky is the limit. Do note, if you choose to use materials like Sharpies or paints that have a tendency to bleed through, make sure the paper stock is more heavy duty.

Let them get creative with their materials. Encourage them to think outside the box by using photos, cutting pictures or words from magazines, adding found items like pressed flowers or leaves, or incorporating stickers or stamps.

Recap the day with some journal time before or after dinner, document summer travels, fill waiting time…whatever it may be, an art journal is easy to transport, cheap to make, and fun to look back on together.





WHAT:  PAve Bar presents “Creations & Libations,” a craft and raffle fundraiser benefitting local arts nonprofit, JAM Art & Supplies. Sorry kids, this is ADULTS  ONLY.

$25 includes admission into the upstairs event, 3 Free Drink Tickets* and 2 Make-and-Take Crafts. Buy Pre-sale admission to receive a free raffle ticket.

Join us at 1:00 p.m. Crafting will begin at 1:15 p.m., with Woven Wall Art. Starting at 3:00 p.m., you’ll have the opportunity to learn how to make a DIY Notebook (or sketchbook, if you’re crafty like that).

Raffle tickets will be for sale throughout the event. Art, prizes, and craft baskets will be raffled off at 3:30 p.m. Must be present to win!

*Free Drink Tickets exclude top-shelf liquors and doubles.

WHEN:  Saturday, June 2, 1 PM – 4:30 PM

WHERE: Pave(Upstairs)
130 S Phillips Ave, Sioux Falls, SD 57104



About JAM Art & Supplies
JAM is a 501 (c)(3) art nonprofit in downtown Sioux Falls with the mission to get art and craft supplies into the hands of people who will use them, to create an online community for artists, and to be a source of information for the Sioux Falls arts community.

Girls Breaker Day

Girls Breaker Day invites girls from 5th grade to 10th grade to come take stuff apart! You can bring your own stuff if you want, but we’ll have computers, keyboards, and other stuff to take apart too… and we DO have a purpose… to learn about computers & electronics. Girls Breaker Day is kind of like a “maker-fair” where girls can go from one station to another at their own pace. Join us Saturday, May 26th between 10am – 3pm in Sioux Falls. This event is FREE courtesy of Journey Group, CybHER, SDN Communications, and SEAM. Learn more at
Why? Because by the age of 10, most girls have decided that computers, electronics, engineering, science, and math are not cool, too complicated, or just for boys. We want to fix that. We need to a better job exposing and encouraging our girls to consider STEM career fields.


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!

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.


Been wondering why you haven’t heard anything about the Sweet Art Show? Seems crazy to think that this Friday would be the night, but after three years, we decided to switch things up! Our 4th Annual Sweet Art show will take place on September 14, 2018 – still boasting the same excellent sweet treats, atmosphere, local art and killer raffle packages. Mark your calendars, ladies and gents! In the meantime, here’s a fun look back at last year’s.

[How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You) [Originally Performed by Marvin Gaye] [Instrumental] – Single]


About JAM Art and Supplies

Our Mission
To get affordable art and craft supplies into the hands of people who will use them, create an online community for local artists, and be a source of art information for Sioux Falls.
(A 501(c)3 non-profit since 2014.)

Like a thrift store, we take in donated, barely used supplies on a daily basis and resell them at a low price, making creating affordable for all. It’s a second chance for unused materials and keeps them out of landfills! We offer a range of learning opportunities. From Business Basics for Artists for adults to Creative Reuse Camps for kids, we are passionate about fostering art appreciation and developing creative thinking skills.

Job Description

JAM is currently seeking lead and assistant instructors in Visual Arts for our summer camp programming. Under supervision of JAM Executive Director, the summer camp instructors perform a variety of duties in coordinating and instructing art classes, camp activities, and supervision of children. Lesson plans are provided, with some leeway for creative improvisation.

Creative Reuse Summer Camp lead and assistant instructor positions are part time and classified as an independent contractor with no benefits entitled. Seeking one lead instructor and one assistant for multiple or all camp sessions. 9:00 to 4:00, Monday through Thursday, plus Thursday evening camper’s artist reception. Sessions dates:

JUNE 4-7 (ages 8-12)
JUNE 11-14 (ages 8-12)
JULY 16-19 (ages 8-12)
JULY 23-26 (ages 13-16)
AUGUST 6-9 (ages 8-12)
AUGUST 13-16 (ages 8-12)

One day campers will walk to the art studio of local creative reuse artist Steve Bormes. This walk is a couple blocks from JAM. Other projects will include art, games, and learning about creative uses for unusual materials. A collaborative art installation will be built each week, and will be displayed with a week-ending an art show on Thursday evening for friends and family.

Responsibilities Include

  • Implementing creative reuse art projects for campers ages 8 through 16 years old.
  • Supervising groups of children and facilitating activities, and lunch breaks throughout the day.
  • Walking campers to and from a local artist’s studio, making sure to create a safe environment not only when walking, but also while at the studio. Being alert and present at all times.
  • Strong technical skills in a variety of artistic mediums.
  • Initiative, self-direction and ability to be flexible and adapt to changes.
  • Great interpersonal and public speaking skills. Instructors should be engaging and patient in a classroom environment as you act as the face of JAM Art and Supplies.
  • Attending art reception at week’s end, and giving a short welcome/overview/commentary for guests.

Key Qualifications

  • Ideal candidate is a current art educator or practicing artist/creative.
  • Teaching, camp, or child care experience.
  • Ability to instruct a wide variety of techniques and ages.

Other skills and Abilities

This position requires physical effort. Frequent lifting of up to twenty-five pounds. Some bending, stooping and/or lifting will be required.

For full consideration, candidates must send the following in one complete document:

  • Cover Letter addressing their skills as they fit the job
  • Resume


To apply for this position, please send the required materials to:

Jess Miller | Executive Director

Please indicate your last name and “Summer Camp Lead Instructor Position” or “Summer Camp Assistant Instructor Position” in the subject line of the email. No phone calls, please. We will respond to those candidates whose qualifications are best aligned with the posted job description.

Chosen candidates will be required to provide proof of licenses, certifications, and education required for this position, and undergo a background check.

Hours: 30/camp week up to 180 hours total

Pay: Starting at $250/week



Man, is it just us or was 2017 on supersonic speed? As you may or may not know, one of our big goals here at JAM is to be a source of art information for the Sioux Falls community through our website and blog. We have published over 160 posts in the last year on topics ranging from local art events to local artists and art educators, and everything in between.

Didn’t get a chance to read them all? We got you. Here is our top 10 hit list of our most popular posts to help you ring in 2018.

[Psssst.  Want a backstage pass to the local art scene? Join our team! We are always looking for dedicated and reliable bloggers and photographers. We have internship opportunities, too. Holler at us!!]

JAM’S 2017 TOP 10











From all of us at JAM, Happy New Year!

7 Reasons to “Make Art Your Business”

The “Make Art Your Business” class series this January and February is still open for registration! The sessions, led by Claudia Dail, are designed to help artists learn business basics, and consequently make their art business a success.  Not sure exactly what “business basics” can help you with? Well, we’ve compiled a list of seven reasons why taking the classes would be a great start to the new year for you and your business. Take a look!

  1. It’s All About You! While each of the classes focus on you, the first session in particular is all about you; it focuses on your goals and vision for making your art a business. If you don’t know what your goals are just yet, don’t worry – that’s what the class is for. It will help you decide what you want your niche to be and how to set goals and reach them.
  2. Build Your Strengths, Strengthen Your Weaknesses. The classes also help you find your personal strengths and weaknesses in running a business. Knowing where you excel and where you need to focus more energy to succeed is an important skill to learn for this process, and builds on the goals you develop for yourself and your art.
  3. Confidence Building. Along with developing your goals and strengths, the workshops offer opportunities to hone your skills. Not your artistic skills (you’ve already got those!), but the skills you need to market yourself. 
  4. Safe Practice Space. As a business person, you’ll need to learn to pitch yourself and business. The workshop offers a place to practice and develop this pitch without too much pressure.
  5. Learn About the Sioux Falls Art Community. Since you’ll be learning to pitch yourself, you’ll need to know about the community you’re pitching to. That means learning about the Sioux Falls art scene and making connections with other artists. The classes offer both of these, and help you discover where and how to access your niche community.
  6. Build Relationships with Other Artists. Speaking of the Sioux Falls art community, attending the workshops will connect you with other artists. Connections are important, and building relationships with other people in the art community helps make those connections.
  7. Learn to Value Your Art Competitively. The last session in the series helps you learn how to put a price on your work. You’ll learn about perceived value and how to register your art, along with learning how to keep records and reports.

And finally, in Claudia’s own words:  “It is up to each individual to decide how engaged they want to be. Those who go for it come away with far more than what transpires in the classroom.”

What are you waiting for???

REGISTER HERE! Deadline is January 8. Space is limited.



Wish you could just make art for a living? Got the art part down, just not business savvy? We have the perfect opportunity for you. Our Business Class for Artists is guaranteed to get you rolling.

Acquire the knowledge you need in this 4-week, 2-hour class tailored specifically for artists who want to get serious about their art career. Taught by expert and coach Claudia Dail, with special guest appearances by other local experts, you will learn pivotal ways to focus your skills, find your niche, and market yourself. Learn alongside a group of your peers within a supportive, open setting. You’ll be sure to gain lasting relationships.

Quite a few local success stories have sprouted from this unique opportunity. Watch for those stories in the weeks to come. In the meantime, get registered!  Only $85 for all four sessions. Deadline to register is Monday, January 8. Space is limited.