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Artist creating sidewalk art cartoons

A pop-up park is headed to Phillips Avenue right alongside The Diner, and artist Jason Folkerts has been decorating the sidewalk with chalk art cartoons.

He will be wrapping up his installation on Sunday, so stop by to watch him work. If you miss him, this Friday Folkerts will be right outside the KSFY studio starting at noon for Fridays On the Plaza!

via KSFY. To view more, click here.

2017 Arts Education Institute

JULY 17-20, 2017

The annual Arts Education Institute (AEI) offers professional development in arts and learning for all South Dakota teachers and administrators Pre-K through 12th grade.

AEI offers an educational and fun-filled week of learning to infuse the arts into classrooms and curriculum development.
This year hands-on art and music workshops offer many opportunities for all Pre-K through 12th grade educators
July 17-20 at Northern State University in Aberdeen, South Dakota.

You DO NOT need to be an educator to attend AEI, we encourage everyone to attend.

AEI is offered for up to two graduate, undergraduate recertification (CEU) or career technical (CTE) credits.


Apply for Artists “Get Ready” Grants

Artists “Get Ready” Grants

In 2017, CERF+ will award “Get Ready” Grants of up to $500 to individual artists and up to $1,500 to groups of artists in two grant cycles. The “Get Ready” Grant Program encourages awareness of and provides funding for artists to conduct activities that will help safeguard their studios, protect their careers and implement other safety measures to help artists build and sustain strong and resilient careers. Grants will be awarded on a competitive basis.


Grant Cycle 1
Applications submitted by August 15, 2017
Award announcement: September 1, 2017

Grant Cycle 2
Applications submitted by November 15, 2017
Award announcement: December 1, 2017


Hegg Memorial Photography Call

Request for Proposal

Artwork for Hegg Memorial Health Center Avera


Hegg Memorial Health Center Avera is in the process of building an addition to their existing facility in Rock Valley, IA. HMHCA is desirous of appropriate artwork to place throughout the building, in prominent locations and in the transitional hallway between the public lobby and clinical departments. The facility is scheduled to open in early 2018.

Mission and Vision

The development of this addition is in keeping with the mission of Avera Health as well as the mission of HMHCA:

“Avera is a health ministry rooted in the Gospel. Our mission is to make a positive impact in the lives and health of persons and communities by providing quality services guided by Christian values.”

“We serve together to heal body, mind, and spirit. To improve the health of our community and to be good stewards of the resources entrusted to us.”

Scope of Building

The new building will be home to several clinics, new inpatient rooms, a new surgical suite, a new emergency department and new lab and radiology suites. There will also be a new kitchen and dining area.

Art Location

The intent of this RFP is to obtain artwork that will be unique in its application within the facility. This particular call is for photography only that can be placed behind glass and within a frame. HMHCA Art Committee will have final rights on placement of all artwork.

Statement of Interest

Individuals wishing to respond to this RFP for the photography pieces must submit a written and/or electronic statement of their interest and intention by Friday, June 30, 2017, no later than 12 NOON to:

Angela Storm

Interior Designer


*Statement of intent is simply to note that you are interested in participating and that you can meet the deadlines set below.

*Proposals without a statement of intent will not be accepted

*No verbal statement of intent will be accepted

*Photographers do not need to reply at this time

Artistic Theme

HMHCA is proud of its partnership with Avera. These two organizations have a long history of ministry and service to the people of the Midwest. More information on their history and sponsorships can be found at and

*Descriptor words specific to the artwork:

*Local Imagery

*Rural and Farm Life

*Nature – Living World

*Faith Based Imagery

*Diversity/Hispanic culture

*Community Life, People and Activities

Submission of Proposal

Proposals must be submitted to Avera no later than Friday, July 21, 2017, no later than 12 NOON. Submissions will not be accepted after this deadline. All proposals should include the following:

Contact information on the photographer
Ability to make the November 17, 2017 deadline to framer
No more than a 1 paragraph portfolio of relevant experience
Dimensions of the images – images should be either 16×24 or 20×30 printed. If sizing is different please indicate on the specific images.
Budget for the image, by size and material to be printed on, without framing. All framing will be determined by the HMHCA Art Committee and purchased separately. Please include any shipping or delivery charges.
Electronic submissions will not be accepted
All physical prints must be labeled and easily identifiable. We will use your labeling as a way of ordering. Physical prints can be whatever size you feel will best represent your work.
Submissions will become the property of HMHCA and will not be returned

Submissions may be hand delivered to:

Plaza 2

4th Floor Facility Development, Suite 403 (entrance in skywalk)

Attn Angela Storm

1301 S Cliff Ave

Sioux Falls, SD 57105

Submissions to be mailed should be addressed to:

Avera McKennan Hospital

Attn: Angela Storm Facility Development

1325 S. Cliff Avenue

Sioux Falls, SD 57105

*Electronic submissions will not be accepted for this call. Please provide physical images for the committee to review.

Site Visits and Questions

Questions, with respect to this RFP, should be directed to Angela Storm 605-322-7837 or via email at Angela.storm@avera.og. Should a site visit be required, it will be scheduled through Angela and only available for contracted artist(s).


HMHCA has established a budget for the photography submissions at a, not to exceed, $300 per image, unframed. Exceptions for panoramic images may be considered.

Selection Process

The Selection Committee consists of members of the Hegg Memorial Health Center Administration, staff, and architectural and design consultants to HMHCA as well as Art Therapy staff. This committee will review the submitted proposals from each artist/artistic team, make their final selections and then enter into a contract with the selected artist/artistic team.

Avera Art Committee Philosophy Key Points:

Local Images and familiar geography
Nature / Farm imagery / Water, scenery, living trees and living plants.
Color is important and desirable, brighten up not muted.
Look for images that provoke powerful words like growth, faith, hope and transformation.
Images that speak to spirituality / faith based
Images that reflect our growing diversity / Positive reaction to Hispanic and Central American Immigrants
Images of our normal daily lives (sporting events, harvest, planting etc).
People are comfortable with the familiar.
Avoid images of sunsets and roads leading to nowhere.
Are relationships appropriate?
Avoid images that show weather extremes (too much snow and ice or too much dry and parched land).
Incorporate Mission “We Serve together to heal body, mind, and spirit. To improve the health of our community and to be good stewards of the resources entrusted to us”

Thank you,

Angela Storm

Avera Interior Designer

“No-Tipsy” picnic holders save the day (or, at least, the beer)

Every picnic basket needs some “No-Tipsy” bottle holders made with BUTTONS from your stash.

I once heard Elizabeth Zimmermann call a knitting method an “un-vention” — meaning she couldn’t be sure that process was never done before, but it came from an original thought of her own, based on applied, practical experience.

That’s exactly how I developed these “No-Tipsy” holders to keep bottles from falling over when the lawn is not perfectly flat. I’ve seen commercial versions used to support wine glasses.

Here’s how to make your own!

via Things mom saved.

Sioux Falls Arts Industry gets A+

The Sioux Falls art scene just got a glowing report from a national study aimed at highlighting the economic impact of nonprofit arts and culture.

“If we could get an A+ report card, we got it,” said Kara Dirkson, Executive Director of the Sioux Falls Arts Council.

Sioux Falls’ nonprofit arts sector contributes approximately $105.4 million in total economic activity every year, according to a recent study commissioned by the Sioux Falls Arts Council.

The findings also reveal support for 3,567 full-time equivalent jobs, generates $71.1 million in household income and $3.3 million in revenue to local government.

The Arts and Economic Prosperity Study is a recurring review of the nonprofit arts and culture industry that communities across the county can take part in once every five years. In partnership with Americans for the Arts, it’s the second time Sioux Falls has participated in this study.

Conducted over a period of 12 months concluding in January, the study looks at the full circle economy cycle which includes the amount of money nonprofits pump directly into the economy, as well as the indirect spending of attendees.

The study is good news across the board with Sioux Falls performing above average in most categories measured by the study. Overall attendance is up with the total number of attendees at an impressive 2.5 million, compared to 886,000 in the 2012 study.

The economic impact of the arts in Sioux Falls is higher today than it was five years ago when the country was still recovering from the recession…

via the Argus. To view more, click here.

Exploring the American West through Nigerian Eyes

Nigerian artists Dotun Popoola and Jonathan Imafidor are back in Lemmon for an exhibition at the Kokomo Inn. The pair’s Diary of Two Visual Anthropologists is the first show at the newly opened gallery space, a former tavern renovated by friend and frequent collaborator John Lopez.

Diary is inspired by the Yoruba concept of irepo, or harmony. In the spirit of irepo, Popoola and Imafidor continue to explore the common ground they have discovered between the cultures of their native Nigeria and the American West — particularly between the Yoruba and Edo cultures of Nigeria and Native American Plains cultures.

“In the course of our traveling to America during the past four years,” says Imafidor, “we have had experiences with a lot of different people, and taken the Greyhound and seen the real America and while we’re traveling documented all these things in our sketchpads. And when we get to our destinations we represent them in other mediums. It’s a collection of everything we have been doing for the past three years.”

Popoola’s Ere Ibeji visit the Ranch is a playful example of irepo. In Yoruba tradition twins— ibeji — are invested with spiritual power. The ibeji depicted here reflect the characteristics of traditional carved, female ere ibeji figures — like large heads (“the head is the seat of wisdom”) and front-facing features (eyes, breasts, hands, feet)…

via South Dakota Public Broadcasting. To view more, click here.

Local artist shares wire, string art hobby of 40 years

Faces of the presidents, and more, make up a unique collection of art made entirely from string and wire. Those masterpieces have become a Tea man’s hobby for the last 40 years.


“I get some good satisfaction when it’s done ’cause I know it took me a long time to do,” LeRoy Kyles said. “It was really worth it. I get a good feeling when I look at it. It’s a form a therapy and I enjoy it so much. When I’m down or whatever, I go and scribble on a piece of paper and I come up with a design and go and do it. It’s very relaxing for my mental attitude.”

via KSFY. To watch the video, click here.


Every Friday I have the fortunate schedule of getting off work by 5:00, which for a workaholic like myself, that extra time always poses a problem: what am I to do for the next several hours? Never fear, my friends! Downtown Sioux Falls presented, yet another wonderful evening filled with that spectacular, creative scene.

First up was the 8th and Railroad Center for a “funtastic” time at a block party!


This being my first stop, I arrived as the beginning acts were playing. When I noticed the presence of several food trucks, I wanted to kick myself for eating dinner before coming…darn!

Well, nonetheless, the show must go on even without trying the amazing foods. Right as I had walked into Eastbank Art Gallery, my spirits were lifted to see such a variety of work being displayed! From jewelry, to watercolor paintings and a painted female figure! Boy, and don’t forget the wonderful sculptures, and vibrant paintings of what our beloved, classy Sioux Falls looked in previous times.

As much as I wanted to stay the entire night for the later bands to play, I had to leave the block party to head up Phillips Avenue. To my surprise, there was a band playing right outside Woodgrain! My second destination was Half Baked Cupcakes to check out what new creations artist, Sara Bainter, has allowed us public to behold.

Now, walking south on Phillips, I directed myself to the New New show happening at Vishnu Bunny Tattoo.

Later that night, Angie Hosh (a personal favorite) was scheduled to play, however, I later found that I wouldn’t be able to see them. Luckily, my dear artist friend, Maddee Ophelia, had attended! Yes!

Through my time spent at Vishnu, I saw MANY incredible works. With the walls brimming with art, it was hard for me to pick a few to show closer up. I must say, these pieces by Sasha McDowell and Emilie Nettinga were some of my favorites. So, you’ll just have to make a hop down to check out the rest and decide which speak to you the most!

Happy 2nd birthday, Unglued!

I enjoy roaming the collections of locally made work for sale at Unglued; it always brings a smile to my face. Good thing I was already smiling because there was a sparkling photo booth to take pictures in for their celebration! Not to mention, Scratchpad Tees had their first experience in its new location for First Friday. To them, I declare a warm summery welcome!

On my way to peak into the local authors signing event, I couldn’t resist stopping to appreciate Steve Bormes sculpture “School Spirit,” which is part of the Sculpture Walk.

The night had gone by fast, so I took a few skips east on 10th Street to Last Stop CD Shop, or more specifically, the Post Pilgrim Gallery.

Another personal favorite is J. White’s work. In addition, there was a large quilted rug placed in the center of the space. The details in these pieces continually blow me away. (Seriously, go check ’em out!)

Not only was there gorgeous visual artwork presented at Post Pilgrim, but the White Wall Sessions were jamming out with their featured artists! You’ve got to love having the chance to look at some inspiring art alongside with the head bobbin’ preforming arts. What fun!

First Friday, you were a great one, once again! See you next time.


Deadline: South Dakota Arts Council’s Artists in Schools

CONTACT: Rebecca Cruse, Deputy Director, SDAC

Artist application deadline coming Sept. 1

PIERRE – Artists are reminded that the deadline to apply to the South Dakota Arts Council’s Artists in Schools and Communities (AISC) and Touring Arts programs is Sept. 1. Applications will open June 1.

The Artists in Schools and Communities program provides intensive, hands-on training in all arts disciplines to students of all ages across the state by providing funds to schools and nonprofit organizations that bring in groups and individuals for week-long artist residencies. The artists are responsible for developing their residency lesson plans. Residencies are coordinated through the South Dakota Arts Council office as part of the Arts in Education program.

The SDAC’s Touring Arts roster provides quality arts experiences in all regions of the state through a matching grant program for performances, programs and exhibits. Nonprofit organizations work directly with the artists available for booking during the two-year touring period.

Artists interested in applying for the Artists in Schools and Communities or Touring Arts roster must apply online through the SDAC’s e-grants system. Hard copies of the applications will not be accepted. For complete programming information and links to the e-grants system, visit for teaching artists or for touring artists.

An office of the South Dakota Department of Tourism, the South Dakota Arts Council’s mission is to provide grants and services to artists, arts organizations and schools across the state, with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts and the South Dakota Legislature.

The South Dakota Department of Tourism is comprised of Tourism and the South Dakota Arts Council. The Department is led by Secretary James D. Hagen.