Arts Rapid City


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Connecting Creative Makers and Shakers within our Community.

We are so, so glad you are here. Because, well, we’re here for you!

We are also here to:

  • promote art-powered community development
  • build connections for the creative industries that make our region a desirable place to live, work, and visit
  • encourage collaboration and provide marketing and educational tools to help creatives strengthen the value of the arts in everyone’s lives
  • respond to our community’s arts and culture needs.


What is art?

First of all, we believe in artists—the people who make and do art.

We believe that “art” is inclusive and covers all forms of creativity. Art is a thing and an action. It is uniquely defined by the people within our community and has the power to transform us. It’s a never-ending, interwoven dynamic. In fact, since it isn’t easy to explain in words, we decided to get creative and express it with a visual 🙂


Art Shapes Community. Community Shapes Art.


What is culture?

We’re all part of at least one culture. We all have culture. The very idea that some people are cultured and other people aren’t cultured is just silly. Our culture is made up of our values, attitudes, beliefs, customs, and social behaviors. We are using the term “culture” to describe those values and customs that are unique to our community which are often expressed through, or connected to, art.


What is community?

Community isn’t just a geographic area. It’s about the people who live here and our collective identity. We come together around common interests (like art and culture). We want to recognize and celebrate the amazing variety of interests and unique individuals in our area while also creating a common place for them to connect—


Our history

Even though this website is brand-spanking new, it’s development has a longer history. So grab some tea, a comfortable seat, and read on.
In 2012, the John T. Vucurevich Foundation established The Future of the Arts Collaborative in Rapid City, an inclusive coalition of arts stakeholders. The Collaborative worked for over 18 months to develop strategies to build cohesion, efficiency, and community connectivity among arts organizations in Rapid City. They voted on what they believed the arts could benefit from most and a centralized website made the top of the list.

A committee formed and researched other communities with central event calendars and online resources for the arts. They applied for a Bush Foundation Community Innovation Grant. The program supports organizations working to create or implement an innovative solution to address a community need or opportunity. The innovation must be developed through community-powered problem-solving—inclusive, collaborative processes focused on making the most of community assets. To apply for the grant, the Collaborative committee partnered with Destination Rapid City.

In November 2013, the Community Innovation Grant was awarded to develop and promote Arts Rapid City. This was a total game-changer. The vision became reality and three staff were hired to see it through to fruition. So here we are!

On September 1, 2014, was launched to the world. With over 50 events per week, hundreds of organizational, business and artists’ profiles, and a robust local public art directory, the site is an online cultural map and a hub for information about arts and culture in our community.

In October 2015, the approach of the Bush grant’s end prompted conversations about how best to ensure the ongoing success of A Request for Proposals to find the website’s brick and mortar home base was sent out and the John T. Vucurevich Foundation selected the Rapid City Arts Council as the website’s new caretaker. And here we are today.


This website is amazing and totally free because… is supported by the John T. Vucurevich Foundation and managed by the Rapid City Arts Council.

We thank you for this happy achievement!



Website Maintenance and Marketing: Rapid City Arts Council (Emma Rivers)

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Website Software: Artsopolis

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