Artist Toolbox  Artist Toolbox


First things first, have you milked this website for everything you can?! You know that you can list your arts organization, business, venue, and events all for FREEEE right? And, if you are an individual artist you can create an artist profile. Post photos, videos, and link everything to your social media. View Arts Rapid City as your creative endeavor word spreader that’s smoother than a fresh jar of Skippy. Just sayin’.



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Rapid City Arts Council Grant Opportunities 
The Rapid City Arts Council (RCAC) is the not-for-profit organization that manages the Dahl Arts Center under contract by the City of Rapid City. Their mission is to bring art and people together to fuel creativity and innovation and encourage diversity through dynamic partnerships that strengthen the greater community. Also check the classifieds for other opportunities sponsored by the RCAC.


Allied Arts Fund Opportunities
AAF provides financial operating and promotional support for its member arts agencies for the enrichment of people’s lives in Rapid City and the Black Hills region. It administers, annually, the City Investment Grant and the Senator Stanford Adelstein Grant. Grants are awarded to non-profit 501 (C) 3 organizations to fund arts projects, particularly those that benefit populations that are otherwise under served. Organizations receiving grant monies need not be Allied Arts Fund Members.


John T. Vucurevich Foundation Grant Opportunities
This private independent foundation in the State of South Dakota generally awards grants to organizations within South Dakota, with preference given to western South Dakota and in particular to the Black Hills region. Most grants are awarded for a one-year period, however, the Foundation may consider multi-year funding. The arts is one of their funding priority program areas.


Black Hills Corporation Community Giving
This diversified energy company is based in Rapid City, S.D. They believe that part of our culture includes being a good community partner. And part of that partnership includes offering programs to help our neighbors in need. They make donations for civic, cultural, social and charitable purposes, and arts and culture is an area that they support.


Black Hills Knowledge Network
The Black Hills Knowledge Network is an online community information service that connects people to local information and ideas. They work with librarians and community organizations to aggregate and organize local news, resources, data and historical archives from a variety of sources. They seek to engage citizens and educate community leaders regarding the value of local information for decision-making, with the goal of enhancing the quality of life in our communities.


Crazy Horse Memorial Opportunities
There is so much more going on than carving at the Crazy Horse Memorial. They also have grants and educational opportunities for artsits to get involved. Find out more information and download applications here!


South Dakota Dashboard
The South Dakota Dashboard is an online community information service that provides people with reliable, up-to-date trend data on South Dakota. They seek to provide citizens and community leaders with statewide and local data and statistics. This data covers a variety of statewide community indicators ranging from income, to diabetes, to youth, and can be broken down by all counties and major towns in South Dakota, as well as sorted by age, race, or gender. They hope this information will help users get the analysis they need to support strategic planning, policymaking, and business development. Artists and organization will find this information useful in writing grants.


South Dakota Arts Council
Funded by the State Legislature and the National Endowment for the Arts, the South Dakota Arts Council (SDAC) is a state agency serving South Dakotans and their communities through the arts. Recognizing the importance of creativity in the lives of all South Dakotans, the Council makes quality arts accessible throughout the state by providing grants, services and information to artists, arts organizations, schools and the public. Check out their website and find a variety of opportunities!


South Dakotans for the Arts
This group’s primary function is legislative advocacy for arts and culture in South Dakota.They publish a quarterly “Arts Alive” newsletter and send a weekly Community Arts Network email with updates. You’ll definitely want to be in their loop, because they are always sending out updates on artist opportunities!


First Peoples Fund
This organization’s mission is to honor and support the Collective Spirit® of First Peoples artists and culture bearers. They are dedicated to the preservation, advancement and well-being of American Indian, Native Hawaiian and Alaska Native arts and culture, and their work is deeply rooted in Indigenous values and place-based practices. They strive to provide support and voice to creative Indigenous artists who share their inspiration, wisdom, knowledge and gifts with their communities. Grantmaking initiatives include the annual Jennifer Easton Community Spirit Awards, Artists in Business Leadership, Cultural Capital Fellowship, and Our Nation’s Spaces.


Arts Midwest
This nonprofit organization promotes creativity, nurtures cultural leadership, and engages people in meaningful arts experiences, bringing vitality to Midwest communities and enriching people’s lives. Headquartered in Minneapolis, Arts Midwest serves audiences, arts organizations, and artists throughout the nine states of Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, Wisconsin, and beyond. Their portfolio of programs includes support for performing, visual, and literary arts and leadership development initiatives that provide opportunities for communities large and small to engage with arts and culture.


The Bush Foundation
The Bush Foundation invests in great ideas and the people who power them. They encourage individuals and organizations to think bigger and think differently about what is possible in communities across Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and the 23 Native nations that share the same geographic area. The foundation was established by 3M executive Archibald Bush and his wife, Edyth’s desire to build their community and encourage innovation. They provide a variety of fellowships, grants, and event sponsorships. Sidenote: Arts Rapid City was made possible by a Bush Foundation Community Innovation Grant!



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National Endowment for the Arts
The NEA was established by Congress in 1965 as an independent agency of the federal government. To date, the NEA has awarded more than $5 billion to strengthen the creative capacity of our communities by providing all Americans with diverse opportunities for arts participation. The NEA extends its work through partnerships with state arts agencies, local leaders, other federal agencies, and the philanthropic sector. Definitely surf their site for all they have to offer!


The Surdna Foundation seeks to foster sustainable communities in the United States — communities guided by principles of social justice and distinguished by healthy environments, strong local economies, and thriving cultures. They seek to dismantle the structural barriers that limit opportunity for many, helping to create communities that are prosperous, culturally enriching, and sustainable. Their Thriving Cultures program believes that communities with robust arts and culture are more cohesive, prosperous and benefit from the rich cultural diversity of their residents. They support efforts to encourage teens to explore the arts, involve artists in community development projects and foster the growth and success of local artists as economic engines and agents for social change.


The Kresge Foundation
This national foundation’s Arts and Culture Program focuses on the role arts and culture play in re-energizing the communities that have long been central to America’s social and economic life. They believe that arts and culture are an integral part of life and, when embedded in cross-sector revitalization activity, can contribute to positive and enduring economic, social and cultural change in communities. Visit their site to learn more about open grant opportunities.


ArtPlace America (ArtPlace) is a ten-year collaboration that exists to position art and culture as a core sector of comprehensive community planning and development in order to help strengthen the social, physical, and economic fabric of communities. ArtPlace focuses its work on creative placemaking, the set of practices in which art and culture work intentionally to help to transform a place. It has four core areas of activity: it manages a national grants program that supports creative placemaking projects in communities of all sizes; it will extend this work by investing more deeply through multi-year investments in 5 communities; it seeks to understand, document, and disseminate successful creative placemaking practices through its research strategies; and it works to connect practitioners, organizations, and communities with one another. Check the site for grant program updates.


Target Grants
Target provides Arts, Culture & Design in Schools Grants to help schools bring more arts and culture into the classroom.They fund in-school arts programs that enhance students’ classroom curricula by bringing the arts and cultural experiences to schools, such as in-school performances, artist-in-residency programs and workshops in schools. Programs must take place between September 2014 and August 2015.


U.S. Bank Foundation Grants
The U.S. Bank Foundation giving program is designed to respect the diversity of our communities. They are actively involved in their communities, partnering with local nonprofits to meet specific needs. They fund cultural and artistic enrichment programs that build audiences for the arts, brings select and limited civic amenities to underserved, rural communities, and promote the arts in education.



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Rapid City’s Arts Pulse 2014
This survey report published by Arts Rapid City (yours truly). We surveyed nearly 300 event-goers in the final quarter of 2014, gathering data about audience demographics, attendance patterns and preferences, and how people find out about you. Our goal: Get a general pulse on Rapid City’s arts and culture audiences so that we can all make more informed decisions about how we use our resources to connect with and meaninfully engage our community. We hope you find this information insightful and helpful as you plan and evaluate your own marketing and outreach strategies to existing and potential audiences.


Americans for the Arts
Americans for the Arts serves, advances, and leads the network of organizations and individuals who cultivate, promote, sustain, and support the arts in America. Founded in 1960, Americans for the Arts is the nation’s leading nonprofit organization for advancing the arts and arts education. This organization has a wealth of information and resources, take some time to take a look!


Springboard for the Arts
This Minnesota-based organization’s mission is to cultivate vibrant communities by connecting artists with the resources they need to make a living and a life. Their support programs are for Minnesota-based artists however, they offer wonderful professional development resources and workshops!


The Arts Partnership
The Arts Partnership is a collective of over 140 artists, arts-related businesses and arts non-profit organizations in Cass and Clay counties, primarily Fargo, Moorhead and West Fargo. They work to ensure that the arts and culture in their community are being communicated about, advocated for and spread across many sectors, including the business community, educational centers, government, and the general public. While they specifically fund artists and organizations in their area, they’re another great resource of professional development opportunities.


Fractured Atlas
This national organization supports artists at every level of the cultural ecosystem— performing, visual, literary, design, media, and everything in between — and arts organizations. They also help institutional funders, policymakers, and others refine their 30,000 foot view of the field. They offer fiscal sponsorship; insurance; an online system that manages tickets, donations, and contacts, and more.


Artists U
Artists U is a grassroots, artist-run platform for changing the working conditions of artists. Everything they do is free and open-source. They published this great book that you should probably read because it’s pretty awesome!



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