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Opportunity for South Dakota Artists for
Inclusion in a Statewide Teaching Artist Roster

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South Dakota Arts Council (SDAC)

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Opportunity for South Dakota professional artists to be included in a statewide roster for residencies in schools and community-based arts activities. If accepted to the roster, artists will be eligible to receive financial support for week-long, month-long, and semester-long residencies.

Artists In Schools & Communities (AISC) grants provide professional artists to schools and other South Dakota nonprofit community organizations to encourage and supplement the arts in educational settings and foster positive community development through life-long learning experiences in the arts.

Artists In Schools & Communities is designed to:
-Provide students and communities an opportunity to work with and learn from a professional artist.
-Assist in the development of a school/community commitment to the arts as basic to education and life-long learning.
-Serve teachers by providing a resource person in a specific arts discipline who can help develop methods of creative teaching and assist schools/teachers in meeting educational content standards.
-Serve communities by providing artists to assist with community betterment, i.e. artistic and environmental design projects, theater residencies, murals, classes and workshops, etc.
-Support individual artists by providing time during the residency to pursue their own artistic development.


Matching grants, which include half the artist’s fee plus mileage, will be made to the AISC local sponsor. At the completion of the residency, it is the sponsor’s responsibility to pay the total fee and mileage to the artist.

Residency art supplies are the responsibility of the sponsor. Artists should contact the sponsor before the residency to determine supply need and costs.

Criteria for Awarding Grants:

Applications are reviewed by arts discipline panels with consideration given to:
-Quality of the artist’s work and indication of exceptional talent within the art form.
-Demonstration of a sustained high level of performance throughout career.

NOTE: Discipline panelists consider the quality of the applicant’s work as demonstrated by the artistic documentation submitted. Because the quality of this documentation will play a critical role in panel ratings and funding recommendations, great care should be taken to ensure the submission of quality digital images, DVDs, and/or CDs.

Applications are also reviewed by the Council’s Arts in Education Panel with consideration given to:
-Ability to encourage and supplement the arts in South Dakota schools/communities as a resource person.
-Proposed activity effectively serving students and teachers.
-Ability to assist in the development of making arts basic to education.
-Past evaluations from schools, if appropriate.
-Ability to contribute to a balance among arts disciplines.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 172407

Estimated Size of Grant:

Artist's Fee:

One Semester Residency
-Total Fee: $19,200
-School/Community Cost: $9,600
-SDAC Cost: $9,600

One Month Residency
-Total Fee: $4,800
-School/Community Cost: $2,400
-SDAC Cost: $2,400

One Week Residency
-Total Fee: $1,200
-School/Community Cost: $600
-SDAC Cost: $600

For AISC residencies involving two or more artists, fees are higher. Contact the Arts Council for further details.

In-state artists will be paid for their mileage at state rates, (round-trip from their home address to the residency site). Out-of-state artists will be reimbursed for round-trip mileage or round-trip airfare, whichever amount is less, usually not to exceed $400. AISC artists who live in South Dakota will receive additional mileage during residencies three weeks or longer.

Local sponsors are required to provide housing in a motel or similar facility unless such facilities are not available or unless the artist requests to stay in a private home. Private housing requests should be initiated by the artist, not by the sponsor. If the residency is in the artist’s home town, this provision does not apply. If the residency is within daily driving distance from the artist’s home, additional mileage reimbursement (over and above that provided by SDAC) may be paid in lieu of the sponsor providing housing.

Term of Contract:

Endorsements will be for the fiscal year starting July 1.

Artists are endorsed for three years. Second and third year participation is contingent upon successful evaluations.

Artists may be paid for residencies of one week, one month, or one semester.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Professional artists in all arts disciplines are eligible to apply.

Artists must be willing to travel throughout South Dakota, to work in residencies year round, and to work with a variety of grade and age levels. Artists are also encouraged to develop plans for community-wide residencies in addition to standard school residencies.

New artists may be added to the roster annually.

Priority is given to South Dakota artists. Artists who have been endorsed through a panel review process at least twice and who have received favorable evaluations are not required to reapply but should notify SDAC staff if they do not wish to continue roster participation.

Artists who have not completed a residency in a three-year period may be removed from the Artists in Schools and Communities roster and asked to reapply at the discretion of Arts Council staff. Artists with extenuating circumstances who cannot meet the requirement to complete a residency may request a leave of absence from the AISC roster.

Pre-Application Information:

Artist applications for the Artists In Schools and Communities program must be made online through SDAC’s e-grant system on or before September 1. Hard-copy application submitted through the mail or by fax will NOT be accepted.

Endorsements will be announced in December for the fiscal year starting July 1.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Apply Online:

Department of Tourism
711 E Wells Ave
Pierre, SD 57501

P: 605-773-3301
F: 605-773-5977

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USA: South Dakota