Save The South Dakota Arts Council

In the coming weeks, the House Taxation Committee of South Dakota will be reviewing Bill 1206. The bill is a repeal of the part of the Tourism Promotion tax that funds the South Dakota Arts Council (among other things). This tax was first imposed in 2010 and is supported by the Tourism industry. A repeal of this half-penny tax would eliminate all funding for the SDAC. At the bottom is a list of representatives, please contact whichever represents you and ask them to vote NO on 1206.

Here's the 2017Arts Council fiscal report: Check out the great things the Arts Council does!


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List of Programs Impacted By The Half-Penny Tax

The 0.5%, or half-penny, is divided in this way:

  • 63% goes to the Tourism division.
    • This revenue is used exclusively to fund cooperative marketing programs with communities and businesses across South Dakota.
  • 21% goes to the SD Arts Council, which is a part of the Dept. of Tourism.
    • This revenue funds the operations of the SDAC, and is also used as the state match that is required to receive funding from the National Endowment for the Arts. During its most recently completed fiscal year (FY17), over 82% of the SDAC’s entire budget was spent on grants to schools, nonprofit organizations, and units of government – as well as to artists and educators – in communities large and small all across South Dakota.
  • 9% goes to the Archaeological Research Center (under the State Historical Society, part of the Dept. of Ed.)
  • 7% goes to the Cultural Heritage Center Museum (under the State Historical Society, part of the Dept. of Ed.)

Dylan Jacobson - Comics

Dylan Jacobson teaching a class how to make comics.

My name is Dylan Jacobson, and I'm an Artist in Schools & Communities member of the South Dakota Arts Council. It's my job to visit schools around the state and teach kids to draw comics. My aim is to empower students to tell their own stories and harness their imaginations. The Arts Council, with this program, aims to foster creativity, empower our youth, and preserve arts education. In many schools I've visited, I am the ONLY arts education these students receive for the year. Repealing the half-penny the Arts Council receives means many schools already lacking an arts program many lose arts education all together.

Without fostering the arts in South Dakota, the world -- which is growing ever more technological -- will not find the creatives it needs in South Dakota.


Jordan Thornton - Print Making

Jordan Thornton

My name is Jordan Thornton. I am a citizen of Sioux Falls, SD and am on the artist roster for the South Dakota Arts Council’s "Artists In Schools and Communities" program.

I was recently made aware of House Bill 1206 being introduced in the SD House of Representatives. It is my understanding, that, if passed, this bill will eliminate all funding to the South Dakota Arts Council. I believe that this would be a mistake.

The SDAC’s AISC program brings arts education to rural schools and communities that would not otherwise have access to it. The AISC program provides partial funding to rural schools and non-profits, often without arts programs, and facilitates their ability to bring music, visual arts, and theater to their communities. Not only does this promote a rich culture in our state, but the Artists In Schools and Communities program brings vital lessons in visual communication, 3D design, public speaking, and other forms of creative problem solving to corners of our state where those opportunities are not as readily available. These lessons in the arts inform the current and future professionals of South Dakota: architects, engineers, designers, construction workers, politicians, teachers, and so many more vital parts of our communities.

As a concerned South Dakota citizen and advocate for the arts, I urge you to vote NO on House Bill 1206.


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HB1206 House Taxation Committee Members

Steven Haugaard, 10, chair: Minnehaha

Email: Steven.Haugaard@sdlegislature.gov

Home: 605-332-1171

Capitol: 605-773-3851

Business: 605-334-1121

Mark Willadsen, 11, vice: Minnehaha

Email: Mark.Willadsen@sdlegislature.gov

Home: 605-361-6104

Capitol: 605-773-3851

Business: 605-332-2130

Drew Dennert: Brown

Email: Drew.Dennert@sdlegislature.gov

Home: 605-252-1008

Capitol: 605-773-3851

Dan Kaiser: Brown

Email: Dan.Kaiser@sdlegislature.gov

Home: 605-228-4988

Capitol: 605-773-3851

Mary Duval: Hughes, Hyde, Stanley, Sully

Email: Mary.Duvall@sdlegislature.gov

Home: 605-224-4070

Capitol: 605-773-3851

Tim Goodwin, 30: Custer, Fall River, Pennington

Email: Tim.Goodwin@sdlegislature.gov

Home: 605-390-5324

Capitol: 605-773-3851

Greg Jamison, 12: Lincoln, Minnehaha

Email: Greg.Jamison@sdlegislature.gov

Home: 605-310-1930

Capitol: 605-773-3851

Business: 605-310-1930

Isaac Latterell, 6: Lincoln

Email: Isaac.Latterell@sdlegislature.gov

Capitol: 605-773-3851

Business: 605-368-1002

John Mills: Brookings, Codington, Deuel, Grant

Email: John.Mills@sdlegislature.gov

Home: 605-826-4290

Capitol: 605-773-3851

Business: 605-697-3118

Nancy Rasmussen: Clay, Turner

Email: Nancy.Rasmussen@sdlegislature.gov

Home: 605-238-5321

Capitol: 605-773-3851

Ray Ring: Clay, Turner

Email: Ray.Ring@sdlegislature.gov

Home: 605-675-9379

Capitol: 605-773-3851

Tona Rozum: Aurora, Davison, Jerauld

Email: Tona.Rozum@sdlegislature.gov

Capitol: 605-773-3851

Business: 605-996-8440

Kyle Schoenfish: Bon Homme, Douglas, Hanson, Hutchinson, McCook

Email: Kyle.Schoenfish@sdlegislature.gov

Home: 605-660-6468

Capitol: 605-773-3851

Business: 605-928-7241

Marli Wiese: Lake, Miner, Moody, Sanborn

Email: Marli.Wiese@sdlegislature.gov

Home: 605-270-0786

Capitol: 605-773-3851

Susan Wismer: Brown, Day, Marshall, Roberts

Email: Susan.Wismer@sdlegislature.gov

Home: 605-448-5189

Capitol: 605-773-3851

Business: 605-448-5189