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!
House Taxation Committee Meeting For 02/01/18 Has Been Canceled
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List of Programs Impacted By The Half-Penny Tax
The 0.5%, or half-penny, is divided in this way:
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.
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.
Steven Haugaard, 10, chair: Minnehaha
Mark Willadsen, 11, vice: Minnehaha
Drew Dennert: Brown
Dan Kaiser: Brown
Mary Duval: Hughes, Hyde, Stanley, Sully
Tim Goodwin, 30: Custer, Fall River, Pennington
Greg Jamison, 12: Lincoln, Minnehaha
Isaac Latterell, 6: Lincoln
John Mills: Brookings, Codington, Deuel, Grant
Nancy Rasmussen: Clay, Turner
Ray Ring: Clay, Turner
Tona Rozum: Aurora, Davison, Jerauld
Kyle Schoenfish: Bon Homme, Douglas, Hanson, Hutchinson, McCook
Marli Wiese: Lake, Miner, Moody, Sanborn
Susan Wismer: Brown, Day, Marshall, Roberts