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SDHC Provides South Dakota Organizations with COVID-19 Emergency Support

The South Dakota Humanities Council offered grant funding to assist South Dakota cultural organizations struggling to maintain operations during the coronavirus pandemic.

The CARES grant provided unrestricted operating support, humanities program support, or both to qualifying organizations impacted by COVID-19. A total of $414,215.20 has been awarded to 49 organizations in 30 counties. 

2020 South Dakota Festival of Books Goes Virtual

With the coronavirus pandemic continuing and the health of readers and writers in mind, the 2020 South Dakota Festival of Books was an all-virtual experience in 2020.

The Festival, in its 18th year of bringing readers and writers together, typically includes more than 100 public presentations. In lieu of in-person events, the 60-plus authors on the 2020 roster discussed books, taught workshops, and interacted with fans via Zoom and Facebook Live in October. The lineup included local favorites and perennial bestsellers.

"Safety is the first priority," said Ann Volin, director of the South Dakota Humanities Council, which hosts the annual event. "We dearly miss our personal interactions with fans, volunteers, sponsors, authors, and everyone else who has made this event so special during the past 17 years, but we will host a robust virtual event and hope to be back in person in 2021."

Session videos from the Festival will be posted at sdbookfestival.com/virtual.

 
 
 
 
 
 

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  2. The full gallery of videos from the Virtual 2020 South Dakota Festival of Books is live! Continue Reading

  3. As past and present service members around the country are honored on Veterans Day 2020, the South Dakota Humanities Council is proud to celebrate South Dakota veterans by announcing the winners of the 2020 Veterans Story Contest. Continue Reading

  4. The statewide South Dakota Humanities Council has awarded more than $400,000 to cultural organizations struggling to maintain operations during the coronavirus pandemic. Continue Reading

South Dakota Humanities Council

The South Dakota Humanities Council (SDHC), founded in 1972 in response to an act of Congress, is a 501(c)(3) non-profit and the only cultural organization in the state whose sole mission is to deliver humanities programming to the people of South Dakota. Our vision is to "lead statewide advocacy for the humanities, working with other partners to foster literary and civic engagement." This programming vision forms the core mission:

The South Dakota Humanities Council celebrates literature, promotes civil conversation, and tells the stories that define our state.

Want to read more about what the humanities are? Check out our definition of the humanities and examples of various humanities disciplines explored by our programs. 

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