SDHC Board Approves $29,000 in Funding for Major Grant Programs

Washington Pavilion of Arts and Science in Sioux Falls was awarded $2,500 to create a permanent visual display to celebrate Northern Plains Tribal Artists.

Programs to Take Place After Dec. 1

The South Dakota Humanities Council recently approved five grants to support humanities-based discussion programs in South Dakota.

The board of directors of the statewide non-profit, whose sole mission is to deliver humanities programs to South Dakotans, distributed $29,000 at its latest board meeting, funding programs taking place after Dec. 1, 2020.

Successful applicants submit projects led by humanities professionals and featuring humanities as a central focus of their program, event, or research project. Grant requests for more than $1,000 are considered twice a year. The next deadline for applications for more than $1,000 is Feb. 28. SDHC considers requests under $1,000 on a rolling basis.


  • Boys and Girls Club of the Northern Plains in Brookings received $6,000 to host via Zoom an Intergenerational Diversity and Inclusion Book Club event on Aug. 9, 2021. Club members and community members will participate as book club pen pals over the summer of 2021, and their letters will share answers to a guided reading of two shared books. The books chosen will be based on the reading level of the youth participants and will help both parties gain more knowledge of language and literature, genre, historical context, and diversity and inclusion while giving each member a chance to see literature from the perspective of another generation. For more information about the organization, visit

  • Brookings Arts Council in Brookings was awarded $2,000 for "Percussive Storytelling," an interactive program to be held at the Brookings Public Library Sept. 23, 2021. Featuring a high-energy performance (one that is equally entertaining and educational) through an old-school assembly, the 50 minute-program includes 35 minutes of stories, a Q&A session, audience participation, and detailed information about the instruments, stories, and language. Percussive Storytelling touches on numerous National Standards of Learning, including elements of language arts and music composition/improvisation. The program is for students in all local elementary schools and intermediate schools, as well as other youth in the community. Find more information at

  • Lakota Youth Development in Herrick received $4,373 to host "A Lakota Culture Symposium" via Zoom on April 9, 2021. The event will feature perspectives by elders and knowledge keepers on traditional health systems and ways to maintain health across Lakota country during the COVID-19 pandemic. Lakota elders, knowledge keepers, herbalists and community members from across Lakota country will discuss how to practice Lakota spirituality and integrate traditional medicines into our modern-day lives during the COVID-19 pandemic and recovery. Visit for more information about Lakota Youth Development.

Lakota Youth Development received a $4,373 grant to host a special symposium to promote health across Lakota country amidst the coronavirus pandemic.

  • Washington Pavilion of Arts and Science in Sioux Falls was awarded $2,500 to create a permanent visual display to celebrate Northern Plains Tribal Artists. The display, to be constructed at the Visual Arts Center Egger Gallery, will also include an informative video consisting of interviews with renowned South Dakota tribal artists. The display and video will educate visitors on the spirit and purpose of its Egger Gallery and provide visitors with an engaging look at the creative individuals whose works reflect the cross-section of cultures and histories that define our state. The display will be completed in the summer of 2021. See for more.

  • The Journey Museum and Learning Center in Rapid City received $6,930 for its "Journey Discussions" series, an ambitious approach to bringing educational programing to audiences during the challenges of COVID-19. All programs will be produced and presented online. The Dakota Daughters will provide a presentation addressing racism and the events of Wounded Knee. The program is being re-written and developed for filming and presentations that will further the community's understanding of race. This first pilot program will be followed by two more presentations: Dr. Molly Rozum will present on women's rights, and Donovin Sprague will discuss either the Battle of Greasy Grass or Little Big Horn. Learn more about the Journey Museum at

  • The SDSU School of American and Global Studies in Brookings received $7,000 for its discussion series “Conversation Across Communities: Using Narrative to Explore Membership and Belonging in South Dakota." The series explores the definition of citizenship in South Dakota, using a collaboration with diverse communities throughout the state to collect and analyze oral history narratives, primary sources, and artifacts. The project involves collecting materials to create an interactive digital story-telling map and hosting two discussion events to explore the state’s complex identity and interconnected residents. Additional details about the two events will be announced as they become available.

Learn More About SDHC Grants

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