Arts Endowment Challenge Chooses SDHC

The Sioux Falls Area Community Foundation announced today the inclusion of the South Dakota Humanities Council into its Arts Endowment Challenge. The challenge dovetails with the council's greater mission to provide for sustainability in its humanities programming for all of South Dakota. 

Congratulations, as well, to the Washington Pavilion and the Sioux Empire Community Theatre for their selection to the challenge. 


Community Foundation announces Arts Endowment Challenge participants

Excerpt from the SFACF press release

SIOUX FALLS, SD -- Sioux Falls Area Community Foundation announced that the Washington Pavilion, Sioux Empire Community Theatre, and the South Dakota Humanities Council are selected to participate in the Arts Endowment Challenge: A Community Foundation Initiative, which leverages significant new endowment contributions to strengthen arts organizations serving Sioux Falls.

Beginning immediately, the Community Foundation will contribute $1 for every $3 in new endowment gifts raised by the selected organizations.  They were chosen through a competitive application process. Each agency proposed an endowment goal and a viable plan for meeting it, and described how they will use the endowment distribution to improve the arts in the future.  

Andy Patterson, president of Sioux Falls Area Community Foundation said, “These organizations have high aspirational goals and big ambitions to grow their presence. The Arts Endowment Challenge will strengthen their sustainability by increasing their assets, and significantly heightening public awareness of the importance of maintaining a vibrant arts community. We endorse the value of the arts in our region, and are glad to encourage their work with this challenge.” 

Patterson said each organization would use proceeds from its endowment challenge fund to support specific activities as outlined in their applications. 

The Arts Endowment Challenge is made possible by a generous unrestricted bequest to the Community Foundation given by Mr. LeRoy Gliege. Generations upon generations of Sioux Falls area people will enjoy performances, foster creativity, and share arts experiences because of Mr. Gliege’s benevolence.

“Mr. Gliege’s legacy will encourage others, create beauty, enhance the economy of our area, and enrich our culture,” Patterson said. “The Community Foundation Board chose to use this generous gift to spur significant giving to qualifying arts organizations.”

South Dakota Humanities Council

Perpetual funding of literary arts programming in the Sioux Falls area fits the South Dakota Humanities Council’s mission, which states the SDHC “celebrates literature, promotes civil conversation, and tells the stories that define our state.” The endowment contributions raised through the Arts Endowment Challenge will support literary arts programming such as One Book South Dakota, the Speakers Bureau, Book Club to Go, literary research and discussion grants and South Dakota Festival of Books events in Minnehaha, Lincoln, Turner and McCook counties.


Sioux Falls Area Community Foundation gathers, grows, and grants charitable dollars – creating endowments, investing the assets, and using the proceeds to fund worthy community projects.  Since its inception in 1984, SFACF has distributed over $110 million in grants to charitable, educational, cultural, religious, and scientific activities. SFACF serves Minnehaha, Lincoln, Turner, and McCook counties and communities within a 25-mie radius of the City of Sioux Falls. Visit for more information.