Sioux Falls Arts Council still pushing for Full-Time City Art Director

You can sign the petition here.

I did NOT sign the petition.

I personally think that each city department should have a mid-manager as an arts liaison and meet monthly with other department liaisons and the Visual Arts Commission on how to make each department more arts driven. I think a collaborated effort would be a better way to go instead of a central figure working out of the planning office;

We Need Your Help!

Recently Mayor Paul Ten Haken recommended a full-time arts specialist position be added to the 2023 Budget. If approved this position will work with multiple city departments, community organizations, neighborhood associations and individuals to create arts and culture policies, manage city art investments, implement procedures, and develop partnerships and financial resources to meet the diverse needs of Sioux Falls residents and visitors.

Although this effort stalled at the last budget hearing, leaders in the arts community are actively developing supporting documents to reapproach City Council in December in hopes that the position will be added within the Planning and Development Services department in 2023.

Please consider joining this effort. 

Approaching the City Council with a unified voice is a powerful endorsement of the Mayor’s proposal by either signing on to this petition and/or sending a letter of support for this initiative to by Monday, November 14. 

Still have more questions? We invite you for your input Wednesday, November 16 from 5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. at the Downtown Public Library Meeting Room A. If you would like to learn more about this effort, please contact a member of the arts advocacy group whose names and contact information are listed below.


Kellen Boice
Executive Director
Sioux Falls Arts Council


#1 Fear & Loathing in Sioux Falls on 11.14.22 at 6:37 pm

I would prefer if he or she would be known as an Art Czar.
Or, is that too Russian? I know the Russians are not in vogue right now, but Art Czar sounds more sophisticated and would help to elevate in appreciation the redundancy of buffalo sculptures and paintings which tend to dominate or stampede our local cultural existence in the name of political correction without the complaints of any cultural appropriation.

#2 "Woodstock" on 11.14.22 at 6:41 pm

“Say, if a German gets drunk at a St. Paddy’s Day celebration would that be considered cultural appropriation?”…. “Or does known German drunkenness negate that?”….

#3 Moore Stench on 11.14.22 at 6:44 pm

“Art Czar”?… I didn’t know he was still alive.