Rapid City Arts Council

The Economics Of Art

Apr 20, 2017
chynna lockett

Art is often a selling factor for businesses looking to expand to a community. Many people attending performances spend money at local stores and restaurants. Organizations around the state are taking action to measure the economic impact of art.

The Rapid City and Sioux Falls Arts Councils are both participants of the Arts and Economic Prosperity 5 study this year. Pepper Massey is the Executive Director of the Rapid City Arts Council.

Victoria Wicks

This weekend in Rapid City, a one-block stretch of Seventh Street was closed to traffic and open to the CHAOS Maker Fair. Simply stated, the event featured things people make, whether high-tech, like holograms and musical bananas, or low-tech, like wooden block bridges. Vendors offered food and goods for sale, musicians took to a small stage under a huge tent, and tables displayed technology in a fun way.

MJ McMillan is a South Dakota rancher and poet. He joins Dakota Midday during National Poetry Month to talk about poetry that celebrates day-to-day life, for day-to-day people. McMillan and host Lori Walsh discuss rhyme, ranching, and rambling, and McMillan recites a signature poem from his latest collection.

McMillan is also joined by Deb Lux, with the Rapid City Arts Council, who talks about the Word 4 Word event at the Dahl in Rapid City.

Watercolor artist Sarah Rogers talks about her 30 year love affair with painting. She discusses how some of her animal portraits evoke friends and family members, her deep connection to the Black Hills, and why artists must overcome doubt and failure to return, always, to the work at hand.

Chynna Lockett

Many schools are back in session this week in South Dakota. The Rapid City Arts Council and Rapid City Public Library joined a group called Seventh Direction to help students kick off the year with A Block Party.

The event included live music and spray painting activities. Organizers also gave free school supplies to children.

Children spray painted posters and watched as local musicians performed in Rapid City’s College Park on Sunday afternoon. Tyler Read is the Arts Engagement Coordinator for the Rapid City Arts Council.