South Dakota Art Museum Suppports Inclusive Curriculum

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The South Dakota Community Foundation (SDCF) recently awarded the South Dakota Art Museum with a $10,000 Community Innovation Grant. Offered in partnership with the Bush Foundation, the Community Innovation Grant program supports efforts to find breakthrough solutions to community challenges. Funds will provide partial support for the “Why” exhibit to travel to at least 3 museums (Atka Lakota Museum, Chamberlain; SD Art Museum, Brookings and the Heritage Center, Red Cloud) in state. This will allow invited 4th and 5th grade teachers to attend a one-day planning event held at the museums.

“The South Dakota Art Museum is honored to be a part of this remarkable project”, said Lynn Verschoor, Director, South Dakota Art Museum. “This is the first time a project like this has been undertaken in South Dakota. We have formed a consortium of museums to support a series of exhibitions organized through the Center for American Indian Research and Native Studies. The exhibits are developed by Lakota curators, featuring Lakota artists, musicians and poets with curriculum developed by American Indian educators. We are looking forward to the exhibitions, as well as, supporting professional development opportunities for teachers to implement this remarkable curriculum and take full advantage of these important exhibitions.”

The South Dakota Art Museum plans to develop a more inclusive curriculum for 4th and 5th grade students required to take South Dakota history. They want to expand the SD standards with curriculum developed by Lakota teachers through the exhibition “Why”.

“We are pleased to partner with the South Dakota Art Museum on this important project”, said Ginger Niemann, Senior Program Officer, SDCF. “Lakota history is a valued component of our state’s history.”

The South Dakota Community Foundation will award $400,000 in Community Innovation Grants during 2018. For more information or to apply for a grant, visit

About the SDCF

Since 1987, the South Dakota Community Foundation has helped people reach their philanthropic goals and strengthened communities across the state. The SDCF gives its partners enhanced investment opportunities that provide long-term support to charitable causes. In 2017, the SDCF distributed more than $13.5 million in grants from all funds administered. For more information, visit

About the Bush Foundation

The Bush Foundation invests in great ideas and the people who power them. Established in 1953 by 3M Executive Archibald Bush and his wife Edyth, the Foundation encourages individuals and organizations to think bigger and think differently about what is possible in communities across Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and the 23 Native nations that share the same geographic area.