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Arts & Culture

Rapid City is a thriving arts and culture scene that encompasses the values and history of our region.

Arts Resources

Rapid City Arts Council – provides artistic and cultural development for the community and fulfills its mission through visual arts, performing arts and arts education programs.

713 7th St. | Rapid City, SD 57701
(605) 394-4101 |

Allied Arts Fund – provides operation and promotion support for 16 arts organizations as well as funding for other nonprofit, grassroots community art projects.

713 7th St. (Kansas City Street Entrance) | Rapid City, SD 57701
(605) 394-4106 |

Galleries, Museums & Outdoor Exhibits

Art Alley is a famous outdoor gallery that showcases graffiti art in a beautiful yet urban way. Permits are available through the Rapid City Arts Council. | Between Main & St. Joseph streets

City of Presidents is a collection of life-sized and life-like bronze statues of our nation’s past presidents that is arranged along Rapid City’s downtown sidewalks. Maps and information can be found at the Chamber offices and at any visitor information location.

First Nations Sculpture Garden is an educational and contemplative area honoring Native American scholars of the 20th century located at 515 West Blvd. Features the bronze busts of:

• Charles Eastman (1858-1930) Santee Sioux (Medicine)
• Black Elk (1863-1950) Oglala Sioux (Religion & Philosophy)
• Oscar Howe (1915-1983) Ihanktowan Sioux (Art)
• Vine Deloria, Jr. (1933-2005) Hunkpapa Sioux (Law & Policy)

Memorial Park, 27 acres in size, was acquired after the 1972 flood and has become a “memorial” to the 238 people who lost their lives. The park links the downtown area, Rushmore Plaza Civic Center, Rapid City Central High School and The Journey Museum & Learning Center. Amenities include Memorial Lake, Flood Memorial Fountain, picnic areas, formal rose garden, Legacy statue, bike path, Berlin Wall exhibit, Veterans memorial, band shell, Memorial Park Promenade and fishing.
North 5th St.

Prairie Edge Trading Company and Galleries is the most extensive collection of Plains Indian Art, crafts & jewelry in the area. An arts & crafts gallery, fine art gallery, bookstore and unique crafts supply center are all housed in a historically restored building. 606 Main St., (605) 341-4525

Suzie Cappa Art Center, a division of Black Hills Works, provides services and support to over 630 adults with disabilities. The art center is a nonprofit studio where artists with all abilities create, exhibit and sell their work and participate in music, theater and dance. 722 St. Joseph St. | (605) 791-3578

The Journey Museum & Learning Center brings together five major prehistoric and historic collections to tell the complete story of the Western Great Plains – from the perspective of the Lakota people and their unique Native American history, and the pioneers who shaped its past, to the scientists who now study it. Interactive learning experiences such as the Wells Fargo Theater, Paleontology Tent and the STEAM Lab give you the chance to learn and play every day. 222 New York St. | (605) 394-6923

Museum of Geology exhibits focus on paleontology – the study of ancient life, and mineralogy – the study of minerals, including gems, crystals and the rocks they form. 501 E. St. Joseph St. | (605) 394-2467

South Dakota Air & Space Museum, located just outside the main gate at Ellsworth Air Force Base, showcases our American journey and celebrates those military personnel who have sacrificed so much for our country. Exhibits also tell the stories of past aviation and present aircraft technology. (605) 385-5189

Dahl Arts Center has served as a premier western South Dakota arts center for contemporary visual arts, arts education and performing arts since it opened in October 1974. 713 7th St. | (605) 394-4101

Music, Dance & Theater

Black Hills Chamber Music Society
Concerts are held at The First Congregational Church,
1200 Clark St.

Black Hills Community Theatre
(605) 394-1787 | (605) 394-1786 box office
601 Columbus St.

Black Hills Playhouse
(605) 255-4141
24834 S. Playhouse Rd.
Custer, SD 57730

Black Hills Dance Theatre
P.O. Box 9342
Rapid City, SD 57709

Black Hills Pow Wow
The premier American Indian cultural event in the United States, attracting hundreds of dancers, singers and artisans.
(605) 341-0925

Black Hills Symphony Orchestra
(605) 348-4676
P.O. Box 2246
Rapid City, SD 57709

Rapid City Concert Association
Presents an annual concert series featuring renowned, nationally-known artists.
P.O. Box 9211
Rapid City, SD 57709

Main Street Square
(605) 716-7979
512 Main St.

Rushmore Plaza Civic Center
The region’s entertainment center hosts concerts, sporting events, conventions, meetings, theater performances and many other events year-round.
(605) 394-4115
444 Mount Rushmore Rd. N

Performing Arts Center of Rapid City
(605) 394-1786
601 Columbus St.

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