South Dakota Humanities Council

To all who worked on the book festival, you are geniuses! It was a perfect time! Such beautiful people! Such wonderful venues! Thanks a million on behalf of one very very happy Texan who hit the jackpot in getting to come! Love and gratitude.

Naomi Shihab NyeChancellor, Academy of American Poets

Our Mission

The South Dakota Humanities Council celebrates literature, promotes civil conversation, and tells the stories that define our state.

About Us

The South Dakota Humanities Council, founded in 1972, is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit and the only cultural organization in the state whose sole mission is to deliver humanities programming to the people of South Dakota. Our vision is to lead statewide advocacy for the humanities, working with other partners to foster literary and civic engagement. We support and promote public programming as well as provide grant funding for programs in traditional humanities disciplines.

In 2002, the Library of Congress designated the South Dakota Humanities Council as the home of the South Dakota Center for the Book. Since its inception, the Center for the Book has carried out its mission to celebrate the written word in South Dakota, extol the rich heritage of the state, and encourage authorship, literacy, and reading.

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Schwartz Prize: Call for 2016 Nominations
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Calling all outstanding public humanities programs! The Federation is now accepting nominations for the 2016 Schwartz Prize. Submission deadline is August 17, 2016.

MAY FEATURE: Humanities Documentaries
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Through the use of documentary films, councils across the country are reaching new audiences and sharing previously untold stories of our nation in ways that challenge our understanding of history while promoting community engagement.

March Pulitzer Campfires Council Programming
March Pulitzer Campfires Council Programming
March 17, 2016

From mountain sports, adventure journalism, war, political cartoons, incarceration and poetry, to reading, discussion, listening and understanding, council programs touch upon a diverse set of topics for this month’s Pulitzer Campfires programming.

FY2014 Income Survey Results
FY2014 Income Survey Results
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Based on audited information supplied by councils, the income survey report provides valuable information about the sources of council support each year, as well as funding trends over time.