Dennis Holub, executive director of the South Dakota Arts Council since 1988 and an integral member of the Arts Midwest Board of Directors, will be retiring from South Dakota’s arts agency on January 23, 2009. He will be leaving behind a legacy of increasing opportunities and awareness for the arts across South Dakota.
Since joining the South Dakota Arts Council in 1971, Dennis has worked in a variety of ways to enhance the arts environment within South Dakota. Early in his career, he developed an artist-in-residency program for the state’s schools that continues to thrive today. Dennis helped create and strengthen local arts councils across South Dakota to provide cultural opportunities in the state’s large and small communities alike. As Executive Director, Dennis managed the $1.4 million agency through a series of transitions and worked for the passage of the first appropriation to the Art for State Buildings Program.
Dennis’ efforts also extend beyond South Dakota’s borders. He was the driving force behind a five-state regional arts conference, Art Beyond Boundaries, and its successor, the Prairie Arts Management Institute. Dennis has served on the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies board of directors and is currently a board member of the American Folklife Center of the Library of Congress and the Prairie Arts Management Institute as well as Arts Midwest. In 2004, Dennis was recognized for his outstanding leadership contributions to the arts field with the Gary Young Award, given by the National Association of State Arts Agencies.
Dennis is an esteemed colleague and cherished friend to the staff at Arts Midwest. We look forward to continuing to benefit from his insight as a member of our Board of Directors and sincerely thank him for his efforts to create cultural opportunities both within South Dakota and across the Midwest.