Community Foundation announces Arts Endowment Challenge participants

  • Posted on: November 5, 2015
  • Category: News

Three organizations to benefit from Philanthropic Boost
Sioux Falls Area Community Foundation announced the organizations selected to participate in the Arts Endowment Challenge: A Community Foundation Initiative, which leverages significant new endowment contributions to strengthen arts organizations serving our community. The Washington Pavilion of Arts and Science, Sioux Empire Community Theatre, and the South Dakota Humanities Council have been accepted into this endowment-building program.

Beginning immediately, the Community Foundation will contribute $1 for every $3 in new endowment donations raised by the three organizations, which were chosen through a competitive application process. Each agency proposed an endowment goal and a viable plan for meeting it, and described how they will use the endowment distribution to provide for the arts in the future.

“These organizations have high aspirational goals and big ambitions to grow their presence,” said Andy Patterson, president of SFACF. “The Arts Endowment Challengewill strengthen sustainability by increasing assets and heightening public awareness of the importance of maintaining a vibrant arts community. We endorse the value of the arts in our region, and wish these organizations all the best with this challenge.”  Patterson said each organization would use proceeds from its endowment challenge fund to support specific activities as outlined in their applications.

Washington Pavilion of Arts and Science
For the Washington Pavilion, growing endowment means having more resources to assure quality programming and sustainable facility maintenance, even in challenging economic times.  In its Arts Endowment Challenge efforts, the Washington Pavilion will focus on the Community Learning Center (CLC) and the renovation and upkeep of the Paladino Hohm Sculpture Garden.

The CLC encompasses all education programs that take place within the Pavilion and as outreach projects in the community.  This includes the Action Arts and Science Program which brings arts and science education programming to at-risk youth in the community at more than 20 partner sites, including the YMCA, Bowden Youth Center, and the Minnehaha Regional Juvenile Detention Center.  Having an endowment to help fund this program will assure that it is available to these young people year after year, and that more general operating funds are available for other areas of the Pavilion.

The Paladino Hohm Sculpture Garden is on the north side of the Pavilion property. Named to honor the parents of Jack Paladino and his late wife, Marsha Hohm-Paladino, the sculpture garden hosts performances, receptions and other events. An endowment would enable renovations and help pay to bring new and relevant sculpture exhibits to the garden for the community to enjoy.

Sioux Empire Community Theatre
Formed around a kitchen table in 2003, Sioux Empire Community Theatre (SECT) productions reflect the human condition and provide a collective experience for spectators and performers alike. Shows like “RENT” and “Lost in Younkers” depict our evolving culture through storytelling that sparks dialogue and societal understanding. Each season, SECT delivers four main stage productions, three studio shows, two youth educational camps, and a number of theatrical education programs.

The SECT Board will serve as advocates for the challenge and recognizes that endowment building, while new for SECT, is an important step in its development. Participation in the Arts Endowment Challenge is an opportunity for SECT to assure its audience that it will produce quality shows season after season.

South Dakota Humanities Council
Perpetual funding of literary arts programming in the Sioux Falls area fits the South Dakota Humanities Council’s mission, which states that the SDHC “celebrates literature, promotes civil conversation, and tells the stories that define our state.”  The council’s endowment contributions raised through the Arts Endowment Challenge will support literary arts programming such as One Book South Dakota, the Speakers Bureau, Reading Group Toolkits, literary grants and Festival of Books events in Minnehaha, Lincoln, Turner and McCook counties.

The Arts Endowment Challenge is made possible by a generous unrestricted bequest to the Community Foundation made by Mr. LeRoy Gliege. Generations of Sioux Falls area residents will enjoy performances, foster creativity, and share arts experiences because of Mr. Gliege’s benevolence. “Mr. Gliege’s legacy will encourage others, create beauty, enhance the economy of our area, and enrich our culture,” Patterson said. “That’s why the Community Foundation board chose to use this generous gift to spur significant giving to qualifying arts organizations.”

Sioux Falls Area Community Foundation gathers, grows, and grants charitable dollars — creating endowments, investing the assets, and using the proceeds to fund worthy community projects.  Since its inception in 1984, SFACF has distributed over $110 million in grants to charitable, educational, cultural, religious, and scientific activities. SFACF serves Minnehaha, Lincoln, Turner, and McCook counties and communities within a 25-mile radius of the City of Sioux Falls. Visit for more information.


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