The Arts

Sturgis Area Arts Council

In the mid-1970s, an organization named “Why Not Sturgis?” was formed to promote the arts in the Sturgis, South Dakota community.

In 1979, that group evolved when the Sturgis Area Arts Council was founded and officially recognized by local government.

The mission of the Sturgis Area Arts Council is “to initiate, sponsor, and conduct public programs to further the development, an awareness of, and interest in, the Arts.” To achieve this goal, the Council works closely with all facets of the community. The Council relies greatly upon donations and sponsorships from local individuals and businesses, and encourages local participation by presenting programs using local artists.

Sturgis Center for the Arts

1016 Main Street in Sturgis

 Business Hours:

Monday thru Thursday: 1 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Friday: 1 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Open on Weekends for special events only

Sturgis Center for the Arts, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to enriching the community of Sturgis and surrounding area through the arts.

Mission Statement:

To provide an environment of learning and appreciation of the arts.

Scope of Business:

Visual Arts

Musical Arts

Theatrical Arts


Education – providing music lessons, art classes, creativity clinics, theater workshops, etc.

Venue – providing a facility and infrastructure for the presentation and performance of various artistic events and activities
(e.g. art on display, recitals, concerts, plays, JAM sessions, etc.)