The Arts

Sturgis is a small community with a big fine arts footprint! Learn more about our local arts organizations below, and take time to participate in our self-led Sturgis ARTWALK tour of nearly 30 sculptures throughout town.

The Arts


Sturgis is proud to be home of numerous breathtaking sculptures and public art pieces in a variety of mediums. Home of renowned scupltor and South Dakota Artist Laureate, Dale Lamphere, Sturgis has embraced the arts for many years and even features several of his sculptures.

Spend an afternoon touring Sturgis by car, bicycle, motorcycle, or foot to take in the beauty of these artistic works. Click the button below to view the new 2021 Sturgis ARTWALK map and brochure, including four new 2021 sculptures. The Sturgis ARTWALK is a collaborative initiative by the Downtown Sturgis Foundation, Sturgis Area Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau, Sturgis Area Arts Council, Greater Sturgis Foundation, and City of Sturgis:

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View the 2021 ARTWALK Brochure

Sturgis Center for the Arts

Sturgis Center for the Arts, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to enriching the community of Sturgis and the surrounding area through the arts. They offer one-on-one art and music lessons, as well as group lessons and classes. Educational opportunities encompass the visual arts, musical arts, and theatrical arts.

Art and music supplies are also available for purchase or special order. Students from low-income households have the opportunity to apply for scholarships to help pay for lessons.

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

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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 the 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.

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Sturgis Art Festival

The Sturgis Area Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau hosted our first-ever downtown Sturgis Art Festival in June of 2021! The event was a huge success and highlighted the many art and craft vendors, food vendors, and performers in our culturally-rich area. Click below to learn more about this new annual event:

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