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If you attended ruralX this summer, you were part of a presentation from South Dakota artist Amber Hansen, who taught us about the value of communal creativity and how art can bring people together. Coincidence or not, we are seeing a flurry of artistic endeavors taking place across South Dakota.
Catching up with Amber
Amber Hansen, keynote speaker at ruralX and producer of the film “Called to Walls” has had a busy summer. Just two days after her visit to ruralX, she flew to Paraguay where she helped create a large mural in a neighborhood that had recently lost its hospital. The purpose of the mural was to pay tribute to the hospital and to try to help people re-imagine the potential of the space.
The Meridian District Art Project in Yankton
It’s all coming together.
In 2017, Design:SD … Read More »
South Dakota Grants in Place is a cooperative venture between the Rural Schools Collaborative and Dakota Resources. Grants in Place provides a modest grant to rural teachers so they can engage with their students and community in place-based learning.
The Grants in Place program was implemented in South Dakota by Dakota Resources to connect rural teachers and students to their community through local projects. “Building the connections between rural schools and communities will help us ‘Get Better Together’”, says Mike Knutson, Dakota Resources Learning Network Director.
Jim Beddow, former President of Dakota Wesleyan University and Board Chair for the Rural Schools Collaborative stated, “We believe that place-based education gives meaning to learning, strengthens the bonds between school and community, and instills pride in the cultures and histories of rural places and small towns.”
In South Dakota, funding for five Grants in Place awards … Read More »
Citi Community Development is engaged in communities across the country supporting economic development, inclusive finance and housing. The corporate group works to support underserved individuals and families and seeks collaborative partnerships with organizations like Dakota Resources to help make an impact.
“Citi has had a solid relationship with Dakota Resources for more than ten years and we value their partnership,” explains Ruth Christopherson, Senior Vice President of Citi Community Development. “They are doing great things for our rural communities through our support of Dakota Resources, I have seen firsthand how one organization in a small community can make a difference.”
Ruth attended ruralX as the Citi Community Development sponsor the past two years and is excited about the direction the event is taking.
“The first year was huge, but the second year was when I really saw people come together, sharing ideas and … Read More »
When Dakota Resources conducted a national search to help in the recruitment of a new President, they turned to executive search firm Ballinger Leafblad.
Ballinger Leafblad is located in St. Paul and partners with civic organizations across the Midwest, particularly northern Iowa, Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota. Their deep knowledge of this region, combined with their ability to scout qualified candidates from all over the nation, makes them a great fit for higher education institutions, foundations, non-profits and other civic-minded organizations.
“We often find that rural communities just don’t have the connections needed to help find exceptional candidates for these vital leadership positions. We can help introduce them to new networks, tell their stories and spread the word about great rural leadership opportunities,” says Marcia Ballinger, Co-Founder of Ballinger Leafblad. “We talk to talented people all over the world, and it … Read More »
The Bush Foundation invests in great ideas and the people who power them in communities across Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and the 23 Native nations that share the same geographic area. To date, the Foundation has invested more than one billion dollars in grants to thousands of organizations and individuals.
Dakota Resources is proud to be one of those organizations.
Through their Event Sponsorship program, the Bush Foundation sponsors events that inspire, equip and connect people to think bigger and differently and to lead more effectively. RuralX, a Dakota Resources event, is designed to bring rural leaders and shapers together to do just that.
“There are some real challenges in rural communities that require unique solutions,” explains Jen Ford Reedy, Bush Foundation President. “One size does not fit all. An event like ruralX brings people together from a variety of backgrounds … Read More »