state arts action network
Pat BoydPat Boyd is the Executive Director of South Dakotans for the Arts (SoDA). She has been active in arts education and community cultural development since moving to South Dakota in 1978. Three weeks after moving to her new home, she was invited to join the Dance Committee of her local arts council (Madison) and teach children’s dance and creative movement. She then became their program and gallery director.
Local arts have been her passion ever since. She has worked with SoDA in different capacities since 1982, first as a member of the council of the SD Community Arts Network. Pat was Executive Director of the Mitchell Area Arts Council and Oscar Howe Art Center and during that time became an original member of SoDA’s Technical Assistance Group of peer advisors for arts organizations statewide. In 1995, Pat moved to the Black Hills to join the SoDA staff as Program Director and became its Executive Director in 2001.
Pat has developed a clear understanding of the diversity and depth of the arts community in her adopted state. She works with arts organizations and venues in communities of all sizes; with school boards, administrators and teachers; with individual artists and artist’s organizations. She is a registered lobbyist in South Dakota and is responsible for advocacy leadership for the arts and arts education.
In addition to a strong working partnership with the South Dakota Arts Council, the state arts agency, SoDA works with State Departments of Tourism and Development, Education, Agriculture, Social Services and Corrections; universities; and with the large and growing numbers of businesses and individuals who support the arts and culture of South Dakota. Among the programs she has developed are: Community Arts Handbook; Children’s Capitol Art Show (SoDA Day at the Legislature); ArtsCorr, artist residencies in the state’s juvenile correctional facility; Regional Arts Days; SD Alliance for Arts Education Advisory Council; Community Arts Network Advisory Council; Peer Advisory Group; CANmail weekly e-news arts digest; Arts for Every Child and Fine Arts Studies initiatives.