The power of the arts: One South Dakotan’s story

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By Jim Speirs Executive Director Arts South Dakota


As I think about the deep and lasting impact of the National Endowment   the Arts (NEA) and South Dakota Arts Council in our state, friend and fellow musician Jami Lynn immediately comes to mind. I’ve worked with Jami on many occasions and she has often talked about her love of being a South Dakotan and joy in sharing her art “at home.

” Folk singer/songwriter Jami Lynn Buttke first gained an appreciation   music in a small South Dakota elementary school. Today she is a professional per mer of bluegrass and folk music, and brings her exuberance and musical talent into state classrooms as a roster artist with the South Dakota Arts Council’s Artists in Schools & Communities program. She believes in the power of the arts because of her own story of discovery


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