THE PREMIER WESTERN SOUTH DAKOTA ARTS CENTER FOR
CONTEMPORARY VISUAL ARTS, ARTS EDUCATION AND PERFORMING ARTS.
The Dahl Arts Center has served as a premier western South Dakota arts center for contemporary visual arts, arts education and performing arts since it opened in October 1974. It is a public facility, gifted to Rapid City by Mr. & Mrs. A.E. Dahl, owned by the City of Rapid City and is managed by the Rapid City Arts Council.
The Dahl houses a flexible use event center, five visual arts galleries, an interactive children's gallery, the Cyclorama Mural of American History, gift shop, classrooms for artists of all ages and abilities and Emerging Artist performing space. This multi-purpose community arts center is used by artists and arts organizations for arts, private and corporate gatherings.
The "new Dahl" opened in January of 2009, almost tripling it's size, after a $7.8 million dollar renovation. $3.25 million dollars of the project was funded by the City's Vision 2012 program, with the remainder raised by the RCAC through generous community and foundation support.
Arndt (Art) Dahl, a prominent banker in Rapid City, was an admirer and friend of Bernard Thomas. But it was his love of art and dedication to his community that drove him to build the Dahl Arts Center. It was his gift to the City of Rapid City, with the request that the management of the facility be under the direction of the Rapid City Arts Council.
Because of Art Dahl's vision, the Dahl Arts Center continues to thrive today, offering education programs for young people and adults, exhibitions with a special focus on regional, contemporary artists, and support to artists and arts organizations in Rapid City.