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Center for the Arts

The LifeScape Center for the Arts specialty program provides access to the creative arts for children and adults. There are opportunities in both visual and performing arts that are modified to each individual’s needs. It is supported through private gifts.

The Center for the Arts aims to:

Visual arts

Provide visual arts which are created independently and of higher caliber.

Making are accessible

Provide individualized adaptations to make art accessible to everyone​.

Creating experiences

Create performing arts experiences which provide a high level of entertainment.

Educating the community

On the importance of recognizing individuals for their abilities rather than their disabilities.

Artistic opportunities

Bolster confidence in the artists and teaches them there is no wrong way to do art.

Visual Arts

The Center for the Arts has a strong emphasis on individualized creation in the visual arts. The program is able to provide adapted tools and methods and continually works to find accessible and out-of-the-box ways to ensure independence for all artists.

  • The Washington Pavilion
  • The ArtAbility art show, sponsored by the Sioux Falls Mayor’s Disability Awareness Commission
  • Sioux Falls Chamber Mixers LifeScape fundraising auctions
  • Local businesses that have commissioned pieces
  • South Dakota Legislature
  • South Dakota Arts Council
  • The Kennedy Center’s Very Special Arts (VSA) national and international contests
  • U.S. Department of Education

Performing Arts

The Center for the Arts provides at least one major performing arts opportunity every year that features an all-ability cast of performers. The productions work together to bring together performers from LifeScape as well as individuals within the community who may or may not have a disability. The collaborations have brought tremendous success both on stage and behind the scenes.


Major funding is provided by The Howard and Louise Kelley Center for the Arts Endowment Fund, established in 2017 with an estate gift to the LifeScape Foundation. Significant funding is also provided by the LifeScape Ambassadors, grants, and other private donors. LifeScape does encourage further gifts to this endowment fund, to help provide meaningful arts experiences to children and adults with disabilities. To learn more, contact the LifeScape Foundation at (605) 444-9800.

Featured Performances

Community Collaborators

The Center for the Arts is honored to work with multiple organizations locally and across the state and country to ensure the highest level of programming possible.

Who We've Worked With

  • The Black Hills Playhouse
  • Dakota Players, an outreach of the Black Hills Playhouse
  • Augustana University Theatre and Education Departments
  • Augustana University Theatrical Society
  • University of Sioux Falls Theatre Department
  • Washington Pavilion Community Learning Center
  • Washington Pavilion’s Dakota Academy of Performing Arts (DAPA)
  • The South Dakota Arts Council
  • The Kennedy Center’s Very Special Arts (VSA)
  • Barefoot Dance Company
  • Flutter Productions
  • Suzie Cappa Art Center
  • Numerous local and regional artists
  • Ari Albright and Creative Care, LLC University of South Dakota Art Department

Camp Bravo and Camp Create

Both Camp Bravo and Camp Create are retreat opportunities to explore artistic expression.

Camp Bravo

Done in conjunction with the LifeScape Center for the Arts and Black Hills Playhouse. Jr. Camp is designed for children and young adults of all abilities, ages 9-21. Campers spend the week exploring their performing skills, having an exciting camp experience, and making memories to last a lifetime! Theatre classes offer the opportunity to explore movement, music, and performance – all of which can be adapted to meet the needs of each participant. The week culminates with a fantastic performance! Along with theatre, campers participate in fun camp activities like horseback riding, wagon rides, archery, pontoon rides, fishing, campfires, and playing games with new friends – all in a completely accessible environment for campers!

Camp Create

Camp Create is a series designed for a shorter camp stay where adult artists can explore visual arts. Camp Create gives individuals the opportunity to work alongside professional artists in exploring their own artistry. The camp culminates in an artist showcase with friends and family invited. Currently the LifeScape Center for the Arts is working in conjunction with the Black Hills Playhouse in developing a Camp Create session to explore theatre with adults!

The Great American Talent Show

Treasure Hunt

Bard of Ballyfiddle

You Look Marvelous

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