Center for the Arts
The LifeScape Center for the Arts is a specialty program which provides access to the creative arts for children and adults. The program provides both visual and performing arts opportunities which are modified to the individual needs of each artist.
The Center for the Arts aims to:
- Provide arts opportunities which bolster confidence in the artists and teach them that there is no wrong way to do art
- Provide visual arts which are created independently and of high caliber
- Create performing arts experiences which provide a high level of entertainment
- Provide a platform to educate the community on the importance of recognizing individuals for their abilities rather than their disabilities
- Provide individualized adaptations to make art accessible to everyone.
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 of their artists.
Center for the Arts artwork has been featured at:
- 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
- US Department of Education
The Center for the Arts provides at least one major performing arts opportunity annual which 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.
- VITA (2013)
- ASCENT (2014)
- The Superhero Show (2015)
- You Look Marvelous (2016)
- The Wizard of Oz (July 2016)
- Space School Musical (January 2017)
- The Bard of Ballyfiddle (January 2018)
- Pen to Stage (December 2018)
- Treasure Hunt (December 2018)
- The Great American Talent Show (February 2019)
- Elf Jr., the Musical (December 2019)
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.
- 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 held just north of Watertown at Joy Ranch. Joy Ranch is an accessible facility which provides adapted camp activities, trained staff, and on-site nursing availability during camp sessions.
In its third year, is 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 will 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 will culminate 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 is a series designed for a shorter camp stay where artists can explore visual arts. Camp is designed for our adult artists to work alongside professional artists in exploring their own artistry. The camp culminates in a 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!
Interested in Learning More?
For more information on the Center for the Arts at LifeScape, please call 605-444-9631.Contact Us