Dahl Arts Center Celebrated for Acts of Excellence

Celebrating Acts of Excellence, One Act at a Time

The Acts of Excellence program connects us with individuals and organizations who are building a culture of excellence in South Dakota, one act at a time.

Please join us and area inductees to celebrate this Act of Excellence on Wednesday, November 28, 2018, from 4:30 to 6 pm at the Suzie Cappa Art Center in Rapid City, South Dakota. See all of the event details here:

Giving Art a Home in Rapid City

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Since its opening in October 1974, the Dahl Arts Center has served as the premier western South Dakota arts center for contemporary visual arts, arts education and performing arts. It is a public facility, gifted to Rapid City by Mr. and Mrs. Art Dahl, owned by the City of Rapid City, and managed by the Rapid City Arts Council.

The Dahl Arts Center is home to the unique Cyclorama Mural, which features a nearly 200-foot oil-on-canvas panorama spanning 200 years of U.S. economic history. Art Dahl commissioned his friend, the acclaimed muralist Bernard P. Thomas, to design and paint this extraordinary work, featuring events from the Industrial Revolution to the moon landing.

In January of 2009, the “new Dahl” opened its doors after a $7.8 million dollar renovation, almost tripling its size. $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.

Today, along with the Cyclorama Mural, the Dahl houses a flexible use event center, five visual arts galleries, an interactive children’s gallery, gift shop, classrooms for artists of all ages and abilities and an emerging artists performance space. This multi-purpose community arts center is used by artists and arts organizations for arts, private and corporate gatherings.

Because of Art Dahl’s love of art and dedication to his community, 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.


Rapid City Arts Council @ the Dahl Arts Center. (n.d.). Retrieved November 15, 2018, from https://www.thedahl.org/

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