An open Letter to Blueprint South Dakota’s Committee

Dear AIA South Dakota, 

I wanted to thank you and your communications committee for approaching the Sioux Falls Arts Council regarding hosting the Blueprint South Dakota blog in October. At first glance curating a blog for an entire month seemed a tall order, but we soon realized the many intersections between the arts and architecture and knew we would be remiss to not jump at this opportunity. 

Architecture is the first of seven forms of fine art, followed by; sculpture, painting, literature, music, performing and film. The worlds of art and architecture as so closely interwoven yet are seemingly polarized at times. During this month we will feature a variety of contributors that walk the line between both worlds every day.

It is our hope by exploring these cross sections your readers will be encouraged and reenergized to reach out to artists and arts organizations to collaborate and integrate the arts into your daily practice. We hope to see a continued support for the arts in your professional and personal endeavors.   

Thank you again for this space to give a voice to the arts. 

Sincerely,

Kellen Boice
Executive Director
Sioux Falls Arts Council 

Kellen Boice was born and raised in Sioux Falls, SD.  She graduated in 2000 from Roosevelt High School where she excelled in Marketing, Photography, Theatre and Graphic Art. Following high school, she started working full-time as a studio photographer for Harold’s Photo Center and freelancing weddings and seniors portraits. From 2004 – 2007 Kellen attended the Art Institute of Phoenix,  graduating with a BA in Advertising. After graduation, she started work as a marketing representative and in-house graphic designer for a master-planned community in Peoria, AZ. In 2011 she moved back to Sioux Falls to be closer to family and in 2014 started her role as Executive Director for the Sioux Falls Design Center where she worked hosting events to support and elevate the design community. November of 2019,  she left the Design Center and started as the Executive Director for the Sioux Falls Arts Council. Kellen sits on the Visual Arts Commission for the City of Sioux Falls and board member for the Friends of McKennan Park Neighborhood Association.

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