Art Central

Denim fence mural at Spearfish Rec & Aquatics Center

In 2016, The Matthews was selected as a recipient of a $200,000 Bush Foundation Community Innovation grant for ArtCentral, a community collaboration to centralize the arts as an integrated asset for inclusivity, economic development, and sustained outreach in the Spearfish area.

What is this Grant about?

Community Innovation Grants support communities to use problem-solving processes that lead to more effective, equitable and sustainable solutions. Think of it as civic R&D, allowing communities to develop and test new solutions to community challenges.

What does the grant fund?

There’s a lot of work that happens in between identifying a community problem and implementing a new breakthrough solution, especially if you want to engage your community, make the most of existing assets and work collaboratively with other organizations along the way. Our Community Innovation Grants support that process – they fund the work that it takes to create a community innovation.

The Foundation provides Community Innovation Grants of $10,000 to $200,000. Community Innovation Grants of $500 to $10,000 are available from our intermediary partner organizations: Headwaters Foundation for Justice (MN), The Consensus Council (ND) and the South Dakota Community Foundation (SD).

Our Sponsors

KEVN Black Hills Fox
Holiday Inn
Black Hills Pioneer
  • Wolff's Plumbing & Heating
  • Great Western Bank
  • Spearfish Motors
  • Real Estate Center of Spearfish
  • Black Hills Salt Cave & Spa
  • Killian's Food & Drink
  • Great Peaks Realty
  • Spearfish
  • DeSmet and Biggs, LLP
  • Forcoli & Songs Painting
  • TDG
  • Lucky's 13 Pub
  • South Dakota Arts Council