In October 1974, the Dahl Fine Arts Center (now the Dahl Arts Center) opened its doors in Rapid City. Named after and funded by local banker Art Dahl, the facility is managed by the Rapid City Arts Council. The center boasts five art galleries, a children’s gallery, the Cyclorama Mural of American Economic History, a gift shop, and classrooms for various activities and events.
In 2009, the facility expanded when the city purchased the next door building, which previously housed Montana-Dakota Utilities. The expansion nearly tripled the size of the facility and cost $7.8 million dollars, part of which came from Rapid City’s Vision Fund.
In 2014, then Mayor Sam Kooiker declared October 20th as Dahl Arts Day in commemoration of the facility’s 40th anniversary, according to South Dakota Public Broadcasting.
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