Promoting Arts in Our Community
Organized in 1967, the Aberdeen Area Arts Council (AAAC) is funded through memberships, the City of Aberdeen, grants from the SD Arts Council, and other grants. Its mission is to enhance the quality of life through the arts by initiating, sponsoring and encouraging art opportunities and promoting the arts through education in the Aberdeen area. We serve six counties in northeast South Dakota – Brown, Spink, Day, Edmunds, Marshall and McPherson.
A 501c(3) organization, the AAAC promotes arts in our community by hosting varied programming, co-sponsoring the ARCC Dance program, sharing information about each month’s events through radio, newspaper and Facebook and facilitating meetings of those involved in the arts. We also work closely with South Dakotans for the Arts to keep current on arts advocacy issues.
Programming presented annually includes events such as Arts in the Park, Winterfest, Storybook Land Festival, Storybook Land Theatre, and the Membership Extravaganza. Please visit our AAAC events page for a list of all upcoming AAAC events and our Area Arts Calendar for all arts events in the community.
AAAC Board of Directors
Angie Cleberg, President – Communication & Impact Coordinator, United Way
Lucas Quail, Vice President– Operations manager – KMOM, Dakota Broadcasting
Brad Olson, Secretary/Treasurer – Director of Finance – Sanford
Josh Phillips, Past President – Graphic design, photographer – Production Monkeys
David Eckert – Supervisor – Aberdeen Recreation & Cultural Center
Heather Scott – Instructor of Psychology/Department Chair, Northern State University
Karla Nelson – Brown County Deputy State’s Attorney
Katrina Schnabel – Human Resource Manager, Kessler’s Food and Grocery
Tara Engquist – CPA/Partner, Eide Bailly
Angela Huff – Administrative Assistant