Art Forms: Renovations of the GAR room planned | Editorials


Built in 1887 and one of the few of its kind still standing in the United States, the Grand Army of the Republic Building (GAR Hall) now serves as a small art gallery and houses Yankton Area Arts. In 2000, the building underwent extensive renovations to become the home of the arts in Yankton.

Exterior wooden doors have endured many years of rain, wind, ice and snow, literally breaking them at the seams and weakening them. Doors swell with moisture, making them difficult to open and close. Then the forced opening and closing of the doors weakens them even more. It’s time to update and repair our doors and add period appropriate structures like a canopy to provide protection from the elements.

Due to the historic nature of the gates and building, these updates will be costly but will secure our building and ensure YAA’s longevity in this historic Yankton treasure. Thank you to those who have already donated to our campaign! You can add your name to our ever-growing list of supporters and donate to the Dollars for Doors campaign by visiting or texting Dollars4Doors at 44-321.

Each December, Yankton Area Arts transforms the GAR Hall Art Gallery into the perfect festive shopping boutique for all your gift-giving needs. The Crimson Door Holiday Shopping Boutique is Yankton’s oldest pop-up store. With nearly 50 regional artists offering one-of-a-kind handmade items perfect for gift giving all year round, the Crimson Door is a local favorite. This year’s store is full of festive home decor, jewelry, mittens, scarves, hats, blankets, pillows, books, bags, key chains, gift cards, ornaments, games, honey, dog toys and much more! The Crimson Gate is open daily from December 5-23 with hours Monday-Friday 12-6 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m.-4 p.m., and Sunday 1-4 p.m. YAA members are invited to a preview shopping experience on Saturday, December 12, 4, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. as part of a member appreciation event. Members will receive a small token of appreciation (while supplies last) and music provided by Monte Gulick and Pat King will enliven the gallery in the afternoon. Support local artists this year at the 16th Annual Crimson Door Holiday Shopping Boutique.

The Yankton Area Summer Band (YASB) will reunite this winter for a special holiday concert on Sunday, December 19 at 4 p.m. at the Yankton High School Theater. The concert will be conducted by guest conductor James Stueckrath, director of the orchestra at Huron High School, and is free to the public thanks to support from the City of Yankton and the Parks and Recreation Department. A cookie reception hosted by Explorers Credit Union will immediately follow the concert at the High School Commons. Join us for the music and festive holiday spirit, and stick around to enjoy cookies and socialize with your neighbours!

YAA is looking for volunteers to serve on some of our committees throughout the year. Committee involvement includes, but is not limited to, event planning and organization, marketing, facility updates, education, fundraising, member recruitment and much more ! Contact us to learn more at [email protected]!

We greatly appreciate the support of the community to keep our programming running smoothly throughout the year. If you can, please consider making a one-time or monthly donation, becoming a member at, or simply following our social media channels on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube! Thank you for your support.

Yankton Area Arts is a non-profit arts organization located at 508 Douglas Avenue in Yankton. GAR Hall Art Gallery is open with special hours this holiday season Monday-Friday 12-6 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m.-4 p.m., and Sunday 1-4 p.m. There is a ramp in the gallery located on the southeast side of the building. The gallery bathroom is wheelchair accessible. For more information or assistance, call the YAA office at 605-665-9754 or email [email protected]


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