Art forms: YHS works of art are now on display | Editorials


Yankton Area Arts’ mission is to educate, advocate and enrich Yankton by integrating the arts into the community. Our mission was fully fulfilled with a recent partnership and painting class held at the Center in February under the direction of local artist, Jessi Koch. We value these partnerships so much and look forward to more offerings in the future!

Currently on display at the GAR Hall Art Gallery is the annual youth art exhibit featuring students from Yankton High School. These artists are guided by their instructors Peter Deming and Justin Brunick. The last time the high school exhibited its work, the exhibit was cut short by the onset of the pandemic. We are delighted to once again open our doors for these young artists from February 18th to March 29th with a special reception in honor of the artists and their teachers on Friday March 4th. YAA celebrates young artists each year because it is important to recognize arts education as a viable factor in the full development of citizens in a global society. The arts are necessary for a better quality of life for all! Please join us this month as we celebrate the diverse creativity of students in our community.

Yankton Area Arts is well on its way to securing GAR Hall for the long term, but we still need your help! In October, we launched a Dollars for Doors campaign to raise funds to update and repair the doors to GAR Hall and add period-appropriate structures like a canopy to provide weather protection. 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 remarkable Yankton treasure. We aim to raise $25,000 for the entire project and thanks to many donors in our community and beyond, we have raised nearly $9,000 so far. You can be part of this important campaign and donate to the Dollars for Doors campaign by visiting or texting Dollars4Doors at 44-321.

There’s always something artistic happening in Yankton! Mark your calendars to catch “Hedda Gabler,” a play by Henrik Ibsen and directed by Andy Henrickson, which climbs Mount Marty from March 31 to April 2. An exhibition of photographs by Lorrie Pullen is on display at the Bede Art Gallery in Mount Marty. . “Dakota Perspectives” is an exhibit of digital photographs of the Ihanktonwan (Yankton) Sioux Tribe Reservation. His exhibition is visible until March 27.

YAA is always looking for volunteers to serve on some of our committees, help in the office or gallery, or promote fundraising efforts 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. The GAR Hall Art Gallery is open Monday through Friday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. There is an access ramp to 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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