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City of Presidents, Rapid City - Photo by SD Tourism City of Presidents, Rapid City - Photo by SD Tourism

Arts & Culture

The Arts are Everywhere in the Rushmore Region

The Rushmore Region, home to two world-famous sculptures – Mount Rushmore and the Crazy Horse Memorial – has nurtured its reputation as a Mecca for visual and performing arts.

Black Hills Playhouse is a 350-seat professional summer stock theater in the heart of Custer Sate Park. The playhouse is affiliated with the University of South Dakota Theater Department. - Visit Site

The Matthews Opera House in Spearfish stages a variety of music and theater events year-round. The first-floor gallery is a showcase for visual artists. - Visit Site

Homestake Opera House was built in 1914 as a gift from Phoebe Hearst, wife of mining magnate George Hearst, as a gift to Lead's miners. Despite a 1984 fire, the Homestake remains a lively, though slightly charred, centerpiece in downtown Lead. - Visit Site

Wall Drug's Western art collection is world-renowned. The walls are filled with paintings by some of the West's most significant artists. - Visit Site

Rushmore Plaza Civic Center hosts everything from high-school basketball tournaments to nationally known musical acts and the Black Hills Symphony share the Rapid City, sometimes on the same night. - Visit Site

City of Presidents features life-size bronzes of all former U.S. presidents, from George Washington to George W. Bush, are located in downtown Rapid City. - Visit Site

Art Alley is a one-block stretch of alley in downtown Rapid City has become a colorful and creative outlet for the region's graffiti artists. It's a moveable visual feast that changes every time you visit. - Visit Site

The Dahl Arts Center in Rapid City gives voice to a variety of creative endeavors. - Visit Site

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