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City of Freeman, South Dakota

Freeman, South Dakota



The NEA grant will support a master plan, community engagement activities, and conceptual design for the Freeman Arts Earth Center in South Dakota. Architect Stephen Luoni will be the lead designer for a 16,000-square-foot cultural center, which will house a theater, recital hall, and space for arts and agriculturally-based programming. The center will be a new model for rural communities seeking innovative approaches to restoring economic and cultural vitality by combining arts training, performances, and heritage food production under one roof. The master plan will ensure that the center is designed as an anchor institution with strategic connections to other facilities and amenities in Freeman. City of Freeman's partners include the University of Arkansas Community Design Center, Center for Architectural and Rural Sustainability, and Partners with Freeman Academy. Located on U.S. Highway 81, Freeman is a rural community of 1,300, with the potential to become a new attraction for tourists that are drawn to the region to visit historic Yankton, the Corn Palace, and Mount Rushmore.