Category Archives: advocacy

Baby Mountain Concert held in Madison…

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We almost forgot to update you on our last Baby Mountain concert event, in which we raised $162 for the Wounded Warrior Project. Quite a show indeed, we told you, and told you again for good measure, this wasn’t a show to be missed, honestly, such an incredible night for sure!

‘Dakota 38’ Community Dinner in Madison…

Saturday, December 14th, 2013

DSU Trojan Underground, 1-3pm

Work of Jerry Fogg

Work of Jerry Fogg

Join Dakota State University, President Borofsky, and the Madison community as we welcome the Dakota 38+2 riders and guests for a community dinner and program on the campus of Dakota State University.

Yankton Sioux Lakota artist and DSU alumni Jerry Fogg will be on hand to share his work and insights in regards to the Dakota 38, and their impact within his own work.

A special thanks to Dakota State University, DSU Diversity Services, Madison Public Library, Friends of the Madison Public Library, and the Madison Area Arts Council for their support of this community event.

This free public event will be hosted in the Dakota State University Underground, which is located in the lower level of the Trojan Center on the east side of campus directly to the west of Washington Avenue. Join us as a community as we welcome our guests to Madison.

Film Screening for ‘Dakota 38’ tomorrow in Madison…

Join us as we screen the documentary film ‘Dakota 38’ this December in the Mundt Foundation on the campus of Dakota State University.

Special guests Perry Little, Dakota 38 Eagle Staff Carrier, and John Beheler, the Executive Director of Dakota Indian Foundation, will be on hand to answer questions and provide their insights on the history of the ride itself and the history of the Dakota 38.

A donation of food will also be gathered at this time for the Dakota 38 riders needs. We are requesting donations of energy bars, granola, ‘Tanka’ products, beef jerky, Gatorade-type drinks, hot-coca mix, and other healthy options.

This event is free and open to the public, refreshments will be provided, and is considered appropriate for mature audiences.

This event is made possible with the support of the Madison Public Library, Friends of the Madison Public Library, Dakota State University, DSU Diversity Services, The Karl E. Mundt Library and Learning Commons, The Mundt Foundation, and the Madison Area Arts Council.

Jerry Fogg Piece Acquired…

We were glad to help sponsor artist Jerry Fogg’s recent showing at First Bank & Trust Gallery at Dakota State University. Part of that agreement included our purchase of an original piece from Jerry, which will be placed on loan to the Madison Public Library in the coming weeks ahead, yet another way we’re celebrating our 50th Anniversary.
“New Moon In Dakota Territory”

Fogg Loan

In the territory called Dakota settled the Oyate humans who formed the three clans of Dakota, Lakota and Nakota of the plains. Living peacefully in their own time, they celebrated by the darkness of the new moon and its cycle’s non-appearance in the heavens.

This 1886 Dakota Territory map shows the area which was vastly settled by whites, forcing the new moon celebrations to become just a dark period of time for these Oyate humans.

With time and science came the understanding of the moon’s recurring cycles. Now we look to the stars for new cultural practices.

Jerry Fogg Reception at DSU…


We partnered with the Dakota State University Gallery to bring noted Lakota artist Jerry Fogg to Madison once again, check out this our photo album via Facebook for a few pictures from his recent reception.

Thanks to everyone who came out and supported Jerry’s showing, much appreciated.

2 Big Nights this October…

Bat to Back

Bat House Party!

Wednesday, October 30th, 2013


The BrickHouse Community Arts Center

We’re going batty, literally!

bat angela

Join us for our next great event at The BrickHouse with “Bat House Party”, as we join forces with Dakota State University and instructor Angela Behrends to raise funds to purchase actual bat houses, to be placed on the grounds of the college.

This costume party fundraiser will feature one-of-a-kind original art postcards and hand-made masks created by DSU art students which will be for sale for $20 each, with proceeds benefiting the project. In addition, the Madison Area Arts Council will host additional bat-themed art created by DSU art faculty and local area artists, which will also be available to purchase in support of the project.

A $5 donation at the door is suggested, which will benefit the project as well. Awards will be given for best costumes, refreshments will be served, and a good time will be had by all.

Phantom Balance Live in Madison

Thursday, October 31, 2013


DSU Trojan Underground

We’re excited to welcome back our friends Phantom Balance to Madison this October. Dakota State Live Productions (DSU Live) and the Madison Area Arts Council have partnered together to bring this past year’s Jazzfest headliner of the ‘Second Stage’ to the Underground at Dakota State University.

This performance is open to the community, all ages, and is free to attend.

Plans announced for ‘Bat House Party’ to benefit Dakota State.

MAAC to support alternative housing fundraiser for DSU bat population


Angela Behrends, Dakota State University instructor, is fascinated with bats after working outdoors as a Naturalist for the South Dakota Game Fish and Parks (SDGFP) the last few summers. She recognized the benefit of bats as a natural insect predator.

At Dakota State University, most faculty and students are aware that bats frequently find their way into East Hall and Beadle Hall on the DSU campus. Remembering the poor, frightened bat that interrupted Behrends’ art history survey class in the East Hall auditorium compelled her to find out more about these creatures of the night and to implement the topic in one of her art classes at DSU.

This SDGFP and DSU convergence got Behrends thinking about how DSU could take on the bat situation while keeping the bats’ safety and security in mind, but still eliminating them from the interior atmosphere of the historic structures.

This semester, Behrends is teaching an Honors Art 121 Design 1 2D course comprised of 21 students. Along with the normal design work they will complete for the art class, their special honors project will focus on finding solutions for how the DSU community can co-exist with the campus bat community. The first step the class took towards a solution was to invite bat experts to campus to educate the class on bat basics.

Sarah Lewis, an SDSU graduate student studying artificial roosts for bats, and her advisor Associate Professor Dr. Scott Pedersen, spoke with the Art 121 class about their bat research: habits, habitats and other important bat information, to help the students devise a plan on how to humanely evict the unwanted indoor inhabitants of the campus buildings.

After the Lewis and Pedersen presentation, and with the help of Physical Plant Director Pat Keating, a small group took a tour of the attic of East Hall and the exteriors of East and Beadle Hall. The experts determined that the bat population around Beadle shows signs of being temporary roosts, which means the bat population will more than likely migrate to another location for winter. But, when the group toured the East Hall location, another conclusion of that bat population was determined.

The East Hall bats need to find an alternate habitat. The experts suggested conducting an exclusion, which means installing one-way shoots made of fabric or netting placed around the bat entry points, allowing the animals to exit the building safely. When the bats try to return to the entry point, they are unable to find the opening because the exclusion material covers points of entry, hence the term exclusion. Once the bats have left the building, their entry points are sealed. The removal tactic is hoped to rid the building of the unwanted visitors, and the installation of bat boxes on the exterior of the building may give the bats and alternate place to relocate. Exclusions should not be performed in the spring or summer when bat nursery roosts are established and functioning.

After it was determined that artificial roosts might improve the bat situation on the DSU campus, the Honors Art 121 class decided to do a fundraiser in order to purchase the high-quality bat boxes recommended by Lewis. The artificial roosts will be hung on East Hall. The goal of the group is to get the boxes installed this fall.

“Bat House Party” is an effort to raise the funds to purchase bat boxes, in conjunction with the Madison Area Arts Council. This costume party fundraiser is being held on Wednesday, Oct. 30th at The BrickHouse in Madison. At the evening event, one-of-a-kind postcards and hand-made masks created by DSU art students will be for sale. In addition, the Madison Area Arts Council is asking for donations of bat-themed art created by DSU art faculty and local area artists. More details of the fundraiser will be released later next week.

A single hunting bat can consume more than 1,000 mosquitos an hour. Most bats we see in our buildings are Big Brown Bats (which usually weigh under 30 grams). Red bats are extremely beneficial to area farmers since they have a specialized diet, eating exclusively corn moths. Behrends said, “If we think about it, we don’t want bats to disappear. The presence of bats in our community is a sign of a healthier ecosystem. We want to encourage more bat habitat around Madison, and then the bats could eat the bugs instead of us spraying insecticides on our skin and around the city.”



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