Downtown Art: Even Echoing in the Alleys

We’d be crazy not to recommend, first and foremost, the Dahl Arts Center, a sun-filled gallery featuring some of the best art to be found in the West. There’s no admission fee, but you’ll want to leave a donation or patronize the gift shop because the exhibits are that good. Now that you’re in a creative mood, explore downtown for all sorts of fun art. Rapid City Public Library has a whimsical “book worm” caterpillar at Seventh & Quincy, and step indoors to see a Dale Lamphere sculpture, Blue Stem Woman, in the History Room (Lamphere created the Dignity sculpture at Chamberlain and several other notable sculptures around town).  Rapid City has gained the nickname, City of Presidents, because of a major effort to place a bronze statue of each president on street corners. See how many you can identify. Busts of 20th century Native American notables stand in Halley Park at Main & St Joseph. And be sure to visit Art Alley, a hodgepodge of ever-changing murals in a stretch between St. Joseph and Main downtown. To contribute to Art Alley, all you need is paint and a free permit from the Dahl.

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