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Foundation Celebrates Washington Pavilion’s Arts Endowment Challenge Success

A news conference for the Arts Endowment Challenge

On Wednesday, July 17, the Sioux Falls Area Community Foundation joined in celebrating the Washington Pavilion’s announcement that it has successfully raised $500,000 for the Arts Endowment Challenge.

The Arts Endowment Challenge was created by the Community Foundation in 2015 as a way to help strengthen arts organizations serving our community.

The Community Foundation’s support for the effort was significant — through the Challenge, the Foundation matched $1 for every $3 in new endowment donations raised by the Washington Pavilion.

Pavilion officials said the increased endowment will “aid a variety of Pavilion programs and outreach as well as upkeep and renovation of the Paladino Hohm Sculpture Garden located on the north side of the Washington Pavilion. Read the full news release from

Andy Patterson, president of the Sioux Falls Area Community Foundation, said the Pavilion’s success with the Arts Endowment Challenge illustrates the generosity of the Sioux Falls community, as well its love for the arts.

“At the Sioux Falls Area Community Foundation, we believe that great arts organizations like the Washington Pavilion have the power to strengthen and enhance the vibrancy of our community. We also know that sustaining great arts organizations can be a challenge for any community,” Patterson said.

“So we’ve been excited and honored to help build this endowment fund, which will help provide a long-term, stable source of annual support that helps ensure the continued sustainability of annual arts programming our entire community can enjoy.”

Photo Above: Andy Patterson, president of the Sioux Falls Area Community Foundation, speaks during the Washington Pavilion’s Arts Endowment Challenge announcement. Patterson was joined by Larry Toll, former CEO and co-president of the Washington Pavilion, and Darrin Smith, president and CEO of the Washington Pavilion.

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