Rapid City

Rapid City’s sculptures act as educational tools which make our history relatable, taking learning off of a page and placing it in front of us to discover. 

Rapid City’s vast array of sculptures honor American patriotism, heroism and the history of the region. These sculptures tell a story about who we are, where we came from and where we are going.

Rapid City’s history of private citizens giving back to the community by funding public art projects makes dreams a reality. Rapid City’s most popular sculptures, The City of Presidents, are privately funded. Without these 43+ statues, Downtown Rapid City would not be the same. These statues have entertained tourists and locals alike and are tributes to BIG idea’s becoming a reality. 

The community’s support of art has inspired new perspectives for artists. The Sculpture Project: Passage of Wind & Water began in 2012 when stone sculptor Masayuki Nagase was selected to carve 21 granite pieces in Main Street Square. The Sculpture Project illustrates the changes this region has endured through the passage of wind and water. 

The City’s history is filled with all kinds of artists responsible for many of the biggest attractions like Dinosaur Park, the Rapid Trout and the Fallen Officers Memorial. Each of these sculptures bring Rapid City’s legacy to life with the good, the difficult and the magnificent. 

Don’t miss out on Rapid City’s amazing galleries and community art programs like the Dahl Arts Center, Suzie Cappa Art Center, Prairie Edge Trading Co. & Galleries and Art Alley, all of which encourage and display freedom of expression at its finest.

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Find all of our favorite sculptures around town. Download the map and explore.

Trip Planner

Rapid City is home to a thriving and vibrant art scene. From brilliant sculptures downtown to emerging art galleries there is plenty of art to experience in Rapid City.

Arts & Culture

  • Originally built to house a 200 foot mural of American History, the Dahl is home to 3 rotating galleries that feature professional as well as upcoming artists.
  • Their mission is to showcase art created by artists of all ages and abilities including photography, ceramics, collage, music, acrylic and watercolor painting, batik, weaving and sculpture.
  • This public art project started in 2005 and is a tribute to freedom of expression. Local and visiting artists showcase their unique personalities through breathtaking street art murals. The alley is located in Downtown Rapid City and is a favorite to locals and visitors.
  • Prairie Edge has the finest selections of Native American art, crafts, jewelry, books and music to be displayed anywhere in the region.
  • Performing arts are brought to the main stage at the Performing Arts Center of Rapid City with shows like Les Miserables, Mary Poppins, The last Five Years and many more.
  • Rapid City is proud of its western and Native American heritage.
  • Rapid City has something for all appetites—whether it's fine dining and wine, chuckwagon meals or cheeseburgers and fries—you're sure to please the whole family.

Events

  • June through September
    Art Night Downtown is held every second Friday, June through September, from 5 to 8 pm. It brings businesses and artists together to create an interactive experience.
  • July 15, 2017
    In it's 5th year, this juried Native American art show and cultural celebration, is a free annual event in the heart of downtown Rapid City on the third weekend of July at Main Street Square. Native POP features original artwork for sale by established and emerging Great Plains Native artists and a full day of cultural performances on the stage at Main Street Square.
    Event Contact:
    Rapid City Arts Council
    605-394-4101
    http://nativepop.org/
  • Thursdays June 1 - August 31
    Rock out at the Main Street Square Concert series in Downtown Rapid City, featuring live bands, kids' activities, delicious food vendors, and an assortment of refreshments in the beverage garden.
  • Thursdays June 1 - August 31
    Summer Nights is a FREE event for all ages, every Thursday in downtown Rapid City! There's no better way to experience the vibrant nightlife of Rapid City!
  • June 10
    Browse this hip and happy maker's market, while tasting a variety of flavorful wine samples. With wine glass in hand, you can peruse dozens of booths featuring an eclectic blend of handcrafted items, artisan designs, vintage treasures, and fabulous finds to inspire your creative soul.
  • June - August
    The Black Hills Playhouse is located in gorgeous Custer State Park in the Black Hills of South Dakota on the site of an old Civilian Conservation Corps camp. The mission of the BHP is to enhance and inspire lives through professional theatre and learning experiences based in the Black Hills.
  • Dec 23, 2017 5:00pm - 7:00pm
    Location: Main Street Square
    Come watch a movie on the Main Street Square big screen. Cozy up next to the fire pit or skate to your favorite scenes. For event details, visit www.mainstreetsquarerc.com.