Equality & Inclusivity in Downtown Sioux Falls

July 28, 2020

Downtown Sioux Falls is a place for everyone, every day—a place of mutual respect and inclusivity, no matter a person’s race, gender, religion, or sexual orientation. As such, DTSF is committed to being a voice for equality, equity, and social justice.

We are the heartland of America—the land of the free. But if we are truly the land of the free, then an injustice upon one American is an injustice upon all Americans. The systematic oppression of Black Americans is inexcusable, insufferable, and immoral.

For 244 years, the American system—a well-intentioned experiment in free will, crafted by and for a certain segment of society—has evolved to include and give voice to those initially excluded. We have a racism problem in America. It’s time to let go of prejudice and end systemic oppression.

As the organization in charge of connecting, growing, and celebrating Downtown, inclusivity is core to what DTSF does. It is our responsibility to be part of the solution, proactively examining how DTSF can ensure all community members in Downtown Sioux Falls feel safe, are welcomed, represented, heard, and celebrated.

DTSF Art Box is an initiative intended to do just that. It is a collaboration between DTSF, the City of Sioux Falls, Bloomberg Philanthropies, Sioux Falls Area Community Foundation, and the Sioux Falls Arts Council. Art Box will celebrate our cultural landscape by wrapping utility boxes in Downtown Sioux Falls with artwork from within the region.

DTSF aims to curate engaging experiences, where all are included, free from judgement, and empowered to be their true self. We strive to facilitate new opportunities for Downtown and DTSF to add value to the lives of those in our community. Everyone deserves the dignity of living in a welcoming community.

What better place to build a more perfect union for the land of the free than in the heart of America—in the heart of Sioux Falls—Downtown Sioux Falls.