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The VCA is committed to the inclusion of the arts in everyday public life. We host, support, and promote events aimed at entertaining and enriching our community, from film showings to nature hikes. It's how (and why) we #LOVermillion. 

Photography provided by Jacq Johns


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Obscure-but-still-living Vermillion artist Bill Reetz is our exhibiting artist for the month of August, with a splendid showing of paintings and mixed media art dating from his prison years up until the present moment. Still free and able to create mischief, the artist invites you to attend the closing reception on August 30, starting at 9pm. The Most Opinionated art lover will receive an original Reetz that night.

The exhibit will be available for view through Aug 30. The gallery is open 3–10pm Tuesday–Sunday.


The Netflix documentary Diagnosis covers the case of Vermillion locals Breteni Morgan-Berg and her daughter Kamiyah, who has struggled with mysterious intermittent paralysis since birth. In the episode, Dr. Lisa Sanders uses her platform of New York Times columnist to crowdsource a diagnosis for Kamiyah. Let's watch this part of their story unfold on screen together, Saturday, August 17 at 1pm at the Coyote Twin Theater. Admission is free.

Can't make it to the community showing? The series will be available on Netflix starting August 16, and you can support Kamiyah by donating to the Mighty Kamiyah D. fundraiser: https://www.gofundme.com/mighty-kamiyah-d

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Two years ago Vermillion Cultural Programming set out to raise funds to replace the roof on the historic Vermillion Theater and this summer WE DID IT! The new roof was completed earlier this month thanks to Weatherguard Urethane Roofing & Insulation LLC. Fixing the roof was the first step in our longterm plans for renovating the space—now that we're watertight, we can really start dreaming!

The Raise the Roof concert series was spearheaded by our champion Cultural Programming chair Jessi Hanson, who booked the shows and bartended at concerts. She's incomparable. 💖

We of course owe a big debt of gratitude to our partners in fundraising who donated their talent and enthusiasm:

Warning Shots
Bluff Ridge Band
Beard - Vermillion, SD
Blue Ruin Page
Canby Misfits
Heather Wilson and her crew for the burlesque show
Jeff Kleeman for the music-themed murder mystery party
Leslie Butwin Gerrish for the karaoke party

Further thanks are owed to partners contributed to making the Verm a great music venue:

Erin and John Vogel (bathrooms and plumbing)
Building Maintenance Co. and Tim Odom (seating)
Vermillion Area Community Foundation (stage lights grant)
Adams Production Services (audio/lighting guidance)
Beard (PA systems and monitors)

And finally VCA board members and community patrons who bumped us up to the goal line:

Sue & Doug Tuve
Bill & Angela Anderson
Betty & Larry Smith
Greg Redlin
Jen Peterson
Ted Muenster
Jim Abbot

What an incredible grassroots community effort, y'all! We are SO GRATEFUL.

Now . . . who wants to party? Verm movies, concerts, and more coming 'atcha again this fall!