The Chair Is Not Me Art Show

March - April 2020

University of South Dakota

Muenster University Center - 2nd Floor

Open Seven Days a Week


May and June 2021

Homestake Opera House

Lead, SD

March  2022

Matthews Opera House

Spearfish, SD

FREE Admission

Sponsored by:

The National Endowment for the Humanities


The Perfect Hanging Gallery

     "The Chair Is Not Me," written by "JJ," James Janis is a collection of twenty-one poems about life experiences and challenges as a diversely abled individual.

     JJ grew up between the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation and Rapid City, South Dakota. Born with cerebral palsy, complicated with several other conditions, he was only expected to live 12 hours, but 60 years later he is still here! Writing is one of the things that sets JJ free from his disabilities and allows him to escape.

     Eleven of his poems are accompanied by mixed media illustrations by ten artists of diverse abilities and cultures.

      The collection seeks to advocate for individuals with diverse abilities through the exploration of disabilities and the culture surrounding disabilities, the human condition, life on Pine Ridge, and communication.

Beyond the Box


This timely collection humorously and poignantly explores the human construct of literal and metaphorical boxes 


This original piece of dance theatre is written in part by the Flutter Production

play writing class. 


Music Composed by Andrew Grace

Choreographed by Sara Olivier

Updated on May 4, 2020

Auditions are open for all actors and dancers with and without disabilities.

Auditions and Performances will be postponed until the summer of 2021 due to the Covid-19 pandemic.  We believe that the health of our performers, support staff, volunteers, and audience members is our top priority at this time.

Performance and Auditions Dates

for 2021 TBA

Peter and the Wolf

This fairy tale classic takes on a different twist in a collaboration with Prima School of Dancing. See if Peter can save his friends from the wolf that dwells deep in the forest when all the odds are against him.

Choreographed by

Christy Remington & Tricia Baltzer

Directed and Designed by 

Heather Pickering

Updated on June 12, 2020:

We regret that due to the Covid-19 Pandemic and out of the necessity to protect the health and well being of our performers, community partners, staff, volunteers, and audience members that we will be canceling our production of Peter and the Wolf.  We hope to return to our regularly scheduled programming in 2021. Thank you to all of those who have graciously continued to support us during these times. We deeply miss creating and sharing with our community.

Exploring the human endeavor
     Flutter In the News
August 2, 2017: 
Flutter Productions received a Creating Humanities Communities Challenge Grant from the National Endowment for the  Humanities.  Flutter  Productions , in partnership with the University of South Dakota School of Medicine will hold performances and  facilitated discussions that probe the history and culture of people with disabilities through the disciplinary lens of disability studies. 
National Endowment for the Humanities interprets the past, engages the present, and informs the future. We are the stories, ideas, and words that help us make sense of our lives and our world. We’re engaging people we’ve never met, visiting new places, and discovering ideas that have never crossed our minds. By connecting with ourselves and with others, we are exploring the human endeavor. To read the full press release visit:    

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