Museum finalist for ArtPlace Grant

January 1, 1970 - to
Museum finalist for ArtPlace Grant

Plains Art Museum has been named a finalist for a grant from ArtPlace, an initiative to accelerate creative placemaking across the United States through grants and loans, research, communication, and advocacy. The Museum was selected as one of 105 finalists, representing the best of the 1,225 letters of inquiry from across the country. Finalists were chosen for their potential to transform communities through placing art and culture at the heart of portfolios of integrated strategies that drive vibrancy and diversity.

“It is a huge honor to be a finalist for this prestigious national grant,” said Colleen Sheehy, Plains Art Museum Director and CEO. “We have been working on these public art projects for Fargo-Moorhead for several years, and an ArtPlace grant would help us to bring these to fruition. Our communities want more public art.”

The Museum’s grant proposal aims to increase the vibrancy of the urban cores of downtown Fargo and neighboring Moorhead by fulfilling three artist-led initiatives in Plains Art Museum’s program, Defiant Gardens for Fargo-Moorhead. The project was inspired by landscape historian Kenneth Helphand’s book, “Defiant Gardens: Making Gardens in Wartime” (2006) and applies his concept of “defiant gardens” as a productive model for place-making by artists to build vibrancy and social engagement into urban spaces. Projects include:

  • Defiant Garden for the Moorhead Power Plant
    • The Moorhead City Council, Moorhead Public Service Commission, and citizens have been grappling for five years about the redevelopment of the Power Plant building and site. The Defiant Garden for that site will bring people to a new garden in an area that has been off-limits because of its industrial nature and will create an amenity. Rob Fischer and Kevin Johson are serving as the artists for the Power Plant.
  • Pollinator Garden for Plains Art Museum
    • The Pollinator Garden will be created with K-12 school students and be tied to 4-H and science classes. The Museum site, which is surrounded by building, streets, and parking lots, will incorporate a lively green space and learning laboratory, where people in the neighborhood can convene and enjoy the outdoors. Christine Bauemler is serving as the lead artist for the Pollinator Garden.
  • Fern Grotto for Fargo
    • The Fern Grotto will bring people to a new amenity – a small greenhouse on the main retail street of downtown and be a pleasant respite during North Dakota’s long winters. There is currently no indoor green space in Fargo, like a conservatory, accessible to the public. Mark Dion, in collaboration with architect Regin Schwaen, is servings as the lead artist for the Fern Grotto.

This year’s grant recipients will be announced in May. To date, ArtPlace has distributed $26.9 million to 76 organizations in 46 communities across the country.  ArtPlace is a collaboration of 13 leading national and regional foundations and six of the nation’s largest banks. Participating foundations include Bloomberg Philanthropies, The Ford Foundation, The James Irvine Foundation, The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, The Kresge Foundation, The McKnight Foundation, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, The William Penn Foundation, The Rockefeller Foundation, Rasmuson Foundation, The Surdna Foundation and two anonymous donors. ArtPlace also seeks advice and counsel from close working relationships with various federal agencies, including the National Endowment for the Arts, the departments of Housing and Urban Development, Health and Human Services, Agriculture, Education, and Transportation, along with leadership from the White House Office of Management and Budget and the Domestic Policy Council. ArtPlace is also supported by a $12 million loan fund capitalized by six major financial institutions and managed by the Nonprofit Finance Fund. Participating institutions are Bank of America, Citi, Deutsche Bank, Chase, MetLife and Morgan Stanley.

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Unglued Craft Fest is this weekend

January 1, 1970 - to
Unglued Craft Fest is this weekend

Unglued Craft Fest

Plains Art Museum is anticipating a very busy weekend as we are hosting the third annual Unglued Craft Fest. On Saturday, February 23, from 9 AM to 5 PM, come join us for a variety of fun for {FREE}! There will be over 60 crafters and artists with their craft and work for sale. Shop for unique goods, enjoy live music, grab lunch at the café, and check out the Andy Warhol exhibit!

Interested in more Unglued fun? On Friday night, from 5 – 8 PM, we will be hosting the Unglued Craft Fest Gala night! Tickets are $8 presale and $10 at the door, which includes admission, one free drink ticket, appetizers, and live jazz. Also, guests are able to shop in a more relaxed environment of all of the craft fest vendors!

Click here to purchase tickets for the Unglued Craft Fest Gala: https://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/eventReg?oeidk=a07e6y8hkdu6a32152d&oseq=&c=&ch=

Hope to see you there!

Written by Savanna, Plains Art Museum Communications Intern

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Giving Hearts Day is February 14!

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Giving Hearts Day is February 14!

Support the Arts on Giving Hearts Day!

The Plains Art Museum is collaborating with Theatre B and the F-M Opera for support of the three downtown arts organizations that are participating in Giving Hearts Day. Giving Hearts Day is a 24-hour fundraising event started by Dakota Medical Foundation and Impact Foundation to raise funds for non-profits on one day – Thursday, February 14th. With your help, the museum can raise a tremendous amount of funding to support art education at the Museum.

On Thursday, February 14, we invite you to give from the heart by donating to the Plains Art Museum. All donations of $10 or more will be matched, up to $8,000.

How to donate:

  • Donate online! Visit impactgiveback.org to make a secure online contribution. Donations are accepted from 12 AM – 11:59 PM.
  • Stop in to the Plains Art Museum from 8 AM – 9 PM to make a donation in person! We will have table set up inside the Museum for donations to be taken onsite.

We are also hosting a noon Valentine’s concert with Darin Henze and Friends, so we invite you to come enjoy some music and grab lunch from the Café!

Any person who donates at least $10 in person to all three organizations (Plains Art Museum, Theatre B, and the F-M Opera) will receive a gift bag with tickets to all three organizations and a Museum t-shirt! Donations can be made in person at any of the three locations.

Additionally, anyone who donates $50 or more to the Plains Art Museum will receive a clay heart made by local children during our “Making Hearts Day” event that was held on MLK Day.

Here are some specific examples of how your donation can directly impact the Museum’s educational mission:

  • $50 pays for clay supplies for ten students
  • $100 pays for electricity and gas for the kilns for two months.
  • $250 pays for a teen art-making event.
  • $500 pays for weekend access to the Center for two weeks.
  • $1,000 pays for 100 children to take part in one Kid Quest.

A gift of any amount is greatly appreciated. Thank you for supporting the Plains Art Museum and our commitment to providing art education to our community!

Written by Savanna, Plains Art Museum Communications Intern

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Introducing Savanna…Communications Intern Phenom

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Introducing Savanna…Communications Intern Phenom

Being an intern for the museum, one of my job duties will consist of writing posts for the blog! My name is Savanna and I am interning with Nicole Ellis, the museums Communication Manager. I will be spending my Spring Semester doing a Cooperative Learning Experience here at the Plains Art Museum. I am a senior at Concordia College, majoring in Communications – Public Relations, along with a minor in Business.

I am so excited for this opportunity to expand my classroom knowledge through a real world experience! Throughout my internship, I am hoping to get a strong understanding of how the Communication Department promotes visual arts and education to the public.

I have been employed at the front desk of the Plains as a staff of Visitor Services since May of 2011. To have the opportunity to get involved and learn more about the organization and the impact creativity has on our community will be such a valuable experience.

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