Events for April 2017

Kid Quest: Listen Closely

April 1, 2017
1:00 pmto4:00 pm

Everybody has a story. Every story is unique. Add your story to our community clay project by creating a wind chime out of clay. Our projects will be installed together in May at Heritage Garden, adjacent to Woodlawn Park in Moorhead.

Kid Quest is a monthly art event offered from October to April. Each Kid Quest offers gallery experiences and art making in the Center for Creativity. Fun for the whole family. FREE! Preregistration is required. Registration opens one month prior to each Kid Quest event. Click on “Register” or call 701.551.6100.

Poetry, Wood, and Water

April 4, 2017
6:00 pmto8:00 pm

Explore and engage in artful writing in the exhibition Cultural Confluence: Work by Truman Lowe with regional authors Lise Erdrich and Nancy Devine.

This event is part of our “Currents” series, exploring the social, ecological, and poetic power of water, inspired by Truman Lowe’s exhibition Cultural Confluence.

 Free and open to the public, registration requested.


Artist Talk: Nick DeVries

April 6, 2017
6:00 pmto7:00 pm

Join us for an artist talk with Robert Kurkowski Ceramic Studio artist in residence Nick DeVries. Nick DeVries has been working in ceramics for the past 14 years. He studied at St. John’s University where he finished a bachelor’s degree in art in 2001 with a concentration in painting and ceramics. Since his college years, Nick has worked as a production potter for a Minneapolis-based pottery, taught courses at the Edina Art Center and Northern Clay Center, and currently pursues his own studio ceramic work.

DeVries’s work is featured in the Resident Ceramic Artists Exhibition: Megan Mitchell and Nick DeVries, on view March 6 – May 31, 2017 in the Creativity Gallery at Plains Art Museum.

Free and open to the public

Creative Voices Talk: Jessica Metcalfe

April 13, 2017
6:00 pmto7:00 pm

Join us for a conversation with Native American fashion scholar Dr. Jessica R. Metcalfe (Turtle Mountain Chippewa). Metcalfe is the owner of Beyond Buckskin, a website and boutique dedicated to promoting and selling Native American made fashion. She has co-curated exhibitions and taught college courses in Native American studies, studio art, art history, and literature. Her current work focuses on American Indian art, clothing, and design from all time periods, with an emphasis on contemporary artists.

Free and open to the public

The Butterfly Effect Film Screening + Discussion

April 20, 2017
6:00 pmto8:00 pm

Independent filmmaker Deb Wallwork’s 2016 film The Butterfly Effect is a documentary film about hope, beauty, transformation and resilience. It presents stories from a variety of people, artists, teachers, farmers, Native Americans, and wildlife ecologists, who are concerned about the dwindling population of an important pollinator: the monarch butterfly. The film interweaves personal narrative, experimental film, and animation with the inspiring stories of those determined to change the world one milkweed at a time. Join us the week of Earth Day for a screening of this film and discussion with the filmmaker.

Free and open to the public

Philosophy for All Fargo-Moorhead: What’s Interesting About Boredom?

April 20, 2017
7:00 pmto8:00 pm

Philosophy for All Fargo-Moorhead is open to everyone interested in philosophy. Its aim is to approach philosophical problems in a non-technical way to enable everyone to participate in discussion and debate. It aims to combine serious philosophical activity with an informal exchange of ideas and views.  

Topic: What’s Interesting About Boredom?

In Fundamental Concepts of Metaphysics Martin Heidegger offers a remarkable 90 page analysis of boredom. By means of careful phenomenological description and analysis, Heidegger argues the the mood of profound boredom unveils the deepest nature of human existence, especially the temporality of that existence.

Presentation by George Connell, Concordia, followed by discussion.

Free and open to the public.

Recycling the Clay Community Day

April 22, 2017
10:00 amto4:00 pm

This Earth Day, create original art using recycled clay from our ceramics programs. Teaching artists will lead demonstrations on making different types of ceramic objects. Participants can sign up for one of three sessions offered at 10:00 AM, noon, or 2:00 PM. Registration begins two weeks before this event and covers the cost of creating, glazing, and firing of up to two objects. Call 701.551.6100 or register below. Register for a single session: 10 AM, 12 PM, or 2 PM

$8 per participant.


Art and Autism Workshop Series: Inside My House

April 29, 2017
10:00 amto11:30 am

All sessions are developed and instructed by Plains Art Museum Education Staff and Special Education professionals for families with children on the Autism Spectrum Disorder. For registration, call 701.551.6100, or register below.

Get inside the paintings of David Bradley through imaginative play in the exhibition Indian Country: The Art of David Bradley. Using collage, participants will design a room of their own. This program will include a snack break. Registration deadline is Saturday, April 22. Parents/caregivers may request an orientation prior to the event – contact to schedule.

$10 per group/family