‘Other Event’ Category

Philosophy for All Fargo Moorhead / Mar. 2016

March 17, 2016
7:00 pmto8:00 pm

A Socrates Café Meeting    

At a Socrates Café the people present choose a topic of interest and then engage in discussion of it. The results are often lively, spirited, amazing discussions. At this meeting we will have our own Socrates Café.

Philosophy for All Fargo Moorhead / Feb. 2016

February 18, 2016
7:00 pmto8:00 pm

 Self-Deception and Happiness

Some claim a person’s own judgment of happiness can never be wrong. But what if there’s deception about an important part of one’s life–a significant relationship or an important achievement? And some theories claim self-deception enhances and is in fact necessary for happiness. Where do truth, honesty and integrity fit in here?

Presentation by Mark Chekola, MSUM Emeritus, followed by discussion.

Philosophy for All Fargo Moorhead / Jan. 2016

January 21, 2016
7:00 pmto8:00 pm

Ignorance, Colonialism and the Environment—Why It Starts With Me                                         

One of the central tenets of the environmental justice movement is that degradation of the land and its resources is simultaneously social injustice against its peoples targeted with oppression.  I am interested in looking at the oppressor side of these issues. What can we say about the patterns of oppressors when thinking about dominion over nature and its peoples? Ignorance is one of the key features of pattern of oppressors. Ignorance constructed by domination misrepresents reality in ways that sustain privileges of those in power. I will be applying this concept of vested ignorance to local situations of dominion over nature and its peoples.

Colonialism is a practice of domination—the conquering of people and land with the subsequent settling of a portion of the conquering population on that land.  I am trying to think about my environment in Northwestern MN.  What are the patterns of colonialism here?  The colonized peoples are Native Americans, specifically the Anishinaabe (Ojibwa) and the Dakota (Sioux).   But does it make also sense to think about the oppression of colonialism as it relates to the land?  Is the degradation of the land and its resources also a product of colonialism?  I will argue that the vested ignorance of the colonizer functions in the same way with respect to the people and the land. 

This project benefits from taking a local approach to these issues.  I will begin with my environment.  I will start with my own colonial history. 

Presentation by Claudia Murphy,  Independent scholar, followed by discussion.

Unglued Craft Fest 2016

February 26, 2016
5:00 pmto9:00 pm
February 27, 2016
9:00 amto4:00 pm

Now in its sixth year, the wildly popular Unglued Craft Fest returns for two days in February extravaganza of indie crafts and handmade goods that fills up three floors of the Museum and the Center for Creativity with the region’s best crafters and artisans. The annual gathering brims with creativity and wonderfully unique finds.

Friday night is the Craft Gala, a ticketed event with early shopping, live music, appetizers, and drinks. Saturday is free admission all day, and includes workshops for kids and adults, and free gallery admission. For more, visit ungluedmarket.com.

Holiday Art Sale

December 4, 2015
9:00 amto5:00 pm
December 5, 2015
10:00 amto5:00 pm

Find the perfect holiday gift at our sale, with works of art by students in Plains Art Museum classes, Open Studio participants, staff, and local artists. The proceeds will go to the individual artists, with a portion going to the Museum’s educational programs that take place in the Katherine Kilbourne Burgum Center for Creativity.


The Internet Cat Video Festival 2015

October 17, 2015
1:00 pmto3:00 pm
7:30 pmto9:30 pm

Fargo Theatre, 314 Broadway, Fargo $8 adult / $6 children
Buy tickets at Fargo Theatre or Plains Art Museum

The cats are back! Last year Plains Art Museum teamed up with the Fargo Theatre for the North Dakota premiere of the famed Internet Cat Video Festival, attracting a sell-out crowd. For the Museum’s 40th Anniversary, we once again bring back this cultural phenomenon. Produced and curated by the Walker Art Center, the wildly popular collection of the year’s best screen stars of the cat video world has become a national and international phenomenon. The festival is a live event, gathering fellow feline fanatics to watch cat clips in a social environment, to experience together the hilarity and fascination of this addictive art form.

The new reel will feature approximately 100 cat videos culled from nominations by the public in the categories of Comedy, Drama, Animated, Musical, Action, Vintage, and Documentary.

FMVA Studio Crawl 2015

October 3, 2015
10:00 amto5:00 pm
October 4, 2015
12:00 pmto5:00 pm

Stop in to see works by FMVA founding artists and Studio Manager Amanda Heidt, who will show examples of her artwork and provide demonstrations in the Hannaher’s Inc. Print Studio on the Museum’s third floor.
Free admission both days during regular Museum hours.

The Annual Meeting of the Membership

May 27, 2015
4:45 pmto5:45 pm

All members are invited to attend. Join us for appetizers and beverages.

Pollinator Party

July 16, 2015
1:00 pmto5:00 pm

Join us to celebrate the Pollinator Garden in the new Pollinator Plaza outside the Center for Creativity on Thursday, July 16 from 1 – 5 p.m. Stop by on your way to or from the Downtown Fargo Street Fair for art-making fun, meet the Buzz Lab kids, take tours of the garden, and other fun activities. We are also planning a major ceramics sale!

Pie Project Fargo
The Pollinator Party includes a social engagement project by the art duo “Low Tech/High Joy,” who use their homemade pies as a centerpiece for conviviality and conversation. Marlaine Cox and Karen Kasel from the Twin Cities were charmed by the pie culture of Fargo-Moorhead and proposed linking pies to the Museum’s Fargo Street Fair events and the Pollinator Garden (fruit for pies need pollinators!). Stop in to see their “pie diorama” in the Steven Berrell Memorial Commons at the Center for Creativity, and (while supplies last) have a free slice of pie and cup of coffee and get to know others who stop in for this afternoon of hospitality and fun.

Summer Ceramic Art Sale

July 16, 2015 9:00 amtoJuly 17, 2015 9:00 pm


On July 16, the opening day of the 40th Annual Downtown Fargo Street Fair, Plains Art Museum is hosting a full day of fun and shopping at the Museum with our Summer Ceramics Sale! We’re only two blocks off Broadway on First Avenue, so beat the heat and stop in for a fantastic art fair experience at the Plains!

  • Unique ceramic works by multiple professional and emerging area artists, including studio members and instructors of the Katherine Kilbourne Burgum Center for Creativity.
  • Plus offerings by artists who work in other media, from painting to printmaking and more!
  • Kids! From 1 to 5 p.m., join in the Pollinator Party and meet Buzz  Lab 2.0 interns, take tours, and create a work of art inspired by our Pollinator Garden.
  • Pie Project Fargo will provide free pie and beverages!
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