Hot Weekend, Cool Events: HHDS3 and Ramp Jam at the Plains

Hip Hop Don't Stop 3 Mural - Arctic Audio on 8th St. South in Fargo.

Hip Hop Don't Stop 3 mural logo - these penguins have no problem staying cool!

Downtown Fargo’s scenery is always evolving, and after last weekend, it has a bit more color thanks to the great new mural on the Arctic Audio building on 8th Street South. This mural is the product of the third installment of Hip Hop Don’t Stop, a collaborative mural painting project co-presented by Plains Art Museum and Idehaus. HHDS3 brought together artist Paul Ide and other Midwest premier street artists; STUN, EACH2, TOIL and JAPL to create the mural, Friday through Monday, while enjoying the cool beats of local DJ’s and hip-hop artists. Check out more of Ide’s work throughout downtown at the Gasper’s School of Dance and Performing Arts, Roberts Street Studio and behind Art Materials on Broadway.

As part of the Downtown Street Fair, the Museum presented Ramp Jam at the Plains Saturday afternoon – ramps were erected in front of the Museum for skateboarders, bikes, and inline skates. “The community support we saw on Saturday was great. Loads of people from the Street Fair stopped by to check out the action, even in the heat,” Museum Graphics Director Cody Jacobson said. Maybe it was the free hot dogs or This Skate and Snow merch giveaways, but skaters of all ages came out to show off their moves on the ramps.

Skateboarder Eric Hanson jumps a gap at the Ramp Jam.

Kids beat the heat at the Ramp Jam with fun water toys.

If you missed any of the action, check out the Museum Flickr page for more photos or come visit the Museum and check out Tom Kemmer’s skateboarding photography and videography, Local Spots, which is currently on display in the Xcel and Serkland Law Galleries.  Haven’t had enough of all things speedy on wheels? Join us August 18 for Bike Jamboree + Bike-In Movie Night for fun with a bicycle art project, bike tour of public art downtown, and an outdoor screening of “Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure” powered by The Mighty Quinn, a five-person bicycle! Donations are still needed for this event, please head over to the Events Page to learn more.