TUESDAY LUNCH LAUNCH: June 17
An Introduction to Art and Social Practice
Join artists and curators engaged in social practice for a lunch time conversation about socially engaged art in Fargo-Moorhead and beyond. Led by Plains Art Museum’s Social Practice Reading Group.
TUESDAY LUNCH LAUNCH: June 24
Meet Katie Hargrave
Katie Hargrave, a multi-media artist interested in the production of American identity through politics, history, mythology, and narrative, will introduce her project, In Poor Tastes Good, an exploration of the politics and history of sugar in the United States, examining moments of bitterness found therein. Hargrave’s project distills the particular history of beet sugar – introduced to the United States as an abolitionist tactic and currently the subject of labor struggles in the upper Midwest.
TUESDAY LUNCH LAUNCH: July 8
Meet the “Swarm”
Meet the “Swarm” of 12 Buzz Lab teen interns – selected through a competitive application process – and hear about their week working alongside ecological artist and University of Minnesota faculty member Christine Baeumler and Fargo-based community artist educator MeLissa Kossick to plant the Pollinator Garden for the Plains. The “Swarm” will reflect on what they learned during their internship and how they hope to serve as pollinator ambassadors within their networks. St. Paul artist Seitu Jones will join the conversation to discuss the role of fruit tree orchards within urban ecologies.
TUESDAY LUNCH LAUNCH: July 15
Meet Sandy Spieler and Dwight Mickelson
Sandy Spieler, artistic director, In the Heart of the Beast Mask and Puppet Theatre on Minneapolis’ Lake Street, directs the theatre’s main stage productions and orchestrates its iconic May Day Parade and Festival, which attracts 35,000 people each year. Spieler’s project, Its Presence Reaches Everywhere, will ponder the slippery relationship between oil and water.
To register for the Toy Theatre Workshop designed for teachers, visual and theatre artists, and anyone interested in learning, making, and performing click here. Workshop is free of charge, but advance registration is required. Workshop runs Monday, July 14 to Thursday, July 17, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
TUESDAY LUNCH LAUNCH: July 22
Meet Jill Odegaard
A native of Moorhead, Jill Odegaard chairs the Cedar Crest College art department in Allentown, Penn., and introduced her Woven Welcome project during her artist residency with the Nemeth Art Center in Park Rapids, Minn, during the 2013 Minnesota Governor’s Fishing Opener. Woven Welcome, a community-based art project, utilizes the woven rug as a statement of the inter-connectedness of individuals as they connect and create a new sense of community.
TUESDAY LUNCH LAUNCH: July 29
Meet Meg Roberts
As the founder of the growing nonprofit Plants for Patients, Fargo-rooted potter Meg Roberts explores what it looks like for design to meaningfully intersect with people’s lives, to humanize an individual in a stigmatized context, and to sow gentle seeds of hope and compassion by giving plants to women who have undergone abortions.
TUESDAY LUNCH LAUNCH: August 5
Meet Sandra Menefee Taylor
Sandra Menefee Taylor is a Minnesota artist who pushes the boundaries of the role of the artist and art making: building bridges between the audience and the artwork, what writer Suzi Gablik calls “connective esthetics.” Menefee Taylor will discuss the process of creating art with older adults who have memory loss at the Wilder Adult Day Program in St. Paul, Minn., with the goal of giving people who might feel themselves failing, or losing, the opportunity to also learn new things – “a new way to communicate.”
TUESDAY LUNCH LAUNCH: August 12
Meet Heather Zinger
Heather Zinger, originally from Illinois and currently a Fargo resident, works across the media of photography, videography, and performance art. An artist in residence with Sanford’s Roger Maris Cancer Center and a Springboard for the Arts artist organizer, Heather facilitates creative expression with a range of audiences and platforms.
TUESDAY LUNCH LAUNCH: August 19
Meet Jeff Knight, Colin Kloecker, and Shanai Matteson
Jeff Knight, a graphic designer, Concordia College design instructor, serial project initiator, and Fargo resident, will team with Colin Kloecker and Shanai Matteson of Works Progress Studio, an artist-led LLC based in the Twin Cities established to realize imaginative public art and design projects rooted in place and purpose. Join Kloecker, Knight, and Matteson for this lunch/editorial meeting to set up a process for collaborative inquiry and reflection to draw out stories, catalyze connections, and to make new meaning between and among people and place. At the end of the project, our collective responses to the questions, “what makes us whole?” and “what kind of place are we making together?” will be reflected back to us via a newspaper and map representing our stories.