Studio Crawl Preview, Cuplomacy, and Kid Quest highlight American Craft Week

Plains Art Museum is one of the participating regional sponsors for American Craft Week, a 10-day celebration from Oct. 3-12. Related events offered at the Museum during the week include the FMVA Studio Crawl Preview, the community launch of Michael Strand’s Cuplomacy project, and the Museum’s annual kick off for its popular Kid Quest series.

FMVA Studio Crawl Preview – Now through Oct. 12

The Museum is currently exhibiting 36 works by artists taking part in the 11th annual Fargo Moorhead Visual Artists Studio Crawl, held Oct. 4-5. The FMVA exhibition closes Oct. 12. For more, visit www.fmva.org.

Cuplomacy: To Washington D.C. …Love, Fargo – Oct. 4, 5

Michael Strand is engaging in a proactive project to invite U.S. senators to cut through the barriers to conversation and share a cup of coffee across the aisle. Strand, Head of the Department of Visual Arts at North Dakota State University, will be at Plains Art Museum during the FMVA Studio Crawl on Oct. 4-5 to involve the community in a series of activities that will illuminate how we collectively value dialog in everyday life and our reflections on the health of our political system.  Strand has also created a platform to involve the community to provide ideas and input on the design of two distinct sets of cups and saucers, one for Democrats and one for Republicans.  Museum admission is free during the FMVA Studio Crawl weekend.

The finished cups, designed by the community and created by Strand,  will be delivered  in 2015 to each senator by a citizen of their state as a mismatched set—with a cup from the respective party and a saucer from the “other” party. Senators will be asked to share in a cup of coffee with someone not in their party and swap saucers. “Hopefully, the completed set will become a gentle reminder of the importance of sitting down face-to-face,” Strand says.  “It’s a simple gesture, but right now, simple sounds like a good place to start.  For more, visit www.cuplomacy.com.

Kid Quest – Oct. 11

The first Kid Quest for the 2014-15 season takes place on Oct. 11, 1-4 p.m. in the Center for Creativity with “Treasure Nest.” Participants will craft a nest from clay and personalize it with twigs, dried flowers, and other found objects. Kid Quest is a free, family-oriented event made possible by a grant from Excel Energy, with additional support from The Village Family Magazine and Minnesota Public Radio. Kid Quest is offered monthly from October through April. For more, visit our Kid Quest registration page.

For more detail on American Craft Week and area events, visit www.americancraftweekfm.com.