The construction launch for the Center for Creativity

Museum Director Colleen Sheehy speaks in front of Museum supporters at the construction launch ceremony for the Katherine Kilbourne Burgum Center for Creativity. Photo by Britta Trygstad.

We had a gorgeous spring morning today, a perfect setting for a formal launch of construction activities at the future Katherine Kilbourne Burgum Center for Creativity.

Before a group of approximately 100 donors and supporters, Museum Director Colleen Sheehy praised the support of foundations, individuals, and the community as a whole that went into our fund raising campaign, “There’s a Little Artist in All of Us.” Fargo Public Schools Superintendent Rick Buresh complimented the partnership between the school district and the Museum, noting that arts education lends an advantage to our nation’s children that leads to innovation. Museum board chair Arlette Preston thanked area donors, including the Katherine Kilbourne Burgum Trust, the foundation whose donation-coupled with a challenge grant from the Burgum family-provided the final funding push to begin construction on the Center. And, area philanthropist Doug Burgum stressed the impact of creativity on the economic vitality of our region.

On top of that, we unveiled a super-sweet construction sign that will sit in the window of the future Center, a sign that got some color thanks to a group of fourth graders from Kennedy Elementary School:

Photo by Britta Trygstad

You’ll see the sign hanging in the windows facing 1st Avenue North sometime soon.

Construction is now in full swing over at the Center and will continue through the summer. A grand opening celebration is planned for Sunday, September 30, with a season of special events and programming in the works to kick off its inaugural year. Keep an eye on this blog for updates on the construction process and to learn more about this wonderful community asset.