Giving Hearts Day Noon Appreciation Concerts and Events

January 1, 1970 - to
Giving Hearts Day Noon Appreciation Concerts and Events


We hope you think of us on Giving Hearts Day, and we’re thinking of the best way to say Thank You! So we invite you to stop in during Valentine’s Week for a delightful series of music and events, here at the heart of the arts in Fargo Moorhead.

Leading up to Giving Hearts Day, Plains Art Museum is hosting a series of free appreciation concerts at noon on February 11, 12, and 13. And on February 13, Giving Hearts Day, all museum galleries will be free and open to the public. That evening, we’ll have a special tour and presentation related to our recently opened ceramics exhibition and we’re also a stop on Downtown Fargo’s “Wine about Winter” event.

Anyone who makes a pledge of $10 or more to Plains Art Museum during Giving Hearts Day will get a coupon for a free cup of coffee at Café Muse (courtesy the staff of Café Delight). Donors at $250 and above will get a unique gift of art, donated by nationally known glass artist Robin Lehman.

To keep our exhibitions, events, and classes available, affordable—and often free—for the community, take a moment to give back on Giving Hearts Day, an amazing 24-hour community event organized by Dakota Medical Foundation and Impact Foundation. Gifts made to the museum on Giving Hearts Day on Thursday, February 13, will be doubled by a generous anonymous donor, up to a total match gift of $4,000! Give online on February 13, 2014, at

Tuesday, February 11
Noon Appreciation Concert with Romantic Chamber Music

A performance by Sue Nagel, piano; Sonja Harasim and Jane Linde Capistran, violins; Timothy H Nelson, viola; and Elise Buffat Nelson, cello.
Free and open to the public
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Wednesday, February 12
Noon Appreciation Concert with Darin Henze and Friends

Pianist Darin Henze will be joined by Victoria Melchior, vocalist; Liz Lyngstad, flute; and Jim Kapphahn, vocalist.
Free and open to the public
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Thursday, February 13

Noon Appreciation Concert with Sarah Morrau and Bekka Devries
Vocalist Sarah Morrau is accompanied by Pianist Bekka Devries
Free and open to the public
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Ceramics 101
A gallery walk and studio talk with Curator Becky Dunham and Studio Manager James Wolberg
5:30 PM, Free and open to the public

Wine about Winter and Sweet Treat Stroll
A Downtown Community Partnership wine crawl
5 – 9 PM, $12 advance tickets, $15 day of event

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“The One Minute Film Festival” and “Fargo in 60 Seconds”

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“The One Minute Film Festival” and “Fargo in 60 Seconds”

We’re excited to present The One Minute Film Festival: 2003-2012, an exhibition of hundreds of one-minute films created by more than 300 artists whose video vignettes range from the meditative and poignant to the startling surreal and outright funny. Curated by New York-based artist Jason Simon, the film festival comes to Fargo from January 25 to May 24, 2014, as a traveling exhibition created by the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (MASS MoCA). A reception will be held at the Museum featuring a talk by Jason Simon on March 7 from 5 to 7 p.m.

The show also includes artist-designed, full-size movie posters for a selection of the films, many of which are humorous takes on traditional Hollywood movie posters. An hour-long film compilation, Exquisite Corpse 2012, will also be on display. Acting as a modern variation on the Surrealist “exquisite corpse” party game, the film was created by 60 artists who each received the last second of a previous film and built a new minute based on that glimpse. The exhibition and related programs are sponsored by The Forum.

Fargo in 60 Seconds

Open call for films through March 17
To expand on the creative vision of The One Minute Film Festival, Plains Art Museum invites submissions from area filmmakers age 14 and up to submit their best one-minute films and video creations. There is no fee to enter, and contributors may submit up to two movies. The entry deadline is March 17, and the submissions will be showcased in a continuously looped screening on the Museum’s Third Floor from March 24 to May 24.

Entries received before February 17 will be considered for inclusion in the Fargo Film Festival’s 2-Minute Movie Contest held in March. The Museum will also host a Teen Filmmakers Awards Night on April 10 for a special screening of films submitted by filmmakers ages 14 to 18. Cash prizes will be awarded for 1st Place – $100, 2nd Place – $75 and 3rd Place – $50. For more details and entry guidelines, visit

Free Workshop on January 30: Making Your Own One-Minute Film
Area filmmakers from Minnesota State University Moorhead will provide tips and insights on crafting short films on Thursday, January 30, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the Museum atrium. The workshop is funded in part by Xcel Energy.

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Meet the Curator: Now on January 23!

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Meet the Curator: Now on January 23!

becky4Join us for a fun, informal gathering with Becky Dunham, curator at Plains Art Museum, and learn about her outreach with area artists, her thoughts on future exhibits, and how her professional road led her 1,300 miles straight north to Fargo-Moorhead from her prior curatorial role at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.

Meet the Curator
Thursday, January 23, 5:30 to 7:00 PM
Hors d’oeuvres and cash bar
FREE and open to the public

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Prior to joining Plains Art Museum in October 2013, Becky was on the Houston museum’s curatorial team for five years. She pursued Ph.D. studies at the University of Missouri, Columbia, earned her master’s degree in art history from the University of Florida, Gainesville, and worked at the museums associated with both universities. She received her bachelor’s degree in art history from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. In addition to her curatorial experience, she was an adjunct professor of art at Houston Community College.

Plains Art Museum is located at 704 First Avenue North in Fargo. To learn more about upcoming exhibitions, events, and art classes, visit

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