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Current Events

Pollinator Garden Planting Day

May 26, 2022 - 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm
Pollinator Garden Planting Day

Plant annuals, vegetables, and herbs in our Pollinator Garden, a habitat for pollinators that defies the concrete, urban environment surrounding the Museum. Basic gardening tools and refreshments will be provided but we encourage you to bring a reusable water bottle to aid in sustainability practices. All experience and skill levels are welcome.

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Caturday at Plains Art Museum

May 28, 2022 - 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Caturday at Plains Art Museum

Plains Art Museum in partnership with Cats Cradle Shelter brings you Caturday! In celebration of our new exhibition “Cats” from our permanent collection, we invite you to stop by the Museum to support or adopt a kitten from Cats Cradle Shelter. There will also be a screen printing activity inspired by cats.

The cost of printing a tote bag is $10. Half of the proceeds will go to Cats Cradle. The kittens at Cat’s Cradle would also appreciate the donation of Fancy Feast wet kitten food!

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Love Letters to the Earth

June 2, 2022 - 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Love Letters to the Earth

Join artist Torey Erin in her project for the 4Ground Biennial, “Love Letters to the Earth.” Working together with Growing Together and the World Garden, participants will gather in a group discussion about their connections and understanding to the earth. You will then write a love letter or message to the earth on seed paper, and with the help of Torey plant your letter in the garden which will be nurtured and grow over the course of the summer.

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Low-Sensory Mondays

June 6, 2022 - 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Low-Sensory Mondays

First Monday of every month from 2 – 5 PM

We embrace the unique qualities of all who walk through our doors and appreciate that many visitors need to explore the Museum in different ways. For individuals and families who prefer a quiet, less sensory-stimulating environment we offer Low-Sensory Mondays on the first Monday afternoon of every month. At each event, loud gallery sounds and bright lights are turned down and attendance is limited. Fidget bags will be available for checkout. Please contact Alatera McCann, Community Programs Coordinator, with any questions: amccann@plainsart.org / 701.551.6119

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Community Gardening Days

June 23, 2022 - 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Community Gardening Days

Heritage Garden & Amphitheater, on the corner of Woodlawn Park Drive & 6th Ave. S, Moorhead, MN.

Join us in the gardens at our two pollinator spaces! All levels of experience and skill are welcome to help us maintain our garden spaces. We will provide basic gardening tools and refreshments but encourage you to bring a reusable water bottle to aid in sustainability practices. Free and open to the public.

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Community Gardening Days

June 30, 2022 - 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Community Gardening Days

Pollinator Garden at Plains Art Museum

Join us in the gardens at our two pollinator spaces! All levels of experience and skill are welcome to help us maintain our garden spaces. We will provide basic gardening tools and refreshments but encourage you to bring a reusable water bottle to aid in sustainability practices. Free and open to the public.

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Dougie Padilla Poetry Reading

July 9, 2022 - 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Dougie Padilla Poetry Reading

Spend Saturday afternoon with internationally known artist Dougie Padilla as he reads through a series of poems. During the reading, the artist will give us insight to his creative process. The first 10 people to attend will receive a signed and editioned letterpress broadside from the artist. Free.

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Low-Sensory Mondays

July 11, 2022 - 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Low-Sensory Mondays

First Monday of every month from 2 – 5 PM

We embrace the unique qualities of all who walk through our doors and appreciate that many visitors need to explore the Museum in different ways. For individuals and families who prefer a quiet, less sensory-stimulating environment we offer Low-Sensory Mondays on the first Monday afternoon of every month. At each event, loud gallery sounds and bright lights are turned down and attendance is limited. Fidget bags will be available for checkout. Please contact Alatera McCann, Community Programs Coordinator, with any questions: amccann@plainsart.org / 701.551.6119

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Community Gardening Days

July 14, 2022 - 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Community Gardening Days

Pollinator Garden at Plains Art Museum

Join us in the gardens at our two pollinator spaces! All levels of experience and skill are welcome to help us maintain our garden spaces. We will provide basic gardening tools and refreshments but encourage you to bring a reusable water bottle to aid in sustainability practices. Free and open to the public.

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Community Gardening Days

July 21, 2022 - 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Community Gardening Days

Heritage Garden & Amphitheater, on the corner of Woodlawn Park Drive & 6th Ave. S, Moorhead, MN.

Join us in the gardens at our two pollinator spaces! All levels of experience and skill are welcome to help us maintain our garden spaces. We will provide basic gardening tools and refreshments but encourage you to bring a reusable water bottle to aid in sustainability practices. Free and open to the public.

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ayaga//babaami-ayaa by niniiwakamigkwe and Anastasia Adams

August 11, 2022 - 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm
ayaga//babaami-ayaa by niniiwakamigkwe and Anastasia Adams

ayaga//babaami-ayaa translates “to travel around” in both Yup’ik and Anishinaabemowin. This event is a throat singing performance by Indigenous performers niniiwakamigkwe and Anastasia Adams, as a final part of a three-part performance this summer. They will be performing at the Rochester Art Center, the Belwin Conservancy, and Plains Art Museum, traveling westward. The performance’s movement represents the colonial westward expansion that violently forced the relocation and sequestering of Native peoples under the 19th century view of “Manifest Destiny.” The artists will perform Yup’ik and Nunavut-based throat singing and speak to their experiences and art as Indigenous creators. Free.

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Community Gardening Days

August 11, 2022 - 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Community Gardening Days

Pollinator Garden at Plains Art Museum

Join us in the gardens at our two pollinator spaces! All levels of experience and skill are welcome to help us maintain our garden spaces. We will provide basic gardening tools and refreshments but encourage you to bring a reusable water bottle to aid in sustainability practices. Free and open to the public.

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Community Gardening Days

August 18, 2022 - 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Community Gardening Days

Heritage Garden & Amphitheater, on the corner of Woodlawn Park Drive & 6th Ave. S, Moorhead, MN.

Join us in the gardens at our two pollinator spaces! All levels of experience and skill are welcome to help us maintain our garden spaces. We will provide basic gardening tools and refreshments but encourage you to bring a reusable water bottle to aid in sustainability practices. Free and open to the public.

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Creative Artist Talk: Torey Erin

August 25, 2022 - 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Creative Artist Talk: Torey Erin

Join artist Torey Erin discusses her practice and career as well as her new project Love Letters to the Earth. This new piece, which is one part performance and one part ecological work of art, resulted in a garden at Rabanus Park in Fargo, also known as The Fargo Project and World Garden Commons. It was created as a part of 4Ground a multistate land art festival organized by Franconia Sculpture Park. 

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Progressive Architecture Dinner: At the Lakes

September 17, 2022 - 11:00 am to 4:00 pm
Progressive Architecture Dinner: At the Lakes

Join us for a progressive dinner and tour of four spectacular homes on Pelican, Melissa, and Detroit Lakes. All homes include a self-led tour of the home and a 20 minute conversation between the homeowners and their architects. More information coming soon.

Tickets are $175 each and all net proceeds benefit PlainsArt4All, the Museum’s free general admission program. Reserve your spot soon! There are only 50 tickets available. Please contact Kyla Hoisington at 701.551.6106, khoisington@plainsart.org for any questions.

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Ongoing Exhibitions

No Time For Despair

No Time For Despair

To say that right now is the ideal time to make art that speaks directly to the people about social justice is an understatement. Because the very nature of art is to undertake or assume the role of a healer by shading light on the human condition.

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City Geode

City Geode
S.P.A.C.E. Sculpture

City Geode, created and installed in May 2019 by students and Professor Josh Zeis from NDSU is the latest creation. In response to the work, the lead artists said, “What is a city? This City Geode incorporates many of the things that we thought a city needs; buildings, streets, electricity, drainage, and above all else, the human spirit.

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Bee in Flight

Bee in Flight

Community artist and school art teacher MeLissa Kossick, who guides youth classes at the Museum on art, gardens, and pollinators, has created an enchanting mosaic design in the Creativity Pathway in the Serkland Gallery called Bee in Flight.

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The North Dakota Mural

The North Dakota Mural

Drawing on his childhood memories of the Great Plains, he created a work that speaks to the wide open spaces, huge vistas, and ocean-like skies of the region.

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Fragile Preservation

Fragile Preservation
A Tallgrass Community

While the Tallgrass Prairie is a community made up of a great diversity of species, Fragile Preservation represents a selection of them.

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