Fargo On The Radar For National Arts Association

It’s enough to pique the interest of Rocco Landesman, Chairman for the National Endowment for the Arts.  He will be visiting Fargo Thursday to check it out.

There’s been increased excitement and community discussion and sharing ideas at Fargo’s GO2030 speakers forums about how we can maximize opportunities by adding a wider range of perspectives and creativity as we design, build, and rebuild.  This ongoing dialogue concurrent with wonderful projects underway are creating a good buzz about Fargo in the art world.

One of the exciting projects is the Fargo Project led by nationally renowned artist Jackie Brookner .

Jackie BrooknerJackie Brookner

Thanks to a great application by city planner Nicole Crutchfield, Fargo was awarded an Our Town grant in July, one of just 51 communities in the program’s inaugural year!  Here is an excerpt from ART WORKS the official blog of the National Endowment for the Arts:

“Our Town seeks to improve community livability by expanding the role of art and culture in civic life. Projects range from new artist live/work space in Memphis to the restoration of the Boone Theater in Kansas City, Missouri, and each presents an innovative, regionally-specific approach to creative placemaking.

Today, we’re shining a spotlight on Fargo, North Dakota, whose Our Town grant will help transform a stormwater detention basin into a dynamic neighborhood commons. The City of Fargo tapped ecological artist Jackie Brookner to help lead the project, which will serve as a pilot for the renewal of 19 other local drainage basins. Based in New York, Brookner focuses on the reclamation of stormwater and polluted water, and her living sculptures are at once both functional water purifiers and stunning pieces of visual art. We spoke with Brookner about Fargo’s Our Town grant, the importance of design in community planning, and the relationship between art and the natural environment.”

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It’s also been helpful to have such talented and well known artists present at our Fargo GO2030 speakers forums.  Fargo is popping up in more artists conversations across the country partly due to recent presentations by Rebecca Krinke (The mapping of joy and pain), Jack Becker (Forecast Public Art), Kinji Akagawa (Sculpture for public use), Wendy Holmes (Artspace), Roy Hammerling (The path to the good life)

You can watch these presentations by clicking on the one you want to see below:

Watch Kinji Akagawa’s Talk on Public Art: Feeling Beauty in the City

Kinji Akagawa gave a presentation on pulic art as part of the Go2030 speaker’s series.

Go2030 Speaker Series: Artspace

Aug 3, 2011 • 5:40 pmNo Comments

Watch Wendy Holmes’ lecture on Artspace, a nonprofit real estate developer dedicated to building better communities through the arts.  Learn more about Artspace here.

Artspace’s mission is to create, foster, and preserve affordable space for artists and arts organizations. It pursues this mission through development projects, asset management activities, consulting services, and community-building activities that serve artists and arts organizations of all disciplines, cultures, and economic circumstances. By creating this space, Artspace supports the continued professional growth of artists, and enhances the cultural and economic vitality of the surrounding communities.

Wendy Holmes of Artspace

Go 2030 Speaker Series: “Advance and Strengthen the Field of Public Art” – Jack Becker

May 16, 2011 • 8:54 pm

Go2030 welcomes Forecast Public Art’s founder and Executive Director, Jack Becker to help Fargo “Advance and Strengthen the Field of Public Art.” Join the Discussion!

Here’s what the Plains Art Museum had to say about Jack:

Jack Becker, executive director of Forecast Public Art, will give a presentation this evening at 7 p.m. in the Fargo city commission chambers on advancing and strengthening the field of public art. Becker is a dynamic speaker who has also served as a public art consultant since 1994, helping connect the ideas and energies of artists with the needs of communities. In 2007 he received Public Art Network Award of Excellence from Americans for the Arts for his contribution to the field.

Speakers Forum Kicks Off with Dr. Roy Hammerling’s talk, “Photos of a World View: Power of a Story”

Apr 30, 2011 • 5:37 pm

Watch Dr. Roy Hammerling kick-off the Go 2030 Fargo Comprehensive Plan Speakers Forum!  Dr. Hammerling lecture, Photos of a Word View: Power of a Story reflected on our search for the good life in Fargo

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Go2030 Speaker Forum Presents Rebecca Krinke: The Emotional Landscape

Nov 3, 2011 • 7:41 pm

You’re invited to participate in an community workshop event and public talk: The emotional landscape, presented by Rebecca Krinke, a landscape architect and sculptor.

Date: Tuesday, November 8

Time: 7:00-8:30pm

Location: Fargo City Hall, Commission Rm.

From the Plains Art Museum’s website:

Place and emotion are strongly intertwined but often overlooked in thinking about cities, design, and people’s experiences. Landscape architect and sculptor Rebecca Krinke will discuss her recent participatory public artworks that explore place and emotion, with a focus on her recent project, The Mapping of Joy and Pain.