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Fargo Receives $100k Grant from National Endowment for the Arts

On Tuesday, July 12, the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) announced the selection of the City of Fargo to receive an Our Town grant, one of only 51 grants awarded nationwide. The $100,000 grant will be used to implement a collaborative art project in Fargo neighborhoods. This is a 1:1 match with a total project budget of $260,000.

Our Town is the NEA’s latest investment in creative placemaking, through which partners from both public and private sectors come together to strategically shape the social, physical, and economic character of a neighborhood, town, city, or region around arts and cultural activities.

The Fargo project is an exciting process that connects spaces, people, public art and infrastructure in a sustainable and creative way. “We are excited to be working with ecological artist, Jackie Brookner. Brookner is known internationally for her collaboration with local artists, designers, ecologists, scientists, engineers, communities and policy makers for aesthetic and educational place making projects working with water and stormwater runoff in parks, wetlands, and rivers,” said Fargo Planner and Landscape Architect Nicole Crutchfield.

National Endowment for the Arts Chairman Landesman said, “Communities across our country are using smart designs and leveraging the arts to enhance quality of life and promote their distinctive identities.”
Crutchfield said, “Water and the management of storm water define so much of who we are in terms of public spaces.  This is a unique opportunity for Fargo to develop a process that integrates those public spaces with the creative vision of neighborhood residents working in partnership with local artists.”

The National Endowment for the Arts was established by Congress in 1965 as an independent agency of the federal government. To date, the NEA has awarded more than $4 billion to support artistic excellence, creativity, and innovation for the benefit of individuals and communities. The NEA extends its work through partnerships with state arts agencies, local leaders, other federal agencies, and the philanthropic sector.