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Fargo Civic Art and Placemaking Plan

Forecast Public Art is excited to have facilitated the Fargo Public Art Master Plan! In the fall of 2016, Forecast was hired by The City of Fargo to create a civic art and placemaking plan, a comprehensive scheme to guide creative city building and foster public arts development in the city. Public Art Possibilities was the tool Forecast developed for Fargo that can also help other communities tap into local talent.

Fargo is joining hundreds of other cities that have enriched their cultural identities and capitalized on the talents of artists to grow creative, vibrant, and meaningful places, and improve the quality of life for their communities.

Intrigued? Read more about it in the upcoming special edition of Public Art Review. Below, find a sneak peek of the piece written by our Creative Services Manager, Jen Krava. Krava manages Forecast’s grant program and works with clients to connect with artists, create arts master plans, and produce workshops about public art and placemaking. For more information on Public Art Possibilities, contact her at jenk@forecastpublicart.org [1] or 651-641-1128 x111.


The Fargo, North Dakota, area abounds in public artworks and a deep, diverse pool of creative talent. North Dakota State University offers architecture and landscape architecture programs that produce skilled designers and other creatives. The Plains Art Museum is a well-established institution, producing and supporting a variety of arts and cultural programming. The Arts Partnership provides grant opportunities to artists and produces community programming. The Fargo Project, which is repurposing storm-water runoff basins, has engaged neighborhoods, artists, creatives, and local organizations in its design and creation. The small-business-development nonprofit Folkways is awakening little-used spaces through the city, providing access to fresh food, and creating a cohort of creative professionals.

But one thing Fargo doesn’t have is a civic public art and placemaking plan ….


Read more in Public Art Review [2] issue 57.