I have two recent art features in Fargo's only alternative weekly, High Plains Reader. It is amazing to see the arts community evolve and flourish.
“We think that visual art is important for the aesthetics and identity of our city. And what is represented in our art should reflect the identities of people experiencing it. With a growing number of cultures represented in Fargo Moorhead, it is important to show that through art -- because it is a physical representation of the change in the culture of the city,” Sky Purdin, Program Director of the Immigrant Development Center.
The Ojibwe people used birch bark scrolls to record religious beliefs, ceremonies, and traditions. The Plains Art Museum taught a class teaching people this practice as part of a Native American art initiative.
Art is a vital tool for cultural preservation and sharing,...
In the Spring of 2015 I had my first ever story published in a magazine, in the "Posts" section of Oregon Humanities Magazine. The theme was fix. I figured I would repost it here because well, I was pretty damn proud. The story was not easy to tell. I am still trying shed the shame of that story. But maybe we need to re-imagine what it mean to be "fixed" and "broken." Maybe we are all just fumbling, flailing creatures clawing our way towards truth, meaning.
Architecture of the Broken
I have an opal-colored, oval rock on my five-dollar rummage sale bookshelf, carved with the word inspire. My licensed addiction counselor gave me this rock on my graduation as a message of encouragement, something to turn to when times were tough. It made my triumph traceable and palpable, something I held in my hand after a difficult day.
One year and six months after graduating, I got a call from my...