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, expression, and resistance against hardships and oppression. Recently art helped increase visibility around The Dakota Access Pipeline protests, amplifying the importance of the issue to activists across the world. The DAPL protests finally brought issues faced by Native Americans to the forefront.
A drab strip on Main Avenue in Fargo will soon be brightened by murals on the International Market Plaza, reflecting the growing diversity of Fargo. Created by local artists and a youth mural painting group at the Plains Art Museum, the murals will be installed at a reception this Saturday afternoon.
*Mural photo above courtesy International Market Plaza
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