Fundraising campaign celebrates artistic careers in Fargo-Moorhead – InForum

FARGO — Behind every work of art, there is an artist or a group of artists at work.

That’s the core concept behind The Arts Partnership’s spring fundraising campaign, which runs from today until Friday, April 29.

During this time, we celebrate the work of art by raising vital funds that support local artists and arts organizations in our region. Funds raised during the campaign will be used to support artists and arts organizations with grants, stipends and other financial support.

The work of art is for everyone

TAP President and CEO Dayna Del Val hopes everyone who loves art will donate, share or participate in the campaign.

“The arts are an essential part of the overall health of our community. The arts sector directly injects millions of dollars into our metro economy every year,” said Del Val. “So it’s important that we not only celebrate local art work, but also support it.”

All donations to The Arts Partnership go to the work of artists and arts organizations in the Fargo-Moorhead and West Fargo metros.

Being an artist is a vocation, like any other career

Whether you’re attending a symphony concert or buying a homemade card, it’s easy to forget the amount of work, time, and skill that goes into an experiment.

At the heart of fundraising is the recognition that plays, concerts, readings, exhibitions and cultural events are the hard work of artists and the people behind arts organizations.

“We don’t often think of, say, symphony orchestra administrators and opera directors, or backstage theater staff,” Del Val said. “But every day these people are working to bring the artwork to all of us. It’s a colossal job.”

For Act Up Theatre’s Jackie Shaw, artwork is about conveying powerful messages and thinking about them critically.

“The real work in the process is to develop sensitivity and deepen understanding of other people’s viewpoints,” Shaw said.

The Plains Art Museum in Fargo.

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Explore artwork from our community

In response to the fundraising campaign, we asked TAP partner artists and partner organizations of The Arts Partnership to share their work in their craft. From videos to mini-essays, we hope these works inspire you to support local art. They are a great example of the many artists and organizations that donors support when they donate to the Spring Campaign.

Act Up Theatre: the work of representation

Act Up Theater’s work of creating impactful musical theater goes beyond learning lines, a song or a dance. “Developing poignant theater productions is a process that involves voice, body and imagination to express concepts, ideas and feelings,” said Act Up Board Member Jackie Shaw. “Work for Act Up productions revolves around examining fundamental human issues and understanding to present the interactions between people, reflecting important aspects of life.”

Throughout the campaign, TAP will showcase the work of artists and arts organizations across the metro area by showcasing videos and other content, such as recordings from Act Up and Fargo-Moorhead Youth. Choir.

FM Youth Choir: Labor of Opportunity

Led by Carly Grandner and accompanied by Dr. Eric Saar, the Fargo-Moorhead Youth Choir provides after-school choral programming for children in kindergarten through 12th grade and strives to engage children in meaningful high-school music education experiences. quality and performance opportunities.

Clay County Historical and Cultural Society: Heritage Work

HCSCC works to preserve the cultural heritage of the Clay County region, an effort that includes hosting a replica Viking ship, a scaled Scandinavian church and a myriad of exhibits that celebrate diversity, equity and inclusion. Their work includes historical and archival documents from around the country, as well as special research projects. The work of art of this organization is to guard and honor the people and places that make up our community.

Fargo Theatre: The Work of Entertainment

Since 1926, the Fargo Theater has provided film and dramatic entertainment to the Fargo-Moorhead community. The theater is operated by a small team of staff and volunteers who work tirelessly to deliver quality programming not found elsewhere in the area, including its founding event, the Fargo Film Festival, which takes place every February.

Zhimin Guan: the work of teaching

Guan is a prolific regional artist whose works redraw the boundaries between traditional and contemporary art. An art professor at Minnesota Moorhead State University, Guan represents the work of creating art, as well as the work of imparting one’s knowledge to students in the classroom.

Mitch Hoffarth: the work of contemplation

According to Hoffarth: “For me personally, a room ‘works’ (mostly) when it follows the general guidelines of design principles. But for it to really work, it has to engage on some level. I really want to see struggle and non-perfection in a work of art. The surfaces of many of my paintings are scraped, hollowed out, painted, sanded, etched; etc Watch the video of the tree and the paint surface carefully, and you’ll see what I mean. This surface has a story. This story makes sense. Combine that with design principles and you have a work of art that “works” for me. To elaborate a bit more, I don’t consider my art to be art. I think of them more as cultural artifacts. As soon as I’m done, is it really contemporary or is it an artifact? I consider it an artifact of a specific time and place. This artefact has value because it represents a moment in my life as an artist.

Plains Art Museum: Community Work

From its highly anticipated annual gala to its print studio, the Plains Art Museum does the job of exhibiting artwork and involving children, teens, and adults in the creative process. The artwork they provide to the community is an ever-expanding experience in artistic expression and development.

Every dollar matters to The Arts Partnership, and every dollar goes to support the work of art in our community.

See the list of some artists and arts organizations that donors support directly through this fundraiser.

To donate online, visit Donors can also send a check payable to:
The Arts Partnership (note: Spring 2022 campaign)
1104 2nd Ave S #315
Fargo, North Dakota 58103

This article is part of a content partnership with The Arts Partnership, a non-profit organization that cultivates the arts in Fargo, Moorhead and West Fargo. For more information, visit

Hjemkomst Viking ship replica
Kenneth Pearsall of Clinton, Wisconsin looks at the replica Viking ship Hjemkomst at Moorhead in 2012.

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