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“Unity” Premiers at the Fargo Theater

“Unity” Premiers at the Fargo Theater

Starring the children of Jefferson Elementary and Fargo High School and featuring artist DPB and Officers Bloom and Niemeyer Please join
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Fargo Public Arts Master Plan

Fargo Public Arts Master Plan

Join the Planning Department and the Arts and Culture Commission hosting an open house to discuss the Public Art Master
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Reflecting on the Summer Series

Reflecting on the Summer Series

The 2017 Summer Series activated World Garden Commons through events and programs focused on culture, art and science. Activities included
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NDSU Generates New Discoveries

NDSU Generates New Discoveries

North Dakota State University students presented their work during 2017 NDSU EXPLORE, an event showcasing undergraduate research and other creative
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Dragons Launch Improved Website

Dragons Launch Improved Website

  Minnesota State University Moorhead Graphic Communication students are preparing to launch a website redesign for The Fargo Project and World
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Explore the World Under One Roof

Explore the World Under One Roof

Pangea-Cultivate Our Cultures 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM, Saturday, November 18 Hjemkomst Center, Moorhead FREE ADMISSION Pangea is an experience for all the senses:
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Dragons Provide Creative Solutions

Dragons Provide Creative Solutions

  Students of Graphic Communications at Minnesota State University Moorhead spend the 2017 fall semester honing their skills in various multimedia
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Fargo Featured in Field Guide for Creative Placemaking

Fargo Featured in Field Guide for Creative Placemaking

  Of the eleven case studies featured in The Field Guide for Creative Placemaking and Parks, between the stories of a
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Students Practice Stream Restoration

Students Practice Stream Restoration

  Members of the Natural Resources Management Club and Wildlife Society at NDSU spent an evening placing rocks in the water
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Public Art Master Plan

Public Art Master Plan

Fargo’s public art can be a catalyst for expansive thinking, cultural evolution, social openness and cohesion as demonstrated by the
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Take A Walk – New Paths

Take A Walk – New Paths

Much of the work planned for World Garden Commons at Rabanus Park is emerging during construction this fall. Today the
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The Fargo Project Research Opportunity

The Fargo Project Research Opportunity

We need your help. Through conversations and interviews, participation in art activities and public events at World Garden Commons, Rabanus Park,
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World Garden Commons Construction Update Fall 2017

World Garden Commons Construction Update Fall 2017

All across Fargo, large stormwater basins temporarily hold water runoff, sometimes for only hours at a time, during heavy rains
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Sep 24 – World Café at the World Garden Commons

Sep 24 – World Café at the World Garden Commons

UPDATE:  - Due to storms forecasted for Sunday, September  24 - the event has been moved to the New American
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What’s Growing On?

What’s Growing On?

Much of the work at World Garden Commons is to reestablish prairie grass and flowers within the 18-acre stormwater pond.
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08-20 MINI POWWOW

08-20 MINI POWWOW

Are you tired of driving 100’s of miles to go to Powwow but still want to dance, sing, or watch? DAY:
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Going Native

Going Native

In 2012 the Rabanus Park stormwater basin looked like the rest of the stormwater basins in the city: short grass,
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Aug 13 – International Speed Friending Photo Extravaganza

Aug 13 – International Speed Friending Photo Extravaganza

DAY: August 13, 2017 TIME: 1:00 to 4:00 PM TITLE: International Speed Friending Photo Extravaganza WHERE: Rabanus Park 4301 18th Ave So, Fargo Hosted
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July 30 – Pollinator Party

July 30 – Pollinator Party

DAY: July 30, 2017 TIME: 1:00 to 4:00 PM TITLE: Pollinator Party at the World Garden Commons WHERE: Rabanus Park 4301 18th Ave
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July 23 – Art in the Park (Bring a chair)

July 23 – Art in the Park (Bring a chair)

DAY: July 23, 2017 TIME: 1:00 to 4:00 PM TITLE: Art in the Park at the World Garden Commons WHERE: Rabanus Park 4301
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Boy Scout’s Boardwalk

Boy Scout’s Boardwalk

Adam Laschkewitsch, a 17-year-old Boy Scout from Fargo, recently completed a service project at World Garden Commons that may earn
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July 16 – Family Water Festival

July 16 – Family Water Festival

DAY: July 16, 2017 TIME: 1:00 to 4:00 PM, July 16 2:00 PM Illustrated History with Steve Stark TITLE: Family Water Festival at World Garden
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Jul 9 – World Café at the World Garden Commons

Jul 9 – World Café at the World Garden Commons

DAY: July 9, 2017 TIME: 1:00 to 4:00 PM, July 9 TITLE: World Café at the World Garden Commons WHERE: Rabanus Park 4301
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Introducing the Summer Series

Introducing the Summer Series

Read about the schedule: Summer Series, Sundays 1:00 p.m.  to 4 p.m. World Garden Commons in Rabanus Park We are excited
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Summer Series: July Schedule at World Garden Commons

Summer Series: July Schedule at World Garden Commons

July Schedule Rain or shine, the following activities are free and open to the neighbors of World Garden Commons in Rabanus
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Placemaking in Practice

Placemaking in Practice

Ten years ago, who would have thought a bare, mowed stormwater basin in Fargo, ND could be a transformed into
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Role of the Artist: Vision Keeper

Role of the Artist: Vision Keeper

In celebration of Jackie Brookner’s (1947-2015) work, we recognize the legacy of her work as an artist in the construction
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Role of the Artist: Deep Listening

Role of the Artist: Deep Listening

In celebration of Jackie Brookner’s (1947-2015) work, we recognize the legacy of her work as an artist in the construction
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People of The Fargo Project: Ben Bauer, Restoring Frogs

People of The Fargo Project: Ben Bauer, Restoring Frogs

Ben Bauer, a NDSU Natural Resource Management graduate student, will reintroduce frogs into a restored urban wetland habitat and monitor
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Role of the Artist: Restoration

Role of the Artist: Restoration

“Hidden in the roots of our words we find what we seem to want to forget-that we are literally the
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Role of the Artist: Connector

Role of the Artist: Connector

In celebration of Jackie Brookner’s (1947-2015) life and work, we share stories of her interactions, roles, influence and the legacy
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Earth Day Brought a Chorus of Frogs to World Garden Commons

Earth Day Brought a Chorus of Frogs to World Garden Commons

On Earth Day 25 bags of trash was picked up and an uncounted number of tadpoles and frog eggs released
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Celebrate Earth Day at World Garden Commons: Pick-up Party, Frog Release & Meal

Celebrate Earth Day at World Garden Commons: Pick-up Party, Frog Release & Meal

Show the Earth some love by attending our Earth Day Pick-up Party and Frog Release at World Garden Commons on
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Design Principles at Work

Design Principles at Work

Design principles are a valuable resource for artists. At first, it may seem that defined principles (or guidelines) may limit creativity.
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World Garden Commons Welcomes the Vernal Equinox

World Garden Commons Welcomes the Vernal Equinox

Today is the vernal equinox, the beginning of Spring, the season for renewal. Astronomically speaking, the equinox happens at the
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Thankfully, temps are back to freezing

Thankfully, temps are back to freezing

Thankfully, temperatures are back to freezing in the region.  Spring can wait at the World Garden Commons until our winter
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Finding Space for Research

Finding Space for Research

While the World Garden Commons is designed as a community gathering space, research conducted there is helping us understand natural
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We’re Not Alone: Learning from Other Creative Placemaking Leaders

We’re Not Alone: Learning from Other Creative Placemaking Leaders

Sometimes innovative and exciting work can be lonely work, which is why we at The Fargo Project were excited
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The Kresge Foundation’s 3-Year Grant

The Kresge Foundation’s 3-Year Grant

In 2015, the City of Fargo received a 3-year grant from The Kresge Foundation to fund the creative placemaking efforts that
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World Garden Commons Construction Update

World Garden Commons Construction Update

Construction at World Garden Commons, the pilot site for The Fargo Project, started August 2015 and is slated to continue
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Faces of The Fargo Project: Landscape Designer Laura Bowles

Faces of The Fargo Project: Landscape Designer Laura Bowles

Laura Bowles is a landscape designer at Land Elements. Her introduction to The Fargo Project was during the first WeDesign
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MLK Day: Together We Imagine Beauty and Create Solutions

MLK Day: Together We Imagine Beauty and Create Solutions

This week we observed Martin Luther King Jr. Day and celebrated the ways his words and actions supported civil rights
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Cooperative Farming and Business Leader Presents in Fargo (Free)

Cooperative Farming and Business Leader Presents in Fargo (Free)

  Growing Together, which has a community garden at The Fargo Project's site World Garden Commons, and FAARMS and have invited
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The Fargo Project Included in National Publication

The Fargo Project Included in National Publication

An essay authored by the City of Fargo’s Planning Administrator, Nicole Crutchfield, is one of 28 featured in a publication
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Sharing Our Basin Research

Sharing Our Basin Research

The World Garden Commons at Rabanus Park is more than a place for gathering; it’s also an ecological classroom. Researchers use
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Construction of A Meandering Channel

Construction of A Meandering Channel

One of the goals of retrofitting the World Garden Commons basin is to get the stormwater runoff to spread across
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Back to Nature: A Stormwater Basin’s Story

Back to Nature: A Stormwater Basin’s Story

The City of Fargo is doing something few in the country have ever tried: it's designing a community commons by
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Artist Instigated Creative Placemaking

Artist Instigated Creative Placemaking

Creative Placemaking – the practice of using the arts, culture, and creativity to transform and build the character and quality
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Faces of The Fargo Project: Ronald Albert of Amu Productions

Faces of The Fargo Project: Ronald Albert of Amu Productions

Ronald Albert is a filmmaker, wedding, music videographer, editor, and freelance photographer who has been photographing events at World Garden
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You Can’t Pile Pudding or Why Winter Construction is Ideal for the World Garden Commons Basin

You Can’t Pile Pudding or Why Winter Construction is Ideal for the World Garden Commons Basin

Fresh, home-made chocolate pudding, warm, just off the stove is a favorite treat during cold winter evenings. After it comes
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NDSU Student’s Stream Work

NDSU Student’s Stream Work

Prior to construction in 2015,  the World Garden Commons stormwater basin had a concrete channel.  It was removed as an
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Faces of The Fargo Project: Design Students

Faces of The Fargo Project: Design Students

We welcome a logo for The Fargo Project designed by Minnesota State University graphic design student team Elizabeth Hannig and
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What is The Fargo Project?

What is The Fargo Project?

Through The Fargo Project, local government uses a participatory process to help community members identify needs and the response to
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Community Table Serves 300

Community Table Serves 300

The Community Table held in conjunction with Welcoming Week activities across the cities of Fargo, Moorhead and West Fargo was
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What is a Stormwater Basin?

What is a Stormwater Basin?

Our human influence through buildings, homes, lawns, parking lots, and roads have compounding effect on the landscape. Often our human
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Exhibition Focuses on the Work of The Fargo Project’s Lead Artist Jackie Brookner

Exhibition Focuses on the Work of The Fargo Project’s Lead Artist Jackie Brookner

Bronx, NY, 2016—Wave Hill is pleased to present Jackie Brookner: Of Nature, the first retrospective tracing the expansive work of
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Community Table

Community Table

Each of us plays an important part in the community.  We are all connected to each other by the land
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NEA Chairman Jane Chu’s Visits with Partners at World Garden Commons

NEA Chairman Jane Chu’s Visits with Partners at World Garden Commons

National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Chairman Jane Chu met a group of 30 people of varied backgrounds during a
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NEA Chairman Chu Visits World Garden Commons

NEA Chairman Chu Visits World Garden Commons

Jane Chu, chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), will visit North Dakota organizations actively engaging, serving, and
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Mapping the Ecological Benefits at World Garden Commons

Mapping the Ecological Benefits at World Garden Commons

Interactive Multimedia students Tyler Fischbach, Jennifer Natole,Thomas Garzon, Sean Walsh from Minnesota State University Moorhead spent a semester in studio
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Growing Together Produce Sale

Growing Together Produce Sale

Jack Wood and Growing Together ~ A Community Garden Ministry are starting a produce sale at the Gathering this Thursday
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Natural Play Design Concept

Natural Play Design Concept

Using a limited palette of boulders, grasses, grading, logs, rocks, ropes and trees a team working with The Fargo Project
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What is it?

What is it?

An unidentified critter was discovered at the basin in World Garden Commons this summer. About the size of a minnow,
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Children’s Ideas Leading Design Reviews

Children’s Ideas Leading Design Reviews

Over the past few months, artists, engineers, landscape architects, planners, and project managers gathered to consolidate the creative ideas contributed
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Community finds its artistic voice

Community finds its artistic voice

Community Finds Its Artistic Voice on Vimeo. Through The Fargo Project, artist Dwight Mickelson, engages diverse communities in the transformation of
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More than a party in the park: exploring and creating in World Garden Commons

More than a party in the park: exploring and creating in World Garden Commons

It was a perfect summer evening for the Park District's Party in the Park at Rabanus Park. Children gathered around
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Party in the Park – Rabanus Park

Party in the Park – Rabanus Park

WHEN: Tuesday, July 12 TIME: 5:30-8:00 PM WHERE: Rabanus Park - site of the World Garden Commons Each Fargo Park District neighborhood park
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Design Your Space Interactive Charrette

Design Your Space Interactive Charrette

Anyone can design their own stormwater basin. Thanks to the efforts of Minnesota State University Moorhead students, Kaitlyn Mann, Samantha Szczesny
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World Garden Commons is Prairie for the People

World Garden Commons is Prairie for the People

The Fargo Project isn't alone in trying to restore a habitat that supports birds and pollinators. Much of what is planned
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Research at World Garden Commons: Jesse Riley

Research at World Garden Commons: Jesse Riley

The Fargo Project aims to build a road map for modifying infrastructure within the City of Fargo to provide necessary
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Buzz Labs Visit The Fargo Project at World Garden Commons

Buzz Labs Visit The Fargo Project at World Garden Commons

Plains Art Buzz Lab interns visited World Garden Commons, the first installation of The Fargo Project. Artist Dwight Mickelson shared
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Jack Wood on Stage at TEDx Fargo 2016

Jack Wood on Stage at TEDx Fargo 2016

TEDx Fargo continues to celebrate ideas and actions from the region at this year's event on July 21, 2016. Speakers
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Fifth Grade WeDesign Day for the World Garden Commons

Fifth Grade WeDesign Day for the World Garden Commons

EARTH DAY, 2016 - One hundred and five 5th Graders from Westside Elementary participated in a WeDesign charrette on Earth
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5th Graders Inventory World Garden Commons at Rabanus Park

5th Graders Inventory World Garden Commons at Rabanus Park

One hundred and five 5th Graders from Westside Elementary visited the World Garden Commons at Rabanus Park to inventory and learn
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Students Lead ‘Natural Play’ Design  for the World Garden Commons

Students Lead ‘Natural Play’ Design for the World Garden Commons

Dwight Mickelson, artist and sculptor, led a multi-disciplinary group to develop activities to introduce fifth grade students to the World
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Artist Leads Planning for Fifth-Grade WeDesign Charrette

Artist Leads Planning for Fifth-Grade WeDesign Charrette

March 2016 – Dwight Mickelson, lead artist for the Listening Garden at World Garden Commons, the pilot site of The
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Notes from the Engineer: 2016 Spring Site Survey

Notes from the Engineer: 2016 Spring Site Survey

Earlier this month, Nick the surveyor walked the channel at World Garden Commons and identified really hard areas (clay sub
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Can We Share Information About World Garden Commons with Your Group?

Can We Share Information About World Garden Commons with Your Group?

Do you want your group, team, company or organization to learn more about The Fargo Project and World Garden Commons at
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Pilgrimage to Elders’ Cove

Pilgrimage to Elders’ Cove

"....we are not separate from our soils, waters, and air – nor are we, in truth, separate from one another" I
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The Fargo Project Update

The Fargo Project Update

The City of Fargo is currently breaking ground on a pilot project, World Garden Commons, to transform a neighborhood stormwater
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Our Mission

The Fargo Project’s first installation is the World Garden Commons at Rabanus Park to transform a neighborhood storm water basin into an ecological commons, a greenspace that reflects the cultural vibrancy of the Fargo community. The Fargo Project’s first installation is the World Garden Commons at Rabanus Park to transform a neighborhood storm water basin into an ecological commons, a greenspace that reflects the cultural vibrancy of the Fargo community.

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STORMWATER BASIN

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ACRES OF LAND

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CULTURES COMING TOGETHER

Our Sponsors

The effort is made possible through partnerships with ecological artist Jackie Brookner (1945-2015) and funding from ArtPlace America, the City of Fargo, Fargo Park District, The Kresge Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Our Town, and the North Dakota Outdoor Heritage Fund.

Our Artists

The new vision for the site considers the surrounding communities, the traffic patterns, rainfall events, and the Rabanus park amenities to provide neighborhood connectivity, water-quality improvement, continued flood control, and beauty to benefit the community.

Loretta Cantieri

Project Collaborator


Chelsey Dahlstrom

Assistant Collaborator


Al Ness

Assistant Collaborator


Michael Strand

NDSU Visual Arts


Joan Vorderbruggen

Overlook & Natural Play Area Designer


Dwight Mickelson

Listening Garden Sculptor


Always Remembered. Never Forgotten.

Jackie Brookner, Lead Artist (1945-2015)

Fargo Project Lead & Ecological Artist

Jackie Brookner brought 20 years experience as a socially engaged ecological artist to The Fargo Project. Her body of work unites plant-based water remediation for parks, rivers, and wetlands with habitat restoration, landscape sculpture, and active community collaboration. Her projects demonstrate how undervalued water resources can be reclaimed to create evocative public places that connect people with natural systems and are grounded in aesthetic understandings developed throughout Brookner’s 40 year practice as a sculptor. Her whole-systems approach activates nodal points where social, cultural and ecological revitalization meet. Brookner’s works can be found in Finland and Germany, and in the United States in Ohio, Washington, Idaho, Florida, California, and Missouri. Brookner published and lectured internationally linking sustainable cities, water, expanded art practice and global ecological urgency. Jackie passed away May 15, 2015.

What Our Partners Say

The Fargo Project Project has many partners, this is what just a few of them have to say.

Take a look at our partners!

“It’s an honor to be a part of this process for such a good community and ecological mission. Our students are a now a part of a different type of creativity – the re-envisioning of community spaces and utility – that may have a lasting impact on our community for hundreds of years.”

Alex Fogarty
MSUM

Graphic Communications

Assistant Professor

“What excites me about the Fargo Project is there are so many different parts coming together. There is the natural play area. There is the cultural component bringing in a lot of new Americans in the area, as well as reusing this basin which has pretty much been dead space”.

Christine Hargiss
NDSU

Natural Resource Science Assistant Professor

“There are some really exciting and interesting things going on here, this idea of a natural playground. That becomes a little bit more difficult to maintain than a plastic playground. I hope that people take ownership and that it can be sustained for a very long time.”

Stephanie Day
NDSU

Geosciences

Assistant Professor

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