December 16, 2016 – Pakou Hang, executive director of Hmong American Farmers Association presents in Fargo at the invitation of Growing Together and FAARMS
Growing Together, which has a community garden at The Fargo Project’s site World Garden Commons, and FAARMS and have invited Pakou Hang, executive director of the Hmong American Farmers Association (HAFA) to present in Fargo for a special event on Friday, Dec. 16. HAFA is dedicated to advancing the prosperity of Hmong farmers through cooperative endeavors, capacity building and advocacy. Pakou will share information about the formation and management of a 155-acre farm in Dakota County MN. On this farm families can lease land, hone their business and agricultural practices, and sell produce to the HAFA Food Hub.
The event is free, open to the public, but an RSVP is required. Click here for details. http://bit.ly/2fMs4pH
An essay authored by the City of Fargo’s Planning Administrator, Nicole Crutchfield, is one of 28 featured in a publication compiled by the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). In its ongoing commitment to producing resources for community engagement with the arts, NEA published How to Do Creative Placemaking: An Action-Oriented Guide to Arts in Community Development.
Nicole Crutchfield is the planning administrator for the City of Fargo. Her specialties include land use planning, parks and recreation, urban design, and development. She is a licensed landscape architect and certified city planner, and serves as project manager of The Fargo Project. Crutchfield wrote about her work with artists and partners on The Fargo Project and outlined how working with an artist can build relationships, facilitate conversation and shape a healthy community.
How to Do Creative Placemaking is intended as a primer for those interested in bringing the arts to the community development table as a tool to advance revitalization efforts in an authentic way. An interesting trend in creative placemaking is willingness of governing agencies to engage the arts to solve community issues like flood preparation, policing, or public housing.
“The book is meant to help people start working with the arts to make their place better,” says NEA Director of Design and Creative Placemaking Jason Schupbach. “We wanted to create something easy to use and full of options for communities to begin doing this work, or to improve what they have already started.”
Established by Congress in 1965, the NEA chaired by Jane Chu, is the independent federal agency whose funding and support gives Americans the opportunity to participate in the arts, exercise their imaginations, and develop their creative capacities. In 2011, the NEA provided a $100,000 Our Town Grant which seeded support the activities of artists and the community at work on The Fargo Project.