Jul 9 – World Café at the World Garden Commons

Jul 9 World Garden Commons World Cafe

DAY: July 9, 2017
TIME: 1:00 to 4:00 PM, July 9
World Café at the World Garden Commons
WHERE: Rabanus Park 4301 18th Ave So, Fargo
Hosted by: New American Consortium for Wellness and Empowerment

We are thrilled to announce the first event of our Summer Series: the World Café at the World Garden Commons. This event will include world music and food, but also encourage casual and focused conversations about ways to strengths bonds, build bridges, and make connections in our community.

World Café at the World Garden will feature world music by local performers and global foods prepared by people who have come to Fargo from different places in the world.  In addition to the entertainment and nourishment, there will be an hour of focused discussion. This conversation with include questions like “What good things about our community can be better?” and “What negative trends can be turned around.” From these conversations, group leaders will identify manageable priority concerns that can be addressed in July and August before the group re-convenes September 17.

The host for this event is the New American Consortium for Wellness and Empowerment. This organization builds bonds among people, bridges between diverse communities, and links to organizations. Through celebrations and programming, the New American Consortium facilitates trusting relationships and creates healthy partnerships in the greater Fargo-Moorhead area. The office and programming space is known as “The WE Center,” for wellness and empowerment, but also for “we,” a community.

All are welcome to this free event.  For more information, contact Ezzat Alhaidar at the The WE Center 701-478-3636.

Introducing the Summer Series

Free events at World Garden Commons in Rabanus Park from 1-4 p.m. on Sundays Rain or shine, the activities are free to attendees and open to the neighbors of World Garden CommonsRead about the schedule: Summer Series, Sundays 1:00 p.m.  to 4 p.m. World Garden Commons in Rabanus Park

We are excited to announce the Summer Series, free events held weekly at World Garden Commons in Rabanus Park from 1-4 p.m. on Sundays. The first event in the series will be held July 9.

These welcoming events will build community by emphasizing food and music, art and play, and ecological interests. Non-profit partners will host and curate the activities.

The Summer Series helps us to achieve our goal of working with partnering organizations who will invite their members and neighbors of World Garden Commons to explore, promote, gather, and create in and around the basin. As people interact with the natural landscape, we hope they will begin to understand their cultural dependency on natural ecology. As a result, we welcome diverse partners who can use the commons to promote and extend their own missions.

In addition to working with partnering organization, the Summer Series offers activities for the neighboring residents of the commons. These residents already walk along its paths, admire its restored prairie and water features, and enjoy the Listening Garden and Welcome Garden. The Summer Series creates one more opportunity for these neighbors to explore World Garden Commons and to feel a connection to the landscape around them. For this reason, the diverse populations around the commons are encouraged to use the space for cultural demonstration and promotion.

We hope our partners have a positive experience with the site and interact with new audiences. We hope our World Garden Common neighbors and the general public will gather here to ignite ideas and form new partnerships. The commons is a place to be entertained, but it’s also a place where we can begin to imagine possibilities, possibilities that will improve our city and neighborhoods.


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 Park at 4301 18th Ave So, Fargo from 1-4 p.m. on Sundays.

07/09 World Garden Commons World Café – World music, food, and conversations. Hosted by the New American Consortium for Wellness & Empowerment.

07/16 Family Water Festival – Family fun watershed activities, scavenger hunt and food. Hosted by River Keepers.

07/23 Art in the Park – Listen to, create and eat art in the park. Hosted by The Arts Partnership. 

07/30 Buzz the Hive – Screen print a t-shirt, watch bees in a hive, and eat pollinator friendly food. Hosted by Plains Art Museum + Buzz Lab.


Supported by ArtPlace, City of Fargo, Fargo Park District, National Endowment for the Arts, The Kresge Foundation, North Dakota Outdoor Heritage Fund

Placemaking in Practice

Ten years ago, who would have thought a bare, mowed stormwater basin in Fargo, ND could be a transformed into gathering space, community gardens, ecologically restored and nationally recognized?

Transform a stormwater basin Learn new low-impact stormwater practices Integrate artists and community into the public process Connect programming activities to public spaces

Creative placemaking, is a relatively new approach which crosses art and culture with design in infrastructure and development projects. The results of the creative placemaking approach is emerging through the construction at World Garden Commons at Rabanus Park, Fargo ND.

Echoing the experiences of those working on The Fargo Project, Leslie Braunstein summarizes the 10 best practices for Creative Placemaking written by Juanita Hardy, Urban Land Institute’s senior visiting fellow whose work supports Building Healthy Places Initiative, a two-year creative placemaking project funded by the Kresge Foundation.

  1. Begin with the end in mind. Envision what you would like to see, but also what you do not want to see, such as displacement of existing residents.
  2. Bring in artists and the community early. Timing is everything. Art and culture need to be central to the project’s design.
  3. “Mine” local art and cultural assets. Creative placemaking works best when used to amplify local community assets.
  4. Engage local artists. Find and recruit artists in the local community, including visual artists, performing artists, poets, writers, musicians, designers, chefs, and other creative types.
  5. Understand and articulate stakeholder benefits. Explore how art and culture can contribute to both the social and economic vitality of a project.
  6. Form cross-sector partnerships, including artists, community members, and public and private sector organizations.
  7. Identify the critical skills needed to deliver on project goals and outcomes. Collaboration is critical to the success of a project.
  8. Look for early wins to generate excitement, visibility, and buy-in. For example, use pop-ups and community gatherings to gain engagement while awaiting entitlements.
  9. Maintain a long view. Don’t stop when the goals of the built environment are met. Consider programming that keeps the community engaged and the place alive and exciting.
  10. Pursue creative financing. Money can come from unforeseen, unexpected places—even, for example, a casino.