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.
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.
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?
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.