Fargo Featured in Field Guide for Creative Placemaking

Fargo Featured in Field Guide for Creative Placemaking

October 19, 2017 Art Community 0

 

Field Guide for Creative Placemaking and Parks by The Trust for Public Land and the City Parks Alliance with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts

Of the eleven case studies featured in The Field Guide for Creative Placemaking and Parks, between the stories of a recreational path in Chicago and an urban wilderness in Huston, is a telling of World Garden Commons, the pilot site of The Fargo Project located at Rabanus Park.

The Field Guide for Creative Placemaking and Parks is intended to connect creative placemaking with parks and open spaces. It answers two important questions: first, “What is creative placemaking?” and second, “How does creative placemaking make for better parks and stronger communities?” The Field Guide attempts to answer these questions by demonstrating the power of creative placemaking to do the following:

  • Strengthen the role of parks and open space as an integrated part of comprehensive community development.
  • Advance arts- and culturally-based approaches to all phases of park making, thereby creating social connections within and between communities.
  • Foreground the role of parks as cultural products unto themselves, as important sites for civic gathering and activity.
  • Foster innovation, design excellence, and beauty in community parks and open spaces.

The guide showcases artist Jackie Brookner and The Fargo Project as an artist-led process to think differently about urban space and engage communities.  It’s the arts that makes infrastructure more human and accessible. Noted in the guide are the combined efforts of the artists, community, the City of Fargo, Fargo Park District, funders and how the collaborations have transformed the stormwater basin into a place to reconnect people to water and rethink how water is managed as a cultural asset.

  “A central gathering place … that will facilitate encounters with people and the landscape, and that will also function ecologically to restore habitat and help keep urban stormwater pollution out of the river.” –Jackie Brookner

The publishers of The Field Guide, City Parks Alliance and The Trust for Public Land, are continuing their partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts to transform the guide into a curriculum to be used around the country.

Learn more and download the document here:  The Field Guide for Creative Placemaking and Parks

 

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