Community members are invited to a public design workshop for the Fargo Project Sunday, April 29. Attendees may share ideas for a natural green space, which currently functions as a storm water collection site adjacent to the Schlossman YMCA in southwest Fargo.
“WeDesign” begins at 12:30 p.m. near the site at Rabanus Park, 4415 18th Ave. S. in Fargo. Buffalo River Drummers and Dancers will perform, and members of the Native American Center Project, Daughters of the Earth, and Sacred Spirits will cook frybread at the park shelter. The event moves at 2 p.m. to the Dr. James Carlson Library/Ed Clapp Senior Center at 2801 32nd Ave South. People may share design ideas and talk with Fargo Project team members until 5 p.m. Shuttles between the two sites will be provided.
The Fargo Project is funded by the National Endowment for the Arts and the City of Fargo and spearheaded by ecological artist Jackie Brookner. The selected basin is one of several drainage basins in Fargo developed to hold water from spring floods. Five other artists, including MSUM art faculty member Loretta Cantieri and MSUM art student Chelsey Dahlstrom, as well as specialists in engineering, landscape architecture, and ecology, serve on the Fargo Project team.
“We hope the design workshop will generate a sense of community involvement and investment in the space,” said Cantieri. “We have already heard from many community members who have shared excellent ideas for a natural green space.”