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Forum staff reports, Published May 20 2013

Plains Art Museum wins $260,000 grant

FARGO – The Plains Art Museum announced Monday that it received a $260,000 grant from ArtPlace America.

The award is for the Plains’ public art project, Defiant Gardens for Fargo-Moorhead, which aims to, “increase the vibrancy of the urban cores of downtown Fargo and neighboring Moorhead.”

The project’s three parts include:

• Defiant Garden will create a public garden at the former industrial site of the Moorhead power plant overlooking the Red River near Woodlawn Park.

• A Pollinator Garden at the Plains Art Museum will create a green space and “learning laboratory” for K-12 school students and tied to 4-H and science classes.

• A Fern Grotto will create a small greenhouse in an old rail car at Great Northern Bicycle Company on Broadway.

All three aspects are expected to be done by the fall of 2014.

ArtPlace America is a collaboration of national and regional foundations, banks and federal agencies working to revive communities with creative spaces.

The 54 organizations that received grants were selected from over 1,200 applications. Inquiries came from all 50 states as well as the District of Columbia. Grant amounts range from $750,000 to $33,000 with an average grant size of just over $280,000.