Friday, September 21, 2012

Plains Art Museum to open new Katherine Kilbourne Burgum Center for Creativity September 30

Plains Art Museum is "Celebrating our Creative Community" with the opening of the Katherine Kilbourne Burgum Center for Creativity on Sunday, September 30, with a public open house.  Located west of the Museum and connected by a skyway, this 25,500 square-foot expansion is a multipurpose arts facility offering studio arts classes and workshops for the entire community. It includes exhibition galleries and the Robert Kurkowski Ceramics Wing for creation of ceramic work.  The Museum and Center will focus on developing people's potential for deeper learning of 21st-century skills: creativity, collaboration, critical thinking, and communication.

The Museum is proud to have the Center for Creativity named for the late Katherine Kilbourne Burgum, a pioneering leader, arts advocate, and teacher in North Dakota, and former Dean at North Dakota State University. Her children, Doug, Barbara, and the late Brad Burgum, have worked to advance her legacy and impact the entire community.

In a unique partnership, Fargo Public Schools serves as a cornerstone client of the Center. More than 5,000 K-5 students from the Fargo School District will visit each year for gallery and studio learning at the Museum and Center. The total number of students to be served will increase to 16,000 with other area school districts. This school year, the Museum's exhibition, Creative Actions: Selections from the Permanent Collection, provides the foundation for the visual art curriculum in Fargo Public Schools.

With the opening of the Center on September 30, the Museum also unveils nine new exhibitions throughout both buildings and will host two artists-in-residence in October: global multimedia artist, Paul D. Miller (DJ Spooky) and Minneapolis-based photographer Wing Young Huie.  Major exhibitions include:
  • Ice Music: Paul D. Miller / DJ Spooky
  • Our Treasures: Highlights from the Minnesota Museum of American Art
  • Creative Actions: Selections from the Permanent Collection
About Plains Art Museum
Plains Art Museum is a nonprofit fine arts museum accredited by the American Alliance of Museums. Museum supporters include the cities of Fargo, Moorhead and West Fargo through The Arts Partnership; The McKnight Foundation; the Minnesota State Arts Board through an appropriation by the Minnesota State Legislature; and the North Dakota Council on the Arts through an appropriation by the North Dakota State Legislature.

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