Downtown Fargo is growing rapidly, and with this growth comes more opportunity for the community to further connect. We are dreaming of ways to brighten up the neighborhood, and give people a reason to be out and about, engaging with their city. GRD believes that with the proper energy input, any area can be activated for collective growth, such as the building at 716 Main Ave. Located across the street from the Fargo Parks Office (Old Train Depot), next to ‘Mint & Basil’, ‘716’ has been a brick beauty on the block since 1882. Its large windows and skylight access, rich hardwood, and original, exposed brick captured our hearts from the start! We seek to honor this building by renovating with natural, non-toxic building materials, and sustainable design techniques.
Our goal is to liven up 716’s west-facing, exposed brick wall with some local art! This wall is visible from the intersection of Main & Roberts St facing South, and from 8th St facing East, making it the perfect location for an “eye catcher” for those traveling E. on Main. The art is inspired by connection to nature, the plains landscape, community gathering, sensitive/relevant cultural activism, the environmental advocacy movement, plant teachers/medicine, collective consciousness, etc ! We hope to create and install art that inspires people to gather, think, and hopefully have conversations that will lead to change! We are collaborating with a series of artists all residing in the Fargo-Moorhead area who are passionate about the vibrancy of the community, and using their art to make a broad impact. We will be curating events surrounding the progress and/or unveiling of the mural pieces, to invite community engagement; so stay tuned to our Facebook page!