Art WORKS, the arts + employee engagement

Employees concentrating on drawing Einstein upside down by thinking only about colors and shapes with artist Emily Williams-Wheeler.

Art WORKS nurtures a corporate environment where creativity thrives and enhances the lives of all the staff.

Participating in arts activities cultivates core competencies such as:

  • Analytical thinking
  • Problem solving
  • Independent and collaborative thinking
  • Sociability
  • Fuller intellectual capacity

Finding common ground through art affords your employees the opportunity to connect with colleagues and creates fun interactions for shared ideas. Additionally, creating a lively, positive work environment for employees makes them feel good about coming to work and sustains them throughout the day.

Read this article in Fargo, Inc. for more information about Art WORKS.

Each level of the Art WORKS program is offered three times/year; the Cultivate level adds an additional three Artist + Employee engagements and receptions annually, for a total of six.

  Engage Exhibit Collect Cultivate
Program Coordinator & Key Staff Planning Session * * * *
Artist + Employee Engagements and Receptions 3 3 3 6
On-Location Rotating Art Exhibitions 3 3 3
Corporate Art Aquisition 3 3
Personalized Corporate Video Vignettes 3 4
Annual Total for set of three Art WORKS $3,000 $6,750 $10,500 $14,500

For additional details, contact Director of Operations Tania Blanich at Tania@theartspartnership.net or 701.237.6133.


Employees drawing each other without looking at their paper.

As an employee of a company that sponsors Art WORKS, I have seen benefits in surprising places. We have such a broad variety of roles within our company it can sometimes be hard to find common ground- what does a graphic designer have in common with a company lawyer, or an accountant or member of I.T.? Art! It has been wonderful to see people making new connections and getting excited about the events surrounding Art WORKS. ~a TMI Hospitality employee


Close up of one Einstein in progress. How does taking the “art” out of drawing help you use your brain differently?


Artist Ann Arbor Miller helped employees think about how to frame a small, meaningful section of something much larger and how that applies to their work lives, too.

I believe this program has also encouraged our team to take a stronger interest in their work. Being surrounded by beautiful and interesting things inspires positive and creative energy that seeps into our everyday tasks. I see the excitement that surrounds the opening of each new exhibit. It is talked about and anticipated as soon as the invitation goes out, and the effects of people enjoying are witnessed as long as it is hanging. It has added greatly to our company culture – we feel more connected to the community and to each other. I really can’t say enough about Art WORKS!  ~a TMI Hospitality employee

Building a creative community, encouraging imagination in the workplace and fostering creative agency for all leads to a more vibrant, more active society.

Employees lay down pieces of maps that will be the background for artist Steve Knutson’s painting.

The supplemental activities were great. It allowed our team to flex their creative muscles and participate in a group activity outside of the normal day-to-day responsibilities we all have. ~ a Myriad Mobile employee