Spirit Room Plans “Prairie Visions” Programming This Weekend

The Spirit Room shared the following information regarding its “Prairie Vision” programming this weekend:

The Spirit Room, in partnership with the River Cities Literary Arts Center (RCLAC), is pleased to announce a series of public humanities programming based on the book, Prairie Visions, that will take place the weekend of March 10th-March 12th, 2017. Prairie Visions features the writings of Pulitzer Prize winning author, Hamlin Garland, and landscape photography by Minneapolis based artist, Jon Morris. Garland is best known for his sensuous depictions of Midwestern farmlands while Morris is known for capturing the essence of landscapes using gorgeous black and white photography.

“Autumn Leaf” by Jon Morris. Photo courtesy of the Spirit Room.

“We are thrilled to showcase and honor the talents and contributions of Hamlin Garland, Jon Morris and other humanities scholars who show us how to see places anew again. This is especially true for Midwestern farms, which are near and dear to so many of us living in North Dakota and which might easily be taken for granted,” says Dawn Morgan, executive director of the Spirit Room.

“The Sky of Iowa” by Jon Morris. Photo courtesy of the Spirit Room.

The following schedule of programming is free and open to the public. Though due to the limited number of available spaces, the writing workshop does require advance registration. Writing workshop participants will receive a complimentary copy of Prairie Visions. To register, click here.

March 10, 2017, 6:30pm-8:30pm, Readings from Prairie Visions at Zandbroz Variety, Fargo, followed by a reception

March 11, 2017, 3:00pm, Jon Morris Photography Exhibition reception, including Prairie Visions readings and Kurt Meyer talk at the Spirit Room, Fargo

March 12, 2017, 1:00pm-2:45pm, Place Based Writing Workshop by Dr. Karla Smart-Morstad at the Spirit Room, Fargo

March 12, 2017, 3:00pm-3:45pm, Garland lecture by Dr. Keith Newlin at the Spirit Room, Fargo

The photography exhibition will close at the Spirit Room on April 15th and then move to the Fargo Public Library until May 15, 2017.

This project was funded in part by the North Dakota Humanities Council, a nonprofit independent state partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in the program and exhibit do not necessarily reflect those of the North Dakota Humanities Council or the National Endowment for the Humanities.

About the Spirit Room
The Spirit Room is a 501©3 dedicated to advancing the contemplative, creative and healing arts in the Fargo Moorhead. Over the past 20 years, the Spirit Room has accomplished these three objectives by hosting community artist exhibition and 24/7 studio spaces, humanities, cultural and literary programming as well as offering classes in yoga, meditation and dance.

The Spirit Room is thrilled to have partnered with various local artists and non-profits to bring multidimensional and textured arts experiences to local communities. Partnerships include those with the Fargo Public Library, NDSU, Indian Education of Fargo and West Fargo, Historical and Cultural Center of Cass County, Nordic Culture Clubs, MSUM, River City Literary Arts Center, Center for Interfaith Projects and Moorhead Public Schools.

In addition to hosting arts exhibitions and programming, yoga and meditation classes, the Spirit Room also functions as a community center attracting diverse cultural audiences in need of affordable spaces for cultural activities. These include teaching Classical Indian Dance or practicing for upcoming Quinceañeras.

Such cultural activities are integral to the expression and celebration of cultural identities. The Spirit Room is eager to continue their tradition of offering interdisciplinary projects that engage local communities in fresh and innovative ways.

For more information, visit http://www.spiritroom.net/ or call 701-237-0230.

All photos are by Jon Morris, courtesy of the Spirit Room.

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