Founded in 1970 as the Lake Agassiz Arts Council (LAAC), this organization put on community arts festivals, collected about a million recipes and created the mother of all cookbooks, Imagination, and eventually went on to forge a relationship, first with the City of Fargo and then Moorhead and West Fargo, to create the City Arts Partnership grant program. To date, we’ve regranted approximately $2 million to area nonprofits making art.
For years, LAAC and then TAP produced ARTSpulse, a quarterly and then bi-monthly, free arts newspaper dedicated to informing the general population about all the arts going on in this community.
LAAC was responsible for the Herd About the Prairie buffalos that still roam around our Metro and beyond.
That was the first 40 years. Lots has happened since 2010, and we’ll go deeper in depth with our last decade over the course of this year, but I have a favor to ask of you.
Do you have a favorite story about the Lake Agassiz Arts Council or The Arts Partnership?
Were you a board or staff member at any time in these last 50 years? Did you make some new connection or expand your artistry or grow your practice because of something this organization did or was part of? Do you have memories of working on a festival or the Herd About the Prairie project or anything else that you would like to share and make part of our collection of memories of the last 50 years to carry us forward into the next 50 and beyond?
Share them with me at firstname.lastname@example.org or 701.237.6133.
We can’t wait to learn more about LAAC and TAP and to reconnect with anyone who was part of our fabulous past.
Happy Birthday to everyone who played a part in the founding and evolution of this organization. None of where we are would be possible without the work that was done leading up to today, and we can’t wait to celebrate with you all throughout 2020!
– Dayna and The Arts Partnership