Creative Plains Foundation is dedicated to providing art education opportunities that nurture, support, and inspire at-risk youth in our community.
Our mission is to provide at-risk youth with access to art education opportunities and to nurture the powerful and transformative skills of creativity, critical thinking, collaboration, and communication through visual art. Every lesson, project, and experience we execute is designed to enhance these skills and provide real-world examples of how creativity can manifest itself in a life and career.
“Studies have shown that arts teaching and learning can increase student’s cognitive and social development. The arts can be a critical link for students in developing the crucial thinking skills and motivations they need to achieve at higher levels”
-Deasy & Stevenson, 2002
“A child’s reading skills are important to their success in school and work.”
-Kyla Boyse, RN University of Michigan
“Given the fact that word mastery in adulthood is correlated with early acquisition of words, shared picture book reading offers a potentially powerful strategy to prepare children for competent literacy skills.”
-Deasy & Stevenson, 2002
“Working with Creative Plains to bring art to our CHARISM kids this past year has been a dream. The word I would use to describe their team and their work is intentional. Everything they do has a well thought out purpose and the passion they have for their mission shines through in such a beautiful way. The curriculum they plan is high quality and this allows our kids to experiment with different art mediums that they would not otherwise have access to. I am so proud to be a partner of Creative Plains.”
-Courtney Quist, Operations Director, CHARISM
“We can’t thank Creative Plains enough for their efforts and passion for working with our community!”
-Officer David Carlson 523, Community Trust Officer, Fargo Police Department
“We are very fortunate to have the opportunity to work with the Creative Plains Foundation. Through their continued work and dedication, we have been able to foster a lasting love for reading and promote access to the arts for our children. The foundation’s workshop classes allow teachers of any skill level to learn how to create and instruct various art activities in the classroom to children of different ages. Through their donations of books, comic books, and art supplies we have been able to gift the children with books and supplies to take home and create an environment rich in literacy and art.”
-Rhoda Elmi, Executive Director, Jasmin Child Care & Preschool
What We Do
We provide art education opportunities that nurture, support, and inspire at-risk youth in our community.
Why We Do It
Art education produces better outcomes for students including increased academic performance, higher rates of college acceptance, and greater success in future careers.
Why We Care
When at-risk youth perform better in school and in their careers, we are positively impacting their futures and are making our community stronger.
How We Are Different
We address a unique and growing need for both arts education and youth services in the Fargo metro area.
Our goal is to offer opportunities that promote student achievement and better the lives of youth in our community.