Creative Plains Foundation is dedicated to providing art education opportunities that nurture, support, and inspire underserved youth in our community.

Our foundation was established as an answer to a growing need for both arts education and youth services in the Fargo metro area. We are currently the only organization in the Fargo-Moorhead metro that provides arts services to underserved youth at no cost.

What began in a modest classroom space with limited resources has grown into a team of professional artists and educators who bring high quality programming to students in a beautiful environment – but we are far from finished when it comes to improving the experience we provide for our students.

“Be a yardstick of quality. Some people aren’t used to an environment where excellence is expected.”

– Steve Jobs


When youth perform better in school and in their careers we are positively impacting their futures and are making our community stronger.

  • Low-income students who are highly engaged in the arts are more than twice as likely to graduate college as peers with no arts education.

  • Disadvantaged students with a high participation in the arts have a drop-out rate of 4 percent compared to 22 percent for peers with low participation in the arts.

  • Participating in the arts is shown to create a feeling of connection and community, which is proven to be a driver in helping people rise out of poverty.

  • Most business owners say creativity is the number one skill they seek in employees.


We address a unique and growing need for both arts education and youth services in the Fargo metro area.

  • By providing after-school programming and summer programming, we’re making a noticeable impact on youth who otherwise lack structure when not in school.

  • We provided 2,000 experiences in summer 2018.

  • There are at least 6,000 youth in the Fargo-Moorhead metro who qualify as disadvantaged/at-risk.

  • Not all public schools offer dedicated arts services or provide adequate time for arts learning during the school day.

  • We supply teachers, social service providers and behavior interventionists with training and supplies to provide creative experiences for additional in-need youth.


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