Who We Are

Creating A Better Community Through Art and Education

Creative Plains Foundation is dedicated to providing art education opportunities that nurture, support, and inspire low-income and at-risk 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 disadvantaged youth at no cost.

Workshop Space Our studio provides a safe environment with ready access to high-quality materials, trained instructors and creative freedom.
We partner with Charism, Youthworks, Boys and Girls Club of the Red River Valley and other organizations to provide arts-based programming for the children most at need in our community

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

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.

  • 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.

How we are different

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.