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Arts Across the Prairie project site for Region 4 installation in NE North Dakota


Region 4: Request for Proposal – Artist/Creative Team

ARTS ACROSS THE PRAIRIE: Placemaking in Rural North Dakota

Arts Across the Prairie is a first of its kind, statewide Creative Placemaking program, developed by North Dakota Council of the Arts (NDCA). Eight large-scale art installations will be created that reflect the unique history, landscape, and cultural heritage as defined by Stakeholder Groups in each of these regions. All eight artworks will be placed in decidedly rural locations. (Rural = no buildings, no people!) The art installations will reference and represent the natural setting, as well as the cultural and economic history of each region.

Region 4 - ENDLESS SKY - DYNAMIC LAYERS; Second AAP Installationn

North Dakota has eight distinct regions. Northeastern North Dakota’s Region 4 is comprised of Pembina, Walsh, Grand Forks, and Nelson Counties. Regional and local leaders from business, arts, education and community were recruited to formulate a roadmap for the development of one site to be the artistic, historical, and cultural representation for the four counties.

NDCA is working with Red River Regional Council in Grafton and Public Arts Commission in Grand Forks to facilitate the Region 4 project. In late fall 2021, the Region 4 Stakeholders group came together and have continued to meet online for more than a year to plan the second Arts Across the Prairie project. 


Endless Sky - Dynamic Layers

The vision is for a permanent large-scale art installation, and the finalist’s proposals should reflect your affection for and attention to place. Rural communities/residents will be living with the artwork for a long time, perhaps generations. Selection for this project will also require the ability to teach and share with others as we train future North Dakota artists in the outdoor installation process..


Who we are looking for, Timeline

An artist or creative team may apply; the total fee for the project will not alter. You must be an established artist, with experience in large-scale outdoor installations, public art, placemaking or placekeeping, community work, and teaching.

Initial submission of materials deadline is March 27, 2023. From this, and subsequent proposals from only three finalists, the Selection Committee expects to announce the artist/creative team for the Region 4 - Endless Sky - Dynamic Layers, Arts Across the Prairie project, by May 25, 2023.


The goals of Arts Across the Prairie are to: 

  • Strengthen cross-county networking and regional collaboration
  • Promote tourism for in- and out-of-state visitors
  • Stimulate economic activity and development in rural areas of North Dakota
  • Build stronger arts communities across the state
  • Invest in North Dakota artists by providing professional training and support
  • Celebrate and leverage existing assets with an infusion of creative expression
  • Heighten visibility of North Dakota’s creative sector and talent


Full Request for Proposal

3 logos: Red River Regional Council, ND Council on the Arts and Public Arts Commission

The North Dakota Council on the Arts is the state agency responsible for the support and development of the arts throughout North Dakota and is funded by the state legislature and the National Endowment for the Arts.