ARTS ACROSS THE PRAIRIE: Placemaking in Rural North Dakota


CT Office of the Arts | May 5, 2022

Request for Proposal – Artist/Creative Team

Arts Across the Prairie is a first of its kind, statewide Creative Placemaking program, developed by North Dakota Council of the Arts (NDCA). This grew out of a presentation on art as a catalyst for community change at the fall 2019 Governor’s Main Street Initiative in Bismarck. North Dakotans expressed a concerted desire for greater cross-community collaboration and to enhance the vitality of the state through art.

Arts Across the Prairie will create eight large-scale art installations – one in each geographic region in the state – that reflect the unique history, landscape, and cultural heritage as defined by Stakeholder Groups in these regions. All eight artworks will be placed in decidedly rural locations. (Rural = no buildings, no people!) The art installations should reference and represent the natural setting, as well as the cultural and economic history of the region as determined by each of the Stakeholder Groups.

As a community-driven initiative, Arts Across the Prairie aims to promote civic pride, affirm uniqueness of place, and strengthen cultural identity. This program will create public-private partnerships throughout the state and will provide a national model of this type of creative placemaking, an important step forward for our state.

Who We Are Looking For

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. Finalist interviews will take place online, Monday, July 11.

An informational webinar will be held on Thursday, May 26th, 4-5pm CT

Please email by Wednesday, May 25 if you are interested in attending to receive Zoom link. You will be contacted by June 15 if selected as one of the three finalists.