The Fargo-Moorhead metro had another successful and busy year for the arts in 2019.

There was growth, travel, awards, milestones and new opportunities across the sector.

Here are just a very few of the successes in no particular order.

Departures

Three luminaries in the arts stepped down from their roles and left big shoes to fill:

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Business help

Many businesses stepped in to #supportlocalart this year, but these three chose to do it in particularly creative ways to both work with artists and to enhance their brand:

Major milestones

Several arts organizations in the community celebrated major milestones in 2019:

Acclaim

Several artists received national and international acclaim this year:

  • Davies High School clarinetist Joanna Lin was accepted to the National Youth Orchestra, one of only three clarinetist accepted from across the country.
    Joanna Lin, seen May 9 at Fargo Davies High School, was chosen by Carnegie Hall to join 79 other young musicians from around the country in a three-week intensive summer program. Forum file photo
    Joanna Lin, seen May 9 at Fargo Davies High School, was chosen by Carnegie Hall to join 79 other young musicians from around the country in a three-week intensive summer program. Forum file photo
  • The Fargo-Moorhead Youth Choir performed at Carnegie Hall in New York City to perform John Rutter’s “Mass of the Children.”
    The Fargo-Moorhead Youth Choir. Special to The Forum
    The Fargo-Moorhead Youth Choir. Special to The Forum
  • Photographer Dan Francis placed fifth with his photograph “Passing Time” in the World Photographic Cup.
    “Passing Time” by Fargo photographer Dan Francis depicts Father Time playing a game of chess with Death as a way to explore time and mortality. Dan Francis / Special to The Forum
    “Passing Time” by Fargo photographer Dan Francis depicts Father Time playing a game of chess with Death as a way to explore time and mortality. Dan Francis / Special to The Forum

Musical moves

The Jade Presents Arts Partnership grants assisted in funding these full-length recordings:

Getting bigger

The arts were on the grow:

  • The Fargo Moorhead Area Youth Symphonies grew so much they added a third orchestra and now have more than 200 students enrolled.
    All three ensembles perform in the Fargo Moorhead Area Youth Symphonies spring concert April 14 at Horizon Middle School Auditorium in Moorhead. Ryan Berg / Special to The Forum
    All three ensembles perform in the Fargo Moorhead Area Youth Symphonies spring concert April 14 at Horizon Middle School Auditorium in Moorhead. Ryan Berg / Special to The Forum
  • PLACE: An Arts Community, a new multi-campus student organization dedicated to helping students learn about and enjoy the arts, launched College Arts Fest with more than 35 submissions from area students.
  • The Creative Plains Foundation found a new, forever home inside Plains Art Museum’s Katherine Kilbourne Burgum Center for Creativity.
    Plains Art Museum Director and CEO Andy Maus and Creative Plains Foundation Executive Director Christine Jaeger. Plains Art Museum / Special to The Forum
    Plains Art Museum Director and CEO Andy Maus and Creative Plains Foundation Executive Director Christine Jaeger. Plains Art Museum / Special to The Forum

Art for all

The arts continued to think about and program how they can be more inclusive to everybody:

This list could go on and on, but in the interest of time and space, I’ll wrap it up here by saying this is truly just the tip of the artistic iceberg.

The local art scene isn’t just surviving, it’s thriving. Here’s to all the art that gets made — and all the ways that you #supportlocalart in 2020!

Dayna Del Val, president and CEO of The Arts Partnership, writes a monthly column for Life. For more information on the arts, go to http://theartspartnership.net.