“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Jamestown in Stutsman County, North Dakota — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)

The Hansen Arts Park

The Hansen Arts Park Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Ruth VanSteenwyk, June 24, 2017
1. The Hansen Arts Park Marker


In 2005 the Orlady building, which used to occupy this space, burned to the ground. It remained an empty hole surrounded by yellow tape for two years. The Arts Center purchased the destroyed space. We dreamed of building an Arts Park, a creative community gathering space that could bring new life to downtown.

Soil, grass, flowers beds, a few trees were added and The Arts Center began using the space for community programs, festivals, art and craft demonstrations, and musical concerts. The project continues to develop with a  permanent sculpture and plans for a pavilion, mosaic benches, trees, and flowers. You can watch the progress, just take a walk down main street. 


Prairie Grass Ballet

Created in 2016,the"Prairie Grass Ballet" captures the essence of how grasses work together as communities to withstand, and thrive in, the vigorous North Dakota environment. The strength and beauty of the whole is composed of a multitude of individual grass blades, all unique. The elements of this grassland land ecosystem work together to create the great prairie that
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surrounds us. The sculpture reminds us that it takes each member to create a thriving community.


Expect more to come! Further development is planned  for Spring and Summer 2017. 

· Continued work on the planting of trees, shrubs,  grasses, and flowers. 

· Installation of artist designs mosaic benches  throughout the park. 

· The construction of a pavilion structure with  a performance stage. 

Keep an eye out for announcements and progress  reports as the snow thaws in 2017. 

Sculptor Owen Fritts with poet Elizabeth Hellstern were touched by all the community support they experienced while working on the "Prairie Grass Ballet." And they are grateful for ail the help they received to make the sculpture a reality. 

The Hansen Aris Park is dedicated to Charlotte H. Hansen (1922-2014) and Gordon H. Hansen (1922-2012) who were lifetime residents and ardent supporters of the community. They traveled the world but always were happy to return home. Charlotte and Gordon will be remembered for their significant work within the community and contributions throughout Jamestown to promote creative vitality, and economic, cultural, and educational growth for all residents.

115 2nd Street SW 
Jamestown, ND 58401 
The Hansen Arts Park Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Ruth VanSteenwyk, June 24, 2017
2. The Hansen Arts Park Marker
www. jamestownarts. com 
Erected by The Arts Center.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Arts, Letters, Music. A significant historical year for this entry is 2005.
Location. 46° 54.463′ N, 98° 42.548′ W. Marker is in Jamestown, North Dakota, in Stutsman County. Marker is on 2nd St SW. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 144 2nd St SW, Jamestown ND 58401, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. In Celebration of the Two Hundredth Year Birthday of the United States of America, 1976 (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Alton Klaus (approx. 0.4 miles away); Where the Two Rivers Meet (approx. half a mile away); Fort William H. Seward (approx. 0.7 miles away); Fort Seward (approx. 0.7 miles away); Model 1861 8" Siege Howitzer (approx. 0.7 miles away); a different marker also named Fort Seward (approx. 0.7 miles away); World's Largest Buffalo (approx. 1.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Jamestown.
Also see . . .  The Arts Center, Jamestown, ND. (Submitted on July 11, 2019, by Ruth VanSteenwyk of Aberdeen, South Dakota.)
Prairie Grass Ballet image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Ruth VanSteenwyk
3. Prairie Grass Ballet
Credits. This page was last revised on July 13, 2019. It was originally submitted on July 11, 2019, by Ruth VanSteenwyk of Aberdeen, South Dakota. This page has been viewed 122 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on July 11, 2019, by Ruth VanSteenwyk of Aberdeen, South Dakota. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.

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