Hansen Arts Park Provides “Art Spark” for Downtown Jamestown


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N.D. (NewsDakota.com) – Community; the word that comes to mind when you bring up the Hansen Arts Park.

That’s exactly what came out Friday afternoon.

The ribbon cutting and ceremony of the newly built Hansen Arts Park was held August 25th. Jamestown Arts Center Executive Director Larry Kopp, Former Executive Director Taylor Barnes, Mayor Katie Andersen, and Jo-Ida Hansen all spoke to a crowd of around 150 people.

“One of the reasons I came here is I’ve never seen a community like this,” Kopp stated. “When you live in a community, it becomes what you’re used to seeing everyday. As far as I know, this is the only community of its size, rural or otherwise, that has a world class arts center and now a world class arts park.”

Taylor Barnes says the park brings an arts footprint to a greater reach around town.

Thanks to a generous donation by Jo-Ida Hansen, daughter of the late Charlotte and Gordon Hansen, the park was made a reality. She said she was proud of the people who came out to the dedication.

Kopp pointed out that they were ecstatic with the turnout and they would love to see everyone come out tonight and Saturday.

Find pictures and video of the event below. The ArtSpark Festival Continues through Saturday.

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