July 20, 2013
The Spirit Room began as a grass roots arts organization in 1997 with gallery exhibits and literary events. We supported the warehouse gallery with yoga, dance, meditation classes and cash contributions by volunteers.
In 2000, we began to develop a new gallery on Broadway in downtown Fargo in a space abandoned for thirty years. We renovated a retail showroom into an art gallery, installed a kitchen, added a second gallery and created office space. Since becoming a non-profit 501c3 organization in 2004, we have written grant applications, increased memberships and donations and have held fundraisers to further diversify our sources of income.
In 2009, we completed a strategic plan detailing two additional phases of our development that included expansion into the next building. In October of 2009, the brick wall between the two buildings was demolished doubling our space. We developed the Lotus Studio, the Practice Office for the coordinators of yoga, meditation and healing arts; a conference area; and the Center for Interfaith Projects began operations.
Doubling our space was phase two of our development. Gaining access to the larger building next door was necessary for phase three which was the addition of 24 artist studios on the third floor of 109.5 Broadway in November of 2012. The Artist Studios filled quickly and now participate in the popular Corks and Canvas, the downtown arts walk, and the FM Visual Artists Studio Crawl in October. In addition to creative arts, four studios are rented to healing arts professionals offering Healing Touch,
Reike, Massage and Rolfing.
With our partnership with the Center for Interfaith Projects we have expanded our contemplative programming beyond meditation, yoga, by-monthly retreats and Tai Chi. We continue to provide programming in visual arts, literary arts, dance and performance arts. The Listening Room, a regular monthly musical series is currently operating in its sixth season. We continue to expand our mission ?to enrich people?s lives through the development and practice of creative, contemplative and healing arts.?