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2004 Grant Recipient List

Cultural Community Partnership

Number of grants: 21
Dollars awarded: $100,000

Vanessa Abanu
, Minneapolis
$4,500; to collaborate with John Abanu and Patrice De Lemos to study West African percussion, understand capoeira’s African lineage, and bridge the gap between continental and diaspora Africans through music. There will be a public presentation at the Powderhorn Cultural Wellness Center.

Frank J. Brown, Saint Paul
$5,000; to collaborate with Richard Amos to create exhibitions in Saint Paul and Minneapolis on the subject of reparations for African Americans

Kimberly K. Dalros, Minneapolis
$5,000; to collaborate with Holly Coughlin on photography, graphic design, and production of a portrait book celebrating adopted Koreans living in Minnesota

Rene A. Ford, Woodbury
$5,000; to collaborate with Pangea World Theater to produce a multicultural, multidisciplinary, multigenerational performance that explores the blending of the cultural and aesthetic values of a group of artists of color

Mohamad D. Hannon, Minneapolis
$5,000; to photograph Palestinian refugee camps in Jordan/Syria and exhibit at the Minnesota Center for Photography

Robin Hickman, Saint Paul
$5,000; to mentor, train, and create a video with young women presenting youth reading excerpts from the novel The Skin I'm In

Susan Hong-Sammons, Rochester
$5,000; to teach her art in an open studio workshop and create an exhibition at the Rochester Arts Center

Dicksy J. Howe-Noyes, Marshall
$4,060; to collaborate with the Marshall Fine Arts Council on an interactive exhibit of historical Dakota women's clothing and adornment in contemporary expressions

Brandon Lacy Campos, Minneapolis
$5,000; to write a spoken word play, about moving as a multiracial person in a black/white world, that will be produced by Diaspora Flow

Ed Bok Lee, Minneapolis
$5,000; to work with artist David Mura to develop a collection of travel based stories into a book length manuscript on the theme “home;” and to present “Home War Future,” an intergenerational dialogue between Asian American writers

Kojo Mensah, Plymouth
$4,500; to collaborate with Ebenezer Malm on a rap music performance inspired by lyrics, subjects, and local languages of Ghana; performances will be given at the September 2004 Taste of Ghana and March 2005 Independence Day celebrations

Estella Moreno, Mankato
$5,000; to collaborate with Victoria Salas to develop dance skills and promotion, and perform at various events

Friends of Pelican Rapids Library, Pelican Rapids
$4,600; Halima Ali will create Somali weavings for display at the Pelican Rapids Library; a videotape about her work and her story also will be created and shown

Nirmala Rajasekar, Plymouth
$5,000; to collaborate with Anthony Cox in a concert presented at the Center for Independent Artists in Minneapolis

Gavin Lawrence, Rosemount
$5,000; to create and perform an interdisciplinary one-man show with the Playwrights' Center in Minneapolis

Pei Shen, Roseville
$5,000; to collaborate with Marcus Young on a full-length production titled "Moon and Sun” at the Southern Theater; the piece will explore the tensions and harmony between the value of tradition and the value of seeking new mysteries

Theater Mu, Minneapolis
$2,340; to work with Hmong playwright, Ka Vang, to develop and produce her play, From Shadows to Light, that addresses the abuse of Asian and Asian American women

Anton S. Treuer, Bemidji
$5,000; to collaborate with Thomas Stillday on an anthology of traditional Ojibwe stories, oral histories; and publish it bilingually in Ojibwe and English; performances will be held in Red Lake, Leech Lake, and Bemidji

Pete K. Wong, Roseville
$5,000; to collaborate with Center for Hmong Arts and Talent (CHAT) for a public reading of his script

Woodland Hills/Neighborhood Youth Services, Duluth
$5,000; Tony Ferguson will create pottery and sculpture with Neighborhood Youth Services' young artists; an exhibition will feature Ferguson’s and the young artists’ work

Fred Yiran, Waite Park
$5,000; to create a deep mother drum featuring stories in relief form, and hold a community event at Whitney Senior Center in Saint Cloud that will include storytelling through drumming, drum making, and design

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