Cultural Community Partnership
Cultural Community Partnership grants are designed to enhance the careers of individual artists of color. Artists can apply for grants
to help support a collaborative project with another Minnesota artist of color or a Minnesota nonprofit organization.
Number of Eligible Applications: 32
Number of Grants Awarded: 29
Dollars Awarded: $143,500
David K. Vang, Saint Paul
$5,000 – David Vang and Kao Choua Vue will collaborate to integrate contemporary visual arts techniques with the traditional form of Hmong tapestry (paj
ntaub) to tell the story of Hmong history during the Vietnam War.
Mr. Toki Wright, Saint Paul
$5,000 – Toki Wright in collaboration with CRUNC, will create a CD, 8-10 poems, and a community showcase chronicling African American manhood.
M Cochise Anderson, Minneapolis
$5,000 – M. Cochise Anderson and Brent M. Davids will work together in the creation of an experimental online CD that will document a year-long
collaboration between two Native American artists, one as composer/musician and one as producer/arranger.
Asian Media Access, Minneapolis
$5,000 – Asian Media Access will collaborate with local Hmong artists and Mai Ka Thao to produce a one-hour
dance drama, The Four Winds, with traditional Hmong folk story, songs, and dances at the 2009 Minnesota Fringe Festival.
Ernest F. Briggs IV, Saint Paul
$5,000 – Ernest Briggs and Robert Edwards will co-write and create a short original film to be showcased in Minneapolis and Saint Paul.
Shá Cage, Minneapolis
$5,000 – Sha Cage, in collaboration with e.g. bailey, will produce a four-day Urban Arts mini-festival showcasing
their newest works, in addition to works illuminating emerging Hip Hop theater and artists of color.
Centro Campesino, Inc., Owatonna
$4,000 – Carlos Rojas will create a mural for the Dia de Los Muertos Festival organized by Centro Campesino in Northfield, Minnesota.
Chinese American Association of Minnesota, Apple Valley
$5,000 – For collection of art and folk songs from China by soprano Qian Xu Yin, who will be the
feature musician for the 2009 CAAM Mid-Autumn Festival (Moon Festival) concert.
Shaun Chosa, Ely
$5,000 – Shaun Chosa will create a new art show, publish a show catalog and portfolio, and in
conjunction with Ely Greenstone Public Arts Committee, have a community-based art show.
Clea Galhano, Saint Paul
$5,000 – Clea Galhano will research, rehearse, and give a concert featuring Brazilian and American music and
its influence from Italian and Portuguese baroque, in collaboration with Schubert Club.
The Givens Foundation for African American Literature, Minneapolis
$5,000 – In collaboration with The Givens Foundation, Alexs Pate will study, publicly interview,
broadcast, and publish conversations with African American literary authors John Edgar Wideman and Ntozake Shange.
Rachel Raimist, Minneapolis
$5,000 – Rachel Raimist and LaTisha Jones will collaboratively produce a piece that intertwines projected video with poetry and performance for the 2009 B-Girl Be: Celebration of Women in Hip Hop.
Karen E. Goulet, Mahnomen
$4,500 – Artist Karen Goulet will conduct a series of printmaking workshops with youth and elders on the White Earth Reservation
at Naytahwaush Community Charter School.
Darryl J. Harrell, Maple Grove
$5,000 – Darryl Harrell and Marcy Grams will shoot, edit, and produce a documentary that will showcase how different
races and cultures have produced a vast array of unique and exceptional talent in Minnesota.
Robin P. Hickman, Saint Paul
$5,000 – Robin Hickman will create/produce a theatrical social impact performance (experience) adapted from Sharon G.
Flake's book, The Skin I'm In, with intergenerational members of the Lovin' The Skin I'm In movement at SteppingStone Theater.
Charmin Michelle, Minneapolis
$5,000 – Charmin Michelle will produce and perform with Dennis Spears, four dancers, and a jazz band, Hot Jazz! – Harlem
Nights! A revue of the works of songwriters and poets from the Harlem Renaissance at Plymouth Christian Youth Center.
Interact Center for Visual and Performing Arts, Minneapolis
$5,000 – Robert Robinson will create an original theatrical character and bring his gospel music to the Guthrie stage
with Native, Aboriginal, and artists with disabilities in Northern Lights/Southern Cross at the Interact Center.
Oskar Ly, Saint Paul
$5,000 – Oskar Ly will learn to make Hmong traditional needle artwork and fuse this to create a modern gown to be displayed
at the Hmong New Year 2010 Celebration through mentorship with Shoua Xiong, paj ntaub artist.
Koffi Mbairamadji, Columbia Heights
$5,000 – Koffi Mbairamadji and Aziz Osman will work together on African traditional masks and
patterns and incorporate them into their works now and in the future.
Rita M. Mustaphi, Crystal
$5,000 – Rita Mustaphi will collaborate with five artists to create Angika – Body, Mind, and Soul which combines
classical Kathak dance and Jazz music, from March 26-29, 2009, at the Ritz Theater in Minneapolis.
Mankwe M. Ndosi, Minneapolis
$5,000 – Mankwe Ndosi will create a discussion series and will work with Douglas Ewart to build a prototype of instruments
for dancing musical griots (community storytellers), and build a first performance called New Normal for South Minneapolis
and WyKoff, MN.
New York Mills Regional Cultural Center, New York Mills
$5,000 – Annie Katsura Rollins will lead a team of adults and children in the creation and staging of a large-scale,
community-based puppet theater event at the New York Mills Regional Cultural Center.
Stephen H. Ozone, Minneapolis
$5,000 – Stephen Ozone and The Link will present a cross-cultural collaboration between photographers and at-risk youth that
will result in a gallery of youth-based photography to be displayed at the Juvenile Supervision Center in the Minneapolis City Hall.
Viviana Pintado, Minneapolis
$5,000 – Pianist and vocalist, Viviana Pintado will develop repertoire for two guest artist concerts with the Minneapolis
Pops Orchestra for Summer 2009.
Deneane Richburg, Vadnais Heights
$5,000 – Deneane Richburg, in collaboration with Rohene Ward, will choreograph and produce a figure skating-dance fusion
concert with works that grapple with pressing issues facing communities of color.
Rodrigo Sanchez-Chavarria, Saint Paul
$5,000 – Rodrigo Sanchez-Chavarria will create a zine/chapbook of poetry inspired by photos and will have an exhibition/performance
of the completed work at The Loft Literary Center.
A-yia C. Thoj, Saint Paul
$5,000 – A-yia Thoj and Bryan Vue will collaborate to create a dramatic feature-length film in video format about youth
issues within the Hmong community.
Carei F Thomas, Minneapolis
$5,000 – Carei Thomas and Louis Alemayehu will collaborate with four young artists in the Twin Cities to create a
concert which will include storytelling creations.
Pinghua Yin, Plymouth
$5,000 – Pinghua Yin will create eight stories in the areas of Chinese characters and traditions, and present them
in a multi-session storytime at the Hennepin County Libraryin 2009.