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FY 2012 Grantees

Folk and Traditional Arts

Project grants to give Minnesotans more opportunities to experience folk and traditional arts

Number of grants awarded on January 4, 2012
Total dollars awarded on January 4, 2012
$ 333,652

Grantee, City Grant Amount
Hmong Cultural Center, Saint Paul $  10,000
Hmong Cultural Center's musical instrument program, The Qeej Instrument, shows how the instrument is intrinsically associated with the Hmong cultural identity and heritage and plays an important role in the Hmong funeral ceremony.
Gao Hong, Northfield $  24,700
Gao Hong seeks to preserve Chinese temple music and to share this music through community outreach activities and stage performances at several venues in Northfield, Saint Paul, and Minneapolis.
International Friendship Through the Performing Arts, Eagan $  45,400
IFTPA will present a ten-day residency by the Miao (Hmong) Autonomous Region Rongshui Song and Dance Troupe from China's Guanxi province, featuring outreach activities throughout the Twin Cities, and performances at O'Shaughnessy Auditorium at Saint Catherine University, in Saint Paul, and Saint Olaf College, in Northfield.
Iny Asian Dance Theater, Saint Paul $  75,000
Iny Asian Dance Theater researches, documents, preserves, and presents Hmong traditional dances, with folk artists Dao Lan and Mai Vang, through dance manuscripts; master classes; video/audio recording; Web presentation with educational materials; and performances.
Ka Joog, Minneapolis $  68,000
Ka Joog will work with The Cedar, partner with local Somali-run organizations, and engage local, national, and international Somali artists to create, teach, present, and document the Somali oral traditions of poetry, storytelling, and music.
Lao Assistance Center of Minnesota, Minneapolis $  75,000
Lao Assistance Center of Minnesota will connect Lao traditional storytellers and their students to modern technology and emerging techniques, to build diverse audiences, encouraging high levels of professionalism among emerging storytellers.
Douglas Limón, White Bear Lake $  22,352
The Bandolier Bag Project will revitalize a part of our Native American cultural knowledge that is an endangered tradition, by bringing family and community together to carry on the tradition of the bandolier bag, with traditional applique and loom beadwork.
Minnesota Discovery Center, Chisholm $  13,200
The Minnesota Discovery Center and the Range Fiber Arts Guild are partnering to present a six-month art exhibit featuring interactive displays of the rug weaving process, weaving's influence on regional art, and weaving's significance to the history and culture of the region.


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