-Minnesota State Arts Board - Minnesota North Star

FY 2013 Grantees

Folk and Traditional Arts

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

Number of grants awarded on September 5, 2012
Total dollars awarded on September 5, 2012
$ 337,363

Grantee, City Grant Amount
Anoka-Ramsey Community College-Coon Rapids Campus, Coon Rapids $  49,713
Anoka-Ramsey Community College will capture renowned potter Warren MacKenzie at work in his studio in a documentary entitled "Warren MacKenzie: The People's Potter," which will be presented at six sites statewide.
Ce Tempoxcalli, West Saint Paul $  15,441
Ce Tempoxcalli will expand access to Mexica/Aztec dance art activities for Minnesotans by increasing the number of learners, teachers, and master instructors in Minnesota, through a structured apprenticeship program.
Hamline University, Saint Paul $  19,450
Hamline's Office of Diversity Integration will present a series of public concerts, lectures, and workshops by three traditional Asian musical groups based in Minnesota: Nirmala Rajasekar and Friends performing south Indian carnatic music; Joko Sutrisno and the Sumunar Javanese Gamelan; and Light from Heaven performing classical Cambodian music.
Dick Hensold, Saint Paul $  7,400
Hensold will bring master fiddler Andrea Beaton to Minnesota to collaborate with him on a series of concerts and workshops in Cape Breton fiddle playing and dancing.
Hmong Cultural Center, Saint Paul $  15,000
Hmong Cultural Center will support its Hmong Cultural Customs program to teach participants the canon of orally recited songs associated with Hmong wedding and funeral ceremonies.
Dakota Dave Hull, Minneapolis $  19,000
Hull will record a double CD of traditional acoustic guitar music and perform six concerts around the state. He will also offer workshops in style and technique to interested participants.
Jill Johnson, Moorhead $  7,800
Johnson will produce the Piga Project about five female farm workers from Sweden. She will create five folkdrackt, or Swedish regional folk dresses, constructed in the traditional style from contemporary architectural vellum and illuminated by LED light. The exhibition will be hosted by the Swedish Cultural Heritage Society in Moorhead and the New York Mills Regional Cultural Center.
Katha Dance Theatre, Crystal $  32,800
Katha Dance Theatre will present traditional Indian Kathak dance lessons by its artistic director, Rita Mustaphi. The company will also present an original Kathak dance opera, titled "Karna Kunti Sambad" at O'Shaughnessy Auditorium.
Kristofer Keltgen, Mankato $  5,038
Keltgen will apprentice with master artist, Karl Hartwich to enrich and enhance his skills on the concertina. Keltgen and Hartwich will perform together at multiple venues throughout the state to demonstrate their German, Bohemian, and Czechoslovakian playing styles.
MaryPat Kleven, Saint Louis Park $  5,000
Klevan will introduce adult beginning fiddle players to the basics of old time fiddle music through her program, "Jump-Start Your Fiddle," to provide the tools needed to continue learning and playing this timeless art form.
Minnesota Chinese Dance Theater, Saint Paul $  45,300
Minnesota Chinese Dance Theater will present folk dance classes taught by its artistic director and two artists from China. They will also present their annual concert, Western Songs and Dances of China, at O'Shaughnessy Auditorium in the fall of 2013.
Paddy O'Brien, Saint Paul $  72,000
O'Brien will document 500 tunes from his repertoire and write a companion book of background information about each piece. He will teach these tunes to 15-25 apprentices and play a concert with them while also creating educational programs to be presented at Minnesota Irish festivals.
Nirmala Rajasekar, Plymouth $  24,350
Rajasekar will conduct workshops to teach the traditional music of South India with master Indian artist/teacher, Thanjavur Murugaboopathi in the Twin Cities and Saint Cloud.
Ukrainian American Community Center Inc, Minneapolis $  19,071
The Ukrainian American Community Center will reinvigorate its Cheremosh Ukrainian Folk Dance program by purchasing new costumes, learning new dances, hosting visiting instructors, and presenting their work to a wider segment of the public.


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