-Minnesota State Arts Board - Minnesota North Star

FY 2015 Grantees

Folk and Traditional Arts

Project grants to support the artistic traditions and customs practiced within community and/or cultural groups by identifying, documenting, preserving, presenting, and honoring Minnesota's folk arts and traditions

Number of grants awarded on September 3, 2014
Total dollars awarded on September 3, 2014
$ 596,212

Grantee, City Grant Amount
Armando Gutierrez G, Mendota Heights $  $75,000
Gutierrez will produce `Ce In Yollotl In Tlapizalli, (One with the Heart and the Flute) to establish the Mexican folk art of making, playing, and preserving pre-Columbian instruments as a viable folk art tradition in Minnesota.
Hamline University, Saint Paul $  $39,818
Hamline University will produce a series of four week-long residencies in the Midway area of Saint Paul, consisting of public concerts, lectures, and participatory workshops by Minnesota-based Latin American traditional music groups from Haiti, Brazil, Paraguay/Andes, and Mexico/Guatamala.
Iny Asian Dance Theatre, Saint Paul $  $59,000
Plan summary - To preserve/present Hmong traditional dance through: 1) “Longing for Qeej” Hmong Dance Drama; 2) weekly apprenticeship training; 3) master classes with traditional martial arts/acrobatics; and 4) community presentations throughout Minnesota.
Kalpulli Ketzalcoatlicue, Minneapolis $  $21,416
Kalpulli Ketzalcoatlicue, a local Aztec Dance group, will develop their youth program by having youth work with three renowned artists who will provide direct Mayan and Aztec folk art instruction to participants.
Lao Assistance Center, Minneapolis $  $64,000
Lao Assistance Center will preserve and perpetuate traditional storytelling and stories by convening a one-year apprenticeship with master classes, presented through performances, documentary film, and anthology.
Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe, Onamia $  $41,175
The Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe, in collaboration with Twin Cities Public Television, will produce a music-filled video documentary on the origin of the jingle dress, with its unique artistic, healing, and cultural significance.
A Pavan, Minneapolis $  $24,000
Tabla artist and teacher Pavan will record fifty lessons for traditional tabla compositions on video, with an accompanying instructional booklet, publish them online, conduct workshops, and hold a public performance.
Nirmala Rajasekar, Plymouth $  $18,525
Veena virtuoso and educator of south Indian music, Rajasekar and percussion master Thanjavur Murugaboopathi will perform "Melodies Rhythms of India and Improvisation" at various locations in the Twin Cities, Saint Cloud, and Rochester.
Angela R. Robins, Saint Paul $  $7,443
Robins will study traditional Scandinavian bowl turning and design with woodworker Jim Sannerud. Robins will purchase her own tools, rent studio space, and demonstrate bowl turning at four separate locations around Minnesota.
Ross M. Sutter, Minneapolis $  $18,450
Swedish folk musician Sutter will make audio and video recordings of his collection of song games made on trips to Sweden and collected from visiting Swedish singers and Minnesota musicians.
Twin Cities Chinese Dance Center, Inc., Roseville $  $68,500
Twin Cities Chinese Dance Center will present "Mid-Autumn Day," a dance production to celebrate the second largest Chinese holiday of the year on September 19, 2015, at O'Shaughnessy Auditorium in Saint Paul.
We Win Institute, Inc., Minneapolis $  $57,575
WE WIN Institute will use storytelling to share the traditional African folk art of the Griot (storyteller),which includes spoken word, song, dance, and drum.
Delina L. White, Deer River $  $75,000
Anishinaabe/Ojibwe tribal member and beadwork artist White will showcase a collection of traditional woodland style skirts representative of the Great Lakes tribes, in a show of cultural fashion throughout Minnesota.
Zorongo Flamenco Dance Theatre and School, Minneapolis $  $26,310
Zorongo Flamenco will bring traditional Flamenco dance and music to the community with a two night concert featuring local and internationally renowned Flamenco artists, twelve artist-led workshops, and a joyful "Fiesta Flamenca."


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