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FY 2017 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 November 2, 2016
Total dollars awarded November 2, 2016
$ 420,452

Grantee, City Grant Amount
The Ethnic Dance Theatre, Minneapolis $  22,280
The Ethnic Dance Theatre will present a Carpathian Cultural Celebration with interactive arts activities and performances showcasing Hungarian, Romanian, Serbian, Czech, Slovak, Polish, Carpatho-Rusyn, Ukrainian, Jewish, and Roma folk traditions.
Evening Star Quilters Red Wing, Red Wing $  5,000
Evening Star Quilters Red Wing will prepare quilts for the Quilters Musical. Quilting teachers will teach the art of quilting to youth who will then create individual quilt blocks representing unique stories that will be assembled to form a tableau.
Faribault Diversity Coalition, Faribault $  5,000
The Faribault Diversity Coalition will collaborate with artists from the local Cambodian and Somali communities to teach Faribault youth traditional Cambodian and Somali dances.
Karen Organization of Minnesota, Roseville $  40,000
The Karen Weaving Circle will revive and share the traditional art of Karen weaving through workshops for youth, public events, and a video to introduce this art form to new audiences.
Korean Service Center, Lauderdale $  33,680
The Korean Service Center will work together with Jangmi Dance and Shinparam to teach the arts of traditional Korean dance and drumming to students of Korean descent. Workshops will lead to a culminating performance that will share these art forms with people of Korean descent and the general public.
Michael J. Loeffler, Minneapolis $  24,641
Loeffler will study Norwegian Grindbygg style timber framing with Peter Henrikson. Loeffler will learn and practice Grinbygg techniques, document the process, create a small demonstration frame, and coteach a public workshop along with Henrikson at the American Swedish Institute.
Minnesota Tamil Sangam, Plymouth $  27,500
The Tamil Association of Minnesota will bring in master artists to train community members in South Indian traditional instruments, culminating in a final performance at the Minneapolis Convention Center in July 2017.
Pooja Pavan, Minneapolis $  14,000
Pavan will prepare, arrange, and present two concerts, along with lecture demonstrations on folk melodic forms of Hindustani music expressed through the poetry of North Indian Bhakti poet Kabir and Sufi poet Khusrou.
Project FINE, Winona $  29,548
Project FINE will empower Hmong artists to share traditional art forms through community workshops. Workshop participants will explore the cultural significance of batik, basket weaving, and qeej playing, and will create their own pieces using traditional methods.
Nirmala Rajasekar, Plymouth $  18,000
Rajasekar and master drummer Thanjavur Muruga Boopathi from India will perform Ragas and Talas: Melodies and Rhythms in Indian Classical Music with accompanying lectures at multiple locations in Minnesota.
Suchi Sairam, Saint Paul $  6,825
Suchitra Sairam will present a dance informance series to share aspects of Bharatanatyam South Indian classical dance. Audiences will experience the art form through performance, demonstration, and participation in informal and intimate settings.
Luverne G. Seifert, Saint Anthony $  67,482
Sod House Theater will inspire audiences of all ages to enjoy polka dancing through performances of The Hoopla Train, a comedy variety show featuring the Chmielewski Funtime Band. Polka lessons will be provided before and during the shows.
Judy Symalla, Stillwater $  24,988
Symalla will document and exhibit 30 years of icons by master iconographer Nicholas Markell and compile his work for possible future publication.
TaikoArts Midwest, Minneapolis $  5,000
TaikoArts Midwest will bring Portland, Oregon based master artists Michelle Fujii and Toru Watanabe of UNIT SOUZOU to Minnesota for a series of workshops and performances. Workshops and performances will explore taiko drumming, Japanese folk dance, and the deep connections between the two.
Ryan K. Toot, Minneapolis $  5,024
Toot will study traditional woodworking methods with Tom Dengler. Toot will learn skills necessary for carving bowls and kuksas from fresh cut wood, using hand tools, and will present a final selection of work at the First Stage Gallery in Virginia, Minnesota.
Urban Arts Academy, Minneapolis $  43,524
Urban Arts Academy will partner with COMPAS to engage 100 diverse, low-income Minneapolis youth in a West African drumming and dance residency with resident artist Titambe, and an Indonesian gamelan music and dance residency with resident artists Tri and Joko Sutrisno. Each residency will begin with a performance and end with a youth led presentation.
Leah H. Yellowbird, Duluth $  47,960
Yellowbird will visit the eleven federally recognized Native nations in Minnesota to study traditional beadwork designs and create new beaded works representing designs from each of the eleven communities.


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