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FY 2018 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 November 1, 2017
Total dollars awarded November 1, 2017
$ 416,007

Grantee, City Grant Amount
Asian Economic Development Association, Saint Paul $  35,500
Asian Economic Development Association will offer a Southeast Asian folk and traditional arts pavilion area at the 2018 Little Mekong Night Market to foster greater awareness, appreciation, and interest in these traditional cultural art forms among younger generations.
Heather C. Brown, Finland $  23,532
Brown will apprentice in traditional timber framing with Andrew Norcross. They will create two frames, one of which will be donated to the Finland Community Center and raised at a public event, and teach two workshops to promote this craft.
Celtic Junction Arts Center, Saint Paul $  5,000
The Celtic Junction Arts Center will make recordings of unaccompanied Irish traditional song accessible online and host two concerts by master traditional singers from Ireland.
Green T Productions, Minneapolis $  6,799
Green T Productions will host master artist David Furumoto (Onoe Kikunobuhide) for a series of training workshops in the Japanese traditional dance drama forms kabuki, noh, and bunraku, culminating in a public demonstration and workshop.
Hmong Cultural Center, Saint Paul $  60,000
Hmong Cultural Center will implement the Hmong Ceremonial Folk Arts Initiative, involving comprehensive programming to educate both Hmong and nonHmong about Hmong ceremonial folk arts including the qeej instrument and recited wedding and funeral songs.
Independent School District 625, Saint Paul $  17,472
Saint Paul Public Schools American Indian Education program will develop The Braided Journey After School Program to connect Native students to traditional culture by teaching regalia making and dance.
Karen Organization of Minnesota, Roseville $  56,000
The Weaving Circle will revive and share the traditional art of Karen weaving through workshops and cultural documentation projects with youth, mentorship among artists, and public educational events.
Lower Sioux Indian Community in the State of Minnesota, Morton $  49,836
Lower Sioux will partner apprentices with master artists to increase and share their skills in traditional Dakota pottery through a six month apprenticeship and two public exhibits.
Minnesota Tamil Sangam, Oakdale $  24,880
The Tamil Association of Minnesota will impart advanced training to community members in the South Indian traditional instruments Nadhaswaram, Thawil, and Parai, with a final performance at Muthamizh Vizha, a Tamil traditional festival held in July 2018.
Nirmala Rajasekar, Plymouth $  18,000
Nirmala Rajasekar and percussion master Muruga Boopathi will perform two concerts of rare ragas and talas in Indian music. Workshops and lectures will be conducted by the artists leading up to the concerts.
Russian Cultural Center, Minneapolis $  5,000
Russian Soul will develop a song and dance program called Circle of Magic: Women's Communal Ritual Practices in Russian Folk Culture, highlighting womens ways of being. The program will include a public performance for Minnesota audiences and two workshops.
Suchi Sairam, Saint Paul $  24,300
Suchitra Sairam will develop Natya Gurukulam, an intensive residential learning opportunity for Minnesotan Bharatanatyam students to enhance their skills in Bharatanatyam and allied arts.
Fatawu Sayibu, Minneapolis $  10,184
Sayibu will teach Bamaya, a drum and dance piece from the Dagbamba ethnic group in Ghana, to West African drum and dance students in the Twin Cities. Sayibu and students will then perform for an audience at the Fallout Arts Studio.
Somali Artifact and Cultural Museum, Minneapolis $  31,235
The Somali Museum of Minnesota will present the Mobile Culture Show, a series of immersive events highlighting iconic arts of Somali nomadic society.
Sumunar, Saint Paul $  17,560
Sumunar Gamelan Ensemble will collaborate with four master musicians to document instruction in different playing styles. Video recordings will be made accessible to the public online. The ensemble and guest musicians will also present a public concert.
Turkish American Association of Minnesota, Saint Paul $  6,219
Turkish American Association of Minnesota dancers will further develop their mastery of the rich cultural heritage of Turkish folk dances by studying with two master artists. The dancers will then share their knowledge with community groups, and lead the groups in public performances.
We Win Institute, Inc., Minneapolis $  24,490
We Win Institute will work with master artists to teach African drum, dance, song, and storytelling to youth who will present their learning at the Kwanzaa Celebration, carrying on the traditions and showcasing their importance in our communities.


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