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Minnesota State Arts Board Folk and Traditional Artists Showcase

The Minnesota State Arts Board proudly presents work by Folk and Traditional Arts grantees from 2013-2016.
No admission charge
Friday, October 14, 7-9 P.M., Opening reception at 7:00 P.M.
Saturday, October 15, 1-8 P.M.
Sunday, October 16, 2-5 P.M.
Location: Park Square Court | 400 Sibley Street
Suite 200 | Saint Paul, MN 55101

ASL interpretation scheduled for October15 from 2-6:30pm. All films are open captioned. Wheelchair accessible seating and restrooms are provided. For other accommodation requests please contact the Arts Board accessibility coordinator by Wednesday, October 5th. Natalie.Kennedy@arts.state.mn.us 651-215-1617                                                

Friday, October 14

7:00 p.m. Opening reception


7:30 p.m. Performance
Kalpulli Ketzalcoatlicue

Kalpulli Ketzalcoatlicue will showcase Indigenous Mexica culture through dance and drumming. The performance is very interactive in its use of historical context, dance names and meaning, and much more.


8:30 p.m. Film
The Jingle Dress Tradition

Watch this music filled video documentary produced by the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe, in collaboration with Twin Cities Public Television on the origin of the jingle dress, with its unique artistic, healing, and cultural significance. (30 minutes)


Saturday, October 15


1:00 p.m. Video
Chinese Pipa Method

See an instructional video by master pipa player Gao Hong about how to play the pipa, a four-stringed Chinese musical instrument. (9 minutes)


2:00-3:00 p.m. Demonstration

Somali Museum

Join the Somali weavers for a finger weaving demonstration and take home a handwoven purse or wall hanging from their sale table.


2:00-3:00 p.m. Demonstration

Karen Weavers

Come see the Karen Weaving Circle demonstrate their technique, and browse through intricate and colorful textiles for your collection.


3:30 p.m. Performance
The Lost 40 Project

Listen as The Lost Forty revives the Irish influenced songs of men who roamed the Great Lakes region in the days when pine was king. The Lost Forty will play new arrangements of songs from the project interspersed with stories and historical photos. (45 mintues)


4:30 p.m. Performance
The Art History of Great Lakes Indigenous Culture & Design

Join presenter and artist, Delina White, on a photographic journey along with an intriguing lecture discussing how native people designed unique cultural arts expressions combining fabrics with natural world elements and materials. (45 mintues)


5:30 p.m. Performance
WE WIN Institute, Inc.

Through storytelling, dancing, drumming, and art, WE WIN youth along with master storyteller Nothando Zulu, and dance troupe Voice of Culture will tell the story of African people. (45 mintues)


7:00 p.m. Performance
Kathak dance of North India

Katha Dance Theatre will perform an ancient storytelling form that originated within Hindu temples as a means of portraying epic tales. Poetry is combined with rhythmic movement in precise and pulsating footwork, hand placements, and facial expressions. (45 mintues)


Sunday, October 16


2:00-3:00 p.m. Demonstration

Bowl turning - Nate White

Nate White will cover the step by step basics of bowl turning. Starting with a blank cut from a freshly fallen tree, a balance between utility and beauty will be carved out in the form of a simple wooden bowl.


2:00-3:00 p.m. Demonstration

Norwegian heritage clothing construction - Carol Colburn

Carol Colburn will demonstrate how to sew a Scandinavian work shirt. The current interest in reviving hands-on sustainable skills has created an interest in sewing and wearing these comfortable and adaptable natural fiber shirts.  

3:30 p.m. Performance
Cheremosh Ukrainian Dance Ensemble

Cheremosh Ukrainian Dance Ensemble of Minneapolis will captivate you with its exhilarating performance of traditional folk dances. Performed by dancers of all ages, the troupe's repertoire represents diverse regions of Ukraine – from the steppes in central Ukraine to the Carpathian Mountains – each represented by its own authentic costumes, style, and mood. (20 minutes)


4:15 p.m. Film
Traditional Lao Storytellers: Preservation & Perpetuation

This film, produced by the Lao Assistance Center, follows leading Lao storytellers, a community leader, and a cultural anthropologist in their journey to sustain and protect the art of traditional Lao storytelling and folktales. (40 minutes)


Art work on exhibit

* Select artists will sell their work Saturday afternoon, October 15


Art work on exhibit

Liz Bucheit: Heart of Ellida Necklace

The "Heart of Ellida" necklace is inspired by the Norwegian playwright Henrik Ibsen's character Ellida from the play "Lady from the Sea." In the story, Ellida is torn between her love for a sailor and a landsman. The necklace is comprised of handmade Scandinavian fine silver filigree, hand cut Morgan Hill poppy jasper, carnelian, yellow jade and freshwater pearls.


Art work on exhibit

Carol Colburn

Scandinavian work shirts that incorporate traditional Scandinavian textile traditions along with contemporary craft. Through her travels, Carol has found inspiration in everyday as well as festive clothing traditions of Scandinavia.


Art work on exhibit

Karen Weavers *

Handwoven men's and women's clothing created by the Karen Weaving Circle. Karen people from Burma are known for their centuries-old tradition of weaving intricate and colorful textiles.


Art work on exhibit

Angela Robins *

Scandinavian wooden bowls. Turned on a lathe using freshly cut wood, Angela's bowls are based on the forms and processes of traditional Swedish and Norwegian ceremonial ale bowls.


Art work on exhibit

Somali Museum *

Intricate mats and purses created by Somali weavers using a traditional finger weaving technique.


Art work on exhibit

Delina White: Woodland skirts *

Three skirts created by Anishinaabe/Ojibwe tribal member and beadwork artist Delina White, and accessorized with beaded glass, shell, and metal jewelry: Deer Skirt, Flag Skirt, and Mother of Pearl Skirt.


Art work on exhibit

Nate White

Wooden bowls created by Nate using bowl turning technique.

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