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FY 2017 Grantees

Cultural Community Partnership Grants

Cultural Community Partnership grants are designed to enhance the careers of individual artists of color.

Artists can apply for grants to help support a collaborative project with another Minnesota artist of color or a Minnesota nonprofit organization.

Number of grants awarded as of January 4, 2017 and May 3, 2017 13
Total dollars awarded as of January 4, 2017 and May 3, 2017 $ 103,550

Grantee, City Grant Amount
Sana Bangoura, Minneapolis $  8,000
Dancer Sana Bangoura and his brother, master drummer, Fode Bangoura, will choreograph and compose a work of traditional music and dance chronicling the development of these art forms from their native country of Guinea. Together they will offer a weekend workshop at the Firehouse Performing Arts Center in Minneapolis.
Duluth Art Institute, Duluth $  8,000
The Duluth Art Institute will engage artist Jonathan Thunder to create and present a solo exhibition of new paintings. The show will be enhanced by the publication of his first exhibition catalogue.
East Side Arts Council, Saint Paul $  8,000
East Side Arts Council will work with Saymoukda Vongsay to become the Payne Avenue Poet and engage the community through poetry and photography. The project will culminate in an outdoor photo and poetry exhibition featuring community faces and words.
Kathryn J. Haddad, Minneapolis $  8,000
Kathryn Haddad and Ahmed Yusef will collaborate to present a work of theater on the theme of home. Staged readings of the work will take place over two weekends at Pangea World Theater in Minneapolis.
Hennepin Theatre Trust, Minneapolis $  7,550
Hennepin Theatre Trust will collaborate with Regina Williams to develop an interview/cabaret show that will feature local African American singers, exploring their lives through song and conversation in a two-show pilot of this concept.
Gaosong V. Heu, Saint Paul $  8,000
Gaosong V. Heu will apprentice under master, Pang H. Vang to learn khwv txhiaj or "flower singing," a traditional Hmong art. A concert at the Wellstone Center in Saint Paul will capture their journey to preserve this dying art.
IFP Minnesota, Saint Paul $  8,000
IFP Minnesota and Tia-Simone Gardner will collaborate on a new media based installation in the Marsden/Gustafson Gallery at IFP Minnesota to address the representation and erasure of black bodies, especially women's bodies, in culture.
Sieng Lee, Saint Paul $  8,000
Artist Sieng Lee will collaborate with Public Art Saint Paul to create a design for a sculpture to be placed near the renovated storm water pond at the Hmongtown Marketplace in Saint Paul. Lee will engage the community during the project to elicit input into the development of the concept. The final design will be presented through drawings and a maquette at the market and at the Public Art Saint Paul office.
Oskar Ly, Saint Paul $  8,000
Textile artist, Oskar Ly, wil collaborate with Hmong American Farmers Association (HAFA) to produce original artwork as part of HAFA's Community Supported Agriculture program during the 2017 growing season, to deepen expressions of contemporary Hmong culture and to bring her work to a new audience.
Mizna, Saint Paul $  8,000
Mizna will work with Syrian-born visual and performing artist, Hello Psychaleppo, to create an audiovisual experience that will include a sculptural element with original animation projected onto it and synchronized to music by the artists. The project will culminate in a music and multimedia event in the fall of 2017.
Native American Community Development Institute, Minneapolis $  8,000
Native American Community Development Institute and artist Lumhe Sampson will work with members of the community to share his knowledge of traditional regalia. The work will be shared with the general public through two Minneapolis parades in May 2017.
Paul B. Wenell Jr., Minneapolis $  8,000
Anishinaabe hip-hop artist Tall Paul and DJ Kool Akiem will produce a multilingual, intergenerational, and interdisciplinary album inspired by reconceptualized Anishinaabe folklore. The work will be presented at an album release event in Minneapolis.
Zeitgeist, Saint Paul $  8,000
Zeitgeist will collaborate with Davu Seru in a year of residency activities that will develop his compositional voice. The residency will include the creation and presentation of Dead King Mother, and the development of his own Scratch Ensemble. The project will include open rehearsals and performances of Dead King Mother at Studio Z in Saint Paul.


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