Absent Narratives Implementation Fund Awardees

November 2019–May 2020

Total Awardees: 11
Total Awarded: $11,135.74‬
Total Cities: 8

Jonathan Edington - $1,000

Folwell Performing Arts School, Minneapolis Public Schools, Minneapolis

This project will capture student and family stories as visual art projects which will be permanently displayed at Folwell. This proposal will support four culturally specific projects, representing Latino, African American, Indigenous and Asian/Pacific Islander students and families within the school community.

Jovita Hernandez - $300

Emmet D. Williams Elementary School, Roseville Area Schools, Shoreview

As a part of their social studies unit called “History of Place,” this project will increase 2nd grade student engagement by learning from Indigenous Minnesotans through traditional storytelling. This unit teaches the history of Roseville through the Native American lens, a narrative that is absent from the curriculum.

Katina Zambrano - $1,000

Garden City Elementary, Osseo Area Schools, Brooklyn Center

Students will amplify their voices and deeply connect to the stories, histories, cultures and languages of their school community in this project by discussing books by authors of color and expressing themselves through visual art and poetry. Students will celebrate their authentic and diverse ways of being during an end-of-year multicultural event that illuminates the strengths and beauty of the Garden City community.

Lora Hill Aeliot - $1,000

Riverway Learning Community, Winona

The project will increase student engagement by providing students with a deeper understanding of the Dakota and Objiwe through the We Move and We Stay exhibit at the Science Museum.

Mary Thome - $1,000

Central Park Elementary, Roseville Area Schools, Roseville

The project, “Stories as Roots,” will bring guest storytellers into classrooms to share absent narratives stories with students and families during the school day and at two evening events.

Natalia Benjamin - $935.74

Century High School, Rochester Public Schools, Rochester

This project will give students an opportunity to both explore the voices of diverse authors, and write about their own identity, personal experiences, and family/friend experiences that tell the story of their identity. These stories will be published in an anthology of the class writing projects and shared with their families and the school community during a family night in May 2020.

Paul Sommers - $1,000

Justice Page School, Minneapolis Public Schools, Minneapolis

The project #BringYourSmellyFoodtoSchool is a yearlong curriculum that helps students embrace different aspects of their individual and communal identities. Using food as a medium and finding multiple ways to explore the “seemingly” simple question, “Where are you from?” as a tool, students will investigate their understandings of self, their cultural background, and their place in relationship to the rest of the world.

Roberta Hernandez - $900

Central Park Elementary, Roseville Area Schools, Roseville

Student engagement will increase through books with narratives by and about people that are missing from the curriculum and classroom. This project will add high quality classroom book sets for 25 teachers to use with students.

Thomas Carlson - $1,000

Perpich Center for Arts Education, Golden Valley

This project will support the development of the American literature class called “Centering Voices That Have Been Marginalized” through class sets of culturally responsive books and student engagement with cultural experts.

Titilayo Bediako - $1,000

WE WIN Institute at Bright Water Montessori, Minneapolis

This project will teach first through third grade students about the holiday Kwanzaa and its importance to African Americans.

Heather White, Katie Britton, Erin Maly, and Patty Paquette - $2,000

Lincoln Park Middle School, Duluth Public Schools, Duluth

Nigerian-born artist Daniel Oyinloye will create an absent narratives video that will showcase the community’s own diversity by giving a voice to those in the community whose stories are not represented in main-stream media.