Cultural Identity Grant Awardees

July 2020 – September 2021

Total Awardees: 11
Total Awarded: $285,200
Total Cities: 4

Center for Community Services, Kangle Singers and Dancers - $9,000

Eden Prairie

Chinese seniors will participate in rehearsals, five outreach performances, and a concert entitled “We Are a Family”, to be held on Saturday February 6, 2021 at the CCS auditorium.

CLUES - $20,000

St. Paul

CLUES will create “Santuario,” a multi-layered public art & creative placemaking project uplifting Latino cultural heritage, traditions, and identity; ultimately creating a cultural sanctuary space for Latino immigrant communities.

Coalition of Asian American Leaders on behalf of the LinkingLeaders Partnership - $8,000

St. Paul

LinkingLeaders Partnership will integrate solidarity practices by creating and integrating resources, tools, and modules for teaching BIPOC histories in our programs.

Dakota Wicohan - $30,000


Dakota Wicohan will develop online and media resources and delivered care packages to stay engaged with our youth, adults and families, focusing specifically on using culturally appropriate means to bolster the mental and spiritual health of our youth, and help them deal with any losses they experienced in their families and community.

Lower Sioux Indian Community - $50,000


The Dakota History Symposium at Lower Sioux Agency will provide opportunity for exiled Dakota to reconnect to their shared history, disrupting dominant power dynamics that restrict Dakota truth-telling.

Migizi - $80,600


Migizi will transfer 1,000 pieces of reel-to-reel audio to a digital format so that it may be preserved and re-introduced. With KFAI Fresh Air Radio, they will produce 12 new audio stories utilizing the archive as source material.

New Arab American Theater Works - $12,000


New Arab American Theater Works will explore the impact of immigration from historic Syria (including modern day Lebanon) to the Americas over the last 100 years that will culminate in a three-week production and nine community dialogues.

North American Traditional Indigenous Food Systems (NATIFS) - $27,600


NATIFS is launching the Indigenous Food Lab in Minneapolis, including how-to videos and podcast conversations with Native chefs and other relevant Native health experts, to address serious issues of malnutrition, food-related illness, and economic impoverishment on tribal lands.

Saymoukda Vongsay - $10,000

St. Paul

Curated by Saymoukda Duangphouxay Vongsay, The Manual for Motherland Orphans will contain ruminations from nine Southeast Asian artists exploring themes like refugee identity formations, healing, trauma, (re)imaginings, cultural preservation, manifesting new identities, and decolonization.

The Minnesota Urban Debate League - $30,000


The Minnesota Urban Debate League will expand two of their programs designed to specifically address the needs of immigrant communities in Minnesota: The Spanish Debate League and the East African Debate Initiative.

Turkish American Association of Minnesota - $8,000

St. Paul

TAAM will prepare resource kits that meet Minnesota academic standards for elementary students which will introduce the traditional arts and crafts of Turkey, as situated within the broader historical and geographical context.