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Arts Activities Support

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Somali Artifact and Cultural Museum
Start Date
October 2014
End Date
March 2015
Activity Type
Counties Affected
Legal Citation / Subdivision
Laws of Minnesota 2011, First Special Session, chapter 6, article 4, section 2, subdivision 3
Appropriation Language

ACHF Cultural Heritage

2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Other Funds Leveraged
Direct expenses
Administration costs
Number of full time equivalents funded
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

The Somali Artifact and Cultural Museum will present exhibitions of traditional Somali artworks in 10 community institutions in the Twin Cities. Each event will offer lectures and an exhibition of traditional art for 30-200 people.Success of this project will be measured by increasing demand for the Mobile Culture Show, in terms of additional locations making requests for future exhibitions. In addition, several of the Somali Museum’s advisors will evaluate the educational and artistic quality of the events; these advisors include Bob Stacke, Augsburg College; Scott Pollock, American Swedish Institute; and Said Salah Ahmed and Abshir Isse, both members of the Somali Museum Board who represent respected leadership in Somali culture.

Measurable Outcome(s)

The Somali Museum presented the Mobile Culture Show at 16 events around the Twin Cities, and engaged more than 1,420 people with Somali traditional culture and art. Of these attendees, over 1,015 were Somali-Americans. Youth who had never accessed Somali traditional culture before viewed and learned about traditional artifacts and artworks.

Description of Funds
Source of Additional Funds

Other, local or private

Recipient Board Members
Said Salah Ahmed, Abdul Fatah, Yassin Dualeh, Mohamoud Abdullahi Mohamed, Abshir Isse, Busad Ali Kheyre, Aisha Hibad, Mohamed Ahmed Salad, Atum Azzahir
Project Overview
Arts Activities Support
Project Details
Funding to present an exhibit of traditional Somali artworks in 10 locations, targeting segments of the Somali community that lack access to studying traditional Somali arts and culture.
Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
Somali Artifact and Cultural Museum
Street Address
1516 Lake St E Ste 11
Zip Code
(612) 998-1166
Competitive Grant Making Body
Board Members and Qualifications
Julie Andersen: Eagan Art House Executive Director; Jill Anfang: Roseville Parks and Recreation Program Director; Bethany Brunsell: Music Teacher and Performer; Kathy Busch: Realtor, Shakopee School Board Member; Shelly Chamberlain: Minnesota Council of Nonprofits Operations Director; Joan Elwell: Lakeshore Players Executive Director; Mary Erickson: Independent School District 112 Community Education; Anthony Galloway: Actor, Storyteller, West Metro Education Program; Jamil Jude: Theatre Artist; Peter Leggett: Walker West Music Academy Executive Director; Dayna Martinez: Ordway Center for the Performing Arts; Colleen McLaughlin: Arts Midwest Director of External Relations; Tom Moffatt: Silverwood Park Supervisor; Christine Murakami Noonan: Minnesota State Fair Foundation; Heather Rutledge: ArtReach Saint Croix Executive Director; Rachel Smoka-Richardson: Children's Theatre Company Development Officer; Dameun Strange: Composer and Performer; Melissa Wright: Twin Cities Public Television.
Advisory Group Members and Qualifications
Nathan Daniels: Artistic, Education, Youth Programming; Ben Krywosz: Artistic, Administration, Education; Heidi Larson: Administration, Marketing, Fundraising; Alan Berks: Artistic, Marketing, Education; Sofia Lorraine: Administration, Fundraising; Sara Udvig: Artistic; Natalie Madgy: Administration, Education, Artistic; Jocinda Gaynor: Artistic, Youth Programming, Community Education; Becky Franklin: Administration.
Conflict of Interest Disclosed