Community Arts

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2017 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
International Friendship Through the Performing Arts
Recipient Type
Non-Profit Business/Entity
Start Date
December 2016
End Date
May 2017
Activity Type
Counties Affected
Legal Citation / Subdivision
Laws of Minnesota 2015 Special Session, chapter 2, article 4, section 2, subdivision 3
Appropriation Language

ACHF Cultural Heritage

2017 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Other Funds Leveraged
Direct expenses
Administration costs
Number of full time equivalents funded
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

We will evaluate our success by the response of artists, staff at all locations, and comparison of audience size and diversity of the audience in comparison to similar past projects. We will consider our project a success if: 1) the audience size increases by at least 20% over past projects, 2) audience racial diversity increases by at least 15% over past projects (based on ratios of Chinese to non-Chinese; 3) we get more print and broadcast media attention than in the past, and/or establish new media relationships; 4) comments on the evaluation sheets are 90% or more positive; 5) our partners express a desire to work with us again on future projects; 6) feedback on evaluation forms is 90% or more positive, 7) at least 20% of the audience indicates they have been introduced to the artists, pipa and/or Chinese music for the first time. Evaluation forms will be distributed to audience members at the concert and outreach. Written and verbal comments will help inform us of the success of our project and will be reviewed by our board and used to guide us in future endeavors.

Measurable Outcome(s)

100% of comments on the evaluation forms were positive, and most related to our goals: "I have a Chinese wife too and many Chinese friends who have struggled with English. I had forgotten that ducks in China didn’t fly. It’s delightful as it is." "I especially liked Chinglish. I have been in Tokyo for work and did not speak Japanese." "Love the looping!" "Cute, funny, real and relatable stories."

Source of Additional Funds

Other, local or private

Recipient Board Members
Paul Dice, Lauren Pelon, Professor C. Victor Fung, Linda Reed, Theodore Riggi, Evelyn Lee Soen, Professor James Standifer, Changjun Xu, Professor Jiazhen Zhao, Professor Stephen Yanli Zheng
Project Overview

Community Arts

Project Details

"Chinglish" Premiere Performance and Outreach Funding for the premiere performance of "Chinglish," a multimedia production which includes storytelling pieces from standard pipa (Chinese lute) repertoire, based on Chinese musician/composer Gao Hong's immigrant experiences. The performance will be held at The O'Shaughnessy in 2017 with an outreach performance at the Kang Le Asian Adult Day Care in Edina.

Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
International Friendship Through the Performing Arts
Street Address
1960 Cliff Lake Rd Ste 129-219
Zip Code
(952) 210-3628
Competitive Grant Making Body
Board Members and Qualifications

Julie Andersen: Eagan Art House Executive Director; Bethany Brunsell: Music teacher, performer; Shelly Chamberlain: Minnesota Council of Nonprofits Operations Director; Marisol Chiclana-Ayla: Artist, Board Chair at El Arco Iris; Jamil Jude: Theatre artist; Tricia Khutoretsky: Public Functionary Curator and Co-Director; Peter Leggett: Walker West Music Academy Executive Director; Dayna Martinez: Ordway Center for the Performing Arts; Coleen McLaughlin: Arts Midwest Director of External Relations; Tom Moffatt: Silverwood Park Supervisor; Osman Mohamed Ali: Somali Museum of Minnesota Founder and Executive Director; Kathy Mouacheupao: Twin Cities Local Initiatives Support, Corporation Cultural Corridor Coordinator; Adam Napoli-Rangel: Artist; Heather Rutledge: ArtReach Saint Croix Executive Director; Djenane Saint Juste: Afoutayi Dance Company Founder; Andrea Sjogren: Hopkins Public Schools Youth Programs Coordinator; Dameun Strange: Composer, Performer; Melissa Wright: Twin Cities Public Television.

Advisory Group Members and Qualifications

Zhen Zou: Education, general management, artistic; Emmy Carter: Fundraising, education, artistic; Kevin Vollmers: Fundraising, audience development, organizational development; Liane Olson: Administration, fundraising, community education; Marjorie Fedyszyn: Artistic, education, volunteerism; Colleen Zuro-White: General administration, organizational development, volunteerism; Tisidra Jones: Artistic, administration; Tiffany Kong: Computer systems, administration, organizational development; Nicole Matter: Administration.

Conflict of Interest Disclosed