Comunidades Latinas Unidas En Servicio (CLUES) - Arts and Cultural Engagement

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2021 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Comunidades Latinas Unidas En Servicio (CLUES)
Recipient Type
Non-Profit Business/Entity
In Progress
Start Date
January 2021
End Date
December 2021
Activity Type
Counties Affected
Project Overview

We seek MHC support for three core exhibit activities:

  1. Arts- and Humanities-informed Exhibit and Community-based Celebration of the 50-year anniversary of the University of Minnesota’s Chicano & Latino Studies Department;
  2. Arts happenings and popup art gallery on Minneapolis’ Lake Street; and
  3. Solo exhibits for emerging Latino artists.
Competitive Grant Making Body
Advisory Group Members and Qualifications

Asneth Omare (Brooklyn Park, MN). Asneth is a Kenyan Immigrant who works in the non-profit and social service fields working on public health initiatives.

Al Lun (Rochester, MN) is a Chinese immigrant, former IT professional for IBM and currently is a board member of the Diversity Council and YMCA in Rochester.

Kieran Myles Andres Tverbakk (Minneapolis, MN) is a first-generation Mexican-Norwegian-American artist focused on visibility of BIPOC queer and trans individuals as well as creating space for Chicanx queerness.


Conflict of Interest Disclosed
Conflict of Interest Contact

Laura Benson

Minnesota Humanities Center


Legal Citation / Subdivision
Minn. State Legislature Article 4, Section 2, Subdivision 8, (d)
Appropriation Language

$850,000 the first year and $850,000 the second year are for a competitive grants program to provide grants to preserve and promote the cultural heritage of Minnesota.
The Minnesota Humanities Center must operate a competitive grants program to provide grants to programs that preserve and honor the cultural heritage of Minnesota or that provide education and student outreach on cultural diversity or to programs that empower communities to build their identity and culture. Priority must be given to grants for individuals and organizations working to create, celebrate, and teach indigenous arts and cultural activities and arts organizations and programs preserving, sharing, and educating on the arts and cultural heritage of immigrant communities in Minnesota.

2021 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Number of full time equivalents funded
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)
  • 1-2 Latino Artists Gain Special Exposure and Recognition:

Emerging Latino artists gain exposure and special recognition through solo exhibits (3), media attention (2+ blog posts, press hits, etc), increased audience exposure (400+), and career advancement (3+ gain participation in professional development opportunities, exhibits at other galleries, commissions, as a result of work with CLUES).

  • 20-30 Latino Artists Supported Through Participation in Collective Art Exhibits & Activities:

In surveys, at least 75% report increased exposure and connectedness to Latino Arts & Culture through participation with CLUES. At least 20 Latino artists participate in 1 to 3 arts happenings or events (poetry readings, popup exhibits, etc).

  • 200-300 Latino Community Participants Increase Connections to Cultural Roots:

CLUES participants engage in culturally-relevant arts and cultural programming that make them feel at home as immigrants, and as Latinos. In surveys, at least 75% report increased exposure and connectedness to Latino Arts & Culture through participation with CLUES.

  • 2,000 General Public Audience Members Increase Understanding and Empathy for Latino Arts &


Audience members report a better understanding and appreciation for Latino Arts & Culture. Audience members include people who view popup and outdoor art exhibits and happenings, gallery visitors, etc. General public feedback gathered through informal conversations, guestbooks, social media comments, media attention, etc.

Measurable Outcome(s)

In progress

Recipient Board Members
Gonzalo Petschen, Efrain Cardenas, Jeffrey Savage, Virginia (Ginny) Arthur
MEMBERS AT LARGE: Erick Garcia Luna, Hazzen Muñoz, Manuel (Manny) San Miguel, Miguel A. Ruiz Diaz, Miguel Rocha, Ruth Paredes
NON-VOTING MEMBER: Consul Gerardo Guerrero
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St. Paul, MN 55106

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