Project Details by Fiscal Year
2016 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Ka Joog
Recipient Type
Non-Profit Business/Entity
Start Date
August 2015
End Date
July 2016
Activity Type
Counties Affected
Project Overview

This project had three components: 1) An arts club that meets weekly and provides arts education and peer mentoring; 2) A theater play that will showcase issues/challenges within the Somali community in the community. The workshops are designed to introduce youth to traditional Somali arts and encourage them to extend the tradition through their own artistic practice. 3) Showcasing Somali Art, presentation and intercultural community engagement at the Somali Independence day Festival in 2016.

Legal Citation / Subdivision
2015 Minn. Laws, Chap. 2 Art. 4 Sec. 2 Subd. 8
Appropriation Language

$125,000 each year is for a grant to Ka Joog for the Fanka Program to provide arts education and workshops, mentor programs, and community engagement events throughout Minnesota.

2016 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Direct expenses
Number of full time equivalents funded
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

Most Somali artists are not known outside their community. Fanka will start to change that in a few different ways:1. Documenting the art forms and public presentations and sharing widely through the website, youtube, and other social media2. Facilitating awareness of Somali artists and art forms3. Engaging non-Somalis in cross-cultural arts appreciation and exchange

Measurable Outcome(s)

Ka Joog was able to maximize its efforts and its vision to create a powerful platform for the arts. Chronicles of The Diaspora play highlighted the experiences of two Somali-American immigrant families and examines their version of the American dream. Many forces play into the story of these families – Somali politics, identity crisis, terrorism, the strains of preserving culture, mental health, suicide, domestic abuse (topics many consider taboo), and highlights the misunderstandings and tensions between long time Americans and their new Somali neighbors. Promises of prosperity and happiness are felt that reach far beyond the limbo of living in two cultures. The post-play discussions with actors and and audience members opened up more dialogue than we had anticipated. The play was performed in three location, Minneapolis, St. Paul and St. Cloud. We worked with 11 actors. The turnout of the play were as follows: Minneapolis - 175, St. Cloud - 160, St. Paul - 185 Weekly art works were also implemented within the past year at our three locations which was led by Abdi Phenomenal, spoken word artist who has dedicated his talent to arts literacy programing tailored to the conversations of Somali identity, equity access, and opportunity. As a result of this program, we have been able to practice, teach, present, and increase intercultural understanding; improve quality of life for youth by engaging them with positive art activities that simultaneously connects them with their culture and provide opportunities for enrichment and self-expression. We also had a chance to work with 10 different artist during the Somali Independence Day Festival on July 9th this year. The event brought together 0ver 25,000 people from Minnesota, Somalis and Non- Somalis. We were also able to document Documenting the art forms and public presentations, Facilitating awareness of Somali artists, and Engaging non-Somalis in cross-cultural arts appreciation and exchange.

Recipient Board Members
Ibrahim Farah, Treasurer; Abdimalik Mohamed; Mohamed Hersi; Abdifatah Farah; Abdullahi Mohamed; Daud Mohamed; Abdullahi I Mohamed
Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
Ka Joog
Street Address
419 Cedar Ave. South STE. 257
Zip Code
(651) 795 - 1589
Administered By
Administered by

987 Ivy Avenue East
St. Paul, MN 55106

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