The program that we are proposing has three components; 1) weekly arts club that provides arts education and peer mentoring for youth that are designed to introduce youth to traditional Somali arts. 2) A Somali arts show and cultural learning opportunity taking place at The Southern Theater in Minneapolis through The Southern’s Arts Residency and Art Share Programs. 3) Showcasing Somali art at the Somali Independence day Festival in 2017.
$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.Note: Minnesota Management and Budget (MMB) informed all granting agencies that the February 2016 Legacy budget forecast identified deficits in the current biennium in the Arts and Cultural Heritage fund. 3% of all grantees' allocations are being held back until additional forecasting has been completed. This includes a reduction in the administrative fees taken by the Minnesota Humanities Center.
Improved intercultural appreciation and understandingFacilitating awareness of Somali artists and art formsEngaging non-Somalis in cross-cultural arts appreciation and exchangeConnects Somali youth to Somali culture in a positive mannerDocumenting the art forms and public presentations and sharing widely through the website, youtube, and other social media
Held 98 workshops in the Twin cities between October 2016 to July 2017. We engaged 810 participants over the course of this period.Held the play three nights at the Southern Theater in July 2017. We had a total of 620 that we engage during the showing of this play at the Southern Theater. 35%of the participants were non-Somalis. We engaged and empowered 21 artists total for this play, including non-Somali artists.Held the Somali Independence Day on July 1, 2017 in Minneapolis. We closed three blocks of West Lake street. Over 30,000 people came to the festival.