Minnesota's Legacy

Folk and Traditional Arts

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2019 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Nisswa Stämman AKA Nisswa-stämman, Scandinavian Folk Music and Cultural Festival
Recipient Type
Non-Profit Business/Entity
In Progress
Start Date
January 2019
End Date
December 2019
Activity Type
Counties Affected
Crow Wing
Crow Wing
Legal Citation / Subdivision
Laws of Minnesota 2017 Regular Session, chapter 91, article 4, section 2, subdivision 3
Appropriation Language

ACHF Cultural Heritage

2019 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Other Funds Leveraged
Direct expenses
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

The NS audience will better grasp the artistry of NS performers and NS's role in its development. NS will analyze a survey of what audience members learned about Nordic cultural traditions, which NS activities they attended, and what the respondents' age and residence are. 2: Minnesotans will gain new documentation of 21 past NS artists and ten Nordic folk art masters reflecting on how public programs foster folk arts. NS will give public access to interviews with ten master artists and recordings of 21 returning NS artists' introductions to sets reflecting personal and cultural effects of past NS on their artistry.

Source of Additional Funds

Other,local or private

Project Overview

Folk and Traditional Arts

Project Details

Nisswa Stamman will present its 20th annual gathering in June 2019, celebrating Danish, Finnish, Icelandic, Norwegian, and Swedish traditional music and dance. In addition to presenting Nordic artists from the Midwest and Scandinavia, Nisswa Stamman will document the impact the festival has had on Nordic traditions in Minnesota over the last 20 years.

Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
Nisswa Stämman AKA Nisswa-stämman, Scandinavian Folk Music and Cultural Festival
Street Address
16586 Nokay Lk Rd
Zip Code
(218) 764-2994
Competitive Grant Making Body
Board Members and Qualifications

Ardell Brede: Mayor of Rochester, elected 2002.; Peggy Burnet: Businesswoman, art collector, and community volunteer. Chair of the Nominating Committee, Smithsonian National Board. Trustee, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden. Vice Chair, Minnesota State Arts Board.; Uri Camarena: Business consultant, Metropolitan Economic Development Association. Board chair, Minneapolis College of Art and Design. Officer at-large, Minnesota State Arts Board; Michael Charron: Dean of the School of the Arts, Saint Mary's University of Minnesota. Secretary/Treasurer, Minnesota State Arts Board.; Sean Dowse: Mayor of Red Wing, elected 2016. Former executive director, Sheldon Theatre. Board member for Minnesota Citizens for the Arts. Chair, Minnesota State Arts Board.; Philip McKenzie, Oboe and English horn player; adjunct oboe faculty, NDSU; Mary McReynolds-Pellinen: Executive director, Lyric Center for the Arts; coordinator, First Stage Gallery; Thomas Moss: Consultant to nonprofits and government agencies.; Dobson West: Senior advisor, Spell Capital Partners Fund.; Christina Widdess: Arts organization consultant; former managing director, Penumbra Theatre. Vice Chair, Minnesota State Arts Board.

Advisory Group Members and Qualifications

Shamso Ahmed: Henna artist; community organizer; Jose Alvillar Hinojosa: Artist and educator; Paul Dahlin: Swedish American fiddler honored by the NEA; Mary Ellen Halverson: Lead quilter with Arts Board grantee Evening Star Quilters; Peggy Korsmo-Kennon: COO, American Swedish Institute; Rita Mustaphi: Founder and artistic director, Katha Dance Theatre. Choreographer, dancer, and educator.; Lucia Pawlowski: Assistant professor of English and cultural studies at St. Thomas; Kari Tauring: Nordic musician and educator; Arts Board grantee; Gene Yang: Active participant in Hmong cultural activities in Walnut Grove; school paraprofessional; Leah Yellowbird, Artist; Arts Board grantee

Conflict of Interest Disclosed
Conflict of Interest Contact

Executive director Sue Gens (651) 539-2650