Folk and Traditional Arts

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Hong G. Dice AKA Gao Hong
Recipient Type
Start Date
March 2012
End Date
February 2013
Activity Type
Counties Affected
Legal Citation / Subdivision
Laws of Minnesota 2011, First Special Session, chapter 6, article 4, section 2, subdivision 3
Appropriation Language

ACHF Cultural Heritage

2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Other Funds Leveraged
Direct expenses
Administration costs
Number of full time equivalents funded
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

The variety and number of folk and traditional arts activities in which Minnesotans can participate increases. The number of Minnesotans who participate in folk and traditional arts activities increases. The number of Minnesotans who teach or learn folk and traditional art forms increases.

Measurable Outcome(s)

Six performances including rarely heard Buddhist temple music were presented in Minneapolis, St Paul, Bloomington and Northfield. In one performance during A Passage to China at the Mall of America, the Northfield Youth Choir, Carleton College Choir, and Carleton College Chinese Music Ensemble performed to an audience of over 400 people. Audience, performers, presenters, and students response was all used to evaluate the success of my program. I transcribed Zhi Hua Buddhist temple music from recording and then into Western notation, and have posted some of it online. I arranged dozens of scores for Chinese and Western ensembles and choir, and participated in performances of them at the local Chinese community’s “Passages to China” at the Mall of America, Carleton College, Northfield Middle School, Northfield Buddhist Meditation Center, the University of Minnesota, and McNally Smith College. I also lectured at the schools involved and taught the music to the choirs and musicians. The “Passages of China” performance included 90 total performers from the Northfield Youth Choir and Carleton College Choir and Chinese Music Ensemble. This event was stellar in magnitude and supported by the entire Twin Cities Chinese community. It took months of planning and included over 55 participating organizations that were showcasing Chinese culture for the Chinese community and general public. All events helped preserve the temple music and bring it to the general public in performance. The music was also preserved trough transcriptions from recordings I put into Western notation for the first time ever and have made available for mass audiences by posting them online at 2: All events were well attended, but “Passages to China” especially increased the participation of Minnesotans with over 90 choir members and instrumentalists performing the temple music I transcribed and arranged. Participants were chosen by those who had shown interest in the past (both choirs, the Chinese music ensemble, and community groups I lectured to). The main barrier was the fact that the pieces were sung in Chinese. This barrier was overcome by diligent coaching by myself and by spelling out the sounds of the Chinese text phonetically, as well as by having numerous rehearsals.

Description of Funds
Source of Additional Funds

Other, local or private

Project Overview
Folk and Traditional Arts
Project Details
Gao Hong seeks to preserve Chinese temple music and to share this music through community outreach activities and stage performances at several venues in Northfield, Saint Paul, and Minneapolis.
Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
Hong G. Dice AKA Gao Hong
(507) 222-4475
Competitive Grant Making Body
Board Members and Qualifications
Judson Bemis Jr., Actor, arts administrator, founder and principal of Clere Consulting. Secretary, Minnesota State Arts Board., 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., Michael Charron, Dean of the School of the Arts, Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota. Vice Chair, Minnesota State Arts Board., Sean Dowse, Executive director, Sheldon Theatre. Board member for Minnesota Music Coalition, Minnesota Citizens for the Arts, and Anderson Center for Interdisciplinary Studies., John Gunyou, City manager, Minnetonka., Benjamin Klipfel, Executive Director, Alexandria Area Arts Association, Inc. Director and arts educator.,Ellen McInnis, Director of Twin Cities government relations, Wells Fargo. Member of Bottineau Boulevard Partnership. Chair, Minnesota State Arts Board., Pamela Perri, Executive vice president, Builders Association of Minnesota., Margaret Rapp, Former educator, Saint Paul Academy and Summit School. Officer at-large, Minnesota State Arts Board., Anton Treuer, Professor of Ojibwe, Bemidji State University.
Advisory Group Members and Qualifications
Jewell Arcoren: Program director, First Nations Composer Initiative.; Kristina Clark: Director of programs and exhibits, American Swedish Institute. Member of committee for the 2012 American Association of Museums conference in Minneapolis. Singer in Flickorna Fem.; Ruth Friedlander: Artist and educator.; Eva Maria Kish: Managing director and choreographer, Ethnic Dance Theatre. Concert Artistic Director, Carpathian Folk Festival (Minnesota Hungarians). Board of Directors, Minnesota Hungarians.; Phyllis May-Machunda: Cofounder and director of Training Our Campuses Against Racism. Facilitator, Seeking Educational Equity and Diversity. Folklorist, scholar, and educator.; Gwen Westerman Wasicuna: Professor of English and humanities, Minnesota State University Mankato. Poet and fiber artist.
Conflict of Interest Disclosed