Folk and Traditional Arts

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2013 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Ce Tempoxcalli
Recipient Type
Non-Profit Business/Entity
Start Date
November 2012
End Date
October 2013
Activity Type
Counties Affected
Red Lake
Red Lake
Project Overview
Folk and Traditional Arts
Project Details
Ce Tempoxcalli will expand access to Mexica/Aztec dance art activities for Minnesotans by increasing the number of learners, teachers, and master instructors in Minnesota, through a structured apprenticeship program.
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: Board member, Minnesota State Arts Board. 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
Elizabeth Bucheit: Visual artist, jewelry and metalwork; Nicolas Carter: Harpist, performer of Latin American music, Fulbright Scholar, Teaching artist; Tamara Nadel: Founding member, Ragamala Dance; Timothy Sparks: Musician, guitarist; Kimberly Sueoka: Vocalist, specializing in Hawaiian music; instructor and artist in residence; Gwen Westerman Wasicuna: Professor of English and humanities, Minnesota State University Mankato. Poet and fiber artist.; Greg Wright: Executive director, North House Folk School
Conflict of Interest Disclosed
Legal Citation / Subdivision
Laws of Minnesota 2011, First Special Session, chapter 6, article 4, section 2, subdivision 3
Appropriation Language

ACHF Cultural Heritage

2013 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Other Funds Leveraged
Direct expenses
Administration costs
Number of full time equivalents funded
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

We will increase the number of participants experiencing traditional Mexica/Azteca dance through observation and/or trying Danza at a public event. We will compile data using our Cultural Exchange Data Collection Form before and after each event, estimating the audience size, demographic makeup, and active participation. 2: Through an apprentice program, we will increase the number people learning Danza, and develop experienced dancers to be instructors. We will select apprentices that demonstrate promising skills and desire to teach traditional Mexica/Azteca dance and music. Through pre- and post-surveys and demonstrations, data will be collected and recorded by the master instructor.

Measurable Outcome(s)

We did increase the number of participants engaging in traditional Mexica/Azteca Dance through observing or trying it at a public event. When we first came to request assistance from the Minnesota State Arts Board, our engagement of public participants in Mexica/ Azteca Dance in Minnesota was approximately 1500 people per month or about 9000 for the current year. At the end of fiscal year 2011/2012, and as a result of the investment that the Minnesota State Arts Board made in our artistic work, we were able to increase our annual engagement of Minnesotan adults in the Art of Mexica/ Azteca Dance by 50%. This year (FY 2012/2013) we have seen an additional increase in the number of Minnesotan that have engaged in Mexica/ Azteca Dance. This outcome is tracked through ongoing maintenance of participation and attendance in a Cultural Exchange Form that is completed for each Mexica/ Azteca cultural exchange. 2: Our leader apprentice program was successful in developing experienced dancers into instructors of Danza practices. Through pre and post surveys as well as Dance demonstrations, those with promising skills as well as the desire to become an instructor of the traditional Mexica/ Azteca dance and music were chosen to be part of the apprenticeship program. These junior apprentices received intensive support to further develop their skills and practice. Six of these apprentices have reached a level where they are able to begin the experiential learning work of leading/ teaching/ instructing their own weekly Danza practice (class).

Description of Funds
Source of Additional Funds

Other, local or private

Recipient Board Members
Chris Silvas, Baltazar Garcia, Heather Meland-Espinoza, Tom Delaney, Louis Alemayehu, Lisa Bellanger
Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
Ce Tempoxcalli
Street Address
179 Robie St E
St Paul
Zip Code
(612) 388-0552
Administered By
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540 Fairview Avenue North,
St. Paul, MN 55104

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