Folk and Traditional Arts

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2013 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Hamline University
Recipient Type
Public College/University
Start Date
November 2012
End Date
October 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

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

We have chosen three Asian musical traditions (Cambodian, Javanese, and South Indian) to present, to help expand their reach and our community's access to them. We are offering three to five public events for each of the three musical traditions, with an expected total of nine to fifteen events. The participatory events are designed to give audiences meaningful hands-on experiences with the musical cultures and direct access to the musicians and other volunteers from their cultural communities. We will evaluate the number of events and participation levels of audience members. 2: We will offer an accessible way to expose local residents to, and increase their understanding and enjoyment of, musical cultures, and bring recognition to the musicians. We will evaluate our audience engagement by assessing formal concert and non-formal participatory and lecture situations. We will measure our success reaching neighborhood community groups and campus populations to engage a broad and large audience.

Measurable Outcome(s)

Our traditional music and dance activities did increase the number available to the public and especially in the Hamline-Midway neighborhood of Saint Paul. The professional evaluator interviewed many stakeholders in this project and found that most felt these activities were new and unusual in their breadth. 2: Only one-third to one-half of the audience members were already followers of the various artists or art forms which we presented, so the rest were all new audiences for them. The professional evaluation shows that participants felt many people, students and children involved with the project activities were being newly exposed.

Description of Funds
Source of Additional Funds

Other, local or private

Recipient Board Members
Robert C. Klas, Jr., Kent T. Larson, Cindy M. Gregorson , Ken Paulus, Karen Bach, John P. Banovetz , Ching-Meng Chew, Doron Clark, Bryce A. Doty, Jeanne M. Forneris, Linda N. Hanson, Brenda Edmondson, Tony Heredia, Denise Holloman, Charles H. Johnson, Michael S. LaFontaine JD, Gwen Lerner, Barbara K. Lupient, Richard L. Mack, Kita L. McVay, Nneka Morgan, Kenneth W. Morris, Christie Cozad Neuger Sr., Jay Novak, Bishop Bruce R. Ough, Carl A. Pellettieri, David M. Petrocchi JD, Julie Hagen Showers, Gary Stern, Wendy B. Watson
Project Overview

Folk and Traditional Arts

Folk and Traditional Arts

Project Details

Hamline's Office of Diversity Integration will present a series of public concerts, lectures, and workshops by three traditional Asian musical groups based in Minnesota: Nirmala Rajasekar and Friends performing south Indian carnatic music; Joko Sutrisno and the Sumunar Javanese Gamelan; and Silk and Bamboo: Chinese Music Untouched performing traditional Chinese instrumental music.

Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
Hamline University
Street Address
1536 Hewitt Ave MS-B1801
St Paul
Zip Code
(651) 523-2827
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