Folk and Traditional Arts

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2013 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Ukrainian American Community Center Inc
Recipient Type
Non-Profit Business/Entity
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)

Add new dancers, especially ages 4-6, and retain existing dancers through compelling dance education, costuming, workshops, and performances. Measure the increase in number of dancers in each age group and the number of older dancers retained through their college years. 2: Develop future instructors/choreographers by offering instructor jobs, advanced workshops, motivational performances, and financial stipends. Measure the number of older dancers who agree to become instructors, parents who previously danced and now bring their kids and agree to become instructors, and participants in advanced Ukrainian dance workshops that are interested in choreography.

Measurable Outcome(s)

Projected outcome: Adding new dancers, especially ages 4-6, and retaining existing dancers through compelling dance education, costuming, workshops, and performance. Cheremosh Ukrainian Dance Ensemble experienced a surge of new members for its 2013-2014 season: 17 dancers between three and eight years old. This resulted from an increased number of grant-enabled performances for the 2012-2013 season, including one at the Cowles Center for Dance, as well as enhanced visibility and marketing efforts within the Ukrainian and general American communities. The group retained a large majority of its existing dancers. Workshops led by guest choreographers exposed dancers to new styles and techniques; the troupe's artistic director choreographed new dances for each age group; and performances at new, larger performance created excitement. In addition, some dancers received new, handmade costumes representing various regions of Ukraine. 2: Cheremosh significantly enhanced efforts to motivate dancers and create new apprentice opportunities. Grant support allowed performances before larger audiences at more premiere and public venues providing member dancers with a renewed enthusiasm for Ukrainian folk dance. Grant money supported new paid internship positions for members of the oldest dance group to instruct younger dancers, thereby building their commitment to the future growth of the ensemble. This was so successful that for the upcoming 2013-2014 season, we expanded this apprentice program to include four teenaged members, each with outside ballet training, to instruct younger dancers on ballet positions, poise, and technique.

Description of Funds
Source of Additional Funds

Other, local or private

Recipient Board Members
Larry Bell, Renee Bell, Myron Hawryluk, Orest Kramarczuk, Bob Kuczwarskyj, Bob Mandybur, Wally Wdowychyn, Paul Jablonsky, Walter Anastasievsky, Ken Matlashewski, Luba Lewytzkyi, Walt Wolinetz, Vitaliy Pechenuk
Project Overview
Cheremosh Ukrainian Folk Dance
Project Details
The Ukrainian American Community Center will reinvigorate its Cheremosh Ukrainian Folk Dance program by purchasing new costumes, learning new dances, hosting visiting instructors, and presenting their work to a wider segment of the public.
Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
Ukrainian American Community Center Inc
Street Address
301 Main St NE
Zip Code
(612) 242-1059
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