Honor the Earth
The Oshki-Filmmakers Project is a series of film workshops and opportunities for the White Earth Ojibwe Reservation. Focusing on Indigenous youth, these workshops bring established Indigenous filmmakers from across our region together with youth artists to share stories and knowledge as our young artists begin to shape their artistic craft. We provide work space and equipment to empower our youth to share their own stories and those of our community for many generations to come.
Shirley Sneve (St. Paul, MN) – Shirley was Director of the Tiwahe Foundation and works in the arts and humanities largely focusing on American Indian and Alaska Native cultures. She is Lakota.
Travis Zimmerman (Mille Lacs, MN) – Travis works at the Mille Lacs Indian Museum and has worked with MHC in a variety of programs, including as a panelist for the Veterans Voices Awards. He is Ojibwe.
Cheyanne St. John (Morton, MN) – Cheyanne works in the Tribal Historical Preservation Office for the Lower Sioux Indian Reservation. She is Dakota.
Minnesota Humanities Center
$850,000 the first year and $850,000 the second year are for a competitive grants program to provide grants to preserve and promote the cultural heritage of Minnesota.
The Minnesota Humanities Center must operate a competitive grants program to provide grants to programs that preserve and honor the cultural heritage of Minnesota or that provide education and student outreach on cultural diversity or to programs that empower communities to build their identity and culture. Priority must be given to grants for individuals and organizations working to create, celebrate, and teach indigenous arts and cultural activities and arts organizations and programs preserving, sharing, and educating on the arts and cultural heritage of immigrant communities in Minnesota.
The measurable outcomes of this project will be attendance by a small cohort of at least five youth for these workshops with artists over the project year for these workshops. We aim to reach more but with currently undefined schedules and a worsening Pandemic, we cannot confirm a larger cohort will be safely possible. Though we anticipate more youth participants at some point, we will prioritize safety and quality of time with a select cohort for this early project implementation with opportunities for expansion down the road. Further, we will purchase camera equipment to be held for the community to use as resources such as these are currently very rare in the community. Thus our measurable outcomes can be defined as expanded youth participation in visual arts programming (at least 5 participants at each workshop; at least 4 workshops with visiting artists) and expanded access to filmmaking resources for youth artists (at least 2 cameras).