Minnesota's Legacy

Ka Joog: Building Community Cohesiveness through Fanka (Art)

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2018 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$73,125
2019 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$73,125
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Recipient
Ka Joog
Recipient Type
Non-Profit Business/Entity
Status
In Progress
Start Date
September 2017
End Date
July 2019
Activity Type
Education/Outreach/Engagement
Counties Affected
Anoka
Benton
Carver
Dakota
Faribault
Fillmore
Hennepin
Kandiyohi
Stearns
Steele
Washington
Watonwan
Wilkin
Winona
Anoka
Benton
Carver
Dakota
Faribault
Fillmore
Hennepin
Kandiyohi
Stearns
Steele
Washington
Watonwan
Wilkin
Winona
Legal Citation / Subdivision
2016 Minn. Laws, Chap. 2 Art. 4 Sec. 2 Subd. 8
Appropriation Language

$200,000 each year is for a grant to one or more community organizations that provide Somali-based collaborative programs for arts and cultural heritage. The Somali Museum of Minnesota may apply for a grant under this paragraph. The funding must be used for programs to provide arts and humanities education and workshops, mentor programs, classes, exhibits, presentations, community engagement events, and outreach about the Somali community and heritage in Minnesota.

2018 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$73,125
Direct expenses
$73,125
Number of full time equivalents funded
.95
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

In order to gauge the impact that the project has on the community, Ka Joog will measure the following outcomes:

  • Number of attendees at each event: our goal is for 100-150 people to attend each Documentary Event and for 15-25 people to attend each monthly art club program.
  • Diversity of participants: goal is for 40-50% of participants to be non-Somali at the Documentary Event.
  • Number of Somali youth engaged: Ka Joog and partners will be reaching out to schools, religious organizations, and other programs to ensure events are marketed to youth.
  • Number of artists that perform at events: this includes documenting the number of new Somali artists who participate that have not previously performed at Ka Joog related events.
  • Community participation in events measured by recording participating in community discussions and through surveys at the events.
  • Changes in opinions of participants towards the Somali community measured by a survey.
Measurable Outcome(s)
  1. Have shown four of the documentary “Somalia, a Nation of Poets" with artist performances and community-led discussions at each showings. We have shown the documentary in Wilmar, St. Cloud, Minneapolis, and in St. Paul. The original plan that we proposed was to showcase the documentary in three locations; Willmar, St. Cloud. Because of demand in the community, we decided to showcase the film in St. Paul, MN. In terms of attendees, we 134 people in Minneapolis, 122 people in St. Cloud, 115 people in Willmar, and 118 people in St. Paul. We had two artists performed at each event. We had a community discussion after the documentary. The topics that we discussed included, but limited to; Somali art traditions, generation gap with regards to arts, islamophobia, building relationship and trust between communities
  2. The monthly art club component involves arts learning, peer mentoring, and presentations led by a teaching artist in the Twin Cities. The workshops took place in St. Paul from November 2017 to July of 2018. Since November of 2017 until July of 2018, we hosted 12 workshops in total in the Twin Cities. There has been an average of 33-37 participants in each workshop, reaching 396 - 444 people.
  3. With regards to the Somali Independence Day Festival. We started the planning the event in May. Our goal for this day was to increase the presence of Somali-American artists in Minnesota taking part of the Somali Independence Day Festival that we held on June 30th of 2018. We worked with 17 various artists from different disciplines. We had an estimated of 35,000 in traffic throughout the festival. The festival was held in Minneapolis on West Lake Street.
Recipient Board Members
Ali Elmi, Hussein Mohamed, Guled Abdullahi, Aisha Muktar, Ibrahim Farah, Abdi Barkat
Legal Citation / Subdivision
2016 Minn. Laws, Chap. 2 Art. 4 Sec. 2 Subd. 8
Appropriation Language

$200,000 each year is for a grant to one or more community organizations that provide Somali-based collaborative programs for arts and cultural heritage. The Somali Museum of Minnesota may apply for a grant under this paragraph. The funding must be used for programs to provide arts and humanities education and workshops, mentor programs, classes, exhibits, presentations, community engagement events, and outreach about the Somali community and heritage in Minnesota.

2019 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$73,125
Number of full time equivalents funded
1.08
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

In order to gauge the impact that the project has on the community, Ka Joog will measure the following outcomes:

  • Number of attendees at each event: our goal is for 100-150 people to attend each Documentary Event and for 15-25 people to attend each monthly art club program.
  • Diversity of participants: goal is for 40-50% of participants to be non-Somali at the Documentary Event.
  • Number of Somali youth engaged: Ka Joog and partners will be reaching out to schools, religious organizations, and other programs to ensure events are marketed to youth.
  • Number of artists that perform at events: this includes documenting the number of new Somali artists who participate that have not previously performed at Ka Joog related events.
  • Community participation in events measured by recording participating in community discussions and through surveys at the events.
  • Changes in opinions of participants towards the Somali community measured by a survey.

 

Measurable Outcome(s)

In progress; no measurable outcomes reported to date.

Recipient Board Members
Ali Elmi, Hussein Mohamed, Guled Abdullahi, Aisha Muktar, Ibrahim Farah, Abdi Barkat
Project Overview

Ka Joog, the New American Development Center, and Shanta will build community cohesiveness between the Somali-American community and the general public through Fanka (Art) by utilizing the successful documentary “Somalia, a Nation of Poets," monthly art workshops, and Somali Independence Day. Our goal is to spread appreciation for Somali art forms and to create a platform for community based discussions about the issues that Somali-Americans face in Minnesota including islamophobia and racism.

Project Manager
First Name
Mohamed
Last Name
Farah
Organization Name
Ka Joog
Email
mfarah@kajoog.org