Minnesota Festival Support

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2017 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Cultural Awareness Organization AKA International Festival
Recipient Type
Non-Profit Business/Entity
In Progress
Activity Type
Counties Affected
Legal Citation / Subdivision
Laws of Minnesota 2015 Special Session, chapter 2, article 4, section 2, subdivision 3
Appropriation Language

ACHF Cultural Heritage

2017 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Other Funds Leveraged
Direct expenses
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

Festival attendees will have a positive interaction with someone from a cultural tradition different from their own. A random survey distributed at the Festival will question the attitudes of the audience to see if they feel more open to interactions with cultures other than their own. 2: Four of the performing artists will be folk and traditional artists of Minnesota and they will feel a sense of pride after performing at the Festival. Each artists/group that performs will fill out a survey to determine whether they feel the experience was positive and if it created an impact to promote their artistry.

Description of Funds
Source of Additional Funds

Other, local or private

Project Overview
Minnesota Festival Support
Project Details
The Cultural Awareness Organization will work with community leaders to present a multicultural festival that is free to the public and includes Minnesota folk and traditional performers, foods, artist booths, and children's activities.
Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
Cultural Awareness Organization AKA International Festival
Street Address
1121 3rd Ave
Zip Code
(507) 372-2919
Competitive Grant Making Body
Board Members and Qualifications
Ardell Brede: Mayor of Rochester, elected 2002.; Peggy Burnet: Businesswoman, art collector, and community volunteer. Member of the Smithsonian National Board. Former chair of the board, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden. Officer at Large, Minnesota State Arts Board.; Uri Camarena: Business consultant, Metropolitan Economic Development Association. Board chair, Minneapolis College of Art and Design.; Michael Charron: Dean of the School of the Arts, Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota. Vice Chair, Minnesota State Arts Board.; Rebecca Davis-Lee: Touring pianist, piano and music theory teacher. Vice Chair, Minnesota State Arts Board.; Sean Dowse, Former executive director, Sheldon Theatre. Board member for Minnesota Citizens for the Arts. Secretary/Treasurer, Minnesota State Arts Board.; David Glenn: Ceramic artist. former executive director of the Minnesota Project.; Thomas Moss: Consultant to nonprofits and government agencies. Chair, Minnesota State Arts Board; Janice Sivertson: Gallery owner and visual artist; Dobson West: Senior advisor, Spell Capital Partners Fund; Christina Widdess: Arts organization consultant; former managing director, Penumbra Theatre
Advisory Group Members and Qualifications
Richard Hansen: Film curator, Redeye Cinema; founder, Duluth Superior Film Festival and Prove Gallery, Duluth; Hassen Hussein: Assistant professor at Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota; director of business development at African Economic Development Solutions; Steven Madson: Owner and president, SRO Productions (event company); Dayna Martinez: Artistic director of world music, dance and the International Children's Festival, Ordway Center; Karen Michels: Executive director, Princeton Area Chamber of Commerce.; William Venne: Chief development officer, College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Minnesota
Conflict of Interest Disclosed