Multicultural Resource Center Microgrant
The city of Pelican Rapids has an International Friendship Festival nearly every year. They invite musicians and dancers from many of the nationalities that make up the town. The Festival is an opportunity for all the diverse peoples in this town to share their own cultures and their art. We would like to hire the Somali Cultural Museum’s Dance Troupe to perform at the 2020 Festival. We also plan to run a Somali dance workshop the day after the Festival.
Leyla Suleiman (Minneapolis, MN) Leyla is a first year educator, author in the Crossroads: Somali Youth Anthology, and was a panelist for the Community Partner Fund and is also serving in the immigrant cultural heritage panel. She is Somali.
Hibaq Mohamed (Minneapolis, MN) – Hibaq is an MHC Increase Engagement facilitator, author in the Crossroads: Somali Youth Anthology, and is also serving in the immigrant cultural heritage panel. She is Somali.
Nasra Farah (St. Cloud, MN) – Nasrah is a board member and featured speaker through the activist/advocacy organization #unitecloud. She is Somali.
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.
(2) Of this amount, $250,000 the first year is for a grant to one or more community organizations that provide arts and cultural heritage programming celebrating Somali heritage.
The goals for this project is to have a day where different culture from different communities in the town of Pelican Rapids are shared so that people learn from each other's cultural values which in turn creates social integration, respect for the differences and work together for achieving progressive goals. Working together in peace and harmony while differences in cultures and values exists in our community.