New Arab American Theater Works
New Arab American Theater Works is requesting funds for a community project exploring the impact of immigration from historic Syria (including modern day Lebanon) to the Americas over the last 100 years through an exploratory multi-disciplinary work of art and the input of community members. This will culminate in a 3 week production and 9 community dialogues exploring the complex subject of Lebanese and Syrian migration to the Americas.
Savita Katarya (Rochester, MN) Savita works in cross-cultural leadership development and was connected to the CEO Tour in 2019. She identifies as an immigrant from India.
Jose Losada-Montero (Marshall, MN) Jose was a contact of a former MHC staffperson (Kirk MacKinnon Morrow). He is a Spanish professor at SMSU. He identifies as an immigrant from Spain.
Juan Fernandez-Iglesias (Winona, MN) Juan Fernandez-Iglesias is a Winona State University Global Studies and Languages professor, and has blogged for MHC previously. He identifies as an immigrant from Spain.
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.
Our measurable outcomes include:
- have a written and visual record of stories of our community with participation of the community
- dialogue with community and community experts around the topic of immigration
- enlisting the participation of members of our community in all aspects of the process of creation. This includes (Syrian and Lebanese for this project) from: various religions (Christian - Maronite, Orthodox; Muslim - Sunni, Shiite; Druze, Atheist, other?), immigration status (new immigrant, refugee, second-third generation), ages (youth to elderly), genders, sexual preferences, economic status, and abilities.
- enlisting the participation in the final product (audience/discussions) of a wide variety of community members that include all above and also other Minnesotans who share a connection to, and interest in our stories
We will evaluate using checks along the way that we are meeting our goals, formal and informal surveys, attendance information, survey of participation by a variety of community as audience and artists.