Pangea World Theater

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2021 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Pangea World Theater
Recipient Type
Non-Profit Business/Entity
In Progress
Start Date
January 2021
End Date
December 2021
Activity Type
Counties Affected
Project Overview

Pangea World Theater’s Lake Street Arts!- Circling utilizes story circles, poetry, community conversations and site specific theater to deepen our engagement with stakeholders through the arts to create both a space for histories to be gathered and visions for a more just, sustainable and livable Minneapolis to emerge. Lake Street Arts!- Circling centers the realities and dreams of Dakota, Ojibwe, Latinx, Asian, Immigrant, Black and East African communities along Lake Street.

Competitive Grant Making Body
Advisory Group Members and Qualifications

Asneth Omare (Brooklyn Park, MN). Asneth is a Kenyan Immigrant who works in the non-profit and social service fields working on public health initiatives.

Al Lun (Rochester, MN) is a Chinese immigrant, former IT professional for IBM and currently is a board member of the Diversity Council and YMCA in Rochester.

Kieran Myles Andres Tverbakk (Minneapolis, MN) is a first-generation Mexican-Norwegian-American artist focused on visibility of BIPOC queer and trans individuals as well as creating space for Chicanx queerness.


Conflict of Interest Disclosed
Conflict of Interest Contact

Laura Benson

Minnesota Humanities Center


Legal Citation / Subdivision
Minn. State Legislature Article 4, Section 2, Subdivision 8, (d)
Appropriation Language

$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.

2021 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Number of full time equivalents funded
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

Three poets curate 20 poems about the pandemic and Uprising. 10 from youth poets. These poems are installed in windows of buildings along Lake Street and also on plaques in various spaces on Lake Street.

Each of the poems will be available on Pangea’s website and there will be a poetry reading in person or zoom with all ten poets.

An urban water walk takes place from Bde Maka Ska to the Mississippi. Prior to the walk there are two workshops that will teach about protocols for water walks.

A series of Story Circles are held in person or over Zoom giving a wide array of people a space to share their stories about living through the pandemic and Uprising.

A selection of the Story Circles are transcribed and edited into an archive. This collection of stories is available as a downloadable PDF and as a print book. In book form this archive is sent to city departments and city council members and other organizations and elected officials to keep real people and their lives present when policy decisions are made.

A series of four conversations are held between several artists and community activists and organizers about vital issues facing Lake Street communities. These conversations are free and open to the public.

A site specific ensemble based large scale performance is created at the intersection of Lake and Minnehaha. The work is a collaboration between Pangea’s artistic directors, the cohort of Story Circle Artists and others. It runs for two nights.

Measurable Outcome(s)

In progress

Recipient Board Members
Ramona Indru Advani, Afshan Anjum, M.D., Mona Antilla Carloni (Board Chair), Sharon Day, Soyini Guyton, Olga Herrera (Secretary), Kelley Lindquist, Freida Martin, Rajan Menon, Dipankar Mukherjee, Meena Natarajan, Anh Thu T. Pham Raj V. Rajan, PhD, Jasmine Sanchez, Bert Wilson (Treasurer)
Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
Pangea World Theater
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St. Paul, MN 55106

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