Saymoukda Vongsay

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2020 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Saymoukda Vongsay
Recipient Type
In Progress
Start Date
July 2020
End Date
September 2021
Activity Type
Counties Affected
Project Overview

Curated by Saymoukda Duangphouxay Vongsay, The Manual will contain ruminations from 9 Southeast Asian artists exploring themes like refugee identity formations, healing, trauma, (re)imaginings, cultural preservation, manifesting new identities, and decolonization. The Manual will combine short films and interactive elements like quizzes, reflective and creative writing prompts, poems, comics, tongue-in-cheek astrological readings, a map on how to find “home,” coloring pages, infographics, etc.

Competitive Grant Making Body
Advisory Group Members and Qualifications

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. 

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.

2020 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Number of full time equivalents funded
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

We are confident in our abilities to execute this project successfully because we have experience in producing collaborative work and creating public art. With that stated, we have a clear plan of actions for our project. Below are our anticipated outputs and outcomes.


Anticipated OUTPUTS:

-- 9 artists impacted

-- 400+ combined hours of artists’ work

-- 300+ community members engaged

-- 100+ APIA artists engaged as ambassadors for the project

-- 500+ online downloads/engagements

-- 75 minimum # of Manuals printed (estimate based on budget)

-- 15 complimentary copies to selected partner organizations serving APIAs


Anticipated OUTCOMES:

-- 100% of collective members will have worked with another member that they did not work with prior to The Manual project

-- we anticipate that at least 40% of audiences will be aware and engage with an artist that they did not have prior knowledge of

-- we anticipate that at least 70% of audiences will feel better empowered to begin/continue to pursue creative expressions towards their own healing (mental, emotional, spiritual, physical)

-- we anticipate that at least 80% of audiences will have a better understanding of how the arts impact their lives every day (in every way) and how cultural production work is necessary for individual and collective identity and wellbeing


To gauge the audience/community impact, we will conduct "low pressure/laid back" aural surveys and written surveys that we will disseminate at the public event.

Measurable Outcome(s)

In progress

Proposed Outcomes Achieved
outcomes data not yet available
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