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Somali Museum of Minnesota: The Mobile Culture Show: Building Bridges and Increasing Somali Cultural Vitality Across Minnesota

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2018 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$24,375
2019 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$24,375
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Recipient
Somali Museum of Minnesota
Recipient Type
Non-Profit Business/Entity
Status
In Progress
Start Date
July 2017
End Date
November 2019
Activity Type
Education/Outreach/Engagement
Counties Affected
Anoka
Benton
Blue Earth
Carver
Clay
Dakota
Faribault
Hennepin
Kandiyohi
Le Sueur
Nicollet
Olmsted
Polk
Ramsey
Rice
Sherburne
Statewide
Stearns
Washington
Anoka
Benton
Blue Earth
Carver
Clay
Dakota
Faribault
Hennepin
Kandiyohi
Le Sueur
Nicollet
Olmsted
Polk
Ramsey
Rice
Sherburne
Statewide
Stearns
Washington
Legal Citation / Subdivision
2016 Minn. Laws, Chap. 2 Art. 4 Sec. 2 Subd. 8
Appropriation Language

$200,000 each year is for a grant to one or more community organizations that provide Somali-based collaborative programs for arts and cultural heritage. The Somali Museum of Minnesota may apply for a grant under this paragraph. The funding must be used for programs to provide arts and humanities education and workshops, mentor programs, classes, exhibits, presentations, community engagement events, and outreach about the Somali community and heritage in Minnesota.

2018 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$24,375
Direct expenses
$24,375
Number of full time equivalents funded
1.2
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)
  1. Cultural celebration: A one-day event featuring performances and exhibitions of multiple art forms, either as a stand-alone event or integrated into a larger community festival.
  2. Craft workshops: A multiple-day series of workshops in a specific art form, taught by master-artists in the tradition.
  3. Somali 101 Presentation: A classroom- or training-based exhibition and presentation offering an immersive introduction to Somali culture and art history
Measurable Outcome(s)
  • 60 - Performance by the Somali Museum Dance Troupe: high-energy performance of classic Somali folk dances, as well as demonstration and workshops, where audiences of all ages are able to try their hand at learning and imitating the steps.
  • 35 - Nomadic finger-weaving workshops: classes taught by elder master-weavers, offering participants an introduction to the weaving style used to create kebed, the mats that form the walls and roof of Somali nomadic homes. Workshops are taught through demonstration and imitation, the way that young people would learn from their grandmothers at home in Somalia
  • 27 - Oral Poetry and Storytelling: engaging story circles and poetry performance that evoke the traditions of sharing news and legends across time and families in nomadic Somalia, as well as workshops teaching the forms and practice of poetry and storytelling that particularly target Somali-American youth building their proficiency with Somali language
  • 1 - Anniversary Celebration - featuring Dance Troupe, Poetry, Singing, storytelling.
Recipient Board Members
Faisal Deri, Dr. Abdulfatah Mohamed, Mohamed Ahmed Salad, Asha Hibad, Busad Ali Kheyre, Abshir Isse, Mohamoud Abdullahi Mohamed, Elizabeth Xue Wilcox 薛老师, Ph.D., Abdullahi Samater, Bashir Sheikh
Legal Citation / Subdivision
2016 Minn. Laws, Chap. 2 Art. 4 Sec. 2 Subd. 8
Appropriation Language

$200,000 each year is for a grant to one or more community organizations that provide Somali-based collaborative programs for arts and cultural heritage. The Somali Museum of Minnesota may apply for a grant under this paragraph. The funding must be used for programs to provide arts and humanities education and workshops, mentor programs, classes, exhibits, presentations, community engagement events, and outreach about the Somali community and heritage in Minnesota.

2019 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$24,375
Number of full time equivalents funded
1
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)
  • Outcome: Programs in Somali art and culture will become available to Minnesotans who historically do not access arts programing, including Somali-American youth and elders
    • Evidence: Participants will access programming that was otherwise unavailable
    • Evidence: Somali Museum will increase programs offered by 30% from 2018-2019
  • Outcome: Non-Somali Minnesotans will participate in programs about Somali culture and art for the first time
    • Evidence: Participants will give testimony about their new exposure to Somali art
  • Outcome: Somali-American youth will access Somali traditional art forms, which were previously unavailable to them
    • Evidence: Youth will give testimony about their new exposure to Somali art forms
  • Outcome: Minnesota’s communities will gain resources in teaching and sharing Somali culture
    • Evidence: Somali cultural programs will become part of existing festivals and events, and new workshops and presentations will become available
Measurable Outcome(s)

In progress; no measurable outcomes reported to date.

Recipient Board Members
Faisal Deri, Dr. Abdulfatah Mohamed, Mohamed Ahmed Salad, Asha Hibad, Busad Ali Kheyre, Abshir Isse, Mohamoud Abdullahi Mohamed, Elizabeth Xue Wilcox 薛老师, Ph.D., Abdullahi Samater, Bashir Sheikh
Project Overview

The Somali Museum of Minnesota will present the Mobile Culture Show: a statewide program of immersive cross-cultural exhibitions, performances, and workshops highlighting Somali cultural arts. The program responds to statewide need for more resources to teach and learn about Somali culture, and employs Somali art as a tool to build bridges between generations and communities, showcasing art forms including traditional dance, finger-weaving, storytelling, and oral poetry.

Project Manager
First Name
Osman
Last Name
Ali
Organization Name
Somali Museum of Minnesota
Email
Somalimuseum.mn@gmail.com