On March 23, 2019, Yiran African Arts and Sprout MN partnered in giving the community a cultural experience to remember!
Visit: Yiran Arts (www.yiranarts.com)& Sprout MN (www.sproutmn.com)
Created by: Ashley Froemming
Music: "All That" by Bensound
By: Fortuna Alexander, Owner of FAH Tea
FAH Bissap Tea is a brewed & bottled, tart & tangy hibiscus tea, steeped in my cultural history and journey from West Africa to Minnesota.
FAH Tea’s story follows my own. Our hibiscus flowers are imported from the gateway to West Africa, Senegal, and our proceeds support the development of an orphanage, school, and clinic in Liberia. I became an orphan in Liberia when I lost my mother at the tender age of 10. Years of civil war and Ebola outbreak in Liberia have drastically increased the number of parent-less children. I brew this traditional tea to honor my mother and support these children who share this experience with me.
I am entering FAH Tea to the FedEx Small Business Grant Contest, and you can help us increase the scale of our tea process & production by voting. Cast your vote every 24 hours until April 1st, and give us the chance to win $50,000 to build our business and support our mission.
The Sew & Grow program has been in existence since 2010, when it was first a program of the Multicultural Center of Central Minnesota. Today, the program is operated by the African Women’s Alliance, bringing women together to learn, teach, and create sewing projects. The women of the Sew & Grow group reside throughout the Greater St. Cloud area and have origins in Liberia, Uganda, Sudan, Kenya, among other East and West African countries. The sewing skill level of each of the women varies from beginner to advanced, and many women volunteer to teach new skills at each class. Some projects include a simple dress or hijab, crib sheet, table centerpiece, curtains, pincushion, and general garment mending.
The collaboration with Sprout MN presented an opportunity for an artist-led, multi-medium project using fabric to create a journey from skill building to art installation. Using a combination of Skillshare, Design/Idea Generation, and Creation, the project offered workshops in fabric dyeing, weaving, and binding to create the materials used in the ultimate art installation which hangs from the ceiling of the Sprout facility in Little Falls, Minnesota. As a former boat manufacturing facility and industrial warehouse, the need for color and movement in space was achieved by using different fabrics, fabrics of different colors and cuts, and structural elements through with weaving and woodwork. The use of wire and ribbon in the weavings further enhanced the impression of movement of the piece.
Read more about the Sew & Grow project in the report below.
This project was led by artists Jeri Olson-McCoy, Lucy Senstad, Heidi Jeub, Natalie Keane, Anthony Schrock, & 25 other participant artists.
Sponsored by Region Five Development Commission (R5DC) and ArtPlace America.
Created by: Ashley Froemming
African arts, drumming, dance, and storytelling from Fred Yiran African Arts Day will fill the indoor marketplace on March 23rd, including opportunities for you to participate in dance, drumming, and the creation of an art installation yourself!
Created by: Dying to Film (www.dyingtofilm.com). This project is made possible by ArtPlace America’s National Creative Placemaking Fund, awarded to Region Five Development Commission.
Chef Jenna from Prairie Bay Grill prepares a special menu to show how tomatoes can be used in a variety of cultural dishes. What's on the menu? Click each dish below to get the recipe!
PICKLED TOMATOES - RUSSIAN
PEBRE CON YUZU HALIBUT - CHILEAN
CAPRESE SALAD - ITALIAN
SHAKSHOUKA - NORTH AFRICAN
When we share a meal together, we share our stories. Who's at your table? Share your story with us here!
Sponsored by Region Five Development Commission and ArtPlaceAmerica.
Recipes by Jenna Brower Von Siebolds:
PICKLED TOMATOES - RUSSIAN
PEBRE - CHILEAN
CAPRESE SALAD - ITALIAN
SHAKSHOUKA - NORTH AFRICAN
We're calling all regional artists to create the graphic design that will wrap around the Sprout Mobile Market vehicle. The goal of the design is to beautify the vehicle and make it stand out on its pop-up grocery stops so shoppers get excited about local food and art. The Sprout Mobile Market Graphic Design Contest launched March 1, 2019 and ends at 11:59pm on March 31, 2019 (the “contest period”). All eligible submissions must be received or posted by no later than 11:59pm CDT on March 31, 2019 in order to be considered for the contest.
The contest is open to all residents of Cass, Crow Wing, Morrison, Todd and Wadena counties, and residents within 100 miles of Little Falls.
The selected artist wins a $1,000 prize: $800 Cash + $200 Marketplace Bucks + Your Design on the Mobile Market.
Eligible individuals may enter the contest by creating a design for Sprout’s new Mobile Market vehicle in digital format and posting it on the individual’s Facebook or Instagram pages. Entries must be “public” and must include hashtags #SproutMobileMarket, #SproutDesign, so we can find it when reviewing submissions.
View the Official Rules, Requirements, and Restrictions on Submissions. View the vehicle specs here.
Stay posted on our Facebook page for contest updates and to vote on the submissions.
Read the full story about the arrival of the Mobile Market vehicle here.
Created by: Ryan White Photography & Design. This project is made possible by ArtPlace America’s National Creative Placemaking Fund, awarded to Region Five Development Commission.
Leech Lake Early Childhood has been making many strides to revitalize language and indigenous foods. Ryan White Photography & Design, a Leech Lake local company, captures these budding initiatives in a powerful and artistic manner to show the strength within the Leech Lake communities. Using a combined skill set White beautifully weaves together the many parts of this cultural and community revitalization movement.
For more information about Ryan White Photography & Design or the Leech Lake Early Childhood please see the following links:
Leech Lake Early Childhood Development:
Aabinoojii Oshkii Bimadiziiwin Center (AOB)
The creative commissioned projects showcased in the video engaged five local artists:
Sharon Nordrum: Sharon is an experienced artist that started painting in 2012. Her inspiration comes from her dreams, her Ojibwe heritage, language, and stories and the natural world. Her work is filled with traditional Ojibwe symbolism. She is active in the communities of northern Minnesota and they range from art projects, youth work and radio shows. She has been a member of the Indigenous Foods Experts’ committee which keyed the foods highlight in AOB’s Farm to Early Care initiative and has been a key piece to its success in the classroom and in the kitchen. For this project, she created the traditional floral designs with needle felt work and taught of how we use our surroundings in our art and how they connect to tell a story.
Lolly Aguilar: Lolly is an experienced artist and has offered various classes with women teaching them different techniques and teachings that go along with her art as well as teaching involving the Three Sisters. She is a lover of mandaamin (corn) and reaches beyond central Minnesota to become known as “the corn lady” in the tribal communities of Minnesota, Wisconsin and Michigan. She has been gifted many beautiful corn seeds, teachings and stories from all across Turtle Island and Mexico. One of the teachings she highlighted during this project is how to make the traditional corn husk dolls and the teachings of mandaamin and the Three Sisters. She created a beautiful corn husk doll that is now displayed at Sprout.
Wesley Mays: Wesley is an experienced artist whose art gained popularity in 2011 and later evolved into authentic Native American Wearable Art. He views his art as a positive image for ourselves and has provided a positive influence and a positive example with the words and images he shares with everyone he comes into contact with. His art and his businesses help him raise American Indian people up, increase self-esteem, and increase pride in one self. Wesley created a collaborative canvased painting with some of the youth and families that are part of the Leech Lake Early Childhood program. This provided a more modern take on indigenous paintings and highlighted the importance of those teachings and the impact of community.
Ryan White: Ryan is an experienced artist with 5 years of professional photography. He currently works with the Leech Lake Tribal College (LLTC) as their Multimedia & Marketing Specialist and also does professional photography outside the LLTC and at several community events. He has captured amazing photos from different cultural events and the community of Leech Lake as a whole. He documented the various teachings through photographs and video and compiled them to create the video above. This highlights the intergenerational transfer of knowledge and skills in Indigenous culture as a whole and the methods and the meanings of their stories told through their art.
David Northbird: Dave is currently the Director of Operations of the Boys and Girls Club of the Leech Lake Area. Dave is a life long learner of Anishinaabe song and dance culture. Dave has instructed drum teachings in the Leech Lake area for 20 years in the Cass Lake-Bena School District, Boys and Girls Club, and Leech Lake Tribal College. Drum making is an important part of a singers development so learning how to construct ones owe drum provides a high level of respect for his/her drum.
This project was facilitated by Claire Chase, Leech Lake Area SNAP-Ed Coordinator.
By Faith, Owner of Made By Faith
My name is Faith, you may know me from past Sprout Markets. When I first started Made By Faith I didn’t think it would go anywhere. Sprout has made it a dream come true I wouldn’t be where I am now without them. I’ve met amazing people who’ve taught me so much and tried new things. To all kids out there that are creative and talented you don’t have to be an adult to be successful. So to anyone who wants to try something new and fun come to Sprout Market.
Faith chats with Sprout after winning "Best Vendor Booth" at the 2017 Vendor Awards.
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