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The American-Scandinavian Foundation Offers New Folk Arts Grant and Fellowship Program

Friday, June 30, 2017   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Jesse A. Fivecoate
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The American-Scandinavian Foundation (ASF) announces a new program to support Scandinavian folk arts and cultural traditions in the Upper Midwest (North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa, Minnesota, Wisconsin, and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan).

Broadly defined, folk arts are expressions of community identity and values. They are cultivated informally among individuals by word of mouth or example. Whether practicing a traditional craft, art, technical or occupational skill; performing music or dance; or marking important moments of life or the year with special foods or customs, folk arts are deeply rooted in community life and foster human creativity.

The American-Scandinavian Foundation is committed to celebrating and preserving Nordic (Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Sápmi, Sweden) cultures throughout the United States. By supporting folk arts and traditional cultures in the Upper Midwest, in particular, ASF will recognize and celebrate the mastery of individual artists or practitioners, facilitate the cultivation of skills and understanding among younger generations, bring greater visibility to Scandinavian arts and traditions, and highlight the centrality of cultural expression to all of our lives.

Two categories of support will be available – fellowships for artists and/or scholars and grants for public programs and community projects. All of our grants will encourage both the practice of folk arts and cultures and the presentation of those arts to public audiences.

For more information and to view the application, visit

For more information about other grants that the American-Scandinavian Foundation offers, visit

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