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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato

Midnimo Grant Program

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Building Bridges Grant

The Association of Performing Arts Professionals (APAP) has awarded $1,416,000 in grants for the Building Bridges: Arts, Culture and Identity program.

The Midnimo Grant supports performances and residency events through a consortium consisting of the Minnesota State Mankato Performance Series, Cedar Cultural Center, in association with Augsburg College, and The Paramount Center for the Arts, in association with St. Cloud State University.



Minnesota Consortium: Midnimo

The Minnesota consortium, along with four other individual organizations around the country, will receive between $125,000-$335,000 each in funding to build knowledge and appreciation for arts and culture with roots in Muslim-majority societies.

The Minnesota consortium project is called Midnimo, Somali for "unity."

The projects will occur from 2016-2019 and will work to deepen the relationships between diverse Muslim and non-Muslim communities.



Midnimo at Minnesota State Mankato

The grant focuses on increasing understanding and awareness of Muslim cultures through the performing arts and will result in approximately five or six community musical performances in Mankato over the next three years by internationally renowned Somali artists.

Increasing understanding of Muslim culture will be accomplished through new curricular designs in various University academic departments (English, art, history and music departments are among those participating), panel discussions, workshops, Q&As, and campus and community performances for Somali and non-Somali audiences of all ages, with a focus on millennials.



Midnimo Featured in International Magazine

Midnimo was featured in the fall 2017 edition of the Magazine of the Association of Performing Arts Professionals (APAP), based in Washington, DC. View the story here.