November 9, 2015

2014 Grant Recipients

For its 2014 Grant Cycle, SCA made $40,000 in grants supporting the following organizations and projects.
Each of these projects was either presented by or endorsed by an SCA Affiliate Member organization.
This is one of the largest grant-cycles ever at SCA.

Akvavit Theatre, Chicago, IL      $300

The Nordic Spirit Festival presented five staged readings – one from each Nordic country – in an effort to further educate Chicago audiences and enrich the Scandinavian culture already present in our city.   12 Dec 2104 – 14 Dec 2014

American Scandinavian Heritage Foundation, Jamestown, NY      $1,500

Three performances of The ABBA Girlz at the Scandinavian Folk Festival.  18 July 2014 – 20 July 2014

American Swedish Historical Museum, Philadelphia, PA      $3,750

Scout Programing. 2014 Start-up project

American Swedish Institute, Minneapolis, MN      $3,500

The Images of Strindberg exhibition on the work of Swedish poet, playwright, author and visual artist,  August Strindberg (1849 – 1912).
Co-presented with Fotografiska Museet, Stockholm.  14 Jun 2014 – 24 Oct 2014

Augustana College Teaching Museum of Art, Rock Island, IL      $2,150

A Different Way of Seeing: An Exhibit of Swedish Art from the Charters Collection:
Support of students’ translations of Swedish-language art books, as part of the background research for an exhibition of mid-nineteenth to late twentieth century Swedish art from a private collection.  25 Aug 2014 – 31 Oct 2014

Bishop Hill Heritage Association, Bishop Hill, IL      $500

Milk Maids display: A permanent display installed in the newly restored 1855 Dairy Building, which described the dairy history of the Bishop Hill Colony and tells the story of its Milk Maids.  Permanent display opening 1 Jul 2014

Chicago International Film Festival, Chicago, IL      $3,500

Scandinavian Spotlight at the 50th Anniversary presented a broad range of contemporary and retrospective films from Sweden and other Scandinavian countries. Swedish filmmakers, producers and actors were in attendance to discuss the artistry and cultural context of their work.
9 Oct 2014 – 23 Oct 2014

Concordia Language Villages, Moorhead, MN      $2,000

Swedish Language and Culture Library at Sjölunden: Cataloging of all current books, texts and teaching resources, and acquisition of new materials for the language and cultural immersion setting at the Swedish Language Village. On-going project.

Duluth Sister Cities International, Duluth, MN      $2,700

The Karl-Oscarkören Boys Choir from Växjö, Småland, performed at three separate events – two in Duluth and one at the American Swedish Institute in Minneapolis.  6 Aug 2014 – 10 Aug 2014

Friends of Moline Swedish Cemetery – Elroy, Austin, TX      $3,000

Information board about Swedish settlement in this part of Texas.

Kalmar Nyckel Foundation, Wilmington, DE      $600

Educational posters for new “Fort Christina” education station make great visuals, conversation starters, and content resources for educators and students who use them in presenting field trip programs.  On-going project opening Fall 2014

Nordic Heritage Museum, Seattle, WA      $500

Celebrate Sweden Crayfish Dinner with a presentation by Honorary Swedish Consul, Lars Jansson, who will discussed contemporary issues in Sweden through emigrant/immigrant perspectives.  Sep 2014

North Park University, Chicago, IL      $4,000

The NPU Gospel Choir Tour of Stockholm, Gothenburg, Jönköping, Värnamo, Sösdala, Nässjö and Copenhagen, where it will be performed at schools and churches to recruit new students and strengthened connections between North Park University and Sweden.  May 2014

Roger Tory Peterson Institute of Natural History, Jamestown, NY      $3,500

Using cellphone and web-based technology, In the Footsteps of Roger Tory Peterson is a new self-guided tour of places in Jamestown that figured prominently in the boyhood and youth of this famed Swedish-American artist, naturalist and educator. Start-up project opening in 2014.

Swedish American Museum, Chicago, IL      $4,000

Through the Immigrant Letters – An Ocean Apart project, SAM translated and exhibited a selection of letter written by Swedish immigrants from its permanent collection and ensured that they are stored using proper archival methods.

Swedish Cultural Heritage Society of the Red River Valley, Fargo, ND      $500

Låt oss tala svenska! (Let us speak Swedish!): This project will provided the instructor and workbooks for free Swedish language lessons.
2014 Start-up project

VocalEssence, Minneapolis, MN      $4,000

Always an audience favorite, the annual VocalEssence Welcome Christmas Concerts celebrates Scandinavian tradition with a medley of Swedish coral arrangements, a performance of the American Swedish Institute Spelmanslag and related activities in the local community.