SCA Grants are made possible by the many supporters of Swedish Council of America.
Major support for this year’s grants has come from:
Barbro Osher Pro Suecia Foundation
Swedish Council of America Foundation Hans and Barbara Bergstrom
For its 2015 Grant Cycle, SCA provided $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.
It is SCA’s long-term goal to provide over $100,000 annually in grants to the community it serves.
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Toddler Time is a monthly program designed to introduce Swedish culture through art, science and literature in a fun and creative way to children ages 18 months to 4 years old.
The Hagström Sensation is an exhibition that tells the story of how a family of instrument makers from the rural Dalarna region known for their exceptional hand-crafted instruments created an international guitar sensation by establishing Sweden’s largest music company. It will include a variety of rare collector Hagström guitars, complemented by a series of public events and programs.
2 Jun 2015 – 25 Oct 2015
The Augustana College Choir 2015 Scandinavian Tour will allow approximately 60 students to travel to Scandinavia and Germany where they will perform at numerous locations over 20 days. Within Sweden, the choir will visit Gothenburg, Karlstad, Gävle, Stockholm and Uppsala. Choir members will participate in special classes during the trip so as to learn about the historical and cultural significance of the locations they visit and will participate in choral performance exchanges with local Swedish choirs.
27 May 2015 – 15 Jun 2015
The Traveling Bishop Hill Colony Exhibit will summarize the history of the Bishop Hill Colony and will be lent out to various museums, libraries, colleges and other organizations throughout the Midwest to educate people about the unique Swedish heritage of Bishop Hill and draw more visitors to the site. Created in partnership with the Bishop Hill State Historic Site, the display will also include a brief description of Bishop Hill today and its role in preserving Swedish heritage in North America.
Company of Folk, Chicago, IL $2,000
The Joe Hill CD Project will record and produce a CD of Chicago musician and labor historian Clark “Bucky” Halker performing Joe Hill (1879 – 1915) songs in honor of Hill’s impressive legacy and to commemorate the 100thanniversary of his execution. A host of prominent Chicago and Twin City musicians will join Halker for the recording, including the Big Shoulders Brass Band, Rick Kogan, the Saint Paul Swedish Male Choir, Brother John Kattke, Cathy Richardson, Sue Demel, Andy Dee and Steve Yates.
Release date TBD
A Summer of Dance as a Means of Cultural Exchange at Sjölunden aims to foster Swedish-American cross-cultural exchange through a summer-long focus on dance as a cultural medium. The project will bring two artists-in-residence from Sweden as they join CLV program staff in providing a variety of dance-oriented opportunities to young campers as they deepen their interaction with and understanding of Swedish culture.
The Borgeson Family Log Cabin was home to a Swedish immigrant family in southern Minnesota and was later moved to the Linnaeus Arboretum on the Gustavus campus in 1986. Over the years, it has served as an exhibit, attraction, historical artifact and classroom. This grant will help fund an interior face-lift to help the structure serve more fully as an educational historical exhibit.
The 2015 New Haven International Festival of Arts & Ideas will present two contemporary Swedish performing arts ensembles: Voces Nordicae and Magmanus Company. The former is an internationally recognized choral ensemble that combines theatrical imagery with a wide range of musical expression, including a modern approach to texture, timbre and vocal improvisations with a focus on Nordic works. Magmanus Company is a contemporary circus duo that harnesses thrilling acrobatic skills and humor to illuminate powerful themes of hope and trust.
This project was endorsed by SCA Affiliate Member – Vasa Order of America
The Jenny Lind Chapel Museum Preservation Project will preserve and update the museum exhibits, which document the Swedish immigrant experience through phonographs, documents, textiles, artifacts and paintings. Founded in 1850, the Jenny Lind Chapel was the first church of the Augustana Lutheran Synod in North America and was recognized for celebrating the 165th anniversary of its founding with an SCA Board Proclamation, presented by SCA Executive Director, Gregg White, in April, 2015.
The John Ericsson and “Monitor” Wall Exhibit will bring the inventive genius of Swedish-American John Ericsson to students in Wilmington and from across the Delaware Valley. John Ericsson was a brilliant 19th-century inventor and mechanical engineer, most known for the invention of the propeller, and the design and development of the “Monitor” class warship, which made a major contribution to the success of the Union cause during the American Civil War.
New project to open in 2015
The Keep Clam and Carry On: The Life of Ivar Haglund exhibit celebrates the legacy of Seattle’s favorite native son, Ivar Haglund (1905 – 1985). He was a restaurateur, folk singer, entertainer, philanthropist and active citizen who became known as “King of the Seattle Waterfront”. The exhibition will highlight the fascinating life of this seafood magnate and will emphasize his Swedish heritage, innovation and entrepreneurship.
The Saint Ansgarius Records Conservation and Digitization Project will stabilize and digitize the fragile parish registers and minutes (1849 – 1896) from the Saint Ansgarius Episcopal Church. These records are significant to both the city of Chicago and Swedish-American history since Saint Ansgarius was the first Swedish congregation in Chicago (established 1849) and includes records that survived the Great Chicago Fire of 1871.
Northern (High)lights: Scandinavian Design from the Collection will survey Scandinavian design from its triumphant showing at the 1900 World’s Fair in Paris to the present day with particular emphasis on the mid-twentieth century when its impact not only in America but internationally was unprecedented The installation will include works by Swedish, Danish, Norwegian and Finnish makers in wood, glass, metal, ceramics and plastic.
This project was endorsed by SCA Affiliate Member – The American Swedish Historical Museum
The Buzz Aldrin: Space Visionary exhibit for children celebrates Buzz Aldrin, the Swedish-born astronaut who was the second man to walk on the moon. The exhibit is designed to share this Swedish-American’s extraordinary contributions to science in a fun, interactive setting. Visitors can climb into a simulated cockpit, listen to historic audio from Mission Control leading up to Aldrin’s legendary assent, and watch the countdown clock that build anticipation to blast off. When the timer runs out, they hear the roar of the engines while beneath them specially equipped chairs shake and rumble to simulate the real space experience.
The Repair and Repainting of the Swedish Coffeepot Water Tower project will remove the old paint and rust, repair as needed and provide a professional repainting to match the original colors of this local historic landmark. Called “The world’s largest Swedish Coffeepot“, this water tower served the local community for years but has now been retired from service. Part of the project is to move it from its original location to the grounds of the Swedish Heritage and Cultural Center, a program of the Stanton Historical Society.
The Early Minnesota Swedish-American Church Records Digitization project will scan and digitize the records of several Swedish-American churches in Goodhue and Ramsey counties of Minnesota. By scanning these records from the original books, the information will be much more accessible and easier to read than in other preservation formats. DVDs of the records will be provided to several locations in both the United States and Sweden.
VocalEssence Swedish Night will be the first of five presentations of Swedish composer Nils Lindberg’s A Christmas Cantata being performed by VocalEssence in the Twin Cities area in December 2015. Free tickets will be distributed to members of the local Swedish-American community through the American Swedish Institute. Following the performance there will be a coffee and Swedish cookies reception for audience members and will include the release of a new CD with VocalEssence performing Swedish and Nordic carols.