June 2, 2016

2016 Grant Recipients

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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

For its 2016 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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American Swedish Historical Museum, Philadelphia, PA        $4,000

Skål: Scandinavian Spirits exhibition explores the rich and longstanding cultural history of aquavit and beer in Scandinavian countries. These traditions were carried to the United States by immigrants and have been sustained through the generations.

February – June 2017

(Exhibit in progress – grant report coming soon) 

American Swedish Institute, Minneapolis, MN        $4,000

A Different Way of Seeing is an exhibition of Swedish art work spanning over five art movements from the 19th and 20th centuries. Over 30 works of prints, sculptures, paintings, drawings will on loan from the Sam and Ann Charters Collection of Swedish Art from the Augustana College Teaching Museum of Art. This collection especially looks at the Nordic sensibility of the seamless and timeless relationship between Nature and Culture.

August – October 2016

Read their grant report here!

Arcturus Theater Company, Falls Church, VA        $750

The Pelican is an explosive, haunting stage play by one of Sweden’s most renowned playwrights, August Strindberg. Family secrets are revealed after a father’s death, showing the deep influence parent can have on their children. This is an opportunity for Washington, DC, audiences to see this rarely-produced play.
This project was endorsed by SCA Board Member, Steven Bahls, President, Augustana College

May 2016

Read their grant report here!

Augustana College Teaching Museum of Art, Rock Island, IL        $1,500

The Sam and Ann Charters Collection consists of fine art and crafts by modern Swedish artists (c. 1880-1980). This project will fund the production of an exhibition brochure for the traveling exhibition that tells the story of the Charters as collectors and gives a brief history of Swedish modern art, as seen through the collection. The exhibition will be at the American Swedish Institute in autumn 2016 and two other venues in 2017 -2018.

2016 – 2018

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Augustana Institute of the Lutheran Archives Center, Philadelphia, PA        $1,250

The Augustana Institute is a permanent exhibition at the Lutheran Theological Seminary focusing on Swedish-American immigration, especially to the Northeast but also with reference to New Sweden’s religious heritage.

Opens June 2016

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Bishop Hill Heritage Association, Bishop Hill, IL        $1,800

The Jonas Olson – A Swedish Immigrant’s Story.  America is a nation of immigrants and the role of the Swedish within this larger context is often under appreciated. Storyteller, author, and historian Brian “Fox” Ellis will create a one=man show that explores this larger story within the intimate tale of one of the founders of our “Utopia on the Prairie”, Bishop Hill, the first major migration of Swedes to the United States. Through the eyes of Jonas Olson and the rich documentation available through the Bishop Hill Heritage Association’s archives, the audience will be immersed in this complex story that reminds folks from all nations of the struggles and triumphs of our ancestors.

Opens August 2016

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Concordia Language Villages, Moorhead, MN        $2,850

A Summer of Music at Sjölunden aims to foster a better understanding of Swedish culture and stronger connections to Sweden among our youth participants through a special summer-long focus on music as a cultural medium. Two accomplished music teacher from Sweden will join our staff this summer and arrange for a visit from a youth fiddler group, Vikarbyns Lillaspelmanslag, to enhance our musical offerings and to sue music as a bridge to better understand Swedish language and culture

Summer 2016

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Gammelgården Museum, Scandia, MN        $1,000

Hemslöjden: Hammer and Blade presentation includes displays, tours, classes and demonstrations.  It highlights the role of wood and metal in the Swedish culture in daily life; the skills and tools developed to produce items used for daily productions, storage, garments, ornamentation and creative expression.

   May – December 2016

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The Jenny Lind Club of Michigan, Bloomfield Hills, MI        $1,500

80th Anniversary Celebration.  During its 80 years of existence, the Jenny Lind Club and its members, have made substantial contributions to the local and national community by promoting Sweden, Swedish culture and the arts, and Swedish individuals who have distinguished themselves in various fields. It is the intention of the Club to present a program celebration ist members’ accomplishments by highlighting the Club’s activities throughout the decades.

May 2016

(Grant report coming soon)

Lindsborg Swedish Folk Dancers, Lindsborg, KS      $4,350

2016 Sweden Tour. 39 students from Lindsborg will tour Sweden as well as visit Denmark & Iceland. the Dancers will participate in Swedish Midsummer Festivals as well as share dances with other Swedish folk dance groups. As a result, personal ties between the United States and Sweden will be formed. The three-country tour will provide opportunities in which the dancers will learn about Sweden’s history, culture, government, natural resources, currency, art, industry and modern day living.

Summer 2016

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Nordic Heritage Museum, Seattle, WA        $4,000

Nathalia Edenmont: Force of Nature exhibition features gripping photography of Swedish-Ukrainian, Nathalia Edenmont, who uses her work to explore pop culture, cultural norms, and conformity in Western society. The Museum is excited to feature Edenmont’s work in its first exhibition on the American West Coast.

 Summer 2016

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Scandinavian Heritage Foundation, Portland, OR        $2,000

The Life and Legacy of Joe Hill is a two-month visual exhibition about the impact of Swedish-American immigrant Joe Hill had on the American labor movement. Ancillary programs will include lectures, films and concerts.

August – September 2016

(Grant report coming soon)

Source Song Festival, Minneapolis, MN         $2,500

Swedish-American Song Exchange.  For our 2016 season, we have engaged the world-famous Swedish baritone, Håkan Hagegård to partner with us in initiating a Swedish American art song exchange. Students will study the language and musical nuances of Swedish art song throughout the week. The exchange will culminate with a sharing of American and Swedish art song on an evening recital hosted at the American Swedish Institute on August 11, 2016.
This project was endorsed by SCA Affiliate Member – The American Swedish Institute

August 2016

(Grant report coming soon)

Swedish American Museum, Chicago, IL        $4,000

The Upstairs Gallery project creates a new gallery where the Museum can expand its artistic offerings while making use of an area that otherwise would be empty during a planned reconfiguration of the building. The gallery’s opening will feature three small exhibits: “Songs of the Sea: An Illustrated Song Cycle”, “Bjorn Breithotlz: Photographs” and “Big Shoulders: Word and Image, Then and Now”.

May 2016 – April 2017

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The Swedish Center, San Diego, CA        $2,000

The Pippi Longstocking Legacy in the Modern World.  Growing out of Astrid Lindgren’s timeless stories and message, this project will be a family-participatory media and theatrical presentation formatted by Swedish School students for multi-cultural audiences. The presentations will elucidate the positive strengths of character, confidence and empowerment necessary to succeed in our contemporary society.

October 2016 – March 2017

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Swedish Cultural Society of Duluth, Duluth, MN        $2,500

Midsommar Fest will include a Midsommar dinner and feature the collaborative talents of three well-respected artists. Bart Sutter will present the world premier of his poetic readers’ theater, “Cow Calls in Dalarna”; Alison Aune will direct children and adults to create miniature majstånger and to paint dalahästar; Ross and Bart Sutter will present “Greet the Folks at Home”.

June 17 & 18 2016

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