Asian Pacific Minnesotans

The Minnesota Humanities Center's collaborative work with the Council on Asian Pacific Minnesotans (CAPM) focuses on amplifying missing narratives from the Asian American and Pacific Islander communities, increasing access and building upon the excellence of arts and cultural programs, and building capacity. These programs deepen communications and bridge gaps between generations of all Minnesotans and between families and community.

Collaborative Programming and Events (January – September 2013)

Reading Together Project

In 2013, the Reading Together Project will expand upon the success experienced in 2012 to print four additional titles. Each book will support the development of English literacy skills while recognizing cultural heritage and creating opportunities for children and families to learn together. Books will be distributed directly to classroom educators and through community events, and CAPM will offer selected schools educational programming around the books.
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Academy for Asian Pacific Islander Artists

The Academy for Asian Pacific Islander Artists is a capacity building initiative that seeks to increase the number of artists of Asian Pacific Islander descent working in the area of art and cultural preservation. The 2013 Academy for Asian Pacific Islander Artists will take fellows who participated in 2012 deeper in their learning around topics, such as fundraising, marketing, and building a portfolio. Participants will each receive a grant to develop a project that showcases their work.

Asian Pacific Youth Council

A leadership program for Asian Pacific youth, participants will explore their cultural heritage through monthly meetings, group projects and programs, and a youth retreat.

Collaborative Programming and Events (February – December 2012)

Reading Together Project

The Reading Together Project is a literacy effort to bring community together through the creation of children’s literature and resources and reading of shared books. The project:
  • addresses the lack of children's books that speak to the experience of being an Asian Pacific Islander (API) child or youth in the United States;
  • supports the development of English literacy skills while recognizing cultural heritage;
  • creates opportunities to learn about API cultural heritage together; and
  • disseminates resources targeted towards closing the achievement gap for API students by offering culturally relevant resources.

During 2012, two books – Shoua and the Northern Lights Dragon and The Imaginary Day – were printed and disseminated across Minnesota.
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Arts and Cultural Programs

Programming highlighted the arts and cultural heritage of specific Asian Pacific Islander art forms and ethnic groups. The Council both presented arts and cultural heritage events and also collaborated with community groups and organizations to deliver and grow their own arts and cultural heritage programming.

Academy for Asian Pacific Islander Artists

Ten emerging Asian American artists engaged in a 6-month long cohort to develop leadership and business skills as artists. In addition to developing skills in these areas, artists developed their connections to the arts world, gained access to information and opportunities they may not have been aware of without the program, and presented their work at events in the Twin Cities metro.

Asian Pacific Youth Council

A leadership program for Asian Pacific youth, members explored their cultural heritage through monthly meetings, group projects and programs, and a youth retreat.

Collaborative Programming and Events (2009–2011 Biennium)

Missing Narratives

Prayers on the Prairie
See how Asian Minnesotans from five differing religious traditions are able to thrive, practice, and live out their religious tenets in Minnesota.
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Yellow: Where We Can Be
Hear youth from the Twin Cities Metro area share their experiences growing up Asian American in this book and accompanying video.
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Absent Narratives
Learn from the experiences of Asian Americans who speak on themes of family experiences, adjusting to a different culture, and more.
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Arts and Cultural Programs

Programming and events increased access and built upon artistic excellence of programs that celebrate and preserve unique and vibrant cultural art pieces and forms, including:
  • Yellow Face at the Guthrie Theater
  • HERE: A Visual History of Adopted Koreans in Minnesota
  • Legacies of War
  • Drumming in the New Year

Capacity Building

Community members convened to prioritize, strategize, and grow in leadership and to build infrastructure that supports arts and cultural preservation, including:
  • Youth Retreat
  • Adult Retreat
  • Hmong Artistic Dialogue
  • Rural Development in: Rochester, St. Cloud, and Roseau