Five stories from KFAI’s 10,000 Fresh Voices series:
1. Exploring identity with playwrights Taous Khazem and Eliza Rashid
Produced by Ahmed Naumaan
Taous Khazem and Eliza Rashid are two Asian-American playwrights who address identity and assimilation issues in their work. Taous has performed with Interact Center for the Arts, Frank Theatre, Pangea World Theater, Off Leash Area and Dreamland Arts. She is a teaching artist with Stages Theatre, SteppingStone Theatre and Children’s Theatre. In August 2011, she returned from three years of making theatre in Algeria, Morocco, Egypt, Cameroon, France and Jordan. Taous trained at the Jacques Lecoq School in Paris, France, and holds a BA from Macalester College. Eliza Rashid has worked in the Twin Cities as an educator, playwright, dancer, actor and activist. She’s been involved with the Pillsbury House Theatre, Mixed Blood Theatre, Penumbra Theatre, Pangea World Theater, Exposed Brick Theatre, History Theatre, and Mu Performing Arts. Eliza is a recipient of Jerome Foundations Many Voices Fellowship at the Playwrights’ Center, and a member of the Unit Collective. For more information, go to www.unitcollective.org.
2. Grace Notes hospice choir
Produced by Will Hale
“Palliative care” is a term used in the hospice community. KFAI producer Will Hale prepared this story on the Grace Notes Hospice Choir—a creative group that is part of Minnesota’s end-of-life network.
3. Yinghau Academy Chinese immersion school
Produced by Amy Daml
Yinghua Academy is blazing new trails. In 2006, the Chinese-immersion school opened in Northeast Minneapolis as the first of its kind in the Midwest, with just 76 students. Today the student body is comprised of more than 400 children, and the school receives more than twice as many applications annually from parents hoping to enroll their kids. KFAI producer Amy Daml toured the school and spoke to students and parents at the Academy.
4. Minnesota’s Bluegrass Revival
Produced by Sarah Lageson
For the last several years, a bluegrass revival has been taking place in and around the Twin Cities. KFAI producer Sarah Lageson talks to musicians Quillan Roe of the Roe Family Singers, Kevin Kniebel of Pert Near Sandstone, radio host Phil Nusbaum, and banjo player Liz Olds.
5. Coldwater Spring
Produced by Allison Herrera
Some people believe that Coldwater Spring has been flowing for more than 10,000 years. Located south of Minnehaha Park on the former Bureau of Mines Campus, and formerly known as Camp Coldwater, the spring provided fresh drinking water to the soldiers who built Fort Snelling. A civilian settlement sprang up, and fur traders, blacksmiths and the state’s first Indian agent all settled and lived among military personnel. Coldwater Spring sits near some of the most sacred Dakota sites: Wita Tanka, Pike Island, where Dakota buried there dead; Taku Wakan Tipi, Carvers Cave near the VA hospital, the dwelling place of Native American gods and spirits; and B’dote, the confluence of the Mississippi and Minnesota Rivers, where the first Dakota emerged. In 2010 the National Park Service took over the land at Coldwater Spring with the intention of making it a public park. Controversy ensued among Dakota people and environmental activists, who believe the site is sacred and worthy of protection under the National Register of Historic Places.