Spring Pledge Drive beings! Tonight MinneCulture features three shorts from our 10,000 Fresh Voices series:
1. The sisterhood of the traveling scarves / Dylan Peers McCoy
Tucked away on the second floor of the African Development Center in the Cedar-Riverside neighborhood of Minneapolis, is a tiny thrift shop called the Sisterhood Boutique. The shop is a dream come true for the founders—a group of young East African women who call themselves the Sisterhood of the Traveling Scarves. After meeting and planning for nearly two years at the Brian Coyle Community Center, the high school entrepreneurs opened their store in February 2014.
2. Family’s artistic creativity spans multiple generations / Manda Lillie
The sudden and dramatic regression of Monica Moses’ development in the early years of her life alarmed her mother and grandmother. They watched as the toddler lost her ability to talk, walk and make eye contact. They sought help, and when Monica was diagnosed with Autism, they moved forward with treatment and therapy. Today Monica is a happy 17-year-old and part of a multi-talented, multi-generational family who share creative genes in the visual and literary arts.
3. Abdi Elmi’s unique distinction / Britta Greene
Abdi Elmi is the only court-certified Somali interpreter in the country. He lives here in Minnesota, home to the largest Somali population in the United States, and he—unsurprisingly—keeps a full caseload. KFAI producer Britta Greene brings us this story about Abdi Elmi and the challenges of interpreting at the highest levels.
Spring Pledge drive continues, with more features from 10,000 Fresh Voices.
1. Chimgee’s Mission / Produced by Diane Richard
Erdenechimeg “Chimgee” Haltarhuu is a Mongolian circus performer and crusader against domestic abuse. She teaches full-time at Circus Juventas, in St. Paul. With her Mission Manduhai initiative, she takes her troupe, Circus Manduhai, to rural Mongolia, where she educates circus-goers about the dangers of violence in the home. As World Circus Day and the 20th anniversary of Circus Juventas approach in April, she speaks with KFAI reporter Diane Richard about the dueling passions that animate her life.
2. The Minneapolis Art Lending Library / Produced by Britta Greene
The Minneapolis Art Lending Library (MALL) allows patrons to borrow artwork for two months at a time. Started by three recent college grads, the project recently received a grant from the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council. With the money, the library will move to a new space, build its collection and—the founders hope—reach out to more community members.
3. Sulfates and Minnesota’s Wild Rice / Produced by Kelly Schoenfeld
For more than three years, the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency has studying the water quality standard for Minnesota wild rice. In this feature, producer Kelly Schoenfelder learns about the results.
Rhizosphere at Black Dog Cafe
Produced by Daniel Zamzow
Tonight’s program features Rhizosphere—an improve quintet featuring Mike Bruns on electric guitar; Sean Egan on clarinet and bass clarinet; Bobb Fantauzzo on Native American and Chinese flutes, percussion, and vocals; Dan Lange on drums; and Gabriela Sweet on slide guitar, accordion, and vocals.
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