Fellowships & Grants

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Current Public Project Grants

Crossroads, Cultural Connections

Cambridge, IL

On June 20, Crossroads Cultural Connections will host a public concert by Jaerv, a Swedish folk quintet acclaimed for their heartfelt folk music. Already a name in the folk music scene, Jaerv innovatively blends Scandinavian folk music with jazz and pop elements and frequently mixes up stage performances with dances and improvisations.

To date, Jaerv has produced three full length albums along with various singles and collaborations. For an audience of about 300-400, Jaerv will perform at the new stage in College Square Park in Cambridge, Illinois, and celebrate with Scandinavian folk music in an area rich in Swedish history and heritage.

Film Forum

New York, NY

In association with the Swedish Film Institute, Film Forum will host a festival dedicated to the Swedish actress and film director Mai Zetterling (1925-1994). From May 6-19, the festival will present 15-20 major films, either starring or directed by Zetterling. Screened films will include Torment (1944), Frieda (1947), Music in the Dark (1948), Only Two Can Play (1962), War Game (1962), Loving Couples (1964), Night Games (1966),

The Girls (1968), Visions of Eight (1972), and We Have Many Names (1976), among others. After each screening, there will be a variety of talks by selected scholars and filmmakers who will speak of Zetterling’s impact on the film world as one of the first woman directors and producers.

Frick Collection

New York, NY

From October 20, 2022-January 22, 2023, The Frick Collection will exhibit a diptych installation of Icelandic-Danish artist Olafur Eliasson’s Colour experiment no. 109 (2020) alongside Monet’s Vétheuil in Winter (1878-79), one of four impressionist paintings in the Frick’s permanent collection. Featuring a gradient color wheel abstracted from a color-calibrated photograph of Monet’s Vétheuil in Winter, No. 9’s round canvas encircles Monet’s original work.

This unique juxtaposition of Monet’s work and Eliasson’s responding work will foreground the interactive effects of light, color, and abstraction, while acknowledging the lingering effects of climate change in how environments are perceived.

National Foundation for Danish America

Wilmette, IL

The Museum for Paper Art in Blokhus, Denmark, has created a small traveling exhibit of Karen Bit Vejle’s renowned paper cuts for The National Foundation for Danish America (NFDA). A contemporary Danish-Norwegian artist, Vejle creates intricate paper cuts, effectively creating paintings with scissors. In alignment with its mission to preserve

and promote Danish culture in the US, NFDA will help coordinate Vejle’s traveling exhibit at approximately 12 rotating venues in the US. Each exhibit venue will host an opening reception along with paper cutting workshops for children to communicate the complexity of Vejle’s art form and its resonance with Danish culture and heritage.

New York Scandia Symphony

New York, NY

Scandinavian Music Festival 2022 will feature Nordic classical music performances by the Scandia Chamber Orchestra, the Scandia Brass Quintet, and the Scandia String Quartet. The three outdoor summer concerts will take place on the scenic Billings Lawn at Fort Tryon Park on June 5, 12, and 19, and will feature musical selections from five Nordic composers, including premieres of contemporary works.

This year marks the 17th season of the Scandinavian Music Festival and Danish director Dorrit Matson’s 32nd season with Scandia Symphony.


Total for 5 Awards: $14,000 Total Funding: $20,000