Fellowships & Grants

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Current Public Project Grants

Epsilon Spires

Brattleboro, VT

Epsilon Spires is seeking funding to host award-winning Swedish composer and sound artist Ellen Arkbro’s performance, scheduled for October 11, at its Victorian-era cathedral amphitheater in Brattleboro, Vermont.

Constructed as an amphitheater for a historic 3-manual Estey pipe organ, the repurposed cathedral will provide a unique sonic space for audiences to witness Arkbro’s unique compositions for the organ.

Fractured Atlas

New York, NY

Fractured Atlas is seeking funding to bring two Swedish artists—Monica Larsson and Catrin Lundqvist—and their multimedia work to Stand4’s gallery space in Brooklyn. Entitled “The Smoke Would Blow Towards the Russians,” the exhibition will display various paintings, archival images, text, and two video

installations documenting the effects of the Rönnskär iron smelter in Skelleftehamn, Sweden. Through the juxtaposition of the art pieces, this exhibition aims to provide an aesthetic space to contemplate the consequences of industrialization from different chronological vantage points.

Gammelgården Museum

Scandia, MN

Gammelgården Museum of Scandia is seeking support to hold the 33rd anniversary of the Spelmansstämman. In addition to celebrating Swedish heritage and culture, Gammelgården will include the local Hmong community in the festival. This event will be held on August 17, 2024, and it will host a variety of

performances by Swedish and Hmong folk musicians and dance groups as well as cultural activities on art making with invited lectures on heritage. Through this event, Gammelgården aims to promote cultural understanding and connections within the local community.


Chicago, IL

Lampo is seeking support to cover travel expenses for Oslo-based percussionist Jennifer Torrence during her visit to Chicago in February 2025. While in Chicago, Torrence will give a talk and meet with students from the School of the Art Institute Chicago, School of Sound, and

on February 22, 2025, she will perform her premiere of “Battery,” alongside Weston Olencki, at Madlener House. Jennifer Torrence is an experimental musician, the curator of nyMussik, and Associate Professor of Percussion at the Norwegian Academy of Music.

National Nordic Museum

Seattle, WA

The National Nordic Museum is seeking support to include programs related to their exhibition, entitled “Nordic Utopia? African Americans in the 20th Century,” in the 2024 meeting of the Society for the Advancement of Scandinavian Study in May. Co-curated by Leslie Anne Anderson, 2012 ASF Fellow and Chief Curator at the National Nordic Museum,

and Dr. Ethelene Whitmire, a 2012 and 2015 ASF Fellow and Professor of the Department of African American Studies at the University of Wisconsin, this exhibition examines the cultural exchange between African American and Nordic cultures and communities. This exhibition will be on display from March 22-July 21, 2024, at the National Nordic Museum in Seattle, WA.

NY Scandia Symphony

New York, NY

New York Scandia Symphony seeks support for their 2024 Scandinavian Music Festival in Fort Tryon Park. These outdoor performances will take place on June 9, June 11, and June 16, 2024, and will include musical pieces from all five Nordic counties, including works Sibelius and other Scandinavian composers

whose work will be played by the Scandia Brass Quintet and the Scandia String Quartet.This public event provides a unique experience for audiences to engage not only with each other, but with Scandinavian culture and musical history.

Prairie Star Care Farm

Princeton, MN

On September 28, 2024, Prairie State Care Farm will hold its second annual fall event, entitled “As Above, So Below.” Programming for this festival will include many educational activities and opportunities for audiences to engage and learn from crafters and artisans and enjoy Scandinavian folk music performances by 2023 ASF Folk Art Fellow Cait Vitale-Sullivan and the ASI Spelmanslag, among others,

at Larson Hemsgard’s family farm located in the rural community of Ishanti County in Princeton, Minnesota. Through the celebration of traditional Swedish music, craft, and dance, Prairie State Care Farm hopes this event will continue to encourage curiosity and engagement with Scandinavian folk arts and traditions.

Society for the Advancement of Scandinavian Study

Seattle, WA

For the 2024 annual meeting in Seattle, WA, the Society for the Advancement of Scandinavian Study (SASS) will feature a special panel, entitled “The Shifting Evolution of Nordic Music,” which will be comprised of lectures and recitals that showcase Nordic musical traditions and compositions over the course of two days.

Recitals will be held at the Seattle Public Library and the Renaissance Seattle Hotel, and will feature among other performers, ASF Fellows Colin Levin (2023 ASF Fellow), Cayla Rosche (2021 ASF Fellow), and Laura Loge (2022 ASF Fellow), who will provide audiences with on-site performances to demonstrate the historical progression in the Nordic compositional landscape.

The Write Salon and Association Østersø Sonics

Bornholm, Denmark

The Write Salon and Bornholm-based Association Østersø Sonics seek funding to bring two US authors to Bornholm’s 2024 Global Literature Fest on July 12-13. This year’s festival, entitled “No Place is an Island,” will be a two-day literary event, bringing international audiences and authors together

on the Danish island of Bornholm. The event will include readings, talks, and performances, which will offer a range of voices from Scandinavia, Europe, and the US, and ultimately contribute toward the festival’s theme of global storytelling.


Total for 9 Awards: $14,900