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Arts Midwest Folkefest

About the program

Since 2017, Arts Midwest Folkefest has been presenting traditional music ensembles from Finland and Sweden for intensive, week-long residencies, featuring public performances and educational activities designed for all ages and levels of musical experience.

The program visits small and mid-sized communities in six Midwestern states—North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa, Minnesota, Wisconsin, and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan—all of which experienced a significant influx of Scandinavian immigrants during the 1800s and 1900s.

The program seeks to deepen awareness of the Nordic traditions, heritage, and history of the Upper Midwest and foster understanding and appreciation for global cultures.

Partnerships and support

Arts Midwest Folkefest is produced by Arts Midwest with generous support from Margaret A. Cargill Philanthropies and in partnership with Minnesota State Arts Board.

Funding for the 2017-2019 program was provided by Margaret A. Cargill Philanthropies. Additional funding for the program was provided by the Nordic Culture Fund, Swedish Arts Council, We Energies Foundation, Swedish Council of America, and through American-Scandinavian Foundation’s Thord-Gray Memorial Fund, and in partnership with Iowa Arts Council, Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs, Minnesota State Arts Board, North Dakota Council on the Arts, South Dakota Arts Council, and Wisconsin Arts Board.