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Environmental Ancestry Storytelling Mainstage


May 16, 2019
6:30 PM
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The Hook and Ladder Mission Room
3010 Minnehaha
Minneapolis, MN 55406 United States
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Environmental Ancestry Storytelling Mainstage

Thursday, May 16
The Hook and Ladder Mission Room
Doors 6:00 Social & Gandhi Mahal Apps :: 6:30pm Storytelling & Music

We invite you to a special evening of storytelling featuring cultural artists Ifrah Mansour and Louis Alemayehu, together with live music by Kashimana and stories from community members. Together we’ll listen to narratives from the heart of our community – stories that may help us learn something more about ourselves as well our neighbors.

All are welcome to this free gathering, modeled after live storytelling initiatives such as The Moth. The event represents the culmination of the Environmental Ancestry Storytelling Project workshop series.

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Ifrah Mansour is a Somali, refugee, muslim, multimedia artist and an educator residing in Minnesota. Her artwork explores trauma through the eyes of children to uncover the resiliencies of blacks, muslims, and refugees. She interweaves poetry, puppetry, films, and installations. Ifrah has been featured in BBC, Vice, Okayafrica, Star Tribune, and City Pages.

Louis Alemayehu is a multicultural elder born in Chicago of African and Native heritage, who developed his poetic skills and musical sensibilities as a part of the Black Arts Movement in the 1970s. He believes that poetry is a tool for healing; his performances are lyrical twinings of jazz, chant, poetry and song with art-as-ritual, often performed ceremonially. He teaches Environmental Sustainability in Minnesota at the Higher Education Consortium for Urban Affairs.

Kashimana is a singer-songwriter, composer, producer, lyricist and artist with a rich soulful blues voice that soars through her original compositions. Along with her distinctive voice, Kashimana’s stage presence pulls you in and leaves you in a warm and fuzzy thrall that’s hard to shake. Her songs show you where her heart beats because they are catchy and paint compelling stories of her experiences growing up in Nigeria, Kenya, traveling through Africa, Europe and settling in the US.

6:00-6:30pm – Social time and Gandhi Mahal appetizers
6:30-8:30pm – Storytelling and music

This winter and spring we worked with Ifrah, Louis, and cultural artist Leah Lemm to host environmental ancestry storytelling workshops in Minneapolis and Grand Rapids. Together we discovered our environmental ancestry stories and explored the ways they inform and empower us toward action, rooted in justice and place.

Now we invite you to hear stories from our cultural artists and some of our workshop participants. In a community building evening, we will enjoy music and conversation while we listen to stories from the heart of our community.

Co-hosted by Minnesota Interfaith Power & Light and Hook & Ladder Theater. Thanks to the Minnesota State Arts Board and the Bush Foundation for generous grant funding to support the Environmental Ancestry Storytelling Project.

Learn more about the project at www.mnipl.org/ancestry.

Learn more about Ifrah Mansour: www.facebook.com/ifrahmansourart