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  • World Premiere Film Through the Iron Curtain - From Romania Documenting Romanian Immigration to Minnesota During Communism ASI joins the Heritage Organization of Romanian Americans in Minnesota (HORA) for the world premiere of Through the Iron Curtain - From Romania, a film regarding the immigration of Romanians to Minnesota during the Communist era. Special guests include Don Shelby, former WCCO TV anchor, and Patrick Ledrary, Romanian Honorary Consul Minneapolis. Based on oral history recordi…
  • With Swedish songs, both traditional and modern, as their travel companion, the Swedish folk and country duo Blue Eyed Blondes is on tour to retrace their roots and a family history of immigration. They seek to explore common factors between the past and the present and tell stories about Swedish immigrants’ life changing journeys. Their music expresses restlessness, a longing for a home and the courage to follow a dream of a new life lived somewhere else. Lina Lönnberg and Kristoffer Emanuel…
  • posted a new Event Finlandia Forever Concerts
    VocalEssence -  Finlandia Forever Concerts Concerts at 4pm and 7pm A special highlight as part of the Finn Fest USA 2017: Final Celebration and Family Day at the American Swedish Institute  - which begins at noon on Sunday, September 24 - will be two all-Finnish Finlandia Forever choral music concerts at 4 and 7 p.m., featuring the VocalEssence Singers with some very special guests. VocalEssence Ensemble Singers Osmo Vänskä, clarinet Sara Pajunen, fiddle While the land of the midnight s…
  • ≈ [almost equal to] - ASI Night at Pillsbury House + Theatre ABOUT THE PLAY: ≈[almost equal to] | September 15 – October 22, 2017 By Jonas Hassen Khemiri Directed by Noël Raymond From a staged reading at ASI in 2016, Jonas Hassen Khemiri’s play ≈[almost equal to], directed by Noël Raymond, will debut in the U.S. as a full collaborative production with ASI for a run at Pillsbury House + Theatre, September 16 – October 4, 2017. On ASI night, have a pre-show dinner or happy hour a…
  • Introduction to Scandinavian Wooden Figure Carving with Bill Jaeger Get started in this popular Nordic handcraft by taking a one-day workshop with American Swedish Institute's popular Scandinavian wooden figure carving instructor, Bill Jaeger. This beginning class offers a chance to get an overview of carving and to try your hand at a simple project, with additional attention from Bill. The ASI also offers longer, 13-session classes beginning the week of September 11, 2017, with many participant…
  • We'll use contact paper and simple stamps to decorate tea towels. We'll also use with handmade stencils to create some amazing and colorful patterns. Participants ages 7-17 welcome to register. Materials are provided by the instructor and included in the class fee Instructor:  Lizzie Anderson Cost:  $25
  • Express yourself through SAORI Weaving! There will be a loom already set up for you, so just come and enjoy expressing yourself with colors and textures. SAORI originates from Japan and has no rules or restrictions as to how and what you weave. It is a very therapeutic weaving style. Ages 18 and older welcome to register. Materials fee $13 and payable to the instructor Instructor:  Chiaki O'Brien Cost:  $25
  • Make Your Own Pocket Dala Horse Using wool felt, fleece and authentic Swedish braid we will sew a small Dala Horse and Pocket. Only basic sewing skills required. Ages 14 and older welcome to register. Ages 10-13 welcome to register with a paid adult. Materials fee $3, and payable to the instructor Instructor:  Julie Steller Cost:  $25
  • Class will begin by doodling a design for our piece. From there, we'll learn the basics of embroidery and stitch our doodles to life using using needle and thread. Each student will create one piece of art that can be hung on the wall or added to clothing and household fabrics. Participants ages 7-17 welcome to register. Materials are provided by the instructor and included in the class fee Instructor:  Lizzie Anderson Cost:  $25
  • Make your own card holder out of birch bark using traditional weaving techniques.  Learn about birch trees in Minnesota and how bark can be sustainably harvested and hand-processed into usable materials, while designing and weaving for own project. No prior weaving experience is necessary.  This is a great class foster a new appreciation of birch and weaving. Ages 15 and older welcome to register. Ages 12-14 welcome to register with a paid adult Materials Fee $10 materials fee payable to the i…