Past Programs & PARTNERSHIPS

In Progress deeply values the relationships, programs, and people it has worked with over the past decades.  For In Progress, it is the programming of our past that informs our future.  Below are just a few examples of past programming:

2010-2012

Stories of Strength & Resiliency was commissioned by the Bureau of Indian Education in their efforts to strengthen the public voice of tribal school students in the nation.  In Progress artists visited with 20 schools in the nation and worked with over 200 students to produce a series of videos about what makes young people strong and resilient.  The project lasted for only one year, but the hope is that In Progress will be able to establish future partnerships.

Stories of Strength

1991 - 2012

Through The Eagles Eye began as a summer video storytelling workshop and expanded over-time into a federally recognized best practices model for digital arts learning.  The partnership between In Progress and the Four Directions Charter School brought digital storytelling front and center in the learning process with students and became a core part of a graduation path for at-risk urban Indian youth.  Four Directions closed in 2012 but is working to re-open in 2014.

The Eagles Eye

1995 - 2012

Project Preserve represented a partnership with Red Lake High School to provide digital storytelling opportunities to high school students that connected youth to their community, their histories, and traditions.  The program is on hiatus as the school recently retired the lead educator in charge of the program. 

Project Preserve

In Progress partnered with Fond du lac Tribal and Community College2013- 2016 to develop a digital arts studio dedicated to serving American Indian students, and community members in the act of preserving and celebrating Anishinaabe culture.  The studio is now up and running and ready to engage the community with a series of digital arts based activities and events.  In Progress continues to provide informal consultation and looks forward to future partnerships.

In Progress partnered with Fond du lac Tribal and Community College2013- 2016 to develop a digital arts studio dedicated to serving American Indian students, and community members in the act of preserving and celebrating Anishinaabe culture.  The studio is now up and running and ready to engage the community with a series of digital arts based activities and events.  In Progress continues to provide informal consultation and looks forward to future partnerships.

Ojibwemowining

1995 - 2010

Rural Landscapes represented a series of digital arts partnerships with rural Minnesota schools.  In Progress artists would plan and implement a series of activities that included curriculum development, learning activities and teacher training.  In Progress is still very open to working with greater Minnesota communities - especially those that lack adequate storytelling resources.

Rural Landscapes

1990 - to 2010

Artists In The Schools was a roster based residency program that offered 1-20 day digital arts learning activities in schools throughout the state of Minnesota.  The program was funded by the state of MN and by individual schools through 2010.

Artists In The Schools

1990 - 1998

The Native Media Arts Program began as a summer workshop for students of the Bug O Nay Ge Shig School.  Over time and with support from the McKnight Foundation, the project developed into a national model for digital storytelling.  The program has now merged with the Ogichidaakweg Program and continues as Living Histories.

Native Arts Learning

1994 - 2001

Educator Workshops were the established in the mid 1990s to prepare educators on how to integrate creative technologies into classroom learning.  The workshops provided graduate credit, learning intensives, and lesson plan development.

Educator Workshops

2014 -2015 The North End Arts Initiative allowed In Progress artists to present a series of arts activities that were accessible and reflective of those living in our North End neighborhood.    The project resulted  in some amazing artwork and a whole new group of invested partners for our work in Saint Paul.

2014 -2015

The North End Arts Initiative allowed In Progress artists to present a series of arts activities that were accessible and reflective of those living in our North End neighborhood.    The project resulted  in some amazing artwork and a whole new group of invested partners for our work in Saint Paul.

NORTH END ARTS INITiATIVE

2014 - 2015 Mis/Education brought youth and adults together sharing ideas, and reach out through the art of digital storytelling.  To read more about this amazing project just CLICK HERE  

2014 - 2015

Mis/Education brought youth and adults together sharing ideas, and reach out through the art of digital storytelling.  To read more about this amazing project just CLICK HERE

 

Mis/Education

2007 - 2010

Saib Kuv was established to provide a place for young Hmong artists to explore their connection to Hmong traditions, histories and ceremonies.   The program included intergenerational dialogues, creative artmaking workshops and exhibits - culminating with a large scale exhibit and celebration at the McKnight Foundation in 2010.  The program later transitioned to Qhia Dab Neeg.

Saib Kuv

1997 - 2011

The Critical Eye began in 1997 and continued through 2011, It began as a weekend workshop but quickly became part of the core program offerings to youth living in the Twin Cities.  The program transitioned to what we now call Studio 213, and offers a wider array of digital arts mentorships to youth.

The Critical Eye

2003 - 2008 The Latino Youth Filmmaking Project represented a unique partnership between Aspen Film and In Progress.  Each summer for 6 years, artist Kristine Sorensen traveled with an In progress intern to Carbondale Colorado, where the two partnered with AFF to provide creative arts instruction to 20+ Latino youth seeking to tell their own stories.  The project continued until funding sources dissipated in 2008.  Though no longer a program, In Progress maintains contact with local community members and youth artists.

2003 - 2008

The Latino Youth Filmmaking Project represented a unique partnership between Aspen Film and In Progress.  Each summer for 6 years, artist Kristine Sorensen traveled with an In progress intern to Carbondale Colorado, where the two partnered with AFF to provide creative arts instruction to 20+ Latino youth seeking to tell their own stories.  The project continued until funding sources dissipated in 2008.  Though no longer a program, In Progress maintains contact with local community members and youth artists.

Latino Youth Filmmaking

1998 - 2009

Ogichidaakweg (Sisters In Leadership)  began as a intensive leadership and digital artmaking initiative for young women living on the Leech Lake Reservation.  Over time the program grew to include projects in Nett Lake Village and the inclusion of young men.  In 2010 the program transitioned into the program we now call Living Histories.

Ogichidaakweg

2003 - 2007

La Semana was a summer digital artmaking workshop for adopted Latino youth.  The program focused on using video as a tool to explore Latino culture.

La Semana

2000 - 2003

La Familia was an artist development initiative for Latino based artists.  The program included mentorship, technical training, network development and dialogues.   

La Familia

June - August 2011

Indian Treaties Project - In Progress artists Kristine Sorensen and David Sam were selected to travel and meet with youth from 4 Minnesota reservations to collect stories for a state-wide exhibit on Indian Treaties.  Youth were interviewed from different communities about what life is like for them and their families and how they are connected to treaty lands.

INDIAN TREATIES

2006 - 2009

Youth Express is a neighborhood development program for youth.  between 2006 and 2009 they would bring youth over to In Progress to learn how to take photographs and make videos.  It was a great way to introduce youth to In Progress and give them some strong exposure to digital storytelling. 

Youth Express

2010 - 2011

The Native Chat Film Festival represented a partnership between In Progress and the Indigenous Peoples Task Force to create opportunities for Native American youth to create and present videos that delved into issues that effect Indigenous communities in Minnesota.

Native CHAT Film FesT

The Cultural Arts Integration Workshop 2013 invited In Progress artist Kristine Sorensen in to work with educators to teach them the art of digital storytelling using iPads.  The workshop served 24 educators from the Saint Louis School district and is already leading to some new partnerships with schools and artists. 

The Cultural Arts Integration Workshop 2013 invited In Progress artist Kristine Sorensen in to work with educators to teach them the art of digital storytelling using iPads.  The workshop served 24 educators from the Saint Louis School district and is already leading to some new partnerships with schools and artists. 

EDUCATOR WORKSHOP

Street Stops to Mountain Tops led by Tou Saiko Lee held a dance off at Studio 213 as an effort to raise awareness and funds for a cultural music exchange between the U.S. and Thai artists.  We continue to support this initiative as a fiscal sponsor to Tou Saiko Lee.

Street Stops

2012 - 2013

Digital Journeys is a program that In Progress offers from time to time professional development and asset building .  Cha Lor was the first artist to earn a digital backpack through fundraising in 2010.

Digital Journeys

Dreams of Wild Health 2014 were able to utilize Studio 213 for a video storytelling project led by Missy Whiteman and Deanna Rae Standing Cloud.  Youth put together a cooking show, and made videos that revealed the importance of indigenous practices related to the cultivation of food. 

Wild Health

The Center for Book Arts in partnership with Youthprise invited In Progress artists over to learn the art of book making.  Sherita Townsend and Cha Lor were happy to engage and learned a lot in the process. 

Book Arts

1999 - 2011

The Saint Paul Art Crawl allowed In Progress artists to learn the art of curating while introducing themselves as artists to the broader Saint Paul community.  Twice a year, youth artists would come together to develop exhibit ideas, curate and present the artwork of In Progress.  This process has now transitioned into our work with Studio 213.

St Paul Art Crawl

Asian Media Access Camp partnered  with In Progress to provide digital arts photography instruction to their youth.  2008-2013

Asian Media Access Camp partnered  with In Progress to provide digital arts photography instruction to their youth.  2008-2013

ASIAN MEDIA CAMP

MPR Ethics in Radio Panel provided an opportunity for In Progress artists to reconnect with Kao Kalia Yang and hear media representatives perspectives on cultural representation and mass media. 

Ethics In Radio

1999  - 2011

Travel has always been a part of how In Progress artists develop and grow.  Whether to conferences, film festivals or national gatherings, young artists benefit from meeting others in new professional arenas.  We have taken a break from national travel as we work to establish our studio in Saint Paul but hope to resume travel in 2014. 

Travel

The Division of Indian Work partnered with In Progress on many levels to provide young Native American artists the opportunity to tell their own stories (most recently in August).  They also worked with In Progress to help us develop a no-smoking policy!  

Division of Indian Work