Outdoor Music + Culture
@ Finn Creek Open Air Museum
Friday, August 21 @ 6-8pm

On Friday, August 21st, 2020 from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. the New York Mills Regional Cultural Center and Niijii Radio will present an evening of music and culture at the Finn Creek Open Air Museum, located 6 miles south of New York Mills at 55442 340th St, New York Mills, MN 56567. This outdoor event is open to all with freewill donations accepted.

This event came about when we were forced to cancel our annual Kalevala Puppet Pageant due to COVID-19. We wanted to do something to honor the Finnish and Indigenous cultures of our region. We reached out to several partners and the “Celebrating Our Cultures” event was born!

The evening will include cultural features of Finnish and Anishinaabe traditions and histories, and a concert by Annie Humphrey. The Cultural Center is pleased to be partnering with Niijii Radio, Finn Creek Museum, and local cultural experts. The plan for the evening includes about 30 minutes each of Finnish and Anishinaabe culture, followed by about an hour of live music by Annie Humphrey.

Annie Humphrey (Ojibwe) is a grandmother, mother, singer, songwriter, and visual artist who was born and raised on the Leech Lake Reservation in Northern Minnesota. She has been recording work for three decades and was named Artist of the Year at the 2018 Native American Music Awards.

She is also an accomplished artist and painter. Annie has been working with youth on and off the rez for twenty years. In the short time Annie spends in the classrooms she teaches students music, poetry and how to create visual works of art and present it to their families and communities. She believes that art and music can be expressive and healing for youth.

She has 4 children and 2 grandsons, as well as a handsome, Indian, horseman husband. They inspire her spirit and her art.

The Cultural Center would like to express gratitude to its partners in this event including Annie Humphrey, Niijii Radio, Finn Creek Museum, and local residents Amy and Adam Tervola-Hultberg and Lisa Winter.

Niijii Radio will share some of the Anishinaabe culture from the White Earth Reservation.

Amy, Adam, Lisa, and local children will share a Finnish story including characters from past Kalevala Puppet Pageant performances.

Additionally, Cultural Center Programs Director and visual artist Cheryl Bannes created a multi-cultural coloring book that will be available to children at the event. It includes drawings and basic words in English, Finnish, and Ojibwe languages.

We will be following COVID-19 guidelines and CDC recommendations, including physical distancing and masks when distancing is not possible. Please bring your own lawn chairs and/or blankets and spread out in the wide open spaces outdoors at Finn Creek. You are welcome to bring your own food for a picnic. There will be pop, water and snacks for sale. NO pets or alcohol allowed at Finn Creek.

This organization is supported by a grant from the Lake Region Arts Council through a Minnesota State Legislative appropriation.