154: Profiles of Health & Belonging

Mixed Blood Theatre

Funding Received: 2016
Minneapolis, MN
$350,000
Funding Period: 1 year and 11 months
A naturally occurring cultural district, Cedar Riverside is a home for East African, Muslim and Hmong communities creating a population of over 4,000 people hailing from 67 countries and speaking at least 93 languages. The once residential neighborhood is now lined by many locally owned shops, restaurants and entertainment venues distinctly capped by its skyline of the Riverside Plaza apartment complex. Mixed Blood proudly resides within this active community and has since its 1976 inception.  
 
Mixed Blood wishes to be the unifier of a cohort of community organizations, resident-led coalitions, a community clinic, managed health providers and theatre artists, to explore the intersection of traditional medicine and public health. The 154 project will:
  • Gather 154 community stories using narrative prompts co-created by health providers, playwrights, and ethnographers, building a practice of personal storytelling; 
  • Host health commons to promote health awareness, prevention, nutrition, artmaking, and dialogue;
  • Provide narrative medicine trainings to health care provider partners;
  • Broaden awareness of local health service options; and
  • Encourage culturally informed providers and self-advocacy in the patient population.