We know ”art changes everything.” It is used as a means to create political and social change around the world. Ka Joog’s arts program, FANKA, creates an intimate space for the community here in Minnesota to motivate, empower, and elevate each other through the arts, including poetry, music, theater, storytelling, painting, sculptures and more. For the past several years, Ka Joog has hosted several FANKA workshops a year for youth to dive into Somali artistic traditions.
- In 2016, Fanka has several exciting projects and events, including the premier of its touring play “Chronicles of the Diaspora.” The original play explores the lives of two dysfunctional families, who are disarmed but dangerous. Snapshots of their lives show us much more than we hear in the media about Somali politics, identity, terrorism, and the difficulties of preserving culture. As conversations interconnect throughout the play, we will discover that the Somali story is more than forced migration; but one that promises prosperity and happiness beyond cultural barriers. This play will incorporate Somali traditional storytelling, music, and poetry to bring these two families to life.
- Ka Joog’s Fanka program is also working on a documentary in partnership with the local PBS station (TPT) and the Somali Museum titled “Somalia: A Nation of Poets.” The video tool will introduce the traditions of Somali poetry, song lyrics, storytelling and spoken word to a non-Somali audience, and will show how those traditions are being preserved and transmitted among Somalis living far from their homeland.