The Minneapolis-Finland Connection
Finlandia Foundation Twin Cities (FFTC), founded in 1994 in the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul, provides programs and activities that focus on connections to contemporary Finland in the areas of the arts and culture, education, social and political issues, and the environment.
Finlandia Foundation Twin Cities collaborates….
We partner with organizations such as the Finnish American Chamber of Commerce Minnesota…. Christ Church Lutheran…. Minnesota International Center…. Minneapolis Kuopio Partnership…. FinnFest USA….and Finnish American Cultural Activities, as well as the Embassy of Finland and Consulate General, to explore aspects of contemporary Finland in our community and to strengthen Minneapolis as a global city.
The Twin Cities metropolitan area is home to the largest concentration of Americans with a Finnish legacy, including Finnish citizens whose jobs and families bring them to Minnesota. Many in the Twin Cities have discovered contemporary Finland and enjoy Finlandia Foundation Twin Cities activities as a way to stay connected.
Recent FFTC programs:
- Nordic Lights Film Festival 2014, screening several recent Finnish films
- European Union parliamentary elections 2014 panel discussion
- American Swedish Institute and Textile Center exhibits, Summer 2014
- “Finland: Designed Environments” Minneapolis Institute of Arts, 2014
- Nordic Singers concert featuring Royal Danish Opera soloists, 2014
- “Joulu: Magical Finnish Christmas”
- Receptions for visiting Finnish guests and dignitaries
- “Good Design is Forever” celebrating Helsinki World Design Capital 2012
- Nobel Peace Laureate Martti Ahtisaari speaking on peacemaking, 2010
FFTC also serves as the home and fiscal agent for the program that has brought the mayor of Kuopio to visit Minneapolis City Hall in 2011, and in 2013 sent a delegation of cultural and business representatives to Kuopio. Exchanges and programs focus primarily in the arts and education.
Finlandia Foundation Twin Cities hosts the Twin Cities celebration of Finland’s Independence Day on December 6. Planning has already started for the 2017 anniversary of 100 years of independence.
A link to Finlandia Foundation National
Finlandia Foundation Twin Cities is one of 49 local affiliates of Finlandia Foundation National, in 23 states and the District of Columbia. Finlandia Foundation National is the most important private source of support for Finnish culture in the United States and the largest network of Finnish-American organizations.
Grants and scholarships
Finlandia Foundation National provides grants for cultural programs and activities, as well as scholarship awards to support both Finnish and American students.
In addition, Finlandia Foundation National and FFTC provide scholarship support in Minnesota to Salolampi, Concordia Language Village, Bemidji, and to the Finlandia Foundation Soiva International Music Camp at Concordia College, Moorhead.
Finlandia Foundation Twin Cities is a 501(c)(3) organization, and contributions to FF-TC are tax deductible under full extent of the law.