Hej, Hej – Make Way for May

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Explore – Taste – Create
ASI is gearing up for spring
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The Fantastical Worlds of Kim Simonsson
See this stunning exhibition now – on view through July 15!

Finnish artist Kim Simonsson graced the American Swedish Institute during the April 20 First Look opening of this fascinating exhibition. His “Moss People” and other mysterious hand-sculpted characters installed throughout the Mansion and Osher Gallery were inspired by fairy tales, forests, movies, pop culture and his own rich imagination. Described by designer Kaj Kalin as the “spirits of dangerous toys,” Simonsson’s work combines a ceramic heritage with contemporary influences. Check out this excellent MPR interview with Kim by reporter Marianne Combs to find out more about the exhibition.

The Fantastical Worlds of Kim Simonsson continues ASI’s 2018 year-long exploration of The Handmade. Entrance included in museum admission: $10 adults; $7 seniors; $5 students with ID; FREE for kids 5 and under and ASI members.

Save the Date for our Upcoming Exhibition: Gudrun Sjödén – A Colourful Universe

First Look preview party: Thursday, July 26

On View: July 27 – October 28


Gudrun Sjödén, considered the godmother of Swedish fashion, is a renowned textile designer and entrepreneurial force whose boldly feminine collections are inspired by nature and Swedish folk motifs. This ASI collaboration with Sjödén examines her career and inspirations through a visually striking exhibition that shares her original watercolors, clothing and archival constructed catalogs. Click here to learn more.

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Kids Dance, Play and Craft – from Muddy May into the Summer
Bring the whole family –
only $8!

Mini Transmission Dance Party
Saturday, May 19, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Back by popular demand, this kids and family dance romp is hosted by prominent DJ (and father) Jake Rudh, on the heels of Saturday’s Kids at the Castle – one admission gets you into both events! Get down, get crafty and fill up on healthy snacks provided by sponsor Whole Foods.


$8 per family and no registration required.

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Kids at the Castle: Muddy May
Friday, May 18, 9 – 10 a.m.
Saturday, May 19, 9 – 10 a.m.
This is an especially muddy Kids at the Castle (no real mud involved!) as youngsters and their grown-ups explore the Turnblad Mansion, do story time and make crafts or play games inspired by the season.

$8 per family and no registration required.

Youth Handcraft Camp – NEW
June 25 – June 28, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Sometimes a single day at camp is just not enough – so we’ve added a FOUR-day camp where kids (ages 7-13) can really get into having fun working with their hands. Transform wood, fiber, glass, clay and metal into fun and useful handmade items such as wool felted bags, Danish plate mosaics and glass-fused wall hangings.

$200 per ASI member child / $250 per non-member child. Registration required one week before camp date. Click here to register.

Summer Day Camps – Space still available, but filling fast!
Thursdays in July & August, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
ASI offers popular, one-day camps on summer Thursdays – pick from Pippi, Nordic Cooking and Culture and Vikings themes. One of the Pippi camps is already full, so move fast to get into your preferred day-long adventure! Click here for more info and to register.

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Language & Culture Nurture your Nordic Roots

Swedish Genealogy Weekend
Saturday, May 12 & Sunday, May 13
Direct from Sweden to help you discover your ancestry, SwedGen specializes in emigrant research, especially Swedes who came to the U.S. From intro. and advanced topics, to one-on-one research sessions, this is a great chance to learn more. Click on the links for info and to register.

Saturday, May 12:

Introduction to Swedish Genealogy, 10 – 11 a.m. Researching Beyond Household Records, 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Swedish Online Resources, 2 – 3 p.m.Sunday, May 13:

Individual Research Sessions, Sign up for 30-minute intervals, as available
Sommar – a Hot Time for Learning Swedish & Finnish!
From a hiking club to drinking songs, learn Swedish in new and creative ways. Whether you’re a beginner, a current student seeking to prevent the “summer slide” or someone heading to Sweden in the Fall and wanting to learn as much as possible in a short amount of time, jump into one or all (!) of our summer language class offerings.

Sommarkurser – Summer Swedish Courses

Over three, multi-day courses – Sommarkurs 1, 2 and 3 – the first starting June 4, the second on July 9 and the third on August 6, these intensive sessions will quickly take you through three levels of Swedish, from A101-A205 and most of the Rivstart A1+A2 textbook. Take one or all. Click here for class time information and the links to register. Each course costs $180.

Från Adjektiv till Verb: Swedish Grammar Review

Brush up on your Swedish grammar in this series of classes covering six key grammar topics. Sign up for all, or target your trouble spots. Click here for more info and prices. Follow the links to register.

More Classes:

Intro to Swedish – one day introductory workshops on June 10 and August 8

Sommarprat Conversation Class

Short Stories for Intermediate Level Students
Short Stories for Advanced Level Students

Åh Snaps! – Swedish Drinking Songs
Kort Kurs – Short Course in Swedish

Swedish Hiking Club
Språkstugan
Learn and speak Finnish with All About Finnish or the Finnish Conversation Class

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Creative Workshops at ASI
Nordic Craft and Nordic Table

Fused Glass Suncatchers
Wednesday, May 9, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Design and finish your own cool, custom 5 x 5″ glass suncatcher. No experience needed. Pieces will be fired and available to pick up two weeks later.

$30 ASI members / $40 non-members. Click here to register.

Smörgås, the Open-Faced Sandwich

Wednesday, May 16, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
The sometimes elegant, always delicious, smörgås, or open faced sandwich, is a Swedish favorite. In this class, learn how to make your own rye bread and layer it with tasty toppings.

$45 ASI members / $55 non-members. Click here to register.

Birch Bark Necklace
Sunday, May 20, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Make a unique, locally sourced, handmade necklace – with birch bark! Students will split bark and learn how to make three-fold, four-fold and cube style birch bark beads. String them together with colorful glass beads to create a lovely (and durable) birch bark necklace.

$85 ASI members / $95 non-members, plus an additional $25 materials fee payable to the instructor. Click here to register.

Tack (thank you) to Nordic Table presenting sponsor – Whole Foods Market

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Events & Programs
May Happenings at ASI


Breakfast with Beatrice – Book Launch
Saturday, May 5, 10:30 a.m.
Beatrice Ojakangas launches her newest cookbook, Breakfast with Beatrice: 250 Recipes from Sweet Cream Waffles to Swedish Farmer’s Omelets. She will provide demos (including small samples) and insights.

$5 ASI members / $10 non-members. Click here to register.

Afternoons at ASI: Nyckelharpa

Wednesday, May 8, 1 – 2 p.m.
The nyckelharpa is a traditional Swedish folk instrument now played around the world; stop by to learn more from local expert Cheryl Paschke.

Afternoons at ASI is a series held the second Wednesday of every month and is included in museum admission.

Svensk musik och dans (Swedish Music and Dance)

Wednesday, May 23, 7 p.m.
Celebrate Swedish classical and folk music with a performance by the East Metro Symphony Orchestra (EMSO), featuring the Twin Cities Nyckelharpalag and the Twin Cities Swedish Folk Dancers.

$10 ASI members / $15 non-members. Click here to register.

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Save the Date
Mark your calendars for June

Cocktails at the Castle
Friday, June 1, 7 – 11 p.m.
ASI’s signature museum party is back, highlighting The Fantastical Worlds of Kim Simonsson. It will be an enchanting evening with Graveyard Club, Gramma’s Boyfriend, FEEL FREE Hi Fi, Northern Clay Center, the U of M’s College of Biological Sciences Conservatory and Indeed Brewing. Dance to evocative music, make your own clay creations, talk moss and indulge in FIKA‘s famous food and cocktails!

$17 for ASI members / $20 for non-members. Tickets on sale Friday, May 4 HERE.

Jar City Book Discussion
Sunday, June 3, 12:45 – 2:45 p.m.

Midsommar Celebration 2018
Saturday, June 16, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. – A festive day for the whole family!

ASI’s Museum Store Gets Spring-y
Shop for bracelets and watches inspired by the season

Botanical Cuffs
Hand-crafted with all natural flowers and plant life, each miniature vignette is a wearable work of art you can keep close to you every day. $59 each.

Nature-Inspired Unisex Watches
These stylish wood watches evoke a feeling of being close to nature. Available in 5 different styles, each watch purchased plants a tree with Trees for the Future. $159 each.

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