April 16, 2024

Exciting news from Finlandia Foundation Twin Cities and FinnSource!

The Finlandia Foundation Twin Cities (FFTC) board is pleased and excited to share with you the plans underway during 2024 – 2025 for the merger of FFTC and Finnish American Cultural Activities (FACA). The two groups have collaborated and organized events for the Twin Cities Finnish community for more than a year, building on their similar missions and interests. FACA members unanimously approved plans for the merger at their March program.

The FACA and FFTC boards believe that the strength of FACA in preserving Finnish culture and providing new program opportunities combines well with FFTC’s networking and partnering with programs in the Twin Cities and Finland. Together, the merged groups will actively represent the Twin Cities in Finlandia Foundation National and expand access to its growing resources in Finland. We can look forward to a variety of FFN’s traditional and contemporary programming and performing arts. Added resources include the extensive archives, art gallery, folk school, and bookstore of the Finnish American Heritage Center in Hancock, Michigan that FFN acquired following the sudden closure of Finlandia University.

As we plan for the next few years as a merged organization, we will need your help and seek your support to bring life to new programming we’ve only begun to imagine — hands-on learning, films and study groups, or breakfast and luncheon meetings hosting visitors from Finland, or gatherings of young professionals, participation in planning for a Finland House in the Twin Cities, etc. Our communication plans, including our FinnSource website, community calendar, and monthly events listing are currently under review and will aim to keep you better informed.

We welcome any questions or comments you have about FFTC and the merger, and we will keep you informed—please feel free to contact us in the meantime.

Best regards,

Finlandia Foundation Twin Cities, Board of Directors

Betsey Norgard
Mirja Hanson
Kathy M. Jorgensen

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