As an activist and community organizer, Dameun Strange envisions a world where creative institutions and people are valued as equal partners in designing strong, equitable communities. Through an integrated engagement with the arts, he aims to highlight threads of intersectionality and move communities toward wellness, finding commonalities and building bridges that bring people together. 

Dameun recently served as Executive Director of the Northeast Minneapolis Arts Association, a Minnesota based non-profit arts organization that connects individuals, businesses, and artists, and strives to promote social and economic growth for its vibrant community of diverse creators. 

A Ron McKinley Philanthropy Fellow, Dameun has also been a member of the Bush Foundation’s Community Innovation Team. He has worked locally for such organizations as Macalester College, ACORN, MN UNITED for All Families, Grassroots Solutions, Neighborhood Organizing, and has served on the board of the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council, Compas, Headwaters Foundation for Justice, and Walker|West. 

 

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Honored to be a 2018 Recipient of the American Composers Forum  CREATE  grant!

Honored to be a 2018 Recipient of the American Composers Forum CREATE grant!


St. Paul artist/composer Dameun Strange augmented a stirring sound performance with something that looked like the futuristic saxophone equivalent of a keytar. Strange journeyed to the outer reaches of space and sound, along paths charted by John Coltrane, Sun Ra, and Ornette Coleman, over snippets of speeches and other spoken word recordings. After this revelatory performance, Moore felt compelled to apologize for introducing Strange as solely a poet, saying how moved he was by the sound world he had created.

Erik Thompson, City Pages

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Jerome Foundation is pleased to announce the first recipients of the Jerome Hill Artist Fellowship program. 60 Fellowships were awarded to early career artists in Minnesota and New York City.

Jerome Foundation is pleased to announce the first recipients of the Jerome Hill Artist Fellowship program. 60 Fellowships were awarded to early career artists in Minnesota and New York City.

Composer Dameun Strange is another grantee for the new Jerome Fellowship. He said some of the funds will go to pay for day care for his toddler so he can focus on composing. He also hopes to use his grant to fund a trip to Senegal to do research for his next opera. Strange is particularly excited about the additional $10,000 he can use for artistic collaborations.

"Usually it happens the other way around — the money is given to an organization and they seek out artists to work with. So I like that Jerome is giving agency to the artists to decide who they would like to work with — I think that's a big difference."

Marianne Combs, MPR News