Kohl Miner (Ho Chunk) FNCI Executive Director

Kristopher Kohl Miner (Ho-Chunk Nation) comes to FNCI with a wealth of resource development experience (more than 15 years). He has worked alongside Mark Murphy (current Executive Director of Disney Hall’s Red Cat Theater),  as Director of Development for Seattle’s ON THE BOARD’S, the Pacific Northwest’s premier performance space. Kohl has also served as Director of Development for the PAWS (Progressive Animal Welfare Society) and SAFEHOUSE, a program that provides housing to homeless individuals living with HIV/AIDS. He cut his fund development teeth working with such phenomenal organizations as AIDS Project Los Angeles, Covenant House California, Changing Spirits and the American Indian Healing Center.

Kohl is also a playwright & performer He has performed with The New York City Hysterical Society, In the Heart of the Beast, The Ark Improv, The Blood & Milk Poets and American Indians in the Arts. His solo work includes; “Christopher Explained”, “Native Fruit”, “Left at Life,” “Heartflight Kohl Miner OR How my heart was hijacked by a handsome terrorist. This is my story.”, “Dreams of Cheerleading”, The Trip” and “The Semi-Conscious Memoirs of a Negligent Native” He has performed at Highways (Los Angeles), On The Boards (Seattle), Bumbershoot Wild Stage (Seattle), Alice B. Theater (Seattle), Josie’s Cabaret & Juice Joint (San Francisco), “In the Heart of the Beast Puppet & Mask Theater” (Mpls.), The Walker Art Center (Mpls.), Southern Theater (Mpls.), Red Eye Collaboration (Mpls.), ABC No Rio (NYC) and others. While attending U.W.-Madison (BA Theater) Kohl was a member of the ARK Improv, (a student comedy troupe with alums Joan Cusack and Jimmy Doyle).  New office phone number for Kohl is:  651-336-8078.

Jewell Arcoren (Sisseton/Sicangu) FNCI  Program Director
Jewell Arcoren has been with FNCI since 2006. Currently Jewell is the  program director for the First Nations Composer Initiative. Jewell brings to  FNCI a passion and background in working for the non-profit Twin Cities American Indian arts sector. Jewell has worked with local twin cities non profits and organizations such as Dream of Wild Health, Two Rivers Gallery, the Shakopee Mdewankanton Sioux Community and Dakota owned media company Allies media art.  Jewell  says that one of the lovely perks of working with the First Nations Composer Initiative program is having the opportunity to hear new music being created by American Indian composers and musicians through FNCI’s Common Ground re-granting program. Outside of working with FNCI Jewell provides presentations on traditional Indigenous foods in correlation with health and wellness for American Indian people and diabetes prevention. She loves to research, collect and cook old/new traditional recipes and in her spare time she does quill work and researches Dakota quillwork designs. Jewell Arcoren (Sisseton/Sicangu) is an enrolled member of the Sisseton Wahpeton Sioux Tribe.  New office phone number for Jewell is: 612-385-7528.


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