The Indonesian Performing Arts Association of Minnesota's (IPAAM) performing ensembles are known under the name Sumunar. In Indonesia, the word sumunar means a glowing, brilliant light–one that is radiant and beautiful, and one that illuminates and warms the soul. Dedicated to teaching, performing and sharing the arts and culture of Indonesia, we invite you to be a part of the luminous light. Whether you’re enjoying a concert or taking a gamelan class, our goal is to share the rich sounds, stories and traditions of Indonesia with you in an open and relaxed environment.
One of our most important outreach efforts are our elementary school residencies in gamelan music and dance. We have reached thousands of Minnesota school children and introduced them to Indonesian culture.
Our organization was founded in 2002 to continue and expand the gamelan program initiated by The Schubert Club in 1995. Through classes, performances, community workshops, and school residencies, Sumunar promotes an understanding of and appreciation for Indonesian music, dance and culture.
Sumunar is a among the Twin Cities’ cultural treasures, one that can be enjoyed by all ages.
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