The American Swedish Institute is on the road this summer as “ASI To Go,” bringing activities, updates, and iPads to various arts and cultural events in the community during these six months that the Mansion is closed.
ASI President/CEO Bruce Karstadt, along with a group of ASI staff members, represented ASI at Nisswa-stämman this past weekend. Here are some of his thoughts about the day:
“I spent this past Saturday at Nisswa-stämman, the 12th edition of an annual Scandinavian folk music festival that takes place on the beautiful grounds of the Nisswa Area Historical Society in Nisswa, Minn. Several of my colleagues joined me and together we formed the “ASI To Go” team for the weekend. It was a lovely day and the festival was an incredible success. We visited with many people and lots of ASI members who traveled to Nisswa for the festival, among them George Bergquist from Princeton, John Erickson of Brainerd, Marilyn Moore (former president of SVEA), and Margaret Wreigard, who with her late husband had been active for many years at ASI before moving to Arizona. I brought along a new iPad with ASI’s new app to share images of the campus plans and construction photos with people I talked to. Everyone seemed excited by the progress we’ve made. Finally, the festival had lots of educational opportunities for the young and young-at-heart. My better half, Candace, and I took a 30-minute Finnish tango lesson; my Swedish hips seem to like this dance better than salsa.” -Bruce Karstadt, ASI President/CEO