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The Edina Art Center helps organize several programs and events throughout the year. Two major events, include Public Art Edina and Music In Edina. In addition, the City holds the Edina Art Fair every spring and the Fall into the Arts Festival in the fall.
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The New Author's Studio with Kate Gjerde: March 25, 2017
The Edina Art Center is pleased to present a reading, author Q & A and book signing with Kate Gjerde/Kate Anne Kang, "Between Two Worlds: From Korea to Minnesota."
Saturday, March 25, 2017 from 10-11 a.m.
Given Away by Kate Anne Kang. (CreateSpace, January 2017).
When Anny Kang was six years old, she was sent by her mother to live in America where she became Kate Strand. Within the suburbs of Minnesota, Kate struggles as a Korean adoptee, her voice capturing the loneliness and sadness of a young girl forced to forget everything she knows in order to navigate a new terrain.
Never really identifying with her Asian roots or harboring a desire to uncover her ancestry, she comes face-to-face with her past when her Korean birth family contacts her after more than two decades.
How do we inhabit the place between who we are and how others might see us, between our history as it is and the one we imagine it could be?
Only by reconnecting to her birth family in Korea does an adult Kate begin to understand her past as she faces her long-standing inner conflicts with identity, loss and rejection.
Given Away is the portrait of a childhood spent in two very different worlds, Korea and America: one forgotten, one remembered. It is a story of race and of belonging; a story that asks the complicated questions of home, family, and self as the author untangles the unlikely strands that formed her destiny.
Kate Gjerde has written under the pen name, Kate Anne Kang, in honor of her mother’s family name. She lives in St. Louis Park with her husband, two children and dog, Otto.
Colleagues of Calligraphy: April 21 - April 22, 2017 at the Edina Art Center
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