Kaysone Syonesa

2019 Early Career Research + Development Grantee | $2,500

“In the Land of 10,000 Stories” research and development

Syonesa will conduct research and development for a free presentation of an original family-friendly play exploring refugee identity in Minnesota. Through traditional Lao storytelling, and shadow puppetry, the theatrical performance will occur in Minneapolis in a culturally appropriate space during the 45th anniversary of the Lao diaspora.


Forecast has been offering early-career artist grants supported by Jerome Foundation since 1989. In addition to funding, Forecast is dedicated to providing professional development and learning opportunities designed to assist emerging artists as they experiment/ hone their practices, and cultivate careers in the field. Forecast mid- and early-career grants are designed to support independent projects, leadership development, professional development, risk-taking, multidisciplinary approaches, and collaborative problem-solving in the field of public art.