The annual Fred Yiran African Arts Day 

Presenters this year include:

Nichole Bridges
Debra Leigh
Danielle Daniel
Charity T. Mentan
Buddy King
Jerry Akubue
The Yiran Family
and the Bui Family Union!
Be on the lookout for upcoming information about our presenters, activities, and event!

Yiran Arts Day Poster


The Fred Yiran Legacy Project is excited to share with you that we have received a grant from the Central Minnesota Arts Board (CMAB) to celebrate the 2nd annual Fred Yiran African Arts Day (FYAAD). It will be held in partnership with the Granite City Day’s Family Fun Day on June 24th, 2018 in St. Cloud, Minnesota.

The Fred Yiran African Arts Day, will celebrate the rich artistic culture and heritage of the thousands of African immigrants who now call Central Minnesota home. It is designed as part of 2018 Granite City Days so that a greater number of area residents can be exposed to, and engage in the multidisciplinary African arts activities planned for the event. 

Condensed lecture from Jan-Lodewijk Grootaers from June 25th, 2017

A presentation by Debra Leigh and Danielle Daniel on traditional African dance and storytelling.

Presented during the annual Fred Yiran African Arts Day in Saint Cloud, Minnesota (June 25, 2017).

Planning for FYAAD 2018 starts this month. We promise to put together a day full of exciting dances, workshops, learning and lots of fun. Details will be shared with you as planning progresses. Updates can also be found at:Twitter: 

This year, the Fred Yiran Legacy Project is honored to partner with the Bui Family Union (BFU-USA) for the Fred Yiran African Arts Day on June 24th.

The Bui Family Union (BFU-USA) is a US-based, national, socio-cultural, not-for-profit (501c3) organization that carries out charitable initiatives in the areas of culture, education and health.
To learn more about BFU-USA: visit:
More exciting news to follow.

Project Coordinator: Janette Yiran
Assistant Project Coordinator: Cristina Seaborn