Minnesota's Legacy

Metropolitan Library Service Agency Legacy Grant SFY 2018 - SFY 2019

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2018 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$965,841
2019 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$965,841
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Recipient
Metropolitan Library Service Agency
Recipient Type
Libraries
Status
In Progress
Start Date
July 2017
End Date
June 2021
Activity Type
Digitization/Online Information Access
Education/Outreach/Engagement
Fund Administration
Grants/Contracts
Preservation
Research
Counties Affected
Anoka
Carver
Dakota
Hennepin
Ramsey
Scott
Washington
Anoka
Carver
Dakota
Hennepin
Ramsey
Scott
Washington
Legal Citation / Subdivision
Laws of Minnesota for 2017 Minnesota Special Session Laws, Chapter 91 - HF.No 707, Article 4, Section 2, Subdivision 5
Appropriation Language

These amounts are appropriated to the commissioner of education for grants to the 12 Minnesota regional library systems to provide educational opportunities in the arts, history, literary arts, and cultural heritage of Minnesota. These funds must be allocated using the formulas in Minnesota Statutes, section 134.355, subdivisions 3, 4, and 5, with the remaining 25 percent to be distributed to all qualifying systems in an amount proportionate to the number of qualifying system entities in each system. For purposes of this subdivision, "qualifying system entity" means a public library, a regional library system, a regional library system headquarters, a county, or an outreach service program. These funds may be used to sponsor programs provided by regional libraries or to provide grants to local arts and cultural heritage programs for programs in partnership with regional libraries. These funds must be distributed in ten equal payments per year. Notwithstanding Minnesota Statutes, section 16A.28, the appropriations encumbered on or before June 30, 2019, as grants or contracts in this subdivision are available until June 30, 2021.

2018 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$965,841
Other Funds Leveraged
$63,015
Direct expenses
$994,489
Administration costs
$34,366
Number of full time equivalents funded
Total FTE hours: .25
Measurable Outcome(s)

Total number of projects: 73

Total number of programs and/or events (if different than total number of projects): 1319

Total attendance/participation: 163050

Total number of partnerships: 323
 

Description of Funds
Dewey Decimal Art Exhibition - Local artists with curation help from Forecast Public Art, created three-dimensional artwork inspired by the Dewey Decimal System, to be placed within the stacks of the newly remodeled Centennial Library in Anoka County. The artwork reflects the sense of wonder and curiosity that visitors experience when they visit the library.

Humanize my Hoodie - Humanize my Hoodie is a photography and video exhibit designed to foster conversations about threat perception and stigmas associated with race and clothing. The exhibit was on display at the Brookdale Area Library (Hennepin County) in June 2019 and featured photos of people in hoodies, many of whom were from the Twin Cities metro area. At the opening event, creators Andre Wright and Jason Sole shared a presentation about the history of race, perception and bias, and facilitated a guided tour in which participants reflected on each piece. Participants described the exhibit as "Amazing, powerful, relevant." "moving and thought provoking" and "when I left a piece of art my perspectives of each was broader."

Hands On: Art Exploration for Adults - Scott County Library offered a series of 16 participatory arts programs for adults -- especially older adults -- that helped participants develop new art skills. Two classes were offered off-site at nearby senior living facilities, increasing access to residents who might not be able to travel to the library. Classes included: portrait drawing, pallet art, block printing, acrylic painting, water color painting, water color pencils and more. Attendees discovered that creating art is not out of reach, reflected in comments such as "I feel awesome that I was able to do it" and "I will start a hobby at home."

StreetCorner Letterpress - Artists from ReadyGoArt hosted their unique Streetcorner Letterpress interactive project for visitors to Washington County Library. The 100 year old letter press produces 4x6 postcard-style prints with the push of a lever and can be operated by people of any age or ability. Over 300 participants learned about the history of letter pressing while creating their own letterpress art to take home.


Planting Home: Meal in a Pot
Saint Paul Public Library partnered with the Hmong Elders Center to create the Planting Home: Meal in a Pot series, which highlighted Hmong culture and the immigrant experience through food and gardening.

The series consisted of three programs over the course of six sessions: Hmong Pho in a Pot, Hmong Pepper Sauce in a Pot, and Hmong Salad in a Pot. At each session, Hmong elders demonstrated how they keep their culture alive by growing traditional meals and shared how they adapt old-world food production to life in Minnesota. Each session included a hands-on experience planting seedlings in a pot to make up the ingredients for a particular Hmong meal.

Every program session filled to capacity, with more than 200 people participating, and guests requested more sessions in the future. They noted learning about traditional Hmong food, culture, and the Hmong immigrant experience as highlights of the program. The Hmong Elders Center was a tremendous partner to Saint Paul Public Library in planning and executing this series.

In Step
Nine Hennepin County libraries kicked off a series of dance workshops for youth, taught by Cowles Center teaching artists. Youth learned dance rhythms and steps from a wide variety of dances from Afro-Modern to Classical Northern Indian to Somali, while learning about the dance's cultural significance. 95% of teens and kids reported that they tried a new way of dancing, and 95% of teens and 86% of kids reported talking to someone new during the programs.

Selected comments from youth: "This was the best program. The dance was fun. Can't wait to do this dance on Cinco de Mayo" and "I never did this dance before and it was interesting."

Selected comments from parents: "Great teacher, included everyone. Good job!" "Excellent! Fun! Teacher knew how to accommodate a variety of personalities."

El Dia de los Ninos/ El Dia de los Libras
In April 2018, Dakota County Library welcomed over 225 patrons and more than a dozen community partner organizations to a celebration of Latinx culture at Wentworth Library. Children and families created their own screen printed posters and mini-pinatas, listened to guitar music, completed a scavenger hunt to earn a free book, attended a bilingual storytime, and enjoyed a performance of Mexican folk dances.

zAmya Theater Project
Hennepin County Library contracted with zAmya Theater Project to host 20 weekly theater creative workshops at the Minneapolis Central Library for patrons experiencing homelessness. The 20 workshops were attended by a total of 297 people. One performance of "Just Us - Out of the Cycle Into the Circle" was presented by workshop attendees on the Nicollet Mall.

Selected comments from participants:
"[These workshops honestly saved me from myself. I was an isolator, a fatalist, and close to real self­-destruction. zAmya brought me out and the staff and participants made me a new person. I'm a year sober. I'm no longer depressed, I don't isolate. I have friends and it has opened so many doors for me. There's not a better program because this one truly saved my life."
"The Monday workshop was a need outlet for me, therapy. I didn't miss one since Feb, keep it going."
"[The] Monday workshop was very educating [sic]. Fun and interesting for the brain...[I got] to know about different lifestyles and how to get along with each and every one."
"I love coming here to participate...It's a great way to start my week, creating happy moments for me."
Legal Citation / Subdivision
Laws of Minnesota for 2017 Minnesota Special Session Laws, Chapter 91-HF.No 707, Article 4, Section 2, Subdivision 5
Appropriation Language

These amounts are appropriated to the commissioner of education for grants to the 12 Minnesota regional library systems to provide educational opportunities in the arts, history, literary arts, and cultural heritage of Minnesota. These funds must be allocated using the formulas in Minnesota Statutes, section 134.355, subdivisions 3, 4, and 5, with the remaining 25 percent to be distributed to all qualifying systems in an amount proportionate to the number of qualifying system entities in each system. For purposes of this subdivision, "qualifying system entity" means a public library, a regional library system, a regional library system headquarters, a county, or an outreach service program. These funds may be used to sponsor programs provided by regional libraries or to provide grants to local arts and cultural heritage programs for programs in partnership with regional libraries. These funds must be distributed in ten equal payments per year. Notwithstanding Minnesota Statutes, section 16A.28, the appropriations encumbered on or before June 30, 2019, as grants or contracts in this subdivision are available until June 30, 2021.

2019 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$965,841
Measurable Outcome(s)

Total number of projects:
Total number of programs and/or events (if different than total number of projects):
Total attendance/participation:
Total number of partnerships:

Project Overview

Minnesota's twelve regional library systems, which encompass more than 350 public libraries in all areas of the state, can benefit from a portion of the Legacy Amendment's Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund. Through State Library Services, a division of the Minnesota Department of Education, each regional library system is eligible to receive a formula-driven allocation from the annual $2.5 million Minnesota Regional Library System Legacy Grant. Metropolitan Library Service Agency (MELSA) is a federated regional public library system in the Twin Cities Metro Area in central Minnesota. MELSA has seven county member libraries; Anoka, Carver, Dakota, Hennepin, Ramsey, Scott, and Washington and one city member library; St. Paul. With Arts and Cultural Heritage funds, MELSA and its member libraries present an array of arts, cultural, literary, and Minnesota history programs in collaboration with arts and cultural organizations, independent artists, historical societies, and community organizations. Projects contribute to the cultural vitality of the region and build a lasting legacy.

Project Manager
First Name
Scott
Last Name
Vrieze
Organization Name
Metropolitan Library Service Agency
Street Address
1619 Dayton Ave., Suite 314
City
St. Paul
State
MN
Zip Code
55104-6206
Phone
(651) 379-2741
Email
scott@melsa.org