The Council on Asian Pacific Minnesotans in collaboration with the Minnesota Humanities Center will fund arts and cultural heritage programming to educate, highlight, and promote understanding of the arts and cultural heritage of Asian American and Pacific Islanders (AAPI) for all Minnesotans.
In 2007, the Children's Museum of Southern Minnesota (CMSM) conducted an environmental scan of early learning opportunities for children in southern Minnesota. It became apparent that the region creates few opportunities for children to engage in self-directed learning experiences in social settings; in particular, opportunities that create access to arts, culture, and heritage. This is still true today.
Kids Voting St. Paul will introduce youth-friendly technologies to enhance civic learning, expand its veterans civic education initiative, increase the number of students participating in Kids Voting elections, pilot a state-wide KidVention, expand and leverage partnerships, and convene a civic education provider summit.
Learning Law and Democracy Foundation will strengthen learning about the Minnesota constitution and government, create a civic self-assessment instrument for Minnesota schools, convene a civic education provider summit, enhance the teachingcivics.org website, expand professional development opportunities, and develop new lessons on Minnesota state and local government.
The Minnesota Humanities Center provided collaborative funds to museums and organizations celebrating the ethnic identities of Minnesotans. Legacy funds supported the following grants and projects between July 1, 2011 and December 31, 2013:
Dakota Nation Wide Conference ($500.00) The Dakota Nation Wide Conference brought indigenous people from across the continent together in traditional Dakota homelands to honor the past, share experiences and knowledge, and to heal. The conference included visits to sacred sites as well as speakers on a variety of topics.
To strengthen knowledge and understanding and to deepen cultural connections, the Humanities Center builds deep relationships and truly collaborates with individuals and organizations to create and share engaging humanities programs and resources. These humanities programs and resources help Minnesotans fulfill their civic responsibility of being informed and active participants in civic life. The Humanities Center also engages with communities and individuals in activities and dialogues to actively learn from the humanities and reflect upon issues raised.
The Humanities Center invests in building targeted partnerships with districts for greater, deeper, and more strategic systems change. At the same time, the Humanities Center continues to offer high quality, humanities-focused learning opportunities, both in-person and online, for individual educators.
The Humanities Center used a portion of the Legacy funding to provide administrative support for the Collaborative Funds, K-12 Education Initiative, and Community Partnerships programs. This support included general planning meetings, financial management and reporting, and website maintenance and development. The Humanities Center also committed to deepening its ability to evaluate programming by sending staff to external evaluation workshops and hosting a series of five internal workshops with evaluation expert Dr. Michael Patton.
The Duluth Children’s Museum has initiated three major programs with the support of the Arts and Cultural Heritage Legacy Funds. This program continues and expands these successful programs to ensure continuity in cultural experiences for the youngest audiences in rural Minnesota. The programs are organized under two major headings: Museum on the Move and Passport to Culture. Passport to Culture is an access program designed to give constituents admission to the museum.
The Children's Discovery Museum in Grand Rapids, Minnesota will increase access and deepen engagement with their effectively proven School Service Program. The museum will take down the economic barriers and increase enrollment. This grant will fund more educators and facilitators, curriculum development, scholarship aid, transportation assistance and art/teaching supplies.
The Chicano Latino Affairs Council in collaboration with the Minnesota Humanities Center will use funding to address the education challenges and opportunities faced by Latino students. The central theme and core value is “culture and language matter,” that culture and language is an asset and not a liability. A research project will focus on identifying specific strengths in Latino culture that improve education engagement.
The Minnesota Indian Affairs Council in collaboration with the Minnesota Humanities Center will extend and deepen the ongoing partnership around the Why Treaties Matter: Self-Government in the Dakota and Ojibwe Nations exhibition, supporting host sites through December 2012.