In May 2009, the Minnesota State Legislature asked the Minnesota Humanities Center and four state councils-the Minnesota Indian Affairs Council, the Council on Black Minnesotans, the Chicano Latino Affairs Council, and the Council on Asian Pacific Minnesotans-to collaboratively create new programs and events that celebrates and preserves the artistic, historical, and cultural heritages of the communities represented by each council.
All My Relations Arts Plaza at the first annual American Indian Cultural Corridor Festival along Franklin Avenue will present and honor traditional arts of indigenous Minnesota communities in the Twin Cities through a two-day, multidisciplinary arts event that uplifts an entire neighborhood.
A Year of Swedish Slöjd at The American Swedish Institute promotes the perpetuation of authentic Swedish craft techniques and materials through adult and youth workshops, a university class, and an exhibit demonstrating art instructors' mastery and student learning.
Finnish-American artist Diane Jarvi, in cooperation with local historical and educational groups, will establish ongoing community kantele (Finnish folk harp) and Finnish folk music workshops, and initiate Finn Hall style cultural gatherings in Cokato, Minnesota.
Minnesota’s Legacy Amendment raises revenue for Clean Water, Outdoor Heritage, Parks and Trails, and Arts and Cultural Heritage. Libraries are beneficiaries of a portion of the Arts and Cultural Heritage Funding.
Legacy-funded programs at the Minnesota Humanities Center demonstrate our determination to collaboratively create humanities programs for the broader public by forging strong partnerships with local, state, and national cultural organizations. These programs show the broader community how the humanities can be used to address issues important to their everyday lives. Each activity, event, and program shares an Absent Narrative with participants, which help residents across the state engage in a more sophisticated understanding of their community.