Como Park Zoo and Conservatory is one of the top visited cultural destinations in the state of Minnesota, with over 2 million visitors each year, because it’s free, interactive, welcoming, and accessible for families. Como Park Zoo and Conservatory celebrates diversity in many forms, across cultures, ethnicity, economics and generations and visitors come from all over the state.
Per Minnesota Laws, 2011, 1st Special Session, Chapter 6, Article 4, Section 2, Subdivision 6, the Minnesota Department of Administration requested applications to create, produce, acquire, or distribute radio programs that educate, enhance, or promote local, regional, or statewide items of artistic, cultural, or historic significance. Preference was given to projects that expand Minnesotan’s access to knowledge, information, arts, state history, or cultural heritage.
Minnesota Public Radio is the state's largest cultural organization, providing 96 percent of the population with free access to some of the best broadcast cultural programming in the world. Minnesota Public Radio is using a grant from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund to implement projects around the following four goals:
Wilderness Inquiry will connect more than 7,500 youth to their local lands and waterways through place-based education and hands-on outdoor experiences. These experiences will focus on the cultural history of the area to connect students to Minnesota's rich outdoor heritage. Of the 7,500 youth, more than 800 will take part in overnight and multi-day camping, training, and service learning trips throughout the state of Minnesota to deepen their connection to place and stewardship ethic.