Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Listening Sessions Scheduled
The Minnesota Historical Society, the Minnesota State Arts Board and the Minnesota Humanities Center will host a series of listening sessions to obtain public input for a 10-year plan and 25-year framework for the use of funds made available through the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund. The constitutional amendment, approved by voters in November 2008, added a provision to Minnesota’s constitution that provides for an increase in the sales tax to support outdoor heritage, clean water, parks and trails, as well as arts, history and cultural heritage.
Representatives from the three organizations and 10 other history, arts and cultural organizations and libraries will work together to develop a plan for how proceeds of the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund will be spent. Members of the public are encouraged to attend. Listening sessions will be held in coming months in locations across the state. An online survey is available. The results of this collaborative planning process will be reported to the legislature by Jan. 15, 2010.
Time: 5 – 7 p.m. The public is encouraged to arrive at 5 p.m.
- October 21 Minnesota History Center in St. Paul
- October 27 at the Minnesota Discovery Center , Highway 169, Chisholm
- October 29 at the Fergus Falls Center for the Arts , 124 W. Lincoln Ave.
- November 16 at the Rochester Community and Technical College , Heinz Center, 851 30th Ave. S.E.
- November 17 in the Twin Cities TBA
- November 18 in Marshall at Charter Hall, Rooms 201 and 217, Southwest Minnesota State University, 1501 State Street South (Park in “A” or “B” lots on east side of campus)
If you can’t attend a listening session, please provide your input via an online survey.
The 13-member committee was chosen from a field of 50 applicants nominated by their peers.
- Peggy Adelman, chief financial officer, Minnesota Zoo, Apple Valley;
- Jennifer Bloom, executive director, Learning, Law and Democracy Foundation, St. Paul;
- Michael Garcia, president and CEO, Duluth Children’s Museum;
- Allen Harmon, president and general manager, Duluth-Superior Area Educational Television;
- Andrea Kajer, deputy director, Minnesota Historical Society;
- Patricia Mulso, executive director, Freeborn Historical Society, Albert Lea;
- Jeff Nelson, public strategy managing director, Minnesota Public Radio, St. Paul;
- David O’Fallon, president and CEO, MacPhail Center for Music, Minneapolis;
- Rebecca Lynn Petersen, executive director, Fergus Falls Center for the Arts;
- Brenda Raney, director of government relations, Science Museum of Minnesota, St. Paul;
- Mark Ranum, director, Plum Creek Library System, Worthington;
- Stanley Romanstein, executive director, Minnesota Humanities Center;and
- Pam Perri Weaver, board member, Minnesota State Arts Board.