In 2008, Minnesotan voters approved the Arts and Cultural Heritage Amendment to pay for improvements in clean water, environment and natural resources, outdoor heritage, parks and trails, and arts and cultural heritage. Public broadcasters, including Minnesota Public Television Association, Minnesota Public Radio and Ampers, have received new funding.
The stories, shows and documentaries produced by Ampers stations with this funding are featured on this website. There are hundreds of hours of great listening here — from the string sounds of Peter Ostroushko to an Ojibwe language show to the history of R&B in Minnesota.
Ampers receives funding from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund (also known as the Legacy Fund). Below you will find a description of the projects that Ampers is producing in Fiscal Year 2017 with the Arts and Cultural Heritage Funding:
MN90: Minnesota History in 90 Seconds will deliver Minnesota history statewide in a fun, entertaining and informative manner. It will make more Minnesotans aware of the way history impacted their lives helping them to make more informed decisions in the future. Ampers will produce and distribute sixty 90-second segments each year.
Minnesota Native News: a five-minute weekly segment will look at social, economic, cultural, health issues, and more facing Minnesota’s Native American communities. It will be produced in such a way that it will be relevant to Native American as well as non-Native Americans living in Minnesota
Minnesota Native News expanded newscasts/documentaries: This project is an extension of the Minnesota Native News project. In response to strong demand from the Native stations, Ampers will provide a series of 30-minute expanded segments of Minnesota Native News throughout the year. The topics will be similar to those of the shorter weekly programs. But, the expanded 30-minute programs will allow us to explore the topics in significantly greater detail.
Ampers digital archive, website & social media: to comply with Minnesota Statute 129d.19 Ampers must archive all Arts & Cultural Heritage programming produced by Ampers and its member stations, continue to maintain an infrastructure to make the programs available to all noncommercial radio stations eligible for state grants, and make these programs available online for all Minnesotans now and in the future. Because of changing technology, the infrastructure we have been using will no longer be available to us after 12/31/15 so we have to find or create a new system to distribute and archive this content.
Fond du Lac Pow Wows: Ampers will partner with WGZS to create one 30-minute radio documentaries covering three different Fond Du Lac Powwows throughout the year (July, August, and January). The radio documentaries will explore and educate listeners about different aspects of the Fond du Lac community, culture and heritage. Ampers in partnership with WGZS will produce three shows in FY16 and three in FY17
Minnesota Music Legends: Ampers will produce a series of 60 short radio segments exploring, celebrating and honoring the contributions of musicians, past and present, who have influenced and expanded Minnesota’s music heritage.
Annual Legislative Reports
Ampers Legislative Report 2017 (PDF)
Ampers Legislative Report 2016 (PDF)
Ampers Legislative Report 2015 (PDF)
Ampers Legislative Report 2014 (PDF)
Ampers Legislative Report 2013 (PDF)
Ampers Legislative Report 2012 (PDF)
Ampers Legislative Report 2011 (PDF)
Ampers Legislative Report 2010 (PDF)
Ampers Legislative Report 2009 (PDF)