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About Ampers | Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund

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 2018 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.

Minnesota Native News Podcasts: a five-minute weekly segment will look at social, economic, cultural, health issues, and more facing Minnesota’s Native American communities. It is produced in such a way that is relevant to Native American as well as non-Native Americans living in Minnesota. Ampers is in the process of making the weekly segments available via podcast. We anticipate 40 of the weekly segments will be podcasted.

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 non-commercial 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.

Combatting The Opioid Crisis in Minnesota’s Native Communities: Minnesota Native  News looks at how tribal leaders and community members are coming together to solve the opioid crisis. Among the topics that will be explored are prenatal exposure, trauma and attachment, Tribal healing, Tribal Drug Court and grassroots efforts to combat the crisis.

Sex Trafficking in Minnesota’s Native Communities: Minnesota Native News explores how tribal community members, advocates, law enforcement,  tribal officials, professionals, artists, experts, survivors, and others are collaborating to build stronger responses to commercial sexual exploitation in Native communities.

Healing Art: Minnesota Native News explores how artists and arts organizations are bringing people together around the theme of using creative arts to find hope and healing and to empower community members in the face of violence, loss and historical trauma. How is art being used within the community to starts discussions around difficult topics that don’t often get talked about, like missing indigenous women? How does art provide a way for community members to get a voice in society, gain visibility and represent tribal communities?

Covering Indian Country: How is Indian Country being covered in the mainstream media? Minnesota Native News explores obstacles, triumphs, and best practices. Listeners will learn from a Native perspective what it’s like to see how their community is portrayed in the mainstream media both locally and nationally.

To learn more about Ampers Arts & Cultural Heritage programs, contact Erin Warhol, Program Director, at


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