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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 2019 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 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.

Native Lights Podcasts: In these five 30-minute podcasts, the Minnesota Native News producing team brings out some of the Native narratives, missing from the typical media landscape.  By focusing on real people and their real stories as they tell them, Native Lights Podcast shines the light on Indigenous voices expressing their own experiences, touching on a wide range of issues and perspectives.  Within the five episodes, we hear from more than a dozen Native American people living in Minnesota, sharing first-hand stories and experiences covering topics including music, art, parenthood, adoption, foster care, addiction, sex-trafficking, violence, children of rape, and more. We examine media portrayals of Native people and the absent or invisible narratives that allow stereotypes and misconceptions to persist.  The series highlights the distinct mix of strength, hope, and resiliency, present in many indigenous communities and within Native people shaping the next generation. The Native Lights Podcast is hosted by Leah Lemm and Cole Premo, siblings, who are both members of the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe, in addition to being part of the Minnesota Native News producing team.

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


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Minnesota’s Legislative Coordinating Commission maintains the Minnesota’s Legacy Website.