For immediate release

Release dated: 
January 15, 2010
Media contacts: 

Andrea Kajer
Minnesota Historical Society

Sue Gens
Minnesota State Arts Board

Stanley E. Romanstein
Minnesota Humanities Center



The Minnesota Historical Society, the Minnesota Humanities Center and the Minnesota State Arts Board today released a report outlining a 10-year plan and 25-year framework for the use of funds that will be available through the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund. The fund was created through the passage of the Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment to the Minnesota Constitution in November 2008. The amendment provides for a 3/8-cent increase in the state sales tax. The report is available online at

According to the Constitution, 19.75% of the funds raised by the sales tax increase will be dedicated to the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund. Proceeds can only be used to support “…arts, arts education and arts access, and to preserve Minnesota’s history and cultural heritage.”

During the 2009 session, the Minnesota Legislature directed the three coordinating agencies to facilitate a collaborative planning process and deliver the plan and framework by Jan. 15, 2010. The legislation outlined the types of organizations, including arts and civics education groups, historical societies, libraries, museums, public broadcasting and others, that were to be involved in the planning process and stipulated that public hearings would be conducted. Committee members were selected from a field of statewide applicants. The planning committee has no authority for distributing money or identifying specific recipients for funding.

The report was developed with input gathered from citizens statewide at six public meetings and through more than 3,000 comments collected online. Its vision is rooted in the principle that programs developed with the funding guarantee the greatest positive benefit to all Minnesotans.

For more information about the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund or to see the report, visit