Statewide Summit (January – September 2013)
The Council on Black Minnesotans and the Humanities Center will coordinate a Cultural Relations Summit for Minnesotans of African descent. The summit will celebrate culture traditions through instructional demonstrations, guided tours, and visual arts; plan for cultural institutions’ sustainability; and strengthen cultural connections. A web-based cultural portal and a video documentary on the contributions of Minnesotans of African descent will discover and preserve cultural traditions and enhance relations in Minnesota. This summit is an outcome of the 2012 Our Voices, Our Stories listening sessions.
Our Voices, Our Stories (April – December 2012)
After receiving funds from the Minnesota Legislature’s Legacy Funding program to listen to the voices of black Minnesotans, the Council in collaboration with the Minnesota Humanities Center contracted with Marnita’s Table to facilitate two listening sessions in Minneapolis and St. Cloud, Minnesota. The Minnesota Humanities Center serves as a collaborative partner and fiscal agent for the program, managing the consultant relationships and offering valuable insights and leadership toward the goals of maximizing the outcomes of bringing people together. The purpose of the listening sessions is to gather the stories and voices of black Minnesotans to help inform the Council as to the current issues, solutions, partnerships and entities in each community, enabling the Council to fulfill its advocacy role. The COBM also contracted with Innovations By Design, LLC and Millennium Consulting Group to evaluate the listening sessions and make recommendations for next steps.
2009-2011 Collaborative Programming
Listen to the experiences and stories of African American Minnesotans that are often missing in mainstream resources through two programs:
Firsts: Minnesota's African American Groundbreakers
Learn from African American Minnesotans as they share in vivid detail their experience of being a true Minnesota "First."
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Voices from the African American Community
Hear community members share experiences and viewpoints that speak to what it means to be an African American Minnesotan.
Arts and Cultural Heritage Programming and Event Grants
Learn about programming and events supported by nearly $200,000 in grant funds to African American and African Immigrant led organizations in Minnesota, including:
Aurora St. Anthony Neighborhood Development Corporation (ASANDC)
The Black Parent Group
Culture Brokers Foundation
Finote Tibeb Literary Art Center
Mentoring Young Adults
Minnesota African American Museum
Sabathini Community Center
Sierra Leone Community in Minnesota