Minnesota Humanities Center


The Minnesota Humanities Center (MHC) recognizes and understands the importance of gathering many voices and ideas. Of utitlizing other’s strengths and connections to promote the humanities. MHC partners with state agencies, nonprofits, schools and districts, and individuals to help develop, produce, promote impactful humanities-based programs and resources.

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2024 Partnerships

Sketches of Minnesota

The Minnesota Humanities Center and Danger Boat Productions are proud to announce Sketches of Minnesota, a traveling series of community-inspired improv shows. This initiative uses laughter and comedy to celebrate Minnesota communities, promote dialogue, bridge divides, and help find ways to work constructively across differences, particularly in today’s political environment.

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Traveling Exhibits

We Are Water MN

“We Are Water MN” deepens connections between the humanities and water through a network of partnerships, a traveling exhibit, and public events. The traveling exhibit examines water issues statewide and in local communities through personal stories, histories, and scientific information.

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Why Treaties Matter

“Why Treaties Matter: Self-Government in the Dakota and Ojibwe Nations” is a nationally recognized, award-winning exhibit made in partnership with the Minnesota Indian Affairs Council and the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian.

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2022-2023 Partnership Highlights

Cambodian American Community Partnership

The Minnesota Humanities Center and its partner, the Council on Asian Pacific Minnesotans, are honored to collaborate with the Cambodian American Community Partnership to celebrate and amplify the Cambodian Minnesota community in their efforts to share and educate their rich history and culture.

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Black Vision Trust

The Minnesota Humanities Center partnered with the Ordway and SoulTouch Productions to form the Black Vision Trust, a group of community leaders committed to supporting Black Veterans and developing way for the African American community to see themselves reflected on the stage. Initially established to support audience access to the stage production of “A Soldier’s Play,” the Black Vision Trust also creates space for courageous conversations on the issues that are paramount for the community.

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2021-2022 Partnership Highlights

Minnesota Equity & Justice Project

The Minnesota Humanities Center along with its partners – the Center for the Study of Black Life and the Law and Minnesota Equity and Justice Project – are collaborating to move toward justice. Recognizing that racial inequity are local and global phenomena, we are partnering on efforts to convene and connect people from the Twin Cities to South Africa, to learn together so that we might make our way forward together again.

Understanding Our Duluth Lynchings:

Racial Violence in America and the Road to Justice and Reconciliation

On June 14, 2021, the Minnesota Humanities Center, in partnership with the Collaborative Legal Community Coalition (CLCC), hosted an online symposium, “Understanding Our Duluth Lynchings: Racial Violence in America and the Road to Justice and Reconciliation,” to commemorate the anniversary of the 1920 lynchings. The program provided a broad perspective on racial violence, and highlighted the need for truth, accountability, justice, and reconciliation.

The Time is Now to Put Minnesota Children First

The Minneapolis Federal Reserve Bank and MHC partnered to host forums across Minnesota promoting equitable education in Minnesota. Particpants included Minneapolis Fed President Neel Kashkari, former Supreme Court Justice Alan Page, and MHC CEO Kevin Lindsey, and local educators and administrators.

Spotlight Series: Reconsidering Patriotism, Public Service, and Civic Engagement

MHC partnered with the University of Minnesota’s Institute for Advanced Studey to present 2021-2022 Spotlight Series: Spotlight Series: Reconsidering Patriotism, Public Service, and Civic Engagement. The six-part series focused on patriotism, public service, and civic engagement. MHC CEO Kevin Lindsey moderated.

Omaha Public Schools

In Summer 2022, MHC concluded a ten-year partnership with Omaha Public Schools. Over the course of this partnership, MHC planned, led, and facilitated thousands of hours of professional development opportunities to K-12 teachers in the district.