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Minnesota Humanities Center (MHC)


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Organization: Minnesota Humanities Center (MHC)


Organization Mission: Building a thoughtful, literate, and engaged society.


Through our workshops, traveling exhibits, documentaries, published works and more, we engage people all over the state in a variety of ways – and have for nearly 50 years. Participants include civic leaders, community members, educators, Veterans, environmentalists, authors, storytellers, scholars, native nations, humanists, activists and you.

One of the great strengths of the Humanities Center is our network of statewide partners. Since 1971, the Humanities Center has partnered and collaborated with thousands of organizations and individuals including (but not limited to): The Minnesota Historical Society, Twin Cities PBS, the Minnesota Indian Affairs Council, the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, the Department of Natural Resources, the Minnesota Department of Health, the Science Museum of Minnesota, AMPERS, Camp Ripley, Women Veterans’ Initiative, Smithsonian Institution, Ka Joog, Hennepin County Library, Friends of the St. Paul Public Library, Saint Paul Almanac, The Loft Literary Center and a wide array of educational institutions from the University to Minnesota to St. Catherine University to the Roseville Public Schools and Minnehaha Academy – and everything in between.

The humanities are all around us and are at the essence of our humanity, but that does not mean they do not need support and advocacy. Supporters of the Humanities Center include foundations, individual donors, volunteers, state and federal legislators, program participants, partners and more. Human-powered humanities takes all of us.


Related News and Status


Status Reports / News 
Related PlanScape Status on: Arts & Culture, Diversity and Inclusion, TBD
February 18, 2020: Federal Reserve Bank quality education initiative

Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis invitation to support constitutional amendment to guarantee a quality education for all of our state's  children.  

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February 12, 2020: Collider Foundation

Microgrants to Help Support Entrepreneurial Activity

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January 30, 2020: Creating a 21st Century Community Space

 Community Response Resource Coalition formed to drive 21st Century Community Space. 

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January 24, 2020: America’s Community for Health Meeting News

 Meeting material from Jan. meeting:

Macro and micro expected outcomes of the project. 

First pass at co-designer listConvening Co-designers

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December 10, 2019: Journey to Growth Plan 5 Year Conclusion and Celebration

Per PB Reporting: "While the five-year timeline for the Journey to Growth initiative has wrapped up, the work of diversifying Southern Minnesota's economy continues."  


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December 08, 2019: Isaiah News

2019 Rochester ISAIAH Community Meetings and news. 

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November 05, 2019: Asian Pacific MN Complete Count 2020 Project

API Heritage Month Speech by Sia Her, Executive Director at MN State Council on Asian Pacific Minnesotans, at U of WI, Eau Claire -- May 2019 


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The work of this organization may have impacts on the following areas:


Lvl 1: Arts & Culture ; Diversity and Inclusion ; TBD

Lvl 2: Asian American and Pacific Islander ; Native American ; Latino

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  • For the commercial sector, we tend to register startup activities (new companies and new commercial projects) that bring diversification and high-impact opportunities to the area.
  • For the non-profit sector, we wish to shine light on all the organizations and services that otherwise labor under relative obscurity.
  • Our hope is that will encourage cross-sector collaborations and creative solutions.

While there are a number of registries in the community,'s  distinct value is to pilot a database with a data structure and categorizations that answer the questions such as: What organizations or projects/programs in our community that have purported relevance with some of the over-arching focuses put forward by initiatives such as DMC, J2G and Health Improvements?

This database could be used as one of the ways to explore the capacities of the community. If you are someone on an exploratory journey to learn about the greater Rochester community. could be an interesting first step.

The following defines the various project phases:
  1. Available - a product, program or service is in production
  2. Develop - program or application is being developed
  3. Plan - idea is solid, stakeholders are identified, and there is strong commitment to go forward from all parties.
  4. Concept Phase - idea scoped out with enough details to give an early sizing and/or to build a proof of concept
  5. Pre-concept Phase - an early idea or a requirement.
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