In 2008, Minnesota 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. With these funds, KUMD has been able to provide more cultural and artistic programming to the people of Northeastern Minnesota.
The following programs and local event coverage have been made possible by the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund:
Radio Gallery // Wednesday 4pm & Friday 7:45am
A weekly 5 minute program featuring MN Artists and their work. Radio Gallery offers insight and perspectives on MN artists. Samples of their work will be displayed on the KUMD and PRX websites.
Community Conversations // 1st Monday of the month
A monthly 30 minute program on local issues. Three local experts discuss various cultural issues and offer ideas for solutions and local and regional concerns.
MN Reads // Thursday 8:20am
A weekly 5 minute program featuring MN authors. The program host will interview a MN author or publisher and feature the book on the KUMD and PRX websites
Women's History Month // Weekdays in March
Twenty-two, 60 second biographies featuring MN women who have made a significant difference in their community.
Ojibwe Stories // 3rd Monday of the month
A monthly 30 minute program featuring American Indian guest who will share historical and cultural stories. The program will offer both Ojibwe and English languages.
Radio Theatre // Friday at 8:00am
A weekly program with a wide array of guests, spotlighting the rich community of local and community theater in Duluth.
Arts & Cultural Events // Dependent on Event
KUMD will feature live interviews of participating artists. Events include Homegrown Music Festival, North by North Arts Festival, Duluth Film Festival, Park Point Arts Festival and the Glensheen Festival of Fine Art & Craft.