Conservation Minnesota

Press Release: Twin Cities Public Television Receives Statewide Recognition For Effective Use Of Legacy Funds

CleanWaterLandandLegacySAINT PAUL (MINN.) – Conservation Minnesota and Minnesota Citizens for the Arts will recognize Twin Cities Public Television (TPT) on Tuesday for the impact the organization is having statewide utilizing funds provided by the Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment. TPT’s MN Original program is funded by a grant from the Arts and Culture Fund of the Legacy Amendment.

“TPT’s MN Original goes well beyond simply providing quality educational programming.  MN Original creates a high quality and permanent historical record of our astounding artists and arts community,” said Sheila Smith, Executive Director of the Minnesota Citizens for the Arts. “They are providing a very important and long lasting contribution in preserving a look at Minnesota’s artistic culture as it is today that will be a resource for years to come.”

In 2008, the voters of Minnesota overwhelmingly approved the Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment which added 3/8 of one percent to the state’s sales tax, and dedicated the revenue to projects that would help preserve the state’s arts and outdoors legacy.

Since the legacy amendment was voted into existence, Conservation Minnesota and Minnesota Citizens for the Arts have traveled around the state highlighting the places in the state where the funds are best being put to use to serve the intent of the amendment. Be it with cleaner lakes, expanded trails or public art or history projects, every resident of Minnesota has benefited from the program.

This year, in addition to recognizing a number of municipalities, the organizations have also chosen to single out TPT, the Three Rivers Park District, Ducks Unlimited, The Minnesota Land Trust and the Minnesota State Arts Board and its Regional Arts Councils for their exceptional work in utilizing Legacy funds for the betterment of the state.

“For the past few years, our organizations have been singling out communities that have done a good job of utilizing Legacy funds, and this year, we decided to include TPT and some other organizations as a nod to the tremendous work they are each doing,” said Paul Austin, Executive Director of Conservation Minnesota.

Neither Conservation Minnesota nor the Minnesota Citizens for the Arts receives any funding from the Legacy Amendment.

MORE INFO:  For more information on the recognition, or to set up an interview with Paul Austin and/or Sheila Smith, please contact Nate Dybvig, or 651.230.3018.

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