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Congresswoman Betty McCollum

Representing the 4th District of Minnesota

McCollum Recognizes Fourth District National Endowment for the Humanities Grant Recipients

January 14, 2020
Press Release

Congresswoman Betty McCollum (DFL-Minn.), Chair of the Interior-Environment Appropriations Subcommittee, released the following statement today to congratulate the Lower Phalen Creek Project and the Minnesota Humanities Center on receiving grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities:

“It is a pleasure to congratulate both the Lower Phalen Creek Project and the Minnesota Humanities Center on securing these grants from the National Endowment of the Humanities,” Rep. McCollum said. “These highly competitive grants support cultural institutions, projects and partnerships that represent the highest level of quality and public engagement in the humanities. Minnesota’s Fourth Congressional District has long been a leader in promoting arts and humanities. I am pleased that the federal government is able to partner with these organizations that contribute so much to our community.”

"Lower Phalen Creek Project is honored to have the support of the National Endowment for the Humanities in our work towards the development of Wakan Tipi Center; a cultural and environmental interpretive center that will serve as a national resource and model for the protections of our land, water, natural resources and sacred sites,” said Maggie Lorenz, Executive Director of the Wakan Tipi Center at the Lower Phalen Creek Project. “The center will be a bold and transformative place-based, Indigenous-led exhibit and gathering space for community to connect, re-connect and reclaim our relationships with nature and our sacred places, all in the heart of our urban landscape."

“The Minnesota Humanities Center is honored to receive a $350,000 challenge grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to preserve and repair our home, an architectural landmark on St. Paul’s East Side,” said Minnesota Humanities Center CEO Kevin Lindsey. “This building is an important community anchor and it provides a critical foundation for our statewide programs and work bringing people together to increase understanding and spark change. We’ve now raised just over $2.5 million of our $3.5 million goal to restore the building, and this generous award underscores the value recognized in our work at regional and national levels.”

Congresswoman McCollum led passage of the Fiscal Year 2020 Interior-Environment appropriations bill, which funded the National Endowment for the Humanities at $162.25 million – providing the Endowment with the largest funding increase in a decade.

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