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:
(poetry) // bi-weekly
This bi-weekly feature on KUMD's Northland Morning celebrates the other languages that make up the rich cultural landscape of our Northland through the medium that communicates it best: poetry. We'll invite guests to share a poem in their native language, and find out what it is about the poem or the poet that speaks to them. Explore different cultures through the nuance of their native languages - but get a little help in the form of an English translation along the way!
MN Reads // Thursday 8:20am
A weekly 5-minute program featuring MN authors produced in partnership with The Minnesota Historical Society and The University of Minnesota Press. MN Reads shares the work of Minnesota authors. These books often focus on Minnesota-centric topics, culture, history, settings and experiences. MN reads offers state-wide connections with a broad geographical range of author roots, topics and inspirations.
Journey to Wellness // Monday 8:00am
A 10-minute bi-weekly program on Native American Community Health in MN in partnership with the UMD Medical School, Center of American Indian and Minority Health. The program will feature interviews with medical and health researchers, professors and doctors plus native people active in Native American health today.
In the Spirit of Medicine // Monday 8:00am
"In the Spirit of Medicine" features the essays of Dr. Arne Vainio, an enrolled member of the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe and a family practice doctor on the Fond Du Lac reservation in Cloquet. His essays on life, work, medicine and spirit bring a wealth of expertise, life experience and healthy perspectives to our everyday lives.
Live from Studio A // Friday afternoons plus additional days
A live 30-minute interview and performance program with MN musicians and bands. Artists share their story and perform "Live from Studio A" at KUMD. "Live From Studio A" talent is often independent and emerging musicians or MN artists from genres underrepresented in commercial radio play.
Arts & Cultural Events // Dependent on event
KUMD will feature live interviews of participating artists. Events include Duluth Dylan Fest, Bayfront Park Concerts and Festivals, Homegrown Music Festival, Lake Superior Harvest Festival, Park Point Art Fair, John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon and more. Part of KUMD's coverage of Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage events includes coverage of the John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon. We provide race reports as well as primers on how to enjoy the race and all things Beargrease related.
Duluth Homegrown Music Festival Coverage // April 28-May 5 2019
KUMD will provide 8 days of coverage of Duluth's largest local music festival. We will document and share the enormous spectrum of Minnesota music that happens in Duluth's largest and premier annual music event. KUMD coverage will bring the Duluth Homegrown Music Festival with the Northland, greater MN and beyond through photos, blog stories, video, live broadcast recordings and event schedule information all featured on our airwaves, website and social media platforms
The Local // Wednesday, 5-7pm
A weekly two-hour program showcasing Minnesota music with an emphasis on musicians from Duluth and the surrounding area. The show will include some interviews and live performances, an events calendar, and hosts will create web and social media content surrounding local music.