Invest In Arts & Humanities

The challenges we face require creative solutions. We are lucky in the 5th Congressional District to have many excellent artists, arts organizations and other vibrant leaders who demonstrate daily the value of art and culture to building healthy communities.

Foundational institutions like the Minneapolis Institute of Arts create world-class experiences that attract visitors from across the state, the Minneapolis St. Paul Airport hosts artists and art experiences that welcome travelers to Minnesota, organizations like Juxtaposition Arts and Stages Theater provide critical education programs for young people.

In every neighborhood of the district you will find creative people working across sectors and making their communities more vibrant and welcoming. There is no better example of public investment in culture than the Minnesota Legacy Amendment, which serves as a model for how to invest in quality of life and for how the arts contribute to talent attraction and innovation.

Vision and Policy Priorities

The arts have a unique ability to help us connect across differences, build important social capital, and tell the stories of our unique cultures and identities. I am proud to have allocated $400,000 to the Somali Museum of Arts during my time in the Minnesota Legislature. Everyone’s story has value and our cultural sector should represent the diverse cultures that make up our state.

In Congress I will preserve funding for the National Endowment for the Arts, National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Institute for Museums and Library Services.

Building systems that work for everyone requires new ways of thinking and artists and creative workers are important allies in helping us re-imagine and transform our criminal justice system, establishing economic justice and combating climate change.

I am grateful for the work of artists to help create shared experiences, reflect the strength of our diversity and to imagine new futures and I am committed to making sure that the 5th Congressional District is a place where creativity can thrive.