A.P. Anderson Award

for Outstanding Contributions to Arts and Culture in Minnesota


The annual award is named for Dr. Alexander P. Anderson, who invented the process for creating Quaker Puffed Rice and Puffed Wheat cereals. An educator, botanist, writer and naturalist, Anderson built the Tower View Estate, which today is stewarded by the Anderson Center who operates the historic site as a hub to develop, foster and promote creative endeavors and the exchange of ideas.


A.P. Anderson Gala - June 20, 2024

Save the date for the evening of June, 20 for the 2024 A.P. Anderson Gala, an annual signature event for the Anderson Center at Tower View. Taking place outdoors on the Anderson Center’s Rooftop Deck, the Gala combines the A.P. Anderson Award ceremony program with a fundraising benefit for the venerable non-profit arts institution featuring a silent auction, wine raffle, live music, and a gourmet plated dinner.

2024 A.P. Anderson Awardee

Daniel Bergin

Head shot of a bald, light-skinned black man wearing a gray dress shirt.

The Anderson Center at Tower View in Red Wing, Minnesota, will honor producer and documentary filmmaker Daniel Bergin with the 2024 A.P. Anderson Award for significant contributions to the cultural and artistic life of Minnesota during a public ceremony on Thursday, June 20, 2024 at 5:30 p.m.

“The stories we tell about our communities shape a shared identity and define the limits of what is considered possible,” says Stephanie Rogers, Executive and Artistic Director of the Anderson Center. “Daniel Bergin has done a phenomenal job telling stories that have been erased or excluded from the broader narrative about what and who Minnesotans are. In doing so, his work has re-shaped public conversations and outlined new paths forward for us as a state and a society.”

“Anderson Center believes that arts and culture have an important role to play in society, and Bergin’s work exemplifies that idea,” she continues. “Through leadership, collaboration, empathy, and integrity he’s built a team and a network of researchers and community members that brings important, often overlooked stories to broad audiences around the state.”

Daniel Bergin is the Executive Producer for Twin Cities Public Television, where he creates media that explores diversity, history and community through restorative storytelling. Bergin is a member of the Upper Midwest Emmy Silver Circle, which recognizes individuals who have made a significant contribution to television well above what is required for their job. He received the Alumni of Notable Achievement Award from the College of Liberal Arts at the University of Minnesota, and in 2022 was named to Pollen Midwest’s 50 Over 50 list, which recognizes Minnesotans who have made significant achievements and contributions in their communities.

“Minnesota’s great multidisciplinary media artist Gordon Parks called out his camera as a healthy, creative ‘choice of weapons’ to combat the ills of our society,” Bergin says.  “As a follower of Parks, I too hope that my media has lifted up our diverse, shared humanity, which itself pushes back into the shadows those things that hold us back like hate and ignorance.”

Bergin was born and raised in South Minneapolis. He has worked for TPT for more than 30 years, beginning as a production assistant shortly after graduating from the University of Minnesota. He has produced many impactful projects that share Minnesota’s history, including Jim Crow of the North, Out North, North Star: Minnesota’s Black Pioneers, and Flour Power. Bergin was first recognized by the National Association of National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences when he won the NATAS college PSA competition, foreshadowing his work in media that matters. Since then, he has won 14 Regional Emmy awards. In the 1990s, Bergin co-produced the groundbreaking Don’t Believe the Hype, TPT’s award winning youth media program.

Daniel Bergin’s narrative films have screened at the American Film Institute, KQED San Francisco’s Living Room Film Festival, the Martha’s Vineyard African American Film Festival, The Minneapolis-St. Paul International Film Festival, The Chicago International Children’s Film Festival, and the Hollywood Black Film Festival.

In addition to extensive work for TPT, Bergin has created independent films. He is active in service to the broader community and has supported numerous community media and arts organizations as a board member.

Past recipients include last year’s recipient, composer, educator, and musician Nirmala Rajasekar, author Kao Kalia Yang, choreographer/scholar Ananya Chatterjea, musician Butch Thompson, actor/director Lou Bellamy, sculptor/architect Siah Armajani, poets Robert Bly & William Duffy, sculptor Judy Onofrio, author Louise Erdrich, and storyteller Kevin Kling.

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AP Anderson Award 2018
Judy Onofrio

Award Recipients

2023 Nirmala Rajasekar

2022 Kao Kalia Yang

2021 Ananya Chatterjea

2019 Mary Ann Grossmann

2018 Judy Onofrio

2017 Lou Bellamy

2016 Cynthia Gehrig

2015 Butch Thompson

2014 Kate DiCamillo

2013 Louise Erdrich

2012 Larry Yazzie

2011 Lawrence Redmond and
Sheila Smith

2010 Emilie Buchwald

2009 Kevin Kling

2008 Jim Brandenburg

2007 Warren MacKenzie

2006 Lise Houlton

2005 Phillip Brunelle

2004 Betsy Bowen

2003 Patricia Hampl

2002 Siah Armajani

2001 Libby Larsen

2000 Joe Dowling

1999 Robert Bly and
William Duffy