Fergus Falls

Our Fergus Falls location was launched in June 2011, in partnership with the Lake Region Arts Council. In addition to replicating and customizing Springboard’s resource programs for artists living in West Central Minnesota, our Fergus Falls office is a hub of thought and action about mobilizing artists as leaders in rural communities. Springboard’s work in the Fergus Falls area is supported by the McKnight Foundation, Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation, Mardag Foundation, Bush Foundation, Surdna Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts Our Town grant program, ArtPlace America and the Lake Region Arts Council.

Upcoming events:

Kirkbride Arts & History Weekend

The fourth annual Kirkbride Arts & History Weekend, a multidisciplinary arts event that explores the past and future of the Fergus Falls State Hospital, will take place September 16 & 17 at various locations throughout Fergus Falls, MN. Click here for more details.

Ongoing Programs:

Resource Center
Our resource center in Fergus Falls is a comfortable, inspiring place for the region’s artists and community leaders to interact about creative approaches to local community issues and challenges, and for individual artists to connect to the resources they need to do their best work, whether through career consultations, the use of free computer and wi-fi, discipline specific reading materials, meeting space, or special events and community conversations.

Artist Professional Development
We offer career counseling for individual artists at $45/hour. Limited scholarship funds are available to help cover the costs of these sessions. To learn more, click here.

Special Projects:

Hinge Arts at the Kirkbride

Hinge Arts is a community development and artist residency program which activates cultural programming at or related to the historic Fergus Falls State Hospital, or the “Kirkbride Building.” Launched in Spring 2015, Hinge Arts is intended to create opportunities where artists and community members gather to explore themes of transition, connection, and innovation inspired by the community’s 124 years of hosting a state mental institution.

The name “Hinge” is inspired by a belief that artists play a key role in connecting our past with our future. A deliberate response to the word “unhinged” as it relates to mental illness, activities may have a special focus of using art as a way to illuminate the many perspectives behind the history of mental health treatment as well as preservation and economic development in rural towns. Click here to read about our current resident artists.

Art4Health
Art4Health is a collaboration with PartnerSHIP 4 Health (PS4H), an organization made up of community and public health partners in Becker, Clay, Otter Tail and Wilkin counties in West Central Minnesota working to create an environment that supports health. Art4Health matches local professional artists to PartnerSHIP’s network of health and human service organizations to help them creatively address their priorities of supporting active living, healthy eating and tobacco cessation.

Rural Arts and Culture Summit
The Rural Arts and Culture Summit is a partnership between Springboard, the Center for Small Towns at the University of Minnesota, Morris, and the Forum of Regional Arts Councils of Minnesota. The next Rural Arts and Culture Summit will take place in June 2017.

Springboard for the Arts
201 West Lincoln Ave

Fergus Falls, MN 56537

Tel: 218-998-4037
URL: https://www.facebook.com/springboardartsLakeRegion

Staff
Michele Anderson
, Rural Program Director
Naomi Ramona Schliesman, Artist Development Coordinator
Rebecca Davis, Rural Program Assistant

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