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August 10, 2016 – Press Release

From Galleries to Bike Racks, Creative Exchange Shares New Toolkits From Leading Arts Organizations
New shareable resources for creative projects by arts organizations from across U.S.

Saint Paul, MN (August 2016) – Dedicated to helping communities mobilize the powerful, creative force of artists to solve local challenges, Creative Exchange is a national hub for sharing proven ideas and success stories around artists building stronger neighborhoods and communities. Today, Creative Exchange adds 5 new toolkits to the library of free resources.

These toolkits are the end product of a year-long pilot called Leading Organizations, which partnered with the Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council, Macon Arts Alliance of Macon, GA, Metro Arts in Nashville, TN, Movimiento de Arte y Cultura Latino Americana in San Jose, CA, and Springboard for the Arts, Creative Exchange’s parent organization in Saint Paul, MN to develop new resources from key programs and publish stories from their communities. See all the toolkits here.

August 3, 2016 – Call for Artists

Call for artists with an interest in the Kirkbride Building, historic preservation, mental health and public space: We are currently seeking proposals for artist engagement projects that take place at Kirkbride Park in Fergus Falls during the Kirkbride Arts and History Weekend, Saturday, September 17th. Up to $1000 is available per project. Deadline to propose your idea is August 17. More information here.

August 2, 2016

Springboard for the Arts Rural Program Director Michele Anderson has been named one of Fergus Falls’ 30 Under 40 by the Fergus Falls Daily Journal! Read the whole issue here.
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July 28, 2016

Springboard for the Arts’ new office in Fergus Falls is covered by the Fergus Falls Daily Journal:

After a more-than-two-month remodel, the rural branch of a Twin Cities organization has a spacious new spot to accommodate their continued work in the area.

On Wednesday afternoon, an array of community members welcomed the Springboard for the Arts Lake Region branch to the Benson Building in downtown Fergus Falls.

July 19, 2016 – Call for Artists

Springboard for the Arts and the Citizens League are partnering to address issues of aging through the lens of home and community. We are seeking 4 artists/teams for $5000 project commissions! Info session 8/9, deadline 8/22, address questions to Peter Haakon Thompson at

View & download the RFQ as a PDF here:

Download the RFQ as a Word Doc here:

June 30, 2016

Over the last 20 years, Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) has become a popular way for consumers to buy seasonal food directly from local farms. With the same buy-local spirit in mind, Community Supported Art is a similar endeavor to support local art, artists and collectors. It’s been replicated in over fifty cities in North America over the past five years.Fergus Falls is launching its first local CSA program is modeled on the Community Supported Art project created by Springboard for the Arts and in Minnesota. This project is a partnership between the Kaddatz Gallery and Springboard for the Arts Lake Region. Get your shares here.

June 24, 2016

The Work of Art toolkit is featured in Business Journals: 5 tips for making a living (and a life) in the arts.

What you want to get out of your career and how satisfied you feel will depend a lot on how you frame and understand success. Don’t let yourself be caught in the frame of a “starving artist,” a view that limits the satisfaction and terms of your success to how much you starve.

June 8, 2016

Creative Exchange’s toolkits for artist-led community projects are highlighted in ArtsHacker: Your Guide To Great Community Project Guides.

One of the more impressive efforts at placemaking I have come across, Irrigate, is also included. In partnership with the City of St. Paul and the Twin Cities Local Initiatives Support Corporation, Springboard for the Arts mobilized 600 local artists in 150 projects to mitigate the impact of a light rail construction project. If ever you have driven by an infrastructure construction site and felt pity for the people whose businesses and residences are suffering from the lack of convenient access, this toolkit will help you help them.

May 20, 2016

Fast Company wrote a piece on Creative Exchange! Check it out at Co.Exist: These Toolkits For Artists Teach How To Build Community Through Art .

“We wanted to give people the tools to make things happen in their community more quickly and give people an outlet to share ideas,” says Zabel. “People are taking ideas and replicating them, or adapting them and changing them.”

May 10, 2016

Sponsored content on Hyperallergic: Creative Exchange Mobilizes Artists to Solve Local Challenges with Stories and Free Toolkits.

To celebrate two years of the platform, Creative Exchange has gathered 46 features into a collection, Field Notes from Creative Exchange. These stories highlight the impact and power of artists in shaping social change movements, reimagining what is possible in our economy and creating new narratives of community power, and are a snapshot and practical teaching resource around community-engaged art.

April 29, 2016

More highlights from Work of Art, this time at Young Upstarts: 5 Ways Artists Can Work Like Entrepreneurs.

“How am I going to make a creative living and a life?” That question can be daunting for artists, writers, performers and musicians at all stages in their careers, whether just starting out fresh, mid-career, or choosing to focus on artistic work full time after a lifetime of balancing it with other jobs. It can feel like a big void of unknowns, with an inner monologue of uncertainty that says, “I make art, then… something happens… and then I make art for a living.”

February 29, 2016

Musicians using Work of Art get a feature in Music Connection Tip Jar: 8 Ways Musicians Can Work Like an Entrepreneur

Make the most of the day: American painter Chuck Close once said, “Amateurs look for inspiration; the rest of us just get up and go to work.” You can’t make a living as a musician if you’re not making music, so you have to make the time to do the work. There are exercises for you to better get a handle on your time, like taking a time audit of your day to find when you are the most productive and least productive, and structuring your goals as time-sensitive tasks to make the most of the 24 hours you have each day to get to work.

February 10, 2016

Executive Director Laura Zabel is featured in CREATIVZ.US, a new publication from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Center for Cultural Innovation, writing that What Artists Actually Need is an Economy That Works For Everyone.

“I think that artists and those who care about them have a greater chance of creating lasting change if we work in solidarity with others trying to change the broken systems that disadvantage all of us. In survey after survey, artists say what they need is income, health care, reliable housing. You know who else needs those things? Everybody. What if we could actually change how our larger economy works so that the need for artist-specific solutions became unnecessary?”

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February 8, 2016

Executive Director Laura Zabel has a featured article in the Stanford Social Innovation Review, writing about Creating a Sharing Economy that Actually Shares.

“Nonprofits have an opportunity now to repurpose the phrase “sharing economy” to mean what it should: shared resources and shared ownership. We should take that opportunity; in fact we should lead the way to a real “sharing economy.””


February 4, 2016

Work of Art is featured in a sponsored post in Hyperallergic titled Learn How to Make a Living as an Artist with Springboard for the Arts’ Free Toolkit.


January 30, 2016

Director of Movement Building Carl Atiya Swanson went on AM950’s Health Connections show to talk about all things Springboard for an hour-long broadcast.


January 27, 2016

Executive Director Laura Zabel blogs for the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy that Place-Based Philanthropy Is People-Powered.

“Effective place-based change needs to be rooted in broad and diverse citizen power. Every community needs a steady supply of leaders, artists and innovators with the capacity, agency and skills to have a positive impact – not just a chosen few. To contribute to long-term impact and equity, we need to look beyond, or behind, the usual suspects and leaders. Nonprofits and foundations need to work in a hyper-local way to help build and recognize leadership that is truly from and of the communities we hope to serve.”

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January 18, 2016

Work of Art tips were featured in Metro Magazine and distributed via publications in New York, Boston and Philadelphia, in an article Why artists need to be entrepreneurs.

“It’s not enough for artists to bank on creativity alone – they need business skills to turn their craft into a sustainable career. Struggling artists who can’t afford an MBA can now learn the ins and outs of finance, marketing, taxes and more through a free online resource called Work of Art.”

December 24, 2015

Highlights of Work of Art were featured in in discipline-specific publications:


PHOTO DISTRICT NEWS – Free Toolkit and Video Series Provide Business Education for Artists

THE DANCE ENTHUSIAST – Free WORK OF ART Program Designed to Help Dancers Build Entrepreneurial Skills

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December 18, 2015

Executive Director Laura Zabel was interviewed for Forbes for a feature on Work of Art and artists as entrepreneurs titled, How Entrepreneurship Can Save The Starving Artist.

“I think there are a lot of skills that artists have that lend themselves naturally to being entrepreneurial: artists already have a DIY ethic about their work, they’re used to wearing a lot of hats and they understand a lot intuitively about engaging clients and audiences, about collaboration and iteration.”


December 16, 2015

Executive Director Laura Zabel’s feature for the Guardian Culture Professionals Network took second place on the year-end top 10 stories list: “One of the network’s most read pieces of the year was Laura Zabel’s feature on the ways in which artists and communities can pull together to solve critical challenges around income inequality, unemployment, education and healthcare. “Any of these challenges could use an artist’s mind,” she wrote. “Artists can illuminate truth, offer transcendent experience in a far too literal world, challenge us to feel, and connect us to our common humanity.””

December 14, 2015

CreativeBloQ published “5 steps to a successful creative career” based on the Work of Art: Business Skills for Artists release: “As a new business toolkit and video series for creatives is launched, we grab 5 top tips from the founder of Creative Exchange. While there are plenty of books to buy and workshops to pay for, one organisation is filling the gap by launching a completely free, 14-part program and video series aimed at helping creatives and artists build the entrepreneurial skills needed to make a living and a life in their field.”

Work of Art: Business Skills for Artists also mentioned in Music Connection!

And featured in MinnPost: “Honestly, if you’re a working artist or want to be, it’s silly not to take advantage of this expert free help, or at least take a look.”

December 14, 2015 – Press Release


From mastering marketing and social media to developing a business plan, WORK OF ART reveals how to making a living and a life in the arts

St. Paul, MN (December 14, 2015) – Recognizing that millions of Americans have the talent to create extraordinary art, but are held back by a lack of skills and training to make a living and a life in the arts, Creative Exchange today debuts WORK OF ART, a free, inspiring, and practical guide and video series for planning, launching, and running a successful artistic business. See the full release here.

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November 29, 2015

Artist Community Organizer Jun-Li Wang and Springboard for the Arts board member Noel Nix, Assistant to Ramsey County Commissioner Toni Carter, talked about Roots of Rondo: Black Artists Rising. This project will engage black artists in and from the Rondo community to create collaborative artistic projects that highlight the present, past and future of Rondo over the summer of 2016. Listen here.

November 24, 2015

Springboard for the Arts is mentioned in the Star Tribune in an article about transit for Livable Communities’ certification of local nonprofits seeking transit alternatives, titled ‘Transit advocacy group is certifying groups going transportation-friendly.’

November 24, 2015

Executive Director Laura Zabel joins host Steve Boland of Next In Nonprofits to talk about the origins of engaging artists in community development, the value of impermanent art, “more is more” in fiscal sponsorship, sharing business tools to get to scale and so much more. Listen to the full interview here.

November 18, 2015

Springboard for the Arts is pleased to announce a new initiative, Roots of Rondo: Black Artists Rising. Roots of Rondo: Black Artists Rising will engage black artists in and from the Rondo community to create collaborative artistic projects that highlight the present, past and future of Rondo over the summer of 2016. This work is funded through a $30,000 grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, a $20,000 grant from the F. R. Bigelow Foundation and a $10,000 grant from The Saint Paul Foundation. See he press release here.

What: Roots of Rondo: Black Artists Rising, to create collaborative artistic projects that highlight the present, past and future of Rondo.
Who: Black artists in and from the Rondo community, with workshops and facilitation by Springboard for the Arts and community partners
When: Free creative placemaking and collaboration workshops on December 12, January 23, 2016 and February 20, 2016, projects to come in the summer of 2016
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November 8, 2015

Springboard for the Arts is featured in a Minnesota Monthly article “Give MN: Ignite Generosity and Grow Giving“. Give to the Max Day is November 12!

“For Springboard for the Arts—an economic and community development organization with a mission to cultivate vibrant communities by connecting artists with the skills, information, and services they need to make a living and a life—GiveMN has provided a greater platform to share content and accept donations. “It’s made online giving a lot more streamlined than the old days of tracking giving through a PayPal account,” says Carl Atiya Swanson, director of movement building, Springboard for the Arts. “More importantly for the creative life of the state, GiveMN has opened up a whole new way for us to support the small, artist-run projects that are part of our Incubator Fiscal Sponsorship Program.””

November 4, 2015

Executive Director Laura Zabel reflects on artist Dianne E’Laine and her “Light Rails Shuffle” Irrigate Project for the “What Artists Inspire Social Change?” series from the Art of Change project from the Ford Foundation.

Art of Change: What artist inspires social change? – Laura Zabel on artists working in their own neighborhoods from Ford Foundation on Vimeo.

September 8, 2015

The Leading Organizations Pilot is featured on 90.5 WESA in Pittsburgh with a piece “Arts Council Selected To Join National Cultural Think Talk“: “Mitch Swain, CEO of the arts council, said he believes art can creatively address the local economic, social and cultural challenges facing these communities.

“Artists are often times the first people to walk into a blighted neighborhood and be willing to take over a store front or a building and do 24/7 construction for weeks and months,” he said. “(They) make something interesting and all of a sudden people start to come into those neighborhoods.”

The more art revitalizes neighborhoods, he said, the more people start to flock to them.”

September 2, 2015

Hinge Arts artists Haley Honeman and Karla Hernando are featured in the Fergus Falls Daily Journal in an article, “Interactive performance art featured downtown“: “The project, “Healings, Integrations, Illuminations,” investigates questions about the ways people seek healing, integrate changes into their lives, and illuminate others with wisdom. Included in the art works are collage, digital storytelling, origami paper folding, bottles, Chinese lamps and commissions from local artists of various media.”

August 25, 2015

Creating Community,’ a panel co-presented by Creative Exchange and The Line is featured in The Line: “When it comes to networking, collaboration and creating community, “it’s always good to look for the adjacent possible,” [Director of Movement Building Carl Atiya Swanson] explains. “In other words, if all of your friends, colleagues and collaborators are in the same sector, or field or art form, then you never experience the trepidation and creative thrill that comes from getting out of your comfort zone. And you may never discover what or who you’re truly looking for in order to innovate or launch that next, ground-breaking project.””

August 20, 2015

Creative Exchange features Community Supported Art with an article ““Look, these people are making art here”: How Community Supported Art thrives in Lincoln, Nebraska“: “Besides introducing shareholders to artists, the council has learned the value of bringing the artists together in person. That idea grew out of the need to support artists as they take on the major work of not only creating an original piece, but reproducing it up to 50 times — one for each share. For newer artists, the council realized, that task can be daunting.
To solve the problem, they organized an artist get-together after the lineup was announced. It gave the artists a chance to get to know each other and share what they were creating.”

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July 30, 2015

Creative Exchange announces the launch of the Leading Organizations Pilot, partnering with arts organizations across the country yo produce toolkits and stories about innovative arts programming and partnership. The Leading Organizations include the Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council, Macon Arts Alliance of Macon, GA, Metro Arts in Nashville, TN, Movimiento de Arte y Cultura Latino Americana in San Jose, CA, and Springboard for the Arts, Creative Exchange’s parent organization in Saint Paul, MN.

“We are incredibly excited to be working with this group of organizations. Similar to the sharing economy for goods and services, we believe that both organizations and the communities they serve can be strengthened by the sharing of knowledge, expertise, and resources,” says Springboard for the Arts Executive Director Laura Zabel. “These are organizations supporting artists in their communities, creating new opportunities and acting as bridges and connection points in broader community conversations. They believe, as we do, that artists are a creative force in each neighborhood, and can help us step up and creatively face the challenges of our times.”


July 28, 2015

Dates are set for the 3rd Annual Kirkbride Arts & History Weekend – join us in Fergus Falls, September 17-20, 2015! This year’s event will feature more than 15 local and national artists that have participated in Springboard’s Hinge Arts Residency program, where they live on the Kirkbride campus in former nurse’s dormitories and create a variety of community engagement projects related to the Kirkbride Building. Many of the projects will explore the stigma behind mental illness and social equity issues, while others highlight the building’s architecture and design, or open up dialogue about community transition. Other community partners will present programs honoring the history of the State Hospital.

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July 23, 2015

Community Supported Art in Appleton, WI, is featured by the Post-Crescent in an article “CSA program distributes art, not veggies“: ““It enables the community to tell their story, and it gives people a way to connect to local art,” [Director of Movement Building Carl Atiya] Swanson said. “Having a program like this helps bring people together. You find not only artists, but like-minded people.””


July 22, 2015

Rural Program Director Michele Anderson is quoted in the Star Tribune on the change of developers on the Kirkbride building in Fergus Falls: ““It’s really upsetting news that we have to start over again. But the clock is ticking on that grant money and that might also be a reason the council felt they needed to cut ties now,” said Michele Anderson, rural program director for the Springboard for the Arts, who was also a member of the project’s advisory committee.”

June30, 2015

The Hinge Arts Artist Residency in Fergus Falls continues to host artists, notes this article “Kirkbride program to feature another 12 artists“: “Two visiting artists reside in Fergus Falls at a time, living on the Kirkbride campus in newly renovated apartment buildings owned by local developer, the Campus Development Group. The apartments are located in a former male nurse’s dormitory directly adjacent to the main Kirkbride building. Artists’ length of residencies varies from two weeks to 12 weeks. Artists will receive project support funds to produce community engagement projects focused around the Hinge Artist themes of innovation, transition and connection.”

June 24, 2015

Rural Program Director Michele Anderson was honored at the June 24th Nonprofit Leadership Conference with the Catalytic Leader Award. From the Fergus Falls Daily Journal: “The work Springboard for the Arts has been doing in Fergus Falls the past four years has already made a big impact on the community, and now it is being recognized at the state level.

Michele Anderson, the rural program director at the Fergus Falls Springboard for the Arts, received the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits Catalytic Leader Award at the Nonprofit Leadership Conference June 24.

The award is designed to recognize emerging leaders in Minnesota nonprofit organizations who are effective leaders and have helped move their organizations forward.”

A few of Springboard for the Arts' staff members from Fergus Falls and St. Paul join Michele Anderson as she receives her award. Pictured from left to right are Dan Olson, Naomi Schliesman, Michele Anderson, Carl Atiya Swanson and Molly Chase.

June 11, 2015

Bmore Art from Baltimore, featured Irrigate and Creative Exchange in an article “How Arts Build Community“: “In 2011, the City of St. Paul, Minnesota began building a Light Rail Transit Line in the center of the city. Despite the welcome benefits of the eventual public transportation, the area could expect at least three years of construction noise, dust, and inconvenience, which would harm local businesses and create a cultural desert. After conducting research on similar ‘community challenges’ in other cities, noting that the traditional ways of addressing such problems like community meetings, town halls, and marketing consultants, did not work, the City of Saint Paul turned to … wait for it … no really … the art community to solve their economic problems.

And… IT WORKED! This is not The Onion. I swear to you that this is all true.”


June 6, 2015

The Inquisitr featured Community Supported Art in an article “CSA Becomes More Creative – Crates Of Locally-Made Art Now Delivered To Subscribers“: “Because CSA truly helps one part of local communities, it has catalyzed in helping another part: art. As a result, the CSA movement has now extended to local artists able to sell their works to those who want something original without having to go through the expensive middleman of a gallery or museum.”


June 6, 2015

The Rural Arts & Culture Summit was featured in the Morris Sun Tribune’s article “Using art to improve the rural economy, narrative“: “”I really believe the stories that we tell ourselves and each other about the places we live and their potential and possibility are maybe the most important thing we can do,” said Laura Zabel, executive director of Springboard for the Arts, in her opening welcome to the conference on Wednesday morning. “Economic prosperity, opportunity and equity all depend on our ability to ensure that narrative of culture-bearers and long-time residents are not lost. That narratives of new Americans and transplants are heard, and that new stories are told … art gives us a place to start,” Zabel continued.”

June 3, 2015

Quartz features Community Supported Art with an article, “Forget kale—CSAs across America are delivering crates of locally-made art“: “The community-supported model also upends the traditional notion of the loner artist genius working in a studio and detached from the rest of the world. “Fundamentally, the vast majority of artists make work because they want to communicate with people,” says Zabel. “But the challenge is that there are not a lot of clear mechanisms to make that happen.” Art CSAs in effect function like matchmakers.”

June 2, 2015

Creative Exchange features Rising Vibrancy, an Irrigate replication in the Waterloo neighborhood of Cleveland, “How artists helped keep 33 businesses in a Cleveland neighborhood open through construction chaos“: “Projects like Rising Vibrancy continue to demonstrate how much the arts can do, even in small-scale, fairly low-cost collaborations. Of the 52 projects, 47 of them plan to continue even without ongoing funding. Every merchant who participated in the program made it through the construction without having to close up shop. And even a relatively modest $2,270 per project has changed the look and character of the street and increased visits to the Waterloo Arts & Entertainment District.”

May 26, 2015

Hinge Arts resident artist, composer Timothy Takach, is featured in the Fergus Falls Daily Journal on his new composition about the 1919 tornado in Fergus Falls: “He described the end result as something between a folk song, church hymn and a folk-rock pop song. Takach intends to create several versions of the song such as one for voice and guitar, a cappella groups and choirs.”

May 25, 2015

Director of Movement Building Carl Atiya Swanson is featured on as part of the Superscript Reader, speculating on the future of arts journalism: “But there will be much more than that. Interpreters of multiple disciplines, personal story-tellers, strong voices with local opinions acknowledging that art doesn’t just happen on the coasts, people who can translate across mediums, podcasters who narrate gallery exhibitions, guerrilla live-video streaming events, all of this will happen, continue to happen, be made possible by technology that doesn’t exist yet.”

May 20, 2015

Executive Director laura Zabel is features in Ravishly, as part of their regular series Ladies We Love: “I’ve been with Springboard 10 years this year, and I’ve learned a lot. We’ve been through this huge period of growth and change. We’ve grown from a local to national organization. Part of the advice I just mentioned for artists is part of what I’ve learned — talking to other people, reaching into other sectors, building partnerships, and understanding what other people care about — and then it’s about figuring out how to do something. I always say: “Love something, do something.””


May 5, 2015

Hinge Arts resident artist Chandra Glaeseman is featured in the Fergus Falls Daily Journal for her project, the Museum of the Marginalized: “This project has been a catalyst for me falling in love with Fergus Falls,” said Glaeseman, who lived near Fergus Falls for the first time in her life for her artist residency. “This is my love poem to the community.”Chris Schuelke, Otter Tail County Historical Society director, agreed that this exhibit is a great opportunity to give artists exposure when they normally wouldn’t have any.

April 9, 2015

PlaceBase Productions is featured in Governing for their work, including the partnership with Springboard for the Arts in Fergus Falls for the Kirkbride Arts & History Weekend in September 2014: “In addition to galvanizing the town around the issue of preserving the hospital, the Fergus Falls play even inspired one local man to seek public office. Rod Spidahl was cast as town father James Fergus, who had given the initial money to open the hospital in 1890. Spidahl says that being in a play had always been “on my bucket list,” but participating in the play turned out to be an inspiration. Spidahl’s own council representative favored demolishing the structure; Spidahl decided to run against him and won.” theater-play

April 7, 2015

Legal Programs Manager Sarah Howes is Editor-in-Cheif of Cybaris, a legal journal dealing with intellectual property, and the newest edition released deals with artist’s protections.

April 4, 2015

Artists Chandra Glaesman and Nik Nerburn are featured in a Valley News Live broadcast report on the first artist of the Hinge Arts residency.

March 31, 2015

Rural Program Director Michel Anderson is quoted in the Fargo Forum and Fergus Falls Journal in an article about the new apartments on the Kirkbride campus, including mention of the Hinge Arts Artist Residency and artists on site: “These artists are going to come into town and see how much the community cares about the building.”

March 31, 2015

The Gard Foundation an releases audio interview with Executive Director Laura Zabel, winner of the Award of Excellence in 2014.

March 31, 2015

Springboard for the Arts is mentioned in a Star Tribune feature on musician Venus de Mars, releasing her first record since her successful challenge to the Minnesota Department of Revenue. If you are facing tax issues, be in touch.

March 30, 2015

Springboard for the Arts Artist Organizer Jun-Li Wang was selected as a winner of the Knight Cities Challenge for two of her ideas about improving welcome and access to Saint Paul, Rolling Out the Warm Welcome Hat, and MN Nice Breakers. Read about it in the Saint Paul Pioneer Press. welcome-hat-640_1.jpg.640x360_q85_crop

March 19, 2015

The University of Minnesota Carlson School of Management featured a blog post about the Artists’ Access to Healthcare program, looking back on past winners of the Minnesota Cup: “Winning the MN Cup in 2010 was a mark that this form of partnership-building, barrier-lowering, resource-sharing community work was valuable not only to the stakeholders we had engaged, but also as a model for other organizations to follow.” Print

March 12, 2015

Springboard for the Arts – Lake Region office in Fergus Falls dominates the local news cycle with the announcement of the first artists in the Hinge Arts Artist Residency and revitalization of the Kirkbride Building. Inforum – Kirkbride Redevelopment Efforts in Fergus Falls Gain New Life Fergus Falls Journal – Artist Giving a Voice to the Voiceless Fergus Falls Journal – What Does the Artist Program Mean To Fergus Falls? Fergus Falls Journal – Thinking in Pictures: Artist in Residency Chandra Glaesman is a Nomadic Creator

March 11, 2015

Nikki Hunt, Program Director – Health blogs for Health Smarts, the UCare blog, with a post titled ‘If you know someone who needs health care or health insurance, give yourself permission to help make a difference’: “You don’t have to be a health expert; you simply have to connect with the people who are.”

March 10, 2015

Springboard for the Arts Executive Director Laura Zabel and Director of Movement Building Carl Atiya Swanson pen an op-ed for Creative Exchange, Valuing Artists, in all Senses of the Word: “You may have read that the rise of the creative entrepreneur is leading to the death of the artist. That’s not our experience. We’ve had the pleasure of meeting and working with people in communities all across the United States, and there are artists everywhere. There are artists who call themselves artists, artists who haven’t yet claimed that word, artists creating work in studios, artists who are making their blocks feel like home and artists who are taking on the most critical issues of our time. Artists are everywhere, in every community, on every street and their work is more relevant than ever.” Print

March 3, 2015

Executive Director Laura Zabel is cited and linked in an article on The Rockefeller Foundation’s 100 Resilient Cites initiative blog: “Creative placemaking practitioners use artistic interventions to bring new perspectives (beyond just aesthetics) to communities, sparking vitality and creating an environment conducive to new ideas, creativity, and social engagement.” Screen Shot 2015-03-19 at 4.00.19 PM

February 16, 2015 – Press Release

2015 Rural Arts and Culture Summit Opens Registration and Announces Keynote Speaker June 2-4 Summit to feature Theresa Secord, founder of the Maine Indian Basketweaver’s Association and winner of Creativity in Rural Life award Morris, MN — The 2015 Rural Arts and Culture Summit will take place Tuesday, June 2 through Thursday, June 4, 2015. This year’s theme, “From the Ground Up: Cultivating Creative People and Places” will highlight the important role of art and culture in shaping the rural narrative. The Summit will explore models that support individual artists and their careers, communities that incorporate arts and culture into their development strategies, and cross-sector partnerships that help communities tap into their cultural assets as they address major challenges or opportunities. The Summit is a partnership between the Center for Small Towns, Springboard for the Arts, and the Forum of Regional Arts Councils of Minnesota. Read more… Theresa-website-slide-copy1-960x300_c

February 16, 2015

Springboard for the Arts will participate in The Fergus Falls Business Summit, March 18, 2015, notes the Fergus Falls Journal: The luncheon speakers will be Peggy Kennedy, president of M State, Michele Anderson, with Springboard for the Arts, and Larry Schulz, CEO of Lake Region Healthcare. An issue facing many businesses is the attraction and retention of good employees, in the midst of an overall workforce shortage.

February 12, 2015

Springboard for the Arts Executive Director Laura Zabel publishes an article in The Guardian “Six creative ways artists can improve communities“: This movement isn’t about positioning artists as special outsiders who parachute in with easy fixes, but as neighbours who are one part of a whole set of things a community can do to be healthy. Nor is this movement about artists volunteering their skills, or being asked to contribute their skills “for exposure” – rather, it’s about artists who are justly compensated for their work and skills. 8ea2d66f-8081-497d-a623-dadb5cd22d4e-620x372

January 6, 2015 – Press Release

Springboard for the Arts & James J. Hill Center Host Flourish! Resource Fair Friday, January 23 Free Fair to Connect to Artists & Creative Entrepreneurs to Resources to Make a Living and a Life Saint Paul, MN – Springboard for the Arts and the James J. Hill Center will host the inaugural Flourish! Resource Fair on Friday, January 23, 2015. This free event will bring some of the Twin Cities’ most vital resources for artists and creative entrepreneurs together for an afternoon of knowledge sharing and connections. Read more… Flourish Wordmark Web Square

January 5, 2015

Springboard for the Arts Incubator Fiscal Sponsorship project Can Can Wonderland has a call for artists out, notes Bring Me The News.

January 2, 2015

Springboard for the Arts Executive Director is featured in a segment on MNOriginal, highlighting both her work at Springboard and work as an actor.

December 23, 2014

A sequel to The Kirkbride Cycle is announced, with an actor from the 2014 production taking on the 2015 show, as announced in the Fergus Falls Journal: The production will be the highlight of the next Kirkbride Arts and History Weekend in Sept. 2015, a new annual event organized by Springboard for the Arts, the Friends of the Kirkbride, and the Otter Tail County Historical Society. The production will take place at A Center for the Arts, Sept. 12 to 20

December 12, 2014

Work of Art and Artist Development Co-ordinator naomi Schliesman are featured in the Fargo-Moorhead InForum article “F-M art community explores ways to combine creative work, business“: Naomi Schliesman, artist development coordinator for Springboard’s rural program, said the workshops help artists understand how they can better prepare themselves for a career, or how to promote themselves. “It is about marketing as well as about getting yourself out there and thinking about it as a business,” she said. “Essentially you are making products, whether being artwork or writing.” Schliesman is a visual artist – she does large-scale installations – and said it is challenging. “You’ve got to be doing the marketing, balancing the checkbook, out there on social media, going to art events and exhibitions and meeting people,” she said. “It is a full-time job,” yet most artists have a day job or a second job to sustain themselves. 121314-B-FF-ArtBiz1

December 3, 2014 – Press Release

Kresge Foundation Commits $800,000 over 3 years to Springboard for the Arts – Funds will support storytelling and resource sharing, evaluation and research, health programs and connecting artist’s projects to local organizations and businesses Saint Paul, MN – Springboard for the Arts is delighted to announce that the Kresge Foundation has committed $800,000 of general operating and growth capital support over three years to Springboard for the Arts. “We are deeply honored by this commitment from the Kresge Foundation,” says Laura Zabel, Springboard for the Arts’ Executive Director. “To have this broad investment enables us to be flexible, responsive and entrepreneurial in the work we do supporting artists and cultivating vibrant communities.” The grant period runs from July 1, 2014 to June 30, 2017. “Springboard is one of the nation’s leaders in creative placemaking, helping give definition to how arts and culture can be pivotal to community revitalization efforts,” says Rip Rapson, Kresge’s president and CEO. “Springboard exemplifies the kind of approach that our Arts and Culture Program at Kresge seeks to support and illuminate. We’re proud to support their work.” Read More. Coverage in The Pioneer Press. Coverage in MinnPost. Kresge

December 1, 2014

Springboard for the Arts Executive Director Laura Zabel appeared on The Daily Circuit on MPR News as part of a conversation on “The state of arts nonprofits in Minnesota” along with Randy Reyes, Artistic Director of Mu Performing Arts, and Nello McDaniel of Arts Action Research. mprNewsLogo-1

November 26, 2014

Springboard for the Arts Executive Director Laura Zabel presented at WeDay in Minneapolis, and the KnightArts blog shared her speech: …I believe that when you own the idea that you are an artist, it gives you a secret superpower. A superpower that lets you express yourself, no matter what your age or where you come from. A superpower that brings people together no matter how different they seem. That gives you the power to see possibility where other people only see problems…. z

November 24, 2014

Springboard for the Arts has been selected as a Programming and Recruitment Partner by the Bush Foundation for bushCON 2015. bush-altlogo-color1

November 20, 2014

Creative Exchange and the Irrigate toolkit for artist-led creative placemaking is featured in NextCity, in an article titled “Art Can Cure Construction Headaches”: Over the roughly three-year project, Irrigate supported 600 artists and 180 projects all along the Green Line corridor. These things “really, tangibly drew people, attention and dollars to businesses,” [Springboard for the Arts Executive Director Laura] Zabel says. “There was a lot of concern about whether the train would be a thoroughfare to get from one city to another … because of Irrigate, because of a lot of other work that happened in the construction period, people are well aware that there are things to do along the line.” IrrigateGreenLine_920_564

November 13, 2014

Give to the Max Day 2014 came and went and was a huge success – Minnesotans raised $18.3 Million for nonprofits across the state. This included $96,358 to Springboard for the Arts and 89 participating Incubator fiscally sponsored projects. Additionally, Incubator project the Bucket Brigade won a $2,000 Golden Ticket and Incubator project Savage Umbrella won the $20,000 Golden Ticket: “It’s huge for us. It’s game changing,” said Carl Swanson, on behalf of Savage Umbrella. “Give to the Max Day is so important for smaller organizations that don’t have the same infrastructure as larger institutions – it’s a day that builds excitement and everyone can get involved.” GTMD14 Thank you

November 5, 2014

Springboard for the Arts listed as amongst “Great Organizations That Give back To The Arts” on The Sound of Art. Screen Shot 2014-12-05 at 1.07.47 PM

October 28, 2014

Springboard for the Arts Rural Program Director Michele Anderson is quoted in the Star Tribune about the development of the Regional Treatment Center, or Kirkbride Building: “Overall, we are really happy to have the extra time,” Anderson said. “The meeting was tense at the beginning, but at some point it felt like a cloud was lifting and that the City Council was really trying to find a way to work with Willey.”

October 28, 2014

Creative Exchange’s story on arts and community-building in Detroit is featured in The Christian Science Monitor: In Detroit, city services are starved for resources. For years, failed street lighting has left communities in the dark. While private organizations and businesses have helped fill the gap in downtown and Midtown, residential neighborhoods are often left to wait it out. At the same time, vacancy causes a number of problems for residents: falling property values, dangerous physical conditions as structures deteriorate, and a susceptibility to crime. When [Powerhouse Productions artist Gina] Reichert is asked to think of how Power House helps to interrupt this pattern, the first thing she thinks of is human presence. “All our properties were vacant, bottom-of-the-barrel pieces of real estate that nobody wanted,” she said. By changing the physical spaces — painting the building, cutting the grass — residents “can see something other than that there, and that someone’s paying attention.” Those physical spaces also create a stimulus for talking to neighbors, and spaces for neighbors to talk with one another. 102814CADetroitartscommunity_full_600

October 23, 2014 – Press Release

Springboard for the Arts is pleased to announce that Joel Leviton, Partner at Stinson Leonard Street, is the inaugural recipient of our Clough & Post Distinguished Service in the Arts Award. Clough & Post were some of the state’s first copyright litigators; bringing an infringement suit on behalf of a playwright. Read more here.


October 21, 2014

Creative Exchange is featured on Shareable with an article “5 Proven Strategies to Support Art in Your City”: To further support your city’s implementation, Creative Exchange also offer expert advice to artists and communities using the toolkits. irrigate_0

October 21, 2014 – Press Release

Local arts and culture organizations are contributing to an overall growth in vibrancy and adding to the local economy, as well as drawing national attention and funding to Fergus Falls. Much of the focus of this attention has been around the former Regional Treatment Center, or the Kirkbride building, but the energy and creative economy is growing throughout the region.

Hinge Arts Artist Residency

Springboard for the Arts is continuing to work with local, state and national partners to highlight Fergus Falls as a destination, and tapping into the transition period that Fergus Falls will face over the next year. Regardless of the development decision, Springboard will launch Hinge Arts in January, an artist residency program that will bring up to a dozen artists to newly renovated Kirkbride campus apartments over the course of the year. Artists will be supported to spend time on their work, and to engage with other artists in the area, as well as provide workshops and demonstrations to the community and its visitors. Read more here.


October 15, 2014

Green Line Theater, supported by Springboard for the Arts, is featured on MPR and in The Line: “The idea behind this type of mobile theater is to get the audience engaged with their public transportation system, the landscape that it moves through, and the other people who utilize public transportation,” adds [theater artist Ashley] Hanson. “In a way, we are turning transit vehicles into community meeting places.”

October 14, 2014

The Kirkbride Cycle, a theater collaboration between Springboard for the Arts, the Otter Tail County Historic Society and PlaceBase Productions was featured on national theater platform Howlround: At a street dance after the production, I spoke to performer Rebecca Svingen. A jazz band played in the background as she explained to me how the production influenced her relationship to the building, …It’s a beautiful piece of architecture, but I’ve always felt like it is such a massive building that I don’t know how to make rehabilitating it work, fiscally. Then, I went through this (production) and I realized that it’s really the people that have to make it work. If retail goes in there, then it’s up to us to make sure those shops and stores are successful. It’s the townspeople who need to pull together to make something like that go. How do we harness the power of arts to inscribe places with cultural value? How does that valuing affect the wellbeing of our communities? That day, many of us brought with us the knowledge of the estate’s unclear fate. The performance gave us the symbolic power to determine its future in our town. tumblr_ncqr5cuHjB1sggdl1o5_1280

October 14, 2014

Creative Exchange is featured in the Knight Blog as new changes roll out: There are artists doing inspirational work everywhere – in studios and workshops, as public projects, with schools and nonprofits and city councils – and there are tools to engage and expand their important work.  We want to uplift and share the magic of those stories and the “yes” of those resources. And if you believe there aren’t any artists in your community, look harder, you’ll find them. You may even find that you are the artist in your community. nikiko_masumoto_by_gosia_wosniacka

October 7, 2014

Springboard for the Arts Rural Program Director Michele Anderson is quoted in the Fergus Falls Journal about the development of the Regional Treatment Center, or Kirkbride Building: “Some Fergus Falls residents offered their thoughts on the meeting once it was over. “I think it is one of our community’s biggest assets,” said Springboard for the Arts coordinator Michele Anderson. “It’s something that really animates our community.””

October 7, 2014

Community Supported Art featured in an article in The Christian Science Monitor: “Rachel Brand, a spokeswoman for the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art, says, “Whether it’s your food or your art, it’s nice knowing where it’s coming from and knowing the producers.”” 1013-L2MIX-CSArt_full_600

September 29, 2014

Winners of the Knight Arts Challenge have been named. Read more on MPR!

September 17, 2014

Community Supported Art is featured in Nation Swell: While the products may range in diversity and purpose, the main point is that these programs offer people a way to connect to their local community. “It’s a model people already understood,” Andy Sturdevant, artists resources director at Springboard for the Arts tells Yes! Magazine. “People like to know where the things they buy come from, whether that’s food or whether that’s artwork.” And in a world of corporations and big-box stores, that transparency and personal touch is often all that’s needed.

September 17, 2014 – Press Release

Springboard for the Arts is pleased to announce a Flu Shot Clinic on October 16, 2014. Presented in partnership with Minnesota Visiting Nurse Agency and Open Book, uninsured & underinsured artists, arts administrators and their families can get vaccinated at this event. Flu shots are available for adults and children ages 3 and older and are free with pre-registration. Read more here.

September 16, 2014 – Press Release

Springboard for the Arts is pleased to share that their workshop series, Work of Art: Business Skills for Artists, will be presented this fall at the Rourke Art Museum in Moorhead, MN. Workshops will take place on Mondays, starting September 22 and ending November 24, from 6:00pm – 8:30pm. Tuition is $15 per session and space is limited. Artists of all disciplines and career levels are encouraged to register in advance Read more here.

September 7, 2014

Barry’s Blog, a service of the Western States Arts Federation (WESTAF) and a national source of information & insight into arts & arts administration, named Springboard Executive Director Laura Zabel as one of 2014’s Top 50 Most Powerful and Influential People in the Nonprofit Arts. Under the heading of “Community Arts/Innovation,” they write: “She continues to impress the field with her common sense approach to innovation for community arts organizations. Her popularity remains on the upswing.”

August 28, 2014

The Pioneer Press published an interview with Executive Director Laura Zabel, “10 questions with Laura Zabel, Springboard for the Arts director.” Sample excerpt: Q: What would you do if you had a million dollars? A: I would support thousands of artists to do small projects in their own neighborhoods. Q: What’s your motto? A: We have this one at Springboard that I love, which is, “Thrilled and daunted.” That’s the place I want to live, where there are things I believe in that are scary enough that they’re worth doing.

August 27, 2014

The August ArtsFwd editorial topic asked the question “What Does An Adaptive Board Look Like?” We took the opportunity to put that question to our board at our annual board orientation and mixer, and then sent the results back to ArtsFwd, which they published in a blog titled, “Springboard for the Arts responds to our August topic about adaptive boards with an awesome photo essay. They rock!Board signs compilation

August 26, 2014

Kate Barr, Executive Director of the Nonprofits Assistance Fund, discusses working with Springboard and our innovative capitalization & reserve plan in a post entitled “Can I have some more slack, please?” She writes: “Earlier this year I had the pleasure of working with staff and board members at Springboard for the Arts to think through their practices for financial reserves. What started with the simple question of “how much should we have in reserves?” morphed into a discussion about when and why reserves might be needed. The result is a nuanced policy with both a traditional rainy day-type operating reserve fund and an “opportunity reserve fund” that anticipates situations when Springboard might need some slack to quickly make internal adjustments or external, programmatic changes. Their new policy includes definitions, examples, sources, and goals for each type of reserve. It’s a model for building in slack.” string_lightbulb

August 24, 2014

Through 3 years of working on Irrigate Creative Placemaking, a response to the disruption of the Green Line Light Rail construction through the heart of Saint Paul, the cameras have been rolling, recording workshops, conversations, and artists’ projects. The result is Planting Creativity: Artists, Place & Transit, which premiered on TPT-MN on Sunday, August 24th. See the whole 26-minute documentary from Emergence Pictures below.

August 20, 2014

Executive Director Laura Zabel is the recipient of the 2014 Gard Award from the Robert E. Gard Foundation. Writes MinnPost: “The board was moved by Zabel’s leadership in connecting artists to their communities in deep and meaningful ways. Of special interest: Springboard’s Community Supported Art (CSA) program and its commitment to healthcare for artists.” 10561532_10152607666078419_7029970374980917313_n

August 7, 2014

Creative Exchange hosted a conversation around toolkits and resources featured on the site, including Springboard for the Arts Health Programs Director Nikki Hunt, Nora Grant, Community Programs Coordinator for the Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History and Hunter Franks, founder of the League of Creative Invterventionists and the Neighborhood Postcard Project. Read the recap here, or watch the conversation below.

Press Release: August 4, 2014

Announcing The Kirkbride Cycle: A site-specific bicycle-theater production based on the history of the Fergus Falls Regional Treatment Center, 9/6/2014 Fergus Falls, MN – Get on your bike for a one-of-a-kind theater production! On Saturday, September 6th, PlaceBase Productions in partnership with Springboard for the Arts and Imagine Fergus Falls, will present The Kirkbride Cycle on the grounds of the Fergus Falls Regional Treatment Center. This new musical, bicycle-theater production with a cast of over 50 local residents will be the highlight of the Kirkbride Arts and History Weekend. There will be three chances to see the production on September 6th at 1:00pm, 3:00pm, & 5:00pm, with an epilogue in front of the building at 7:00pm, followed by a street dance. Read the full release here. 4bfa38b9-a9d6-417b-9e9b-fef6d5f9fcf6

July 30, 2014

Springboard for the Arts was featured in The Able Altruist as part of a feature “4 Steps to Creating Stellar Infographic Annual Reports”: “For this reason, Carl Atiya Swanson, director of movement building for Springboard for the Arts, advises choosing a graphic designer who “has produced an infographic that you like and want your own report to look like.” Knowing that they’ve completed a similar project in the past, he says, will help ensure that they’re able to complete your project to your satisfaction. Once you’ve chosen a designer to work with, discuss the project extensively with them to make sure they clearly understand what the final product should look like. This conversation should ideally occur in person, with all key stakeholders in attendance, to ensure clear communication from the very start.” Screen Shot 2014-08-08 at 4.23.02 PM

July 17, 2014

The Other Green Line Field Book,” a project along the Green Line supported by the Irrigate project of Springboard for the Arts, was covered in the Pioneer Press: “One thousand copies of Nassif’s “The Other Green Line Field Book” will be available for free at local businesses along the new Green Line light-rail route starting Friday. The field book contains self-guided “forays” from eight Green Line stations in St. Paul and Minneapolis along with detailed maps of the routes, natural history vignettes and tips on where to find local “provisions and supplies” — whether that’s grabbing a beer at a local brewery or a bite to eat at one of the many ethnic restaurants on University Avenue. The project was funded by Irrigate, an arts grants initiative for projects along the Green Line.” Screen Shot 2014-08-08 at 4.36.47 PM

July 17, 2014

The work of Springboard for the Arts Artist Organizers in partnership with the Cornerstone Group to create a community garden in the Prospect Park neighborhood of Minneapolis is discussed in a MinnPost article titled “The Twin Cities discover tactical urbanism — and create improvisational change”: “A great example just appeared in Minneapolis’ Prospect Park neighborhood, right next to its Green Line light rail station. Cornerstone Group, a local developer, had purchased an old industrial site, and has plans to build a mixed-use building next to the LRT station. But that development is two years away, and in the meantime they saw an opportunity to use the space for something positive. They contacted Saint Paul-based Springboard for the Arts, and after a late-winter meeting between an arts organizer, the local neighborhood group, a community garden, and the nearby Textile Center, the Prospect Park Community Garden was born.” prospect-park-garden-UC_640

July 16, 2014

Executive Director Laura Zabel posted a blog to the NEA website titled “The Power to Change Our Communities“: “I’m always interested in reciprocity between artists and communities. Which is what is exciting to me about arts-based community development (or community development-based art.) The win-win is baked in. In order to be effective, I believe arts-based community development needs to be about authentic relationships where both the arts and the community development sides of the partnership have something to learn. This work should be the work that we do together because we cannot do it alone: to build places that are equitable and healthy, community developers, artists, and community members must build deep and lasting relationships.” ZabelNEAPhoto1

July 16, 2014

The NEA announced their 2014 Our Town grantees, and highlighted Creative Exchange as a story sharing partner in their reporting process. OT Image3

July 16, 2014 – Press Release

Announcing The Other Green Line, a creative exploration of natural history along the Green Line. Supported by Irrigate, artist and botanist Sarah Nassif is making 1,000 copies of “The Other Green Line Field Book” available free at local businesses along the Green Line. The public is invited to engage with local businesses when they stop in to get a copy of the book which includes maps of self-guided nature walks and blank pages for drawing. The first first guided foray is this Saturday, July 19! Meet up with Sarah at Bedlam Theatre Lowertown at 11:00 a.m. She will share about area geology before leading a walking foray to observe and draw rocks and fossils hidden in plain sight in Lowertown. The foray lasts three hours and covers 1-2 miles. Participants are invited to come for part or all of the event. Everyone is invited share their knowledge and stories to kick off the conversation about nature on the new Green Line. Dates: Saturday, July 19, 11am Location: Bedlam Lowertown, 213 4th St E, St. Paul, 55101 Presenter: Artist Sarah Nassif Cost: Free Register here. A4kFujyea89BGwkp3HTNjHQi4f9xODChtK90jvTHupOD7RUU-fnGwgz6k9woa5xvs4bsyFDJrFGwMrLtSYZlssIOGIsGvZiW1nbS7nzRZy9tFiuG=s0-d-e1-ft

July 8, 2014 – Press Release

Surdna commits $750,000 over 3 years to Springboard for the Arts New grant to support community development work Springboard for the Arts is thrilled to announce that it has received a commitment of $750,000 over 3 years from the Surdna Foundation to support its community development programs. “We are delighted to be able to partner with Springboard for the Arts on their community development work,” says Judilee Reed, Director, Thriving Cultures at the Surdna Foundation. “Springboard’s work—like our mission—underscores the critical role of the arts and artists in fostering more equitable and sustainable communities.” Support from the Surdna Foundation will support 3 key project areas at Springboard for the Arts: -Artist Organizer Program – The Artist Organizer (AO) program roots artists with community-invested organizations, bringing creative skills to community and stakeholder engagement, and creating new innovative paths for the organization to achieve its goals. A pilot program of 7 AOs was successfully completed from 2013-2014 with Trust for Public Land, Project for Pride in Living, Frogtown Neighborhood Association, Partnership4Health, The Cornerstone Group, The Saint Paul Public Schools and Imagine Fergus Falls. -Ready Go – Ready Go connects non-profits, businesses and neighborhoods to artist created, mobile tools that are purpose built to pique curiosity and prompt interaction. Ready Go functions as a mechanism (think Equipment Rental or Etsy) that allows artists with proven, existing tools to offer these projects for hire. -Community Development Tools – Because of the recognition and visibility of Springboard’s community development work, there are an increasing number of requests to work with other communities. Creating toolkits and training materials to be shared through Springboard’s Creative Exchange platform and other venues will allow this work to be replicated and adapted. View the full press release here. Surdna-Logo-with-Name

July 7, 2014

Minnesota Lawyers for the Arts, a project of Springboard for the Arts, presents a CLE on Fiscal Sponsorship and Minnesota’s Nonprofit LLC on Friday, July 11. Description: This CLE will provide experienced business attorneys practical information on fiscal sponsorship and Minnesota’s new nonprofit LLC. 4 standard CLE credits. Date: Friday, July 11, 2014 Time: 12:00 – 4:30 pm, followed by Business Law Society Happy Hour Location: Stinson Leonard Street, 150 S 5th Street, 16th floor conference room, Minneapolis More information & registration here. The CLE was featured on the Minnesota Litigator blog: “Springboard for the Arts (“S4TA”) has been around a long time. It is a great resource for Minnesota artists and a good place for Minnesota lawyers interested in helping in our arts community.Screen Shot 2014-07-16 at 3.06.31 PM

July 5, 2014

Springboad for the Arts Executive Director presented at the Aspen Ideas Festival, and photographs from Irrigate project Artify were included in the opening keynote presentation. Additionally, Creative Exchange created a pop-up museum on the theme of the festival, “Imagining 2024.” The Lift | Laura Zabel & Dennis Scholl Interview from The Lift on Vimeo. Screen Shot 2014-07-16 at 3.48.38 PM

July 4, 2014

Auditions for The Kirkbride Cycle, a one-of-a-kind bicycle theater production on the grounds of the Fergus Falls Regional Treatment Center presented by PlaceBase Productions, Springboard for the Arts, the Friends of the Kirkbride and the Otter Tail County Historical Society will happen July 19 & 20. Drop-in Audition Times: Saturday, July 19th, 1:00pm – 5:30pm Sunday, July 20th, 1:00pm – 5:30pm Audition Location: A Center for the Arts’ Space The Baaken Building 115 1/2 Lincoln Ave Fergus Falls, MN For more information visit:

July 2, 2014

Springboard for the Arts is cited as the inspiration for a new business, The Hive, in Gastonia, NC, reports the Gaston Gazette: “She said the shop has been her dream for the past two years, since visiting Springboard for the Arts in St. Paul, Minn., in 2012. “When I walked out of that building I knew it was my dream to provide resources for creative people,” [Hive founder Merryman] Cassels said.” 2TNJ_The_Gaston_Gazette_logo1

June 25, 2014

CSA: Jackson Hole created a video series to highlight its Community Supported Art artists! You can find out more about CSA and the replication toolkit here. Meanwhile, Planet Jackson Hole blogs about creative community: “Taken metaphorically, Fox’s painting offers a microcosmic perspective on the balance of chance and planning in creative community…Maybe therein lies a key element that artists and arts leaders can hope to activate, no matter the size of the creative community.

June 11, 2014

Springboard for the Arts presented as part of the Forward Fergus Falls Community Celebration, as reported in the Fergus Falls Journal: ““It’s a heckuva good way to spend your morning,” [executive director of the Fergus Falls Economic Improvement Commission Harold] Stanislawski said. “Get yourself motivated and pumped up about your community, to make it the best place it can be.”” Screen Shot 2014-01-21 at 4.28.14 PM

June 4, 2014

Director of Movement Building Carl Atiya Swanson wrote a post for the KnightArts Blog recapping the 2014 #LibraryActsofCulture™ in the St. Paul Public Library: “The surprise of one act performing in a library is enough to attract attention, but two disparate acts back-to-back created even more buzz around the performance, and reminded people of the breadth of culture that exists in the Twin Cities. People got into one and stayed paying attention for the second, and the pairing formed new bonds between the artists as well as the library patrons.”

June 3, 2014

YOUR SECRET ART is featured in MinnPost: We had a great time at TPT’s “TV Takeover” last Friday. In an unprecedented programming move, TPT is turning over five Friday nights in a row to five Twin Cities arts organizations. Starting right after “Almanac,” each show features stories, skits, short films, conversation and a live audience – not sitting politely in rows, but eating, drinking, chatting, participating and milling around. Watch the whole program below.

May 30, 2014

Former Springboard for the Arts board member Kathy Mouacheupao hosts HmongFM on KFAI – 90.3 FM Minneapolis – 106.7 FM St. Paul, and spoke with Kevin Yang, commencement speaker at Hamline University about arts administration, poetry and his internship with Irrigate. That conversation starts around the 25:00 mark. kfai_0

May 29, 2014

YOUR SECRET ART, the live broadcast event produced by Springboard for the Arts for TV Takeover, a project of Rewire at Twin Cities Public Television, is featured in the Pioneer Press: “It’s an exciting project and I think that TPT and Rewire are doing some really great things in finding new ways to talk about the arts in Minnesota, to talk about Minnesota communities, to get people into their space and to get people accessing public television in a different way,” said Springboard for the Arts’ Carl Atiya Swanson. “It’s exciting for us to be a part of that and to imagine how we would fit into that landscape and to bring our touch, our artists, our community, our conversation and stories to it.” Also featured in l’etoile magazine: Springboard for the Arts is taking over the TPT studios on Friday for an “arty party” and live broadcast featuring some interesting local talent. And featured in For many artists and musicians, a day job is a necessity. But for professional creative directors, graphic designers, nurses and carpenters, art can be a secret passion. That’s the focus of “Your Secret Art,” the first in a series of “TV Takeovers” in which TPT’s Rewire hands over the reins to five local arts organizations for an hour of television. Curated by Springboard for the Arts, “Your Secret Art” will showcase “art that is all around.” 20140528__140529ae-tvtakeover-1

May 29, 2014

Community Supported Art’s 5th Anniversary Season is featured in l’etoile magazine: Get in on the action for the summer 2014 season of Community Supported Art, Springboard for the Arts’ fifth year year of partnering with to bring together local artists and buyers. The concept is similar to Community Supported Agriculture, where you get a box full of delicious produce from a local farm, except you get a box full of great art from local artists! This year, the 10 featured artists are all returning from previous seasons. The works will could be anything from an original drawing, to a limited edition print, to a functional ceramic work. 06-04www

May 28, 2014

Chicago Artists Resources featured Creative Exchange and Community Supported Art in their monthly newsletter to members: “We created the Creative Exchange because of our belief that artists are vital contributors to their communities,” says Carl Swanson, the director of movement building for Springboard. “Creative Exchange is an exciting, artist-led artist-driven space for people to share what they’ve learned to make their communities better. The toolkits have been real-world tested and are easily adapted to new communities and challenges.” SFTA_CSA.110807

April 22, 2014

Rural Program Director Michele Anderson is quotes in the Star Tribune in an article “Rehab project at former asylum in Fergus Falls ‘plugging along'”: “We think it’s an amazing idea,” said Michele Anderson, Rural Program Director for Springboard for the Arts, a St. Paul-based art/economic development organization that has a chapter in Fergus Falls. “Artists in the area are looking for dedicated space where they can get together and collaborate and do their work.” Springboard is a finalist for a $500,000 “creative placemaking” grant from ArtPlace America, which would help the group set up at the Kirkbride, and perhaps offer workshops and instructional sessions for artists and other creative people. “The arts can and will play a big role in making the Kirkbride a destination,” Anderson said.” StarTribuneLogo-e1372880366993

April 21, 2014

Artist Organizer Oskar Ly is quoted by MPR News about the upcoming Green Line launch: Artist organizer Oskar Ly of the Asian Economic Development Association has been busy scheduling street performances to coincide with the June launch. Ly said her job is to help evoke a sense of place and pride in the area. “We really want to invite folks to experience Little Mekong district, and take the train if they want to, but really to visit all the things that Little Mekong has to offer,” she said. Screen Shot 2014-04-22 at 3.56.40 PM

April 14, 2014

Springboard for the Arts and Creative Exchange feature on the Knight Foundation blog post, A season for growing ideas in Saint Paul: We have Knight-supported and longtime nationally prominent arts organizations, including: Penumbra Theatre, Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, Minnesota Opera, American Composers Forum and the Ordway Center for the Performing Arts. We also have supported organizations emerging more recently on the national scene, including Springboard for the Arts—which has cultivated national ideas for building community through the arts—and TU Dance. knight-logo-3000px-blue

April 9, 2014

Creative Exchange is included in a blog post for the LISC Institute for Comprehensive Community Development titled Community-led art: What it takes: In the words of founder and Springboard for the Arts Executive Director Laura Zabel, “It’s a place for exchange: of stories, practical resources and conversation. It’s a place for artists and community members to come together to share and build connections. Creative Exchange will be built by all of us that use and contribute to it.” While sharing stories and ideas, acting as delegates and investing in people are great ways to develop leadership, we also need to support authentic leadership from the community and must recognize that this leadership may come from unexpected places that are different from what the mainstream expects. Screen Shot 2014-04-15 at 3.38.42 PM

April 2, 2014

Community Supported Art is mentioned as an example of impactful projects in an article “Community Counts” in Experience Life! magazine: If you join this CSA, you won’t get rutabagas, corn, or kale — you’ll get a box full of fresh local art. Community-supported art projects allow patrons to buy a “share,” then pick up boxes of art at intervals throughout the designated season. The boxes can contain nearly anything: sculptures, prints, ceramics, photographs, and more. Because shares are priced reasonably, the art world becomes accessible to more people while championing local artists. ELLogoFinalBlueLarge_TagBlackMedium

April 1, 2014

Creative Exchange is mentioned on the ArtsFwd blog in an article What Can Organizations Learn From Artists?: There’s a great wealth of insight about the creative process on the Creative Capital blog, the Brooklyn Commune, Springboard for the Arts’s Creative Exchange, and many others. I hope you’ll share your practices so that others can learn from you. Screen Shot 2014-04-15 at 3.33.39 PM

March 24, 2014

Springboard for the Arts is partnering with Giant Steps and Bedlam Theatre to host an info session for the St. Paul Knight Arts Challenge at 6pm on April 13 at the Bedlam Lowertown space. Find out more and sign up for updates on the KnightArts site. St. Paul Knight Arts Challenge from Knight Foundation on Vimeo.

March 24, 2014

The work of Springboard for the Arts and the Irrigate Artist Organizers are features in MinnPost in an article titled Artist organizers are newest community developers: Different from artists-in-residence, who typically explore their own individual visions, artist organizers seek to ignite other people’s creativity and use art as a method of community engagement, as well as pursue their own work. MinnPostLogoNew

March 24, 2014

Creative Exchange is featured on the Knight Foundation blog: It’s a place for exchange: of stories, practical resources and conversation. It’s a place for artists and community members to come together to share and build connections. Creative Exchange will be built by all of us that use and contribute to it. Screen Shot 2014-04-02 at 2.15.37 PM

March 20, 2014

Springboard for the Arts and PlaceBase Productions announce a story swap as part of the Imagine Fergus Falls project. Story swap dates are April 5 and May 3. 1979918_740199855998353_201821374_o

March 12, 2014

Springbaord for the Arts is featured on the KnightArts blog with a post tiled Springboard for the Arts is having a very good week: In her introductory blog post for Creative Exchange, Zabel writes: “We’ve been able to create programs around artist entrepreneurial development, artists’ access to healthcare, community supported art and artist-driven community development. The more we do this work and grow, the more we want to share our work with others.” Screen Shot 2013-07-22 at 12.51.56 PM

March 11, 2014

Creative Exchange is launched, a new national platform for storytelling and resource-sharing around artists, creativity & community. Powered by Springboard for the Arts, in partnership with the Knight Foundation and Urban Innovation Exchange, there are three main components to Creative Exchange: 1) We want to share stories of artists and their work, with artist & project profiles updated monthly, ongoing news from the field, and blog posts by thought leaders in the fields of art and community engagement. Get the latest with our monthly newsletter. 2) Creative Exchange is a practical resource, with a selection of toolkits created by Springboard for the Arts and other partners that provide tangible, proven and adaptable direction for artists and organizations looking to spark change. 3) Finally, Creative Exchange is a space for discussion and active support in the form of a robust Creative Commons board and quarterly calls amongst organizers who have accessed toolkits and the toolkit creators. Ask a question, and tap in to the network. CreativeExchange_Logo

March 4, 2014

Springboard for the Arts Executive Director Laura Zabel is named a 2014 Bush Fellow: “The Bush Fellowship selection process reflects the abundance of talented and visionary leaders who want nothing more than to strengthen their ability to contribute to the common good in our communities,” said Lars Leafblad, the Bush Foundation’s leadership and engagement director. “We believe the future success of our region is tied to the success of these leaders. The Bush Foundation will continue to invest in encouraging people to think bigger and think differently about the impact they can have in their community.” 20131213_sbfa_007

March 4, 2014

Springboard for the Arts released a media audit of the Irrigate Creative Placemaking project conducted by Tunheim in the summer of 2013. Key Findings include: • Irrigate projects were covered heavily by newspapers, radio, online journalism and TV, resulting in 30 million earned, organic media impressions by readers and viewers. • Media stories about Irrigate projects were uniformly positive – without Irrigate, there would have been limited positive messaging related to the construction zone that was not purchased advertisement. • Coverage of Irrigate extended past traditional media, with an additional 50,000+ impressions via Facebook, YouTube & Twitter, and an active social media dialogue. Read the full report here. Screen Shot 2014-04-02 at 1.58.18 PM

March 1, 2014

The deadline to enroll in health insurance coverage under the Affordable Care Act without being assessed a penalty in 2014 is March 31 – let Springboard for the Arts assist you! Springboard_im_covered_v2

February 20, 2014

ARTIFY – Hamline Station, a project of Springboard for the Arts Artist Organizer Oskar Ly with Project for Pride in Living, is featured in the Twin Cities Daily Planet: “Neighbors have been able to see the transformation of the site from what some have called ‘an eyesore,’ or just this vacant space, where people were afraid of vandalism,” said Ly. “Having the arts there is giving a stronger sense of community.” photo_4_0

February 16, 2014

Springboard for the Arts Artist Organizer Oskar Ly has been hired full time by the Asian Economic Development Agency: “Thanks to the generous support of Springboard for the Arts, Oskar Ly comes to AEDA as an Artist Organizer. Oskar is a textile fashion artist and singer songwriter with a focus on social justice. She will lead the coordination of AEDA’s Little Mekong Arts Initiative, an on-going effort to leverage the arts for economic development. Oskar will work with artists to produce multidisciplinary art projects for a diverse audience of visitors and customers in the Little Mekong District. The goal of the Little Mekong Arts Initiative, which is also supported by Twin Cities LISC and Saint Paul Cultural STAR, is to support the development of small businesses and increase the vitality of the community surrounding Little Mekong. Throughout the year we will keep you informed about the great projects Oskar has planned.” allstaffphoto

February 16, 2014

Irrigate Creative Placemaking is expanding to include the remainder of the newly constructed Green Line route in Minneapolis, in partnership with the City of Minneapolis’ Arts, Culture and Creative Economy program and supported by the Central Corridor Funders Collaborative. Artists, of all disciplines and career stages, who live or work in the Cedar-Riverside, University and Prospect Park neighborhoods are invited to attend a placemaking training workshop and access support for a collaborative project along the line. Click here for registration.

February 13, 2014

The Springboard for the Arts 2013 Year in Review is out! Find it and past Years in Review here. Springboard_YearInReview2013_FinalWeb

February 13, 2014

Mark your calendars for May 30th! Springboard for the Arts is one of 5 creative organizations partnering with Rewire – Twin Cities Public Television for TV Takeover“The TV Takeover “curators” have shared their eclectic combinations of stories, skits, poems, short films, explorations and animations—and will be taking turns co-hosting a live audience at the tpt studios.”

February 10, 2014

Imagine Fergus Falls story partners PlaceBase Productions have their community-based theater work featured in a “Postcards” segment from Pioneer Public Television.

February 6, 2014

The Fergus Falls Journal features the new exhibition of Kirkbride-inspired artwork, which opens Saturday 2/8: “The Kirkbride building is full of stories, and now that the Kirkbride is on the verge of a renaissance, the story will continue,” said Naomi Schliesman, Springboard’s artist development coordinator. “In addition to this art show and related projects, our goal is to begin digital documentation of every piece of art we can find related to the Kirkbride, and work with our partners to develop a beautiful online exhibit.” See the full press release here. Kirkbride_Cyrulewski

February 4, 2014

Springboard for the Arts and the Rural Arts And Culture Summit are featured along with other rural Minnesota arts initiatives and the Legacy Amendment in an article on Dakotafire titled Land of 10,000 Art-Stopping Moments: What We Can Learn from Minnesota. “In June, many players in this creative placemaking movement came together for the Rural Arts and Culture Summit in Morris, Minn. The conference, which brought together not just artists but economic development leaders from across the region, filled up six weeks early—even after they let in more people than were initially planned. The enthusiasm for and success in rural creative placemaking in Minnesota were clear in the stories being told on stage and around the lunch tables. “Minnesota is the real deal,” one national leader told summit organizer Michele Anderson.” IMG_2085-small-995x498

January 29, 2014

In a major announcement for Saint Paul, The Knight Foundation is launching the Knight Arts Challenge in the city, an $8 million investment in the arts. $4.5 million will be given out over 3 years of an ideas contest, with $3.5 million going to 5 anchor institutions. Springboard for the Art is honored to be one of those anchor grantees, receiving $500,000 over 5 years to help communities better support individual artists by developing and sharing our existing artist toolkits with similar organizations in seven cities across the country. Other anchor grantees are TU Dance, The Arts Partnership, The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra and Penumbra Theatre. The Knight Arts Challenge opens for applications on April 7. Screen Shot 2013-07-22 at 12.51.56 PM From the Knight Foundation press release: “The Knight Arts Challenge, which opens for applications in April, is a community-wide contest to find and fund innovative ideas for the arts. Everyone is eligible for funding through the Knight Arts Challenge – individual artists, organizations and businesses, both nonprofit and for-profit. The contest has three simple rules: 1) The idea must be about the arts; 2) the project must take place in or benefit St. Paul; and 3) the grant recipients must find funds to match Knight’s commitment.” From a blog post by Dennis Scholl, VP/arts, The Knight Foundation: “This is not the play it safe contest. We’re looking for innovative projects that make us think differently about the arts and this community.” From The Pioneer Press: “I think it’s a great recognition of St. Paul and the creative spirit that’s here regardless of size of organization or infrastructure,” said Laura Zabel, executive director of Springboard for the Arts. There are wonderful individual artists and there are really great artists working in neighborhoods and communities and we also have great cultural institutions, so I think just the recognition of it feels important and special.” From The Star Tribune: “The city is led by a mayor who is committed to the value of the arts as a way of creating a sense of community; of belonging,” Scholl said. “A healthy arts ecosystem needs both the anchor groups and the grass-roots efforts. What we’re seeing in St. Paul is a lot of activity at that smaller level. Our goal is to help those projects get bigger and better.” From MPR: “It’s a real statement that good ideas aren’t tied to organizational structure or what your job title says you are,” Zabel said. “It says that good ideas come from everywhere, and I think that’s what the arts community really needs right now.” From MinnPost: “We are a city that ultimately understands that a great city has a great arts community, a thriving arts community,” [Saint Paul Mayor Chris] Coleman told the crowd. “This is one of the most vibrant arts and cultural communities of any place I have ever been, ever seen, and it’s about to get one hell of a lot better.”

January 27, 2014

Executive Director Laura Zabel blogs for Huffington Post about her experience at the Aspen Challenge, with a post titled “The Next Generation Will Save the Arts“: “We need to have real, authentic conversations about our relevance, we need to ask the hard questions about who we are serving, we need to more readily accept technology’s role in our work and above all, the arts need passionate leaders. We need leaders who see the potential for weaving art and creativity into the solutions to all the challenges faced by our neighborhoods, our cities and our world. And I believe this generation will deliver on these challenges in a big way.” Screen Shot 2014-01-27 at 11.56.11 AM

January 21, 2014

Our partners at The Art of the Rural announce their collaborative, interactive project, The Year of the Rural Arts, supported by Springboard for the Arts: “The Year of the Rural Arts is a biennial program of events, conversations, and online features with the goals of helping to build an inclusive and engaged rural arts and humanities network while also expanding the artistic, cultural, and historical narrative of rural America and the rural-urban continuum. This inaugural Year is a grassroots, improvisational effort designed to build steam over the course of the next twelve months.” Year-Image22

January 14, 2014

The Pioneer Press features a new effort to purchase and refurbish the Victoria Theater on University Avenue, site of Irrigate projects, by Springboard partners and friends: “The Initiative, which is still fundraising to take over full ownership of the site, is a consortium made up of the Frogtown Neighborhood Association, the Center for Hmong Arts and Talent, Historic St. Paul and Dangerous Productions.” rdm 0006 old theater

January 7, 2014

Dance Informa profiles the work of Springboard’s Professional Development for Artists: “Springboard for the Arts’ Director of Professional Development Noah Keesecker says artists discount their abilities when it comes to creating a successful business around their art. He believes they often already possess the skills needed to be effective creatively and professionally, but lack the confidence or awareness. The professional development department is designed to unearth these talents and guide artists towards others with expertise about crucial components to cultivating a solid, legitimate career.”

January 5, 2014

Pioneer Public Television featured last summer’s Rural Arts & Culture Summit in a video segment, with interviews from Rural Program Director Michele Anderson and others. Watch it here, Springboard’s segment starts at 23:35. Screen Shot 2014-01-21 at 5.01.57 PM

December 20, 2013

The Knight Foundation Library Acts of Culture series, facilitated by Springboard for the Arts and presented at the St. Paul Public Libraries, gets a slick video from VidTiger and a recap at the Knight Arts blog: “I think Carl Atiya Swanson, of St. Paul’s Springboard for the Arts, said it best: “By walking into a library branch you are already participating in an act of culture,” he said. “These performances remind patrons that library branches are civic spaces that not only inform, but also inspire.”” Library Acts of Culture: St. Paul Rice Street Library from chuckumentary on Vimeo.

December 19, 2013

Director of Professional Development Noah Keesecker and Director of Movement Building Carl Atiya Swanson are featured in the eBook THE FIFTY MOST POWERFUL TWEETS FROM THE 2013 NATIONAL ARTS MARKETING PROJECT CONFERENCE from Americans for the Arts. @nonoah: True. “You don’t want to have a *pricing* conversation with your customers, you want to have a *value* conversation with them.” #nampc @catiyas: The technology itself is not going to save you. Amen. Let’s get rid of silver bullet wishing. #crowdfunding #nampc

December 16, 2013

Springboard for the Arts Executive Director Laura Zabel is a featured panelist at Policy & a Pint, a roundtable discussion on art and its role in city planning and development. Hosted by Steve Seel of 89.3 the Current and presented by the Citizen’s League, other guests include Gulgun Kayim from the City of Minneapolis and Peter Leggett from St. Paul’s Cultural STAR Board. Screen Shot 2014-01-21 at 4.33.44 PM

December 14, 2013

Community Supported Art makes a leap across the pond, with the first CSA launched in the UK. From The Journal: “Art lovers can buy bonds in exchange for the art and proceeds will be re-invested to support North East communities. Around 30 such schemes exist across the pond but this idea, from The North East Enterprise Trust, is thought to be the first in the UK. “Our Art for Enterprise programme is a great way for The North East Enterprise Trust to take the lead in encouraging individuals, businesses and organisations to be more creative when it comes to social responsibility and supporting local communities,” said Sir Peter Vardy, patron of the trust.” JS30228652-6405504

December 3, 2013

One of Springboard for the Arts’ Fergus Falls Artist Organizers, Naomi Schliesman, is featured in the Fergus Falls Journal for taking a tip & turning it into free art for kids: “Once she had her idea in mind, the original $100 grew with donations from her friends and family. Schliesman also plans to donate all her Mabel Murphy’s tips one night a month to the scholarship. Donations are also being accepted online at: Screen Shot 2014-01-21 at 4.28.14 PM

November 22, 2013

Springboard for the Arts Artists’ Access to Healthcare Director Nikki Hunt is interviewed by MNDaily’s A&E Blog about Springboard’s partnership with MNsure: “Most of the barriers that prevent artists from getting health insurance no longer exist on MNsure. If you’re on MNsure right now, you’re enrolling in coverage to begin on or after January 1, 2014. That means pre-existing conditions no longer exist. You can’t be denied health insurance coverage. Though independent artists will still have sporadic income, they have access to new subsidies to make the cost of their health insurance more affordable. And they can shop for insurance from a variety of providers all in one place. That’s a really big deal!” blogs-banner-ae-blog

November 5, 2013

Springboard for the Arts is featured as a nonprofit profile in the Star Tribune: “…Springboard for the Arts, an unusual arts organization which borrows heavily from the discipline of economic development. Springboard provides self-employed artists with a variety of services, each designed to boost careers and bank accounts — think health insurance brokerage, entrepreneur workshops and career counseling, not to mention access to marketing muscle and foundation grants. With offices in St. Paul and Fergus Falls, this artist-run nonprofit also serves cities and neighborhoods — both urban and rural — interested in strengthening their local arts scene.” StarTribuneLogo-e1372880366993

November 5, 2013

Director of Artist Development talks all things Springboard on Comcast Newsmakers!

November 4, 2013 – Media Release

Springboard for the Arts shares cute artist pet videos for Give to the Max Day, Thursday, November 14, 2013. The story of Springboard for the Arts is the story of artists who believe that creativity is a natural resource; growing, renewing and needed to inspire us to face and solve big challenges. This Give to the Max Day, our furry friends do the serious business of reminding you that the mission of Springboard is driven by you, our community. As a donor to Springboard for the Arts, you have added your voice to the importance and value of artists – thank you. For #GTMD13, we have a $4,000 Challenge Match funded by our board, and are focusing our fundraising in three areas: 10-11AM – Incubator Fiscal Sponsorship Power Hour – Springboard for the Arts provides support to almost 200 artist-led projects across the state – your friends and neighbors. Support one of them and make a connection to art in your life. During this Power Hour, Springboard will add $10 per donor to Incubator projects, up to $10,000. 12-1PM – Artists’ Access to Healthcare Power Hour – In the past 6 years, we’ve helped over 5,000 artists and their families receive high quality care, held 3 Health Fairs and given out hundreds of flu shots. We are committed to helping artists gain access to new health resources as MNsure Navigators. 2-3PM – Minnesota Lawyers for the Arts Power Hour – Our MnLA program connects artists with free and low-cost legal services, and offers workshops to raise legal literacy. These are critical resources for 21st century success. Join us and our significant animals, and make a tax-deductible contribution to Springboard for the Arts. We’re a Top Nonprofit for improving access to local arts and culture in Minnesota, making a living and a life for artists of all stripes. Our furry friends thank you.

November 1, 2013

Springboard for the Arts Executive Director Laura Zabel was featured on on a podcast for The Art of Placemaking Conference about her session, Change the Narrative: Measuring Placemaking’s Effect on Neighborhood Narrative on November 7, 2013. images

October 25, 2013

Springboard for the Arts Director of Artist Resources Andy Sturdevant is a featured speaker at Giant Steps MN, an interactive conference for creative entrepreneurs and entrepreneurial creatives, sponsored by Springboard for the Arts.

October 21, 2013

Springboard for the Arts Executive Director Laura Zabel presented at the ArtsFwd National Innovation Summit for Arts & Culture on October 21, 2013, in Denver, CO. Her talk was titled “Artist/Community/Reciprocity: Helping Communities Ask More From and For Their Artists” and can be seen below. Laura Zabel: Artist/Community/Reciprocity from ArtsFwd on Vimeo. SYNOPSIS: Now, more than ever, we need to be able to access and depend on the power for positive change that artists bring to their communities. We can’t leave the creative capacity of our communities to chance or haphazard coincidence. We need systems and infrastructure that allow the creative process to happen, that support and nurture our artists and that demand from them their engagement and commitment. Let’s change the system for artists and their communities — let’s create new economic models and change the way our culture values art and creativity. Watch all 27 talks and the fishbowl discussions here.

October 17, 2013

Springboard for the Arts Artists’ Access to Healthcare Director Nikki Hunt is interviewed by l’etoile magazine in advance of the October 19 Artists’ Health Fair: “It’s so much easier exploring healthcare options when those options are literally in the same room, so the Health Fair is a model we’ve repeated over the years, and created a toolkit to help other communities connect to those resources as well. Making access easy is important to us, so the Artists’ Health Fair is a free event where artists, arts admins, creatives, freelancers, and their families can learn about their choices for healthcare and health insurance.” HF-Logo-1024x148-1-e1381954604366

October 3, 2013 covers the release “Potluck Supper with Meeting to Follow,” a collection of essays by Springboard for the Arts’ Artist Resources Director Andy Sturdevant. “In “Potluck Supper,” the Southerner uses his outsider’s view to examine Twin Cities culture, past and present. From landmarks like the Metrodome to our state’s changing demographics, he keenly details what makes Minnesota noteworthy—and quirky.” vm_header_logo-big

October 3, 2013

Dance Informa writes about Incubator Fiscal Sponsorship in Fiscal Sponsorship for the Arts. “To go for a nonprofit status or not, this seems to be the question on many artists’ minds in the fetal stages of professional development. While advantages like eligibility for grants and the ability to accept tax-deductible donations appeals to professional artists, the process of gaining a 501(c)3 status can be daunting and a distraction from making art. Acknowledging this roadblock, Minnesota-based Springboard for the Arts hopes to ease some of the burdens involved with getting an artistic project or business up and running by offering its fiscal sponsorship program, the Incubator.” Savage Umbrellla

September 26, 2013

The Wall Street Journal covers the launch of Brooklyn CSA+D, in Buying Art, Sight Unseen. “The Art CSA was invented in the Midwest, way back in 2010. CSA+D co-founder Dianne Debicella, who works in arts funding, waited for someone to offer one in New York. Finally, she launched one herself, using a $45 how-to kit published by a St. Paul arts outfit that provided sample budgets, artist contracts and a timeline.”  NY-CP351_METROM_G_20130927172331

September 26, 2013

The Fergus Falls Journal covers the Imagine Fergus Falls launch party, Imagine FF kicks off Saturday. ““Artists have played a key role in bringing attention to the importance in saving the Kirkbride,” said Michele Anderson, rural program director at Springboard for the Arts. “In this year of transition between preservation and repurposing, we hope that engaging artists about the past and future of this building will help unite the community, developers and city together in making the Kirkbride building’s new era a success.”” For photos from the event, click here. 578540_651851461499860_741606694_n

September 26, 2013

A Springboard for the Arts three-fer on MPR Art Hounds – Tuck Under Projects is fiscally sponsored by Springboard for the Arts’ Incubator program, Imagine Fergus Falls is the creative placemaking and community story-telling partnership of Springboard for the Arts, The Fergus Falls Economic Improvement Commission and the Otter Tail County Historical Society, and Springboard’s Director of Movement Building Carl Atiya Swanson talks about the local music scene. art-hounds-wordmark

September 24, 2013

Executive Director Laura Zabel radio segment on the Clear Channel community program, discussing the Knight Foundation Library Acts of Culture with the Saint Paul Public Library. “It’s sort of like a beautiful gift.”

September 23, 2013

Pioneer Press article on Irrigate project, This Bench Makes Music. “In the spring, the bench will be installed along the East Seventh Street business corridor in the Dayton’s Bluff neighborhood. A partnership between the city of St. Paul, Twin Cities Local Initiatives Support Corp. and Springboard for the Arts, the Irrigate program has funded 100 art-oriented “creative placemaking” events along the Central Corridor since launching in 2011.” 20130923__130924ae-bench

September 22, 2013

The Atlantic CITIES blog post on A CSA where the ‘A’ Stands for Art, about Brooklyn CSA+D, a Brooklyn Community Supported Art project. “Dianne Debicella found out about the first art CSA, run by Springboard for the Arts in Minneapolis-St.Paul, through her work for a national arts organization called Fractured Atlas. “I myself am a member of an agricultural CSA,” says Debicella. “It’s a fun model in general. I wanted to bring it to New York.” Screen Shot 2013-09-30 at 1.33.47 PM

September 18, 2013

Executive Director Laura Zabel blogs about Reinvention and Revolution: searching for the levers of change. “We need to embrace the creative process to build creative organizations; the iteration, the rapid learning from failure, the never-finished, never-satisfied nature of art creation needs to be a part of how we build the movement and the mechanisms that deliver the art. So, please, let’s stop training administrators and start training builders, makers, challengers and dreamers.” Screen Shot 2013-09-30 at 1.23.53 PM

September 10, 2013

Registration is open for the Springboard for the Arts Artist Health Fair! Join us from 10am-2pm on October 19, 2013 at Open Book, 1011 Washington Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN for a free fair for access to health care, insurance and free flu shots through Open Cities Health Center.

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August 26, 2013

Executive Director Laura Zabel mentioned in Barry’s Blog via WESTAF as a “Rising Voice” in 2013’s Fifty Most Powerful and Influential People in the Nonprofit Arts (USA). “As one nominator described her: “the it girl for innovation in public community arts organizations”, she is on everyone’s list as an innovator and visionary – particularly in the support of artists.”

August 23, 2013

Springboard for the Arts announced as one of 30 grant recipients to support MNsure, the Minnesota Health Insurance Exchange, and their outreach efforts: “The grants will support a broad base of partnerships that will engage Minnesotans statewide to promote application and enrollment in affordable, quality health insurance through MNsure. MNsure sought to connect with new and existing organizations that have direct connections and experience with key audiences throughout Minnesota.” MNsurelogo-color-govdeliverybanner

August 14, 2013

Feature on KARE11 on Community Supported Art: Springboard for the Arts gets its foodie on. “It’s a big trend in the local food movement, but now community supported agriculture is getting all arty as well.” Screen Shot 2013-08-15 at 11.38.33 AM

August 9, 2013

Feature in the Star Tribune on the rural arts movement: Minnesota farm country’s newest crop: the arts. “The burgeoning arts scene in Fergus Falls is sparking “an under-35 creative class who are choosing to stay and buy houses here,” she said. “Throw in the lower cost of living, and it’s attractive.” [Springboard for the Arts Rural Program Director Michele] Anderson, 31, is herself an example. She moved there from Portland, Ore., two years ago. Now she’s directing the “Imagine Fergus Falls” effort.” ows_137610307459279

August 8, 2013

Feature in Twin Cities Daily Planet on Springboard workshops: Nuts & Bolts of Touring Workshop, with Seth Lepore. “If you’ve ever toyed with the idea of hitting the road yourself, I’ll wager that this is one of the best crash courses you could find. And, hey, you can do it without missing more than a single Fringe slot.” 2497

August 8, 2013

Mention in the REALTOR Magazine on rural programming and community development: CREATIVE DEVELOPMENT: Crafting Vibrant, Rural Places Through Art. “Michele Anderson, rural project director for Springboard for the Arts in Fergus Falls, Minn., said mobilizing community support is essential to the success of rural arts projects. “I think the key to getting started is getting people from all sectors of the community, not just artists, but business folks, nonprofits and city council people to come together,” she said.” Screen Shot 2013-08-09 at 4.10.07 PM

August 4, 2013

Feature in the New York Times on Community Supported Art: ‘Buy Local’ Gets Creative. “The C.S.A.’s have flourished in larger cities as a kind of organic alternative to the dominance of the commercial gallery system and in smaller places as a way to make up for the dearth of galleries, as a means of helping emerging artists and attracting people who are interested in art but feel they have neither the means nor the connections to collect it.” The_New_York_Times_logo

August 3, 2013

Feature in the Dance Informa on Community Supported Art: Can community-supported art generate new possibilities in the dance field?. “So, can this type of model break down the barriers between dance, often considered an elite art form, and the local community? Can CSA be as successful for dancers and choreographers as it has been for other artists? Is the dance profession ready to let the outside world in and expose its inner workings? And will this help the art form progress in new and exciting ways?” 10056319-visit-www-danceinforma-com

July 22, 2013

Feature on the Knight Arts blog: Springboard for the Arts nabs a $75,000 NEA grant for creative placemaking in Fergus Falls. “The objectives for the organization’s programs in Fergus Falls sound a lot like those fueling Irrigate, another endeavor in which Springboard (and the Knight Foundation) has been a key partner. Irrigate garnered national attention for similar “creative placemaking” efforts in the Twin Cities “central corridor” neighborhoods during the area’s years-long light rail construction. Arts-centered revitalization efforts were also front and center at the Rural Arts and Culture Summit, jointly presented by Springboard for the Arts and University of Minnesota – Morris this June.” Screen Shot 2013-07-22 at 12.51.56 PM

July 18, 2013

Mention in a speech by Kresge Foundation CEO Rip Rapson: Creative placemaking: Rethinking the role of arts and culture in strengthening communities. “But by hitching creative placemaking to urban opportunity, we are trying to ensure that arts and cultural activities stand front and center in efforts to revitalize, and reimagine, some of America’s most disinvested places. We believe that rather than standing outside the community development fence-line and looking in, arts and culture can step inside it and join a multi-textured fabric of land-use, housing, transportation, environmental, health, and other systems necessary for stronger, more equitable, and vibrant urban places.” Kresge

July 18, 2013

Feature on MPR’s Ground Level blog: NEA “Our Town” grant supports arts in Fergus Falls. ““We want this to be a national model for rural communities dealing with situations like this all over the place. We want to be able to share the process so other communities don’t have to start from scratch.” Screen Shot 2013-07-18 at 6.49.35 PM

July 17, 2013: Press Release

Kirkbride - Tim Litt Web Res Fergus Falls to Receive National Endowment for the Arts Our Town 2013 Grant for Imagine Fergus Falls Springboard for the Arts one of 59 grantees selected Fergus Falls, MN – The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) announced 59 Our Town grant awards totaling $4.725 million and reaching 34 states in the Our Town program’s third year of funding. Springboard for the Arts is one of those grantees and will receive $75,000 to support creative placemaking and community storytelling in Fergus Falls. This funding will help support Imagine Fergus Falls, a year-long initiative that will engage artists as community leaders and lead to the creation of dozens of artist-led placemaking projects in service of the historic preservation and economic improvement goals of the City of Fergus Falls. “We are excited and honored to receive the Our Town grant for Imagine Fergus Falls,” said Springboard for the Arts Executive Director Laura Zabel. “This support comes just after the success of the Rural Arts and Culture Summit, which demonstrated the power of community imagination and storytelling, and the need for building future models of engagement. The work of artists in Fergus Falls to find creative solutions to community challenges is work that we believe is critical locally and can serve as a model for other rural communities.” Springboard’s work in Fergus Falls is supported by the McKnight Foundation, Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation, Bush Foundation, Surdna Foundation and the Lake Region Arts Council. A major focus of Imagine Fergus Falls will be the history and future of the Fergus Falls Regional Treatment Center, or “The Kirkbride,” a state mental institution which was Fergus Falls’ largest employer for over 100 years. Built in 1897, at 500,000 square feet with 70 acres of farmland, this remarkable building is currently on the National Historic Registry and on Minnesota’s list of “endangered historic sites.” This building, which has for so long been a cornerstone of the community, presents a unique opportunity to leverage the area’s strong arts community as a catalyst for cross-sector innovation and collaboration. View the whole release here.

July 16, 2013

arleta_littleBoard Member Arleta Little leaves Springboard for the Arts to join the McKnight Foundation. “The McKnight Foundation has hired Arleta Little as arts program officer. She will join the foundation on August 5. Arleta Little has worked in the nonprofit sector for 15 years, for the past seven as executive director of the Givens Foundation for African American Literature in Minneapolis. The Givens Foundation is the only Twin Cities organization exclusively dedicated to advancing and celebrating black literature and writers. In her capacity as executive director, Little administered arts residencies, author series, and programs for writers. Prior to Givens, she was president of Organizational Development Services, Inc., where she provided strategic planning, grant writing, and program evaluation services to more than 30 organizations in Minnesota. She has served on the boards of Springboard for the Arts, Minnesota AIDS Project, and Friends of the Hennepin County Library.

July 5, 2013

Free Art Fridays blows up! Feature in the Pioneer Press: On Free Art Fridays, it’s finders keepers in the Twin Cities. “I’m the kind of artist who likes to make things for people, and even though I don’t know who the recipient is, I like the idea that it’s a gift. I feel artists should be recognized for their work and should be paid for it, so this isn’t an act of charity or anything. But for me, and in my life, it’s a way for me to send some of my work out into the world without having to worry about getting it in a store for people to buy.” Featured spot on WCCO: Fridays Just Got Funkier: Keep An Eye Out For Free, Hidden Art

Featured spot on KARE11: ‘Free Art Fridays’ is priceless in Twin Cities

June 20, 2013

Featured in Public Art Review: St. Paul brings public artists into City Hall as partners in creating the city. “St. Paul, Minnesota, is spearheading a quiet revolution in public art. A 2009 city ordinance includes artists in the regulations by which the city makes and remakes itself. Here, artists don’t merely make sculptures and murals to adorn the urban landscape; they have a meaningful role in city government and participate in the conception, development, and implementation of all manner of city projects. It’s an “upstream” conception in which public art is so deeply placed in the workaday services of the city as to be indistinguishable from them.”

June 19, 2013: Press Release

molly_small-1 Springboard for the Arts and The Cornerstone Group Announce Partnership for Artist Organizer at Lyndale Gardens – Poet and Performance Artist Molly Van Avery to Begin on July 8, Position Supported by the Surdna Foundation Saint Paul/Richfield, MN – Springboard for the Arts and The Cornerstone Group are excited to announce their partnership to place an Artist Organizer on the development team for the Lyndale Gardens project at 6400 Lyndale Avenue South in Richfield, MN. Molly Van Avery has been appointed to the Artist Organizer position and will begin on 8 July 2013. This Artist Organizer position is made possible with support from the Surdna Foundation. Molly Van Avery is a poet, performance artist, educator and arts advocate. Most recently, Van Avery co-curated the Bedlam Theatre 10Fest at Mixed Blood Theater and is an artist with the arts-based community development project Arts on Chicago. Van Avery is a recipient of the Minnesota State Arts Board Artist Initiative Grant, the Blacklock Nature Sanctuary Grant, the Jerome Travel and Study Grant, and the Naked Stages Grant for emerging performance artists. She will complete an MFA in Creative Writing from Hamline University in December 2013. Van Avery will work closely with The Cornerstone Group to highlight the creativity and vitality of Richfield, her childhood stomping ground. She is deeply committed to transforming Lyndale Gardens into a place that showcases the work of Richfield artists while feeding people’s bodies and imaginations.View the whole release here.

June 14, 2013

New video for Community Supported Art! Get your share today!

June 10, 2013

Radio feature on 89.3 The Current: The Current Presents: Music and Healthcare. “[A] roundtable discussion with a panel of experts from the local music community who work behind the scenes to connect the dots between artists and the healthcare they need. Our panelists included Laura Zabel, the executive director of Springboard for the Arts; Kate O’Reilly, who works independently to organize benefit shows; and Myles Kennedy and James Baker, two First Avenue employees who founded the Twin Cities Music Community Trust.” DSC7324-921x580-1

June 6, 2013: Rural Arts & Culture Summit Coverage

Feature on the National Endowment for the Arts blog: A Gathering and A Weaving: A View from the Rural Arts & Culture Summit. “Often when we talk about the interconnectedness of the arts, culture, and economy, we invoke the metaphor of an ecosystem. Certainly, in our collective moment of environmental consciousness, we understand an ecosystem not only as an abstract and connective network, but also a system of existence under constant threat, a gorgeous and complex design that we can only understand (and protect) by acting responsibly within it. Like many folks, I’ve used the word often; after my time at the Rural Arts and Culture Summit, I realize that I’ve used the word perhaps too freely, as that more complex rendering of the word’s potential has been in action, and around us, every day in rural communities.” Feature on MPR Ground Level: Yearning for arts can spur small town economic development. “For an arts-based economy to thrive in a town of 3,000 people, the majority of locals need to be on board. That means avoiding hoity-toity language that turns people off and perhaps expanding the very definition of what constitutes art.” Daily roundups from The Arts Partnership: Day One and Day Two. Blog post on Reciprocity, by Springboard Executive Director Laura Zabel: Look how we can move the Earth when we stand firmly on Main Street. “The day after I got back, I stopped by my parents’ house and was gushing about the Summit, tripping over myself trying to fill them in on everything that happened. My dad said, “It sounds like you’re not too worried about the future of rural America.” Nope, not a bit.” tumblr_inline_mo5pur0CUW1qz4rgp

June 5, 2013: Press Release

IMG_0390 Springboard for the Arts Announces New Director of Movement Building – Staffing changes add capacity to deliver on mission of cultivating vibrant communities Saint Paul, MN – Springboard for the Arts is pleased to announce staffing changes in order to add capacity to cultivate vibrant communities and connect artists with the skills, information and services to make a living and a life, here in Minnesota and with a national impact. Springboard’s programs are already replicated in 23 states across the country, and in order to add to that momentum, Carl Atiya Swanson will be moving from the position of Executive Assistant into the newly-created role of Director of Movement Building. This position will lead organizational marketing efforts, strategize and support programmatic marketing, design and lead individual giving strategy and be responsible for external relations projects and partnerships. Swanson is a theater artist and writer, and an MBA candidate at the University of St. Thomas Opus School of Business. He can be reached at View the whole release here.

June 3, 2013

Featured in Pollen: Cross-Pollination Propels Innovation. “A great example of cross-pollinating is Springboard for the Arts’ Community Supported Art (CSA) program, which uses the model of community supported agriculture (the original CSA) to bring artists and patrons together. Bringing even more worlds together to cross-pollinate is a project like Irrigate, which blows apart all boundaries, linking public, private and arts sectors to build community.” innovation1

May 1, 2013

Feature in The Line: Laura Zabel on Art’s New Roles in the Community. “The really big change, I think, was in looking at what our mission was, which has always been about the relationship between artist and community, and realizing that we’d only been working on one side of that equation. We now look through a lens of reciprocity between artists and communities. Instead of just thinking about artists as sort of victims in need of service, we see them as this creative force to be mobilized for helping the community.” sprinboard_fs2

April 30, 2013: Press Release

COMMUNITY SUPPORTED ART RETURNS FOR 5TH SEASON – A joint project of and Springboard for the Arts, 50 shares go on sale Friday, 5/3 Saint Paul/Minneapolis, MN – Springboard for the Arts and are excited to announce that shares of the nationally recognized Community Supported Art program will go on sale this Friday, 5/3. Based on the Community Supported Agriculture model, Community Supported Art (CSA) has been bringing local artists and buyers together for 4 years over 5 iterations. Through the success of the program locally, Springboard has helped replicate Community Supported Art in over 30 cities across the country, including the Aspen Ideas Festival in 2012. The 50 shares of the 2013 CSA also mark the first time a theater project has been included in the program. CSA is limited to 50 shares at $300 apiece, which will go on sale at 10:00AM on Friday, 5/3, here. View the whole release here. 269122_10150241657043419_4367408_n

April 25, 2013: Press Release

SPRINGBOARD FOR THE ARTS RECEIVES NATIONAL ENDOWMENT FOR THE ARTS GRANT FOR CREATIVE PLACEMAKING IN THE LAKE REGION Fergus Falls, MN – National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Acting Chairman Joan Shigekawa announced on Tuesday that Springboard for the Arts is one of 817 nonprofit organizations nationwide to receive an NEA Art Works grant. Springboard for the Arts is recommended for a $15,000 grant to support creative placemaking in the 9-county Lake Region. View the whole release here. Hoon_Kim_ArtWorks_story

April 16, 2013

Feature on Americans for the Arts ARTSblog by Springboard Rural Program Director Michele Anderson: Does Your Community Know Its Story?. “I really believe that if every community recognizes its artists’ potential as leaders, and invites them into their processes in a way that they can be responsive and knowledgeable about how to work with many perspectives, then from that will come something so beautifully simple: Stories.” AndersonMichele_BlogImage2

April 15, 2013

Feature in Kaiser Health News: Programs Help Independent Artists Access Health Care. ““Artists are entrepreneurs, but they haven’t always been taught the business side of making a living,” said Nikki Hunt, a spokeswoman for Springboard for the Arts. “And health care is one of the biggest barriers.””

April 8, 2013

Feature in Leadership And Community: Creative Access to Healthcare. “Springboard’s innovation in Healthcare access is just one of the many reasons I am proud to part of the team from Minnesota representing our amazing arts sector at the National Arts Advocacy Day.”

April 3, 2013

Featured interview on Knight Blog: Connecting Artists to Communities. “Springboard is made up of such hard working and creative people who care so deeply about this work. I feel like we have built an organization of people who see Springboard as a large-scale collaborative work of art, and who bring their creative skills, critical thinking and artists brains to the work every day. They inspire me.”

April 2, 2013: Press Release

Award-Winning Healthcare Model Now Available to Communities Nationwide Saint Paul, MN – Springboard for the Arts is excited to announce that the award-winning Artists’ Access to Healthcare (AAH) program is now available to communities nationwide to replicate. AAH is a free program that leverages existing resources to help artists in the Twin Cities and Fergus Falls, Minnesota, get the healthcare they need. View the whole release here.

March 20, 2013: Press Release

RURAL ARTS AND CULTURE SUMMIT COMES TO MORRIS, JUNE 5-6, 2013 Fergus Falls, MN – The 2013 Rural Arts and Culture Summit, “Leveraging Arts and Culture to Build Thriving Communities,” will take place on Wednesday, June 5, and Thursday, June 6, at the University of Minnesota, Morris. The summit will celebrate the transformative power of arts-based community development in rural towns, guiding its attendees to strengthen rural towns through innovative partnerships between communities and artists. The summit is hosted by the Center for Small Towns (CST) at the University of Minnesota, Morris, in partnership with Springboard for the Arts. View the whole release here. RAC_LogoTransparent

November 12, 2012

Working with the Neighborhood Councils for Irrigate!

March 2011: Press Release

WangIntroducing Jun-Li Wang; Springboard’s new Artist Community Organizer We are really pleased to announce the appointment of Jun-Li Wang as Springboard’s new Artist Community Organizer. She’ll be joining our staff here in Lowertown full-time this week. Springboard for the Arts’ Artist Community Organizer is charged with creating and delivering programs that organize communities of artists in specific sites, neighborhoods or cities. By helping artists develop practical skills that address the interests of their communities, Jun-Li will catalyze reciprocal relationships between artists and the places where they live and work. Details about these new programs and services will be announced in Summer 2011. “Jun-Li has been an important collaborator and consultant as we began developing programs that respond to requests to create permanent, local artist resources and to help local and regional communities with creative placemaking and creative problem-solving,” Executive Director Laura Zabel says. Jun-Li Wang has over a decade of local and international experience in community development, neighborhood leadership, and training. She has special interests and expertise in community and creative leadership, arts-based community building, and place making. In China, Jun-Li worked for several international non-profit organizations including The Asia Foundation, Project HOPE and The International Network for Bamboo and Rattan. After completing a Masters of Professional Studies from Cornell University in International Development, Jun-Li moved to Minnesota. As a community organizer at the Hamline Midway Coalition, she organized neighbors around creative community building and developed Leadership in Support of Neighborhood, a training program for emerging neighborhood leaders. Jun-Li is an alumni of The Creative Community Leadership Institute, and also served as a Leadership Institute faculty member in 2007 and 2010. She has worked as the City of St. Paul Public Art Ordinance Administrator, and on the creation of the Central Corridor Public Art Plan for Public Art St. Paul. Additionally, she is on the St. Paul Planning Commission, manages Paint the Pavement and is active on the board of Urban Boatbuilders, a metro non-profit serving at-risk youth. Jun-Li creates fiber and textile artwork that incorporates printmaking techniques and her original graphic design. You can reach her at

December 2010

Community Supported Art named #5 on the CULTURE list in the METRO Mag: The Metro 100!

November 16, 2010

Feature on KARE11 TV for Give to the Max 2010. “”With just $10 you can help support a healthy community through artists.  You can help support individual artists who make our community so special,” said Laura Zabel, the Executive Director for Springboard for the Arts. Springboard for the Arts acts like a association for small businesses, offering help on things like health care, taxes and career counseling.”

November 15, 2010

Feature in Knight Arts: Knight Foundation and Give to the Max.GiveMN has provided an incredibly flexible and much needed tool for online fundraising for organizations of all types and sizes in Minnesota. But for Springboard for the Arts it has been truly life changing! Beyond the increased ability to move our own fundraising online and connect with our large social media network, GiveMN has provided a huge benefit to our artist clients.”

August 26, 2010

Feature on the PBS News Hour: Community Supported Arts Harvests Creativity. “Just as Community Supported Agriculture (or C.S.A.) programs connect growers directly to the people buying and eating their food, a new Community Supported Art program assists artists in selling their work to local patrons through a kind of seasonal subscription.”

July 23, 2010

Artists’ Access to Healthcare named the Social Venture Partners 2010 Social Entrepreneur’s Cup Winner! “Springboard’s Artists’ Access to Healthcare program strives to connect artists to accessible and affordable healthcare.” Springboard-for-the-Arts-EPCON-2010

June 2010

Springboard for the Arts awarded the 2010 Minnesota Non-Profit Excellence Award!

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