Springboard for the Arts supports and creates simple mechanisms for artists to connect with their communities to create meaningful, economically vibrant and equitable places. We implement projects in urban and rural Minnesota and national partners, and share what we’ve learned to catalyze the movement of artist-centered innovation across the country. If you want more details about any of our projects, please feel free to contact us directly.
In 2013, Springboard launched the Artist Organizers (AOs) pilot program through Irrigate, rooting artists in community-invested organizations to contribute their creative skills to carve new innovative paths for the organizations to achieve their goals. Since the pilot phase, SB continues to support AOs through maintaining a peer cohort and advising. AOs design, manage and implement two types of projects: 1) Artist Engagement – those that address specific priorities of the host organization that also engage other local artists, and 2) “Solo” – a project that the AO designs with the host that has a public benefit.
Artists & Aging is a collaboration between Springboard for the Arts and The Citizens League, funded by the Pluribus Project, a special initiative of the Aspen Institute. Four artist/artist teams are working with The Citizens League and partners to inform and inspire the public around issues of aging through the lens of home and community, and how this affects or reveals policy change.
Ready Go is a new resource that connects neighborhoods, non-profits, businesses and individuals to artist-created, mobile tools that are purpose-built to pique curiosity and prompt interaction.
Hinge Arts at the Kirkbride is a community development and artist residency program in Fergus Falls which activates cultural programming at or related to the historic Fergus Falls State Hospital, or the “Kirkbride Building.” The residency program offers professional and creative placemaking tracks for artists.
Based on the Irrigate model, and in partnership with the International Downtown Association, Springboard has created a guide for Business Districts to Work with Local Artists that supports creative placemaking and enhancement of business districts. In the first half of 2017, up to six business districts will pilot modest arts-based placemaking projects with support and technical assistance from Springboard. See Creative Exchange for guide and articles about artists impact in business districts and IDA for more information about this project. Funded by a Knowledge Building grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.
Founded in 2011, Rural Arts and Culture Summit is a biennial event that gathers rural artists, arts organizations and community and economic development leaders from the upper Midwest and beyond. The goal of the Rural Arts and Culture Summit is to build capacity for long-term partnerships between artists and rural communities by facilitating cross-sector conversations and professional development workshops for up to 400 artists, board members/staff/volunteers of rural arts organizations, and rural development stakeholders.
Originated and led by Springboard for the Arts, Twin Cities Local Initiatives Support Corporation and the City of Saint Paul, Irrigate is a nationally recognized artist-led creative placemaking* initiative pioneered along the Saint Paul portion of the Green Line (light rail transit) during the years of its construction, from 2011 to 2014. Through Irrigate, we mobilized and trained artists who live, work and have a personal investment in the area to make positive physical, economic and social impacts along the corridor; and developed and invested in permanent local resources and infrastructure to retain and attract artists – of all disciplines and experience – to have a long-term stake and role in communities along the corridor.
Homeland: Native Artists Create on the Ave was a collaboration of Native American Community Development Institute, All My Relations Arts, Springboard for the Arts and seven local Native artists. These artists worked over the course of four months to bring the public projects in creative placemaking.
Roots of Rondo: Black Artists Rising was an artist-led creative placemaking project in partnership with the Aurora-Saint Anthony Neighborhood Development Center. Rondo is both a physical geography and a living legacy. Rondo is generally seen as the area between University and Summit Avenues, from Lexington Avenue tapering down to Marion Street that has historically served as the center of Black culture, commerce and community in Saint Paul. Rondo also includes sites beyond those boundaries and into downtown Saint Paul where the spirit of Rondo individuals and families have a presence.
The vision of Imagine Fergus Falls was to foster community interaction about historic preservation and economic development in Fergus Falls through innovative arts programing, creative placemaking and community storytelling. From September 2013 to September 2014, Springboard for the Arts, The Fergus Falls Economic Improvement Commission, the Otter Tail County Historical Society and PlaceBase Productions partnered on community workshops, events and conversations.