We are delighted to introduce a national coalition of place-based organizations that center people, creativity, and equity working together to create a stronger ecosystem for communities and artists.
Applications are now open for the Falls Community Arts Exchange! Hosted in Fergus Falls, MN, this 4-week residency is open to artists interested in deep exchange with rural creative ecosystems, and who are interested in completing a collaborative project that supports local community goals through creative engagement.
SpringPOP! Community and Maker Market, May 4
SpringPOP, our annual pop-up artists' market, returns this year on Saturday, May 4 to Springboard for the Arts in St. Paul. Are you a local maker interested in tabling at the market? You're in luck, applications are open now!
Now in its 7th year, the 2024 edition of CSA will include three boxes of artwork, each one featuring handcrafted artwork by local makers. Shares will be delivered in February, March and April. Only 50 shares are available, so act fast!
Springboard hosts a variety of resources for economic opportunities. We run a Job Board for jobs with arts organizations, or organizations specifically looking to hire artists and creative workers. We also have an Opportunities Board that lists open calls, RFP/RFQs, board service opportunities, studio spaces and volunteer opportunities. Start exploring today!
Guaranteed Minimum Income for Artists Pilot
Curious about our work with artists around Guaranteed Income? Read about our Guaranteed Income pilot, Artists Respond: People, Place, & Prosperity, our partnership with the City of St. Paul supporting artists telling the story of the impact of Guaranteed Income, and the expansion of the pilot for artists in Otter Tail County, Minnesota.
What if you could address your community's most pressing needs, employ local residents to do it, and use federal or philanthropic funding to support it, all at the same time? Announcing Art-Train, a virtual technical assistance program for artists, municipal agencies, community non-profits, and arts councils in communities of all sizes across the nation.
Working on a new project? Visit a Resource Lab!
Our Resource Labs in Saint Paul and Fergus Falls, MN, offer individual artists and small organizations access to a full array of equipment, tools, and services in an informal, self-directed environment. Artists can use the Lab for artwork documentation, design, digitization and for general technical assistance on small projects.
Interested in new resources to add to your creative toolkit? "Work of Art" is a comprehensive program created to help you in building, and sustaining, your artistic business. Join us for free in-person and online offerings taking place year-round!
You make this work possible!
For 30 years, Springboard has helped make it easier for artists to make a living and for communities to benefit from the vitality and connectedness that is rooted in culture, and work for more vibrant and just local economies. Artists bring that meaning, joy, and connection into our lives, and if this is work you value, please consider making a tax-deductible gift to Springboard for the Arts.
Did you know that we offer hard copies of the Work of Art: Business Skills for Artists curriculum and the Handbook for Artists Working in Community? Now you do! Visit our shop to purchase your copy.
Our latest annual report is here! The report highlights the programs, offerings, and artist-led projects in our 2023 fiscal year, all of which would not have been possible without the support and creativity of the vibrant communities we serve. Thanks for reading!
Springboard for the Arts' mission is to support artists with the tools to make a living and a life, and to build just and equitable communities full of meaning, joy, and connection. Founded as an independent nonprofit in 1991, Springboard for the Arts has an innovative 30-year history of supporting artists making a living and a life and artist-led community development work.
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Building professional skills for artists
From the Work of Art: Business Skills for Artists toolkits and workshops, to career consultations, Springboard for the Arts is dedicated to artists of all disciplines making a living and a life. We make resources and create opportunities for artists to learn entrepreneurial, business, and strategic skills.Thrive as an artist
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Artists and communities thrive when they work together. Our goal is always to create projects that are adaptable to the the needs of individual communities; and to catalyze relationships and mechanisms that bring artists and communities together, and have lasting impact.Connect to artists
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Springboard for the Arts' national program is Creative Exchange, an online platform sharing stories of artists with impact and practical toolkits for you to create and run artist-centered projects in your community.Visit Creative Exchange launch
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