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Kandace Creel Falcon's painting, In Rural We Tend to the Herd, and Artists Respond: People, Place, and Prosperity project
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Vickie Benson Resource Center at Springboard for the Arts in Saint Paul, Minnesota
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Springboard for the Arts Annual Report
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Guaranteed Income for Artists

Curious about our work with artists around Guaranteed Income? Read about our GI pilot for artists in St. Paul and Otter Tail County, new narrative change projects from our cohort, Artists Respond: People, Place, and Prosperity, and our latest Impact Report, The Art of Economic Justice.

Creative Change Coalition

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.

Art Train

Art-Train is a virtual technical assistance program for artists, municipal agencies, and community-focused organizations in all sectors, in communities of all sizes across the nation designed to help you reach and engage more people, increase community relevance and connection, and find innovative ways to be more effective.

Jobs & Opportunities Board

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!

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Sign up for our Newsletter

Want to stay current on Springboard news, workshops, programs, and upcoming events? Sign up to receive our biweekly newsletter for the latest updates and offerings!

Resource Center

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.

Work of Art: Business Skills for Artists

"Work of Art" is a comprehensive curriculum designed to help you in building, and sustaining, your creative business through free, year-round workshops. The "Work of Art" series has been taught by Springboard for the Arts at arts organizations, libraries and colleges in over 80 communities in the Upper Midwest, and replicated across the country by artists, arts organizations, and colleges and universities.

Buy Springboard Books

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 copies.

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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.

Spring Impact Report

Our latest impact report, The Art of Environmental Stewardship, is a culmination of several years of work, programming, and artist-led projects. It offers a framework for how artists are key partners in environmental stewardship by connecting us more deeply to our environments and one another, facilitating community repair, and reimagining a more sustainable future.

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Upcoming Offerings

CALENDAR OF EVENTS

Find upcoming workshops, trainings, and community events from Springboard for the Arts. Learn more!

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JOB BOARD

Search artist-focused and creative jobs with organizations across the Upper Midwest. Learn more!

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ARTIST CAREER CONSULTATIONS

Connect with experienced artists across disciplines for career planning and project feedback. Learn more!

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RESOURCE LABS

Spaces in Fergus Falls and St. Paul with equipment, tools, and services for artists. Learn more!

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GRANT RESOURCES

Resources for grants and funding opportunities for artists and organizations in Minnesota. Learn more!

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PROFESSIONAL SERVICES DIRECTORY

A directory of Minnesota-based professional arts-related services and resources. Learn more!

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INCUBATOR FISCAL SPONSORSHIP

Fiscal sponsorship for arts organizations and individual artist projects in Minnesota. Learn more!

Minnesota Lawyers for the Arts (MnLA)

MINNESOTA LAWYERS FOR THE ARTS

Connect to legal resources and consultations for your creative work. Learn more!

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READY MADE

Discover beautifully crafted one-of-a-kind pieces by local artists and makers! Learn more!

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CREATIVE EXCHANGE

Practical artist-created toolkits to spark change and stories to inspire connection. Learn more!

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SPRINGBOARD BOOKS

Get the Work of Art: Business Skills for Artists and Handbook for Artists Working in Community! Learn more!

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ART-TRAIN

National training and technical assistance for communities and artists to work together. Learn more!

Saint Paul Site Info

ST. PAUL

Our St. Paul office and community hall, rentals, and site activation. Learn more!

Fergus Falls Office

FERGUS FALLS

Visit us in our Fergus Falls office and join in community events. Learn more!

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ABOUT US

Information about Springboard for the Arts, our mission, and community report. Learn more!

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.

 

Together we
build the movement of

art and community.

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

Artists working in community

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

We power Creative Exchange

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.

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Support Springboard for the Arts!

Our work builds creative people power – connecting artists to resources they need, and communities to their artists. Support us in the work we do together!

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Saint Paul, MN 55103
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Fergus Falls

201 West Lincoln Ave.
Fergus Falls, MN 56537
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