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July 23, 2018 - Minnesota Monthly launch
Also amid downtown’s charming brick storefronts: a performing-arts venue and a few arts organizations, including the local arm of St. Paul-based Springboard for the Arts that opened in 2011, all within the span of a few blocks. You can plunk out a couple of notes on a painted piano on the street, or play spot-the-detail in the chalk-art figures that pop out from unforeseen corners. Fergus Falls has woven art into the fabric of what it is, which Beck sees as a contrast to a sleepier town of years back.
June 4, 2018 – Next City launch
Springboard for the Arts, which has spent the last 27 years promoting the role of art and artists in making vibrant cities, is buying its first permanent home, the St. Paul, Minn.–based nonprofit announced in a press release. The $5.1 million project — including $1.5 million for the purchase of a former car dealership in St. Paul — will give Springboard a new headquarters along University Avenue, where the organization has been doing work for years. The building will also include an artist market and community and event space.
June 4, 2018 – Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal launch
Springboard for the Arts, a nonprofit that connects artists and communities, recently bought a former car dealership at 262 University Ave. W. from R & N Corp. for almost $1.5 million, according to state records. In all, Springboard plans to spend $5.1 million to renovate the space for its needs, the Star Tribune reports. The nonprofit's leader, Laura Zabel, envisions the garage doors opening up to a market and a rooftop with views of the State Capitol and the Cathedral of St. Paul. More office and workshop space is in the plans, too.
June 3, 2018 – Asian American Press launch
The space will be used for community events, expanded programming, and new market opportunities during the planning and pre-development phases, before permanent renovations and improvements are made. An Open House event for community members to see the space and connect to opportunities for programming will be held from 10 a..m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, June 23. All are welcome. “For over 27 years, Springboard for the Arts has supported our vibrant community, while shaping a national conversation about cultural policy,” said St. Paul Mayor Melvin Carter. “I am excited about the creative development of this new space, which will allow them to further provide dynamic community engagement and innovative arts programming.”
June 1, 2018 – Star Tribune launch
Springboard for the Arts is on the second story of a brick building in St. Paul. But it is a ground-level type of organization. The nonprofit connects artists and communities, encouraging cities to see creative people as a cornerstone in successful community development. Soon, Springboard will model every one of the strategies it’s been espousing at its own building. In May, it purchased a vacant car dealership on W. University Avenue.
February 14, 2018 – Daily Journal Media launch
Saturday’s Writer’s Path to Publishing workshop brought with it more than 60 writers from across the region, from those just beginning to some published attendees. There were 7 different ZIP codes represented at the workshop, with some travelling from Morris, Ortonville, Deer River and Brainerd to join together as a literary community for a day. The afternoon consisted of three sessions where attendees could learn the building blocks of a story, a panel of regional published authors and a panel of publishers.
February 13, 2018 – Shelterforce launch
This past summer, Springboard for the Arts and People’s Center Clinics and Services collaborated on a new project. The idea was to extend the community wellness mission of People’s Center beyond its walls and into a Minneapolis neighborhood through art, creativity, and culture. The result of this work was a summer of projects that transformed a community clinic into a community hub: a home for creativity, collaboration, social connection, and joy.
December 28, 2017 – Governing launch
Bloomington’s approach is part of the city’s collaboration with Springboard for the Arts, a not-for-profit organization that connects governments with artists as a resource for urban planning and public engagement. “We’ve learned that [government officials] are open to working with artists, but it’s too hard. We were getting calls saying, ‘where do I find an artist? How do I know how much to pay them?’” says Laura Zabel, executive director of Springboard for the Arts. “I always say I want it to be as easy to work with an artist as it is to rent a bounce house."
December 26, 2017 – Next in Nonprofits launch
Caroline [Taiwo, Economic Opportunity Program Director for Springboard for the Arts] talks with host Steve Boland about how borrowed capital can be a part of building opportunities for artists, how the Kiva model works, the expanded loan limit and matching funds from Springboard (up to $25,000 loans with matches from Springboard toward the Kiva pool), business consultation for artists considering loans and more.
December 22, 2017 – CityLab launch
A young Native American woman and her partner were on their way to make a doctor’s appointment at a Minneapolis clinic this summer when they came upon a pop-up trailer on the front lawn. The woman stopped for a while to paint a dream catcher with artist Soozin Hirschmugl. “She made art for a long time,” said Hirschmugl. “Before she left, her partner told me how nice it was for them to sit with me, because people don’t often take time with others.” Hirschmugl and 16 other artists were hired by the People’s Center Health Services to spend several hours on its lawn every Thursday afternoon for four months, in a pilot program to engage with the community about health in a less disease-focused and more organic way. The People’s Center is one of a number of health clinics experimenting with programs that conceive of “health” more broadly. Part of the People’s Center’s mission is to engage its community in health education and outreach. But it has found that more traditional mechanisms like classes and workshops had not been well attended.
November 28, 2017 – Shelterforce launch
Solid creative placemaking needs to recognize and build the power and agency that exists in the place already. At Springboard for the Arts, we are seeking durable relationships between residents, businesses, and organizations in a neighborhood. We want creative placemaking to create the conditions for system change that is driven by and for the community. There are many approaches to creative placemaking. Some start with planning, public art, cultural facilities, or artist housing. To build real power and agency, however, we think you need an approach that starts with artists and community organizing.
September 19, 2017 – National Center for Arts Research launch
Some of the cultural conditions that make our arts scene so vibrant are our longtime commitment to infrastructure, robust nonprofit and philanthropic sectors; and collaborative and thoughtful planning. Unfortunately, these parts of our culture also have a downside: risk aversion, inclination towards talking rather than acting, and entrenched and slow moving power structures—these, and other, factors contribute to our slow progress on the big challenges we are facing. These challenges demand creative thinking, new questions, and bold doing, which are all things that artists can help bring to the table. Our entrenched disparities are a thorny, wicked, systematic problem that will take more than just artists working by themselves to untangle and undo, but I am committed to the proposition that artists, as community members, through their creative processes, have a role to play in this change.
September 3, 2017 – Star Tribune launch
St. Paul-based Springboard opened its rural outpost here six years ago. From its corner storefront in what has become a bustling downtown, staff members train Fergus Falls artists to run their small businesses, helping with everything from copyrights to Pinterest, while attracting artists from around the country for weekslong residencies. This summer, the nonprofit announced a new twist on that artist residency program — calling for artists who grew up in the area and moved away to “reconnect with their home region.” “It’s helped change the narrative in this community,” said Mayor Ben Schierer. “There’s an optimism now, there’s an energy that we can do these things, we can make this a more vibrant place. The arts have been a huge part of that.”
June 16, 2017 – Star Tribune launch
With all this talk about how to bridge big divides — between red and blue, rural and urban — could the answer be art? Rural poets and painters, actors and activists gathered in the middle of the Minnesota prairie this month to say “yes.” About 400 attendees at the Rural Arts and Culture Summit grappled with how the arts might connect people across cultural and political chasms during a three-day conference put on by Springboard for the Arts and the Center for Small Towns at the University of Minnesota, Morris. In panels, poems and performances, artists expressed optimism.
June 15, 2017 – Advocate Tribune launch
Arts and Culture is a large topic and I got a large dose of creativity, ideas and rural pride at last week’s Rural Art and Culture Summit in Morris. This conference is held every two years hosted by the Springboard for the Arts , Forum of Regional Arts Councils and Center for Small Towns with sponsors such as the Bush Foundation and the McKnight Foundation. This year’s conference was sold out with a waiting list and included an even wider geographic area. It brings together individual artists, arts organizations and small town representatives to discuss how to use the arts to develop the rural economy and create a better life for rural residents. One specific example from an Iowa town that I’d love to see happen here is using an empty downtown building to host an artist residency.
June 14, 2017 – Philanthropreneurship launch
People want to live in places where they can create meaning, build connections, and see opportunity – all of which are things that artists can help build and maintain. However, many times when we talk about art in community development, we’re limited to percent-for-art programs, or decoration at the end of a project. Through our work, we know that by having artists and their creativity at the table in more substantive ways, we can build more equitable and healthy communities.
June 14, 2017 – Star Tribune launch
Minnesota arts groups have nabbed $4.4 million in grants from the National Endowment for the Arts. The NEA announced Wednesday $82 million in awards to theaters, writers, music groups and other arts organizations. In a press release announcing the 1,195 grants -- its second round of funding for the fiscal year -- the endowment emphasized its reach: The grants "support arts activities in all 50 states," in urban centers and rural towns. Minnesota got 30 grants for a projects across the state. Arts Midwest, a Minneapolis-based regional organization that often partners with the NEA, nabbed the two biggest awards: $1.4 million for its work across the region and $1.2 million for its Shakespeare in American Communities program.
June 13, 2017 – Fergus Falls Daily Journal launch
During her time in Fergus Falls, Murphy had the opportunity to visit Springboard for the Arts, take walking tours of downtown and the Kirkbride, and have lunch with Mayor Ben Schierer. “There is a real hopefulness with the people I’ve talked to and a pride in the community,” Murphy said of her time in Fergus Falls. “There’s an interest in the different parts of economy, education, health care and the lakes. The value placed strongly on clean water, in many ways, is ahead of the state.”
June 12, 2017 – M E Fuller launch
I attended a series of 5 classes, offered by Springboard at no charge and presented in my local library, April through May. The title of the group of classes was “Work of Art. Business Skills for Artists.” I had not planned to attend since I had been a freelance graphic designer for the better part of thirty years. I thought I knew… well, I didn’t. From a review of how to tailor the artist resume to legal considerations, pricing and time management, to funding options, I left with knowledge about how-to and artist resources, to build my retirement career into a solid retirement business.
June 5, 2017 – Nonprofit Quarterly launch
In 2011, Fergus Falls received its first NEA grant, a modest $25,000, which was enough to launch a multi-year cultural project, with the help of St. Paul-based Springboard for the Arts. Importantly, the NEA grant helped to attract additional funding, much of it from private foundations, to the tune of $1.2 million; and the success of the work that has been done in this community—led by artists but in collaboration with the people who live there—has attracted another $120,000 from the NEA since the initial grant.
June 1, 2017 – Think Progress launch
So he might never gotten his current business—creating custom ceramic funeral urns—off the ground if it weren’t for a local program called Springboard for the Arts. It was there that he attended their Work of Art business skills classes for artists and started developing a business plan. Later on, he created a logo and website with their help. “I really didn’t know that there was a professional side to creating artwork. I thought if I made it and put it online I could sell it,” he said. “They really helped me, they grounded me.” Springboard was even able to help him secure a Kiva loan to create a studio space in town.
May 31, 2017 – High Plains Reader launch
Springboard for the Arts is an organization that develops and builds opportunities for art and artists. The summit started in 2011 as a “venue for people to talk about uniquely rural arts and culture,” said Michelle Anderson, Rural Program Director for Springboard, “to get what they need to thrive, share stories and knowledge. It was filling a gap in programming that wasn’t there.”
May 31, 2017 – The Growler launch
Speaking at the same Star Tribune-hosted discussion, U.S. Representative Betty McCollum pointed to the significance of federal funding in schools and youth-oriented programs: “Arts education teaches young people to think creatively, to work effectively with others, to bring fresh ways of thinking to STEM disciplines like engineering and math. The NEA has been critical to funding those kinds of programs, and you just can’t put a price tag on that.” Laura Zabel, executive director of Springboard for the Arts, put it simply: “This is ultimately about engagement with our own culture, an expression of who we are and what we value.”
May 26, 2017 – The Art Newspaper launch
With the $25,000 NEA grant, the St Paul, Minnesota-based arts non-profit, Springboard for the Arts, which calls itself “an economic and community development organization for artists and by artists”, opened an office in Fergus Falls and was able to launch a multi-year cultural project. Since 2011, the organisation has been given a total of $145,000 in NEA grants—but has also received over $1.2m in funding from private donors, such as the McKnight Foundation.
May 24, 2017 – Delta Regional Authority launch
The Delta Regional Authority (DRA), in partnership with leading national arts and government organizations, today announced the Delta Creative Placemaking Initiative to strengthen the Delta economy and improve the quality of life for the region’s 10 million residents. DRA will contribute nearly $460,000 to stimulate economic and community development efforts in local communities through the Delta’s arts and culture sectors. “This pilot program recognizes the importance of incorporating the arts and culture sectors into economic and community development efforts to enhance the quality of place and quality of life in Delta communities,” said DRA Federal Co-Chairman Chris Masingill. “At DRA, we understand that we must support our region’s cultural and creative economies to assure the rural way of life will continue as we build more entrepreneurial and inclusive communities. That is why we are partnering with national experts in the field who can lend their experience to help us promote the arts and culture that make the Delta region one of the most iconic places in the world.” Partners included in the effort are: ArtPlace America, the Rural Policy Research Institute (RUPRI), the National Association of Counties, the National Association of Development Organizations, Springboard for the Arts, and the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies, among others.
May 12, 2017 – Creators launch
Blayze Buseth is one of the many local artists impacted by Springboard's presence. He was in high school when he took his first class there—a course called Business: Work of Art, designed to help artists learn the business aspects of making a living as a professional artist. The series is tailored to artists in rural communities, teaching them how to market their work nationally and internationally, thereby generating enough revenue to continue living local as full-time artists. Springboard helped Buseth source and secure a community-funded loan, which he used to launch his studio and his business creating and selling custom monuments. "We're lucky to have this place where artists can stop in and get directed toward what their mission is," Buseth says.
May 5, 2017 – Rewire launch
The business and entrepreneurial aspect of your work—that’s all knowable stuff! A lot of things that may seem daunting are actually just processes that if you practice them, can make your life a lot easier. Springboard for the Arts offers a workshop series called Work of Art: Business Skills for Artists, which starts with career planning, goes through things like pricing, time management, marketing and legal considerations, and ends in business planning. We give away the curriculum for free as a toolkit, so the information is out there, and you can have it!
May 5, 2017 – B Magazine launch
For over 100 years, Fergus Falls, Minn. was home to the Fergus Falls State Hospital, a 500,000-square-foot mental institution built under the Kirkbride Plan. The facility was the area’s largest employer until it closed in 2006. In 2014, Springboard for the Arts received a $100,000 ArtPlace National Creative Placemaking grant to support its Hinge Arts at the Kirkbride artist residency program, in a former nurses’ dormitory adjacent to the main hospital building. Residency participants were encouraged to create projects that foster interaction about the past and future of the building, and illuminate the many perspectives behind the history of mental health treatment, as well as preservation and economic development in rural towns.
May 2, 2107 – The Daily Yonder launch
We’re in a moment where it’s worth trying and it’s worth using our creative selves and worth working with our creative people to see if we might be able to figure out a different way. A way that’s more supportive of the people who are already there, that builds the social capital that all our communities need, and that can imagine what else is possible in a different way.
April 28, 2017 – Sun Sailor launch
For all of their stylistic differences, the members of Springstep Collective came together due to a commonality — they wanted to boost their knowledge of the business side of art. Each enrolled in a series of classes called “Work of Art” at the Excelsior Library developed by Springboard for the Arts, an economic and community development organization for artists and by artists. Before the classes began, Moore and Sweetman had met once to have coffee. Other than that, the five were strangers when they attended the sessions. The classes focused issues such as on how artists can market their work, create websites and price their artwork to make a profit. While those skills make becoming a self-sustaining artist easier, many artists aren’t well-versed in them.
April 21, 2017 – NewsOK launch
People walking downtown Oklahoma City's sidewalks Thursday might have noticed a little sunshine in the rain. The welcome moisture unlocked more than two dozen “Make it Rain Poems” installed on sidewalks at various locations throughout downtown and its surrounding neighborhoods...A similar project in another community's downtown area prompted the local organization to begin exploring whether it could be done here, and led it to apply for a creative place-making grant from the International Downtown Association and Springboard for the Arts. Earlier this year, Downtown Oklahoma City Inc. received a $5,000 grant for the project, and it turned to a couple of local poets for help.
April 20, 2017 – Love Always Jenny launch
One way I have been working on my art career is that I have been taking advantage of the Springboard for the Arts: Work of Art Business Skills for Artists Curriculum. I am about halfway through and wanted to share some personal takeaways. You can take the course in person, download the workbooks to do on your own, or purchase the course to watch on DVD. I’d encourage you to take advantage of these amazing resources to cultivate a better understanding of your art career and develop further skills. I’m not affiliated with Springboard for the Arts nor do I get any remuneration for this series of blog posts from Springboard. These are simply some of what I have learned about my own artistic practice and career through working through the materials from Work of Art.
April 20, 2017 – Brainerd Dispatch launch
The Brainerd Public Library in collaboration and support of the State of Minnesota's Legacy Amendment funds, Springboard for the Arts and the Crossing Arts Alliance is presenting a free five workshop series called "Work Of Art." The "Work Of Art" series offers business skills and professional development for artists in all disciplines—visual, performing and literary arts. Artists can take the whole series, customized combinations, or individual workshops that best suit their needs.
April 14, 2017 – Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis launch
Laura Zabel, executive director of St. Paul-based Springboard for the Arts, said she had multiple friends texting and calling her to describe this scene. After all, her organization, which promotes community and economic development through arts-based programming, made the grant to the neighborhood artist who installed the stained glass. “When you see an installation like this, stained glass painstakingly placed in a fence, how does it make you feel about your neighborhood?” she reflected. “Does it give you a sense that you could change something about your surroundings, too? Does it make you rethink how you feel about those parts—like that stretch of University Avenue—that are seemingly unloved?”
April 4, 2017 – Fergus Falls Daily Journal launch
The idea for the interactive sculpture on the trail has been in the works for a while, but really became a reality when the committee reached out to PartnerSHIP 4 Health, Fergus Falls’ local chapter of the Minnesota Department of Health’s Statewide Health Improvement Program (SHIP). They have worked with Springboard for the Arts on different events and projects before, but this is the biggest project they’ve undertaken together. “We wanted to come up with a way to incorporate everyone’s goals,” Michele Anderson, the rural program director of Springboard for the Arts, said about how the idea for the sculpture came to be, “We had to think of a way to make public art active.”
April 4, 2017 – KARE 11 launch
Fergus Falls will soon have a new sculpture meant for both art and play, thanks to the Minnesota Super Bowl Host Committee (MNSBHC) Legacy Fund. As part of its 52 Weeks of Giving campaign, the fund has awarded a grant to Springboard for the Arts to build a "play sculpture." It will stand at the trailhead of the redeveloped Central Lakes State Trail.
April 4, 2017 – KVRR launch
Nature isn’t the only thing beginning to bloom in the spring. A partnership in Fergus Falls is brimming with ideas to promote a healthier lifestyle in Minnesota. The Central Lakes State Trail in Fergus Falls is filled with endless active possibilities. But many drive by the trail, too busy to notice this diamond in the rough. That’s about to change…if the Minnesota Super Bowl Host Committee (MNSBHC) has anything to say about it.
March 20, 2017 – Vox Media launch
“Those big storytelling opportunities for a community to really tell its story in its own words — right now, that seems like almost the most important work we can do,” Zabel said. “I think [Fergus Falls] is a great example of artists leading the way toward new economic development — toward reimagining what spaces and places can be and helping a community think and look forward together in a way that's really directly linked to the economic development of the city, and of the community.”
March 17, 2017 – Christian Science Monitor launch
"The impact of the NEA money on a town like Fergus Falls is significant, says Ms. Zabel. “It is a relatively small amount of investment, but even more important than the money is the symbolism of supporting arts and culture,” she tells The Christian Science Monitor in an interview on Thursday. “The NEA is one of the most important ways that the federal government that it listens to rural communities and it supports rural communities and their sense of culture and identities and very directly their economy.”"
February 10, 2017 – Ceramics Monthly launch
The Work of Art Toolkit published by Springboard for the Arts in St. Paul, Minnesota, offer artists a free leg up when it comes to gaining business skills. Gaining business skills can be difficult. Springboard for the Arts, a non-profit arts-services organization, has made it easier with their Work of Art Toolkit, which can be used by individual artists, small groups, collectives, students in professional development courses, and arts organizations.
February 1, 2017 – High Plains Reader launch
Springboard for the Arts is a community development organization by and for artists, based in Saint Paul and Fergus Falls. It connects artists with the skills, information and services to make communities vibrant. Creative Exchange recognizes that many local governments, community organizations and arts groups lack the resources to develop programs, so the team offers free toolkits, consultations and networking to encourage building stronger art communities.
January 26, 2017 – Fergus Falls Daily Journal launch
Along with partners, Springboard for the Arts, Creative Exchange and Art of the Rural, Ashley hopes to shed light on the work rural-based artists, cultural leaders, and arts organizations are doing at the intersection of art and community development. So far, she has visited artists in Del Rey, California; Ajo, Arizona; Show Low, Arizona; Zuni Pueblo, New Mexico; Santa Ana Pueblo, New Mexico; Albany, Texas; Edom, Texas; Fayetteville, Texas; Arnaudville, Louisiana; Summit, Mississippi; Newbern, Alabama; Denmark, South Carolina; Lake City; Flyd, Virginia and Whitesburg, Kentucky. All of these communities have populations under 10,000 — the majority of these communities have a population of under 2,500.
January 15, 2017 – Fergus Falls Daily Journal launch
The International Downtown Association and Springboard for the Arts will soon have new resources and projects to support creative placemaking partnerships between artists and local business initiatives. Wednesday, Springboard and IDA launch the Guide for Business Districts to Work with Local Artists, and announce six new projects, led by IDA member organizations, to implement creative placemaking projects in their community.
January 19, 2017 – Local Current Blog launch
“The ACA is far from perfect,” wrote Nikki Hunt, of Springboard for the Arts, in an e-mail. “Health insurance still doesn’t guarantee affordable healthcare and it’s way too complicated to get and keep insured, especially with the way the market offerings turn over every year. But, a big reason the ACA couldn’t get better is because every critique of the system was turned into a cry to tear the whole thing down.
December 1, 2016 – Star Tribune launch
In 1996, Jennings pursued coaching from Springboard for the Arts, a St. Paul organization that helps artists think like entrepreneurs. He dropped a pile of cassette tapes on the desk of Suicide Commandos frontman Chris Osgood, Springboard’s director of artist services at the time. Jennings asked for help. Osgood counseled him to get a headshot, write a bio and come back with a full-length CD.
November 4, 2016 – Secrets of the City launch
In advance of a Springboard fundraiser, Secrets of the City writes, "Springboard for the Arts has become an indispensable piece of our thriving Twincy arts and culture scene, and you can help them out even before we get into the Give to the Max Day mania."
August 2, 2016 – Fergus Falls 30 Under 40 launch
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.
July 28, 2016 – New office in Fergus Falls launch
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."
June 24, 2016 – Work of Art in Business Journals launch
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 in ArtsHacker launch
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 – Creative Exchange in Fast Company launch
Fast Company wrote a piece on Creative Exchange at Co.Exist: These Toolkits For Artists Teach How To Build Community Through Art: Making that possible is a platform from Springboard for the Arts called Creative Exchange, a place where artists, organizations, and cities can share "toolkits" for creative community building ideas that should spread. “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 – Hyperallergic Post launch
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 – Work of Art in Young Upstarts launch
More highlights from Work of Art, this time at Young Upstarts, in an article 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 – Work of Art in Music Connection launch
Musicians using Work of Art get a feature in Music Connection Tip Jar, with 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 4, 2016 – Work of Art in Hyperallergic launch
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 – AM950 Interview launch
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 18, 2016 – Work of Art in Metro Magazine launch
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 18, 2015 – Forbes Magazine Interview launch
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 14, 2015 – CreativeBloQ Feature launch
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.”
November 29, 2015 – I Heart Radio Interview launch
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.
November 24, 2015 – Star Tribune launch
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, ‘Transit advocacy group is certifying groups going transportation-friendly.’