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NATIONAL TRAINING and TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE PROGRAM

WHAT IS THE OPPORTUNITY?

Significant relief and recovery dollars are now available in every state and locality across the country. The American Rescue Plan resources are unusually flexible, and funding from the proposed American Jobs Plan is expected to be significant as well.   

These public funds can be used to support arts and culture-based, cross-sector community partnerships to rebuild civic and economic vitality, and reimagine more equitable systems. Plan now to access these funds in your community: Read the Memo.

Art-Train is here to help you access resources and develop strategies that will help you reach and engage more people, increase community relevance and connection and find creative ways to be more effective. Artists bring not only their ability to make, to engage across sectors and people, but also to use critical processes to reconnect, reimagine and rebuild in their own places. Keep reading to learn more and register for training.

Trainings for Agencies/Organizations start on May 11, 2021 and for Individual Artists on May 18, 2021 and repeat every two weeks (same content).

Art-Train Agency/Organization Training

The Agency/Organization Training is for staff at government agencies, community non-profits and arts councils of all sizes. Register for a Training, learn about Discounts & Add-ons, or learn more details.

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Art-Train Individual Artist Training (Free!)

The Art-Train Individual Artist Training (Free!) is for artists who are interested in building on their existing skills to collaborate in and with their communities through their local agencies, non-profits, and arts councils.

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WHAT IS ART-TRAIN? (Download a PDF of the Program Description)

Art-Train, housed at Springboard for the Arts, is a partnership with Center for Performance and Civic Practice. It is a virtual technical assistance program for artists, municipal agencies, community non-profits, and arts councils in communities of all sizes across the nation. 

Art-Train will equip you with tools to design and support cross-sector, equity-centered, locally-rooted and culture-based collaborations in communities of all sizes. Art-Train brings together both sides of the creative equation with two parallel tracks: 

- Artist Track: artists get ready to work in collaboration with agencies, non-profits, and arts councils on critical community issues. 

- Agency track: government agencies, non-profits, and arts councils get ready to work with local artists to support creative workforce development, economic growth, and authentically address community needs and concerns such as public health, housing and civic engagement.

Participants attend an initial synchronous virtual training session, and then receive ongoing technical assistance through optional bi-weekly group coaching rooms with Art-Train staff, experts and an expanding network of peers. 

Artists are creative people from all disciplines and experiences, from culture bearers and craft artists to classically trained, from those who receive huge commissions and whose work is collected by museums, to those who sing in community choir, weave stories, or carve spoons. Artists are a natural resource and an asset – they are in every place, on every block, in every apartment building, and every rural community.

WHAT DO PARTICIPANTS GET?

- ALL PARTICIPANTS will gain skills to frame and translate their goals into formats that will be supported by multiple funding sources. All will have access to ongoing technical assistance, a resource library, additional learning from experts and peers, and an expanding network of practitioners across the country. 

- ARTISTS will build on their existing skills to collaborate in and with their communities. They will deepen their own practices around creative problem solving, equitable community engagement, and creating arts-based strategies to address recovery efforts, from public health to local economies.

- AGENCIES and ORGANIZATIONS will learn customizable models and best practices to design and implement local-artist centered programs that address community challenges through ethical, culturally competent and responsive public engagement with more equitable, authentic, culturally-relevant results. 

HOW DOES THIS IMPACT MY LOCAL COMMUNITY? 

Art-Train is here to help you access resources and develop strategies that will help you reach and engage more people, increase community relevance and connection and find creative ways to be more effective. Artists bring not only their ability to make, to engage across sectors and people, but also to use critical processes to reconnect, reimagine and rebuild in their own places. 

Through Art-Train, we can connect local needs, local residents, local leaders and local artists to collectively build an equitable economic recovery and a healthier future for our communities, through programming that supports:

- Authentic, community-based solutions to sector challenges: public health, food security, housing, public safety, education, transportation, etc.

- Enhanced community narrative, identity, pride and empowerment.

- Increased social capital and diversified networks that contribute to community recovery and resilience.

- Increased community and economic vitality that supports people and places.

WHO IS LEADING ART-TRAIN? 

Art-Train is co-led and co-designed by Jun-Li Wang at Springboard for the Arts and Michael Rohd at the Center for Performance and Civic Practice, in collaboration with a circle of thinkers and advisors including:

Anne Basting, Timeslips/MacArthur Fellow
Roberto Bedoya, Oakland Cultural Affairs
Jamie Bennett, United States Artists
Lyz Crane, former ArtPlace America
Deborah Cullinan, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts
Jaime Dempsey, Arizona Commission for the Arts
Randy Engstrom, former Seattle Office of Arts and Culture
Maria Rosario Jackson, Arizona State University
Liz Lerman, Choreographer/MacArthur Fellow
Jason Schupbach, Drexel University
Jill Sonke, Center for the Arts in Medicine, University of Florida
Leila Tamari, former ArtPlace America
Willa Taylor, Goodman Theatre
Carlton Turner, Mississippi Center for Cultural Production
Margy Waller, former White House Senior Advisor
Anu Yadav, Artist/Cultural Strategist
Laura Zabel, Springboard for the Arts 

WHAT ARE SOME REPRESENTATIVE PROGRAMS? 

- Artists Respond: Combating Social Isolation (Springboard for the Arts): https://springboardforthearts.org/artists-respond/

- International Downtown Association creative partnerships (Springboard for the Arts): https://springboardforthearts.org/work-with-artists/community-development/ida/

- Artists on Main (Rethos and Springboard for the Arts) https://www.rethos.org/artists-on-main-street

- Art of Recovery (Santa Monica Cultural Affairs): https://www.santamonica.gov/arts/artofrecovery

- Creative Corps (San Francisco): https://sfmayor.org/article/mayor-london-breed-announces-san-francisco-creative-corps-support-artists-and-promote-public

- Learning Lab (Metro Arts Nashville): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tuJhXTz95bw

- Timeslips: https://timeslips.org/

Springboard Staff

Associate Director, Programs

Art-Train is supported in part by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Cover photo: La Luchadora screenprinting cart at a creative placemaking event in Bloomington's South Loop. Credit Bruce Silcox.