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Are you a Saint Paul artist interested in people and place, and what makes them prosper? If yes, then this Artist Call (Request for Qualifications) is for you!

Springboard for the Arts seeks 5 artists to raise public awareness and support for guaranteed income by participating in a cohort and implementing public projects in fall of 2021. Each artist will receive $5000 (includes artist stipend and any project materials).

Information session (on Zoom): Mon, June 21, 2021 5:00 - 6:00 PM Central Time. The Info Session was recorded and can be viewed here: https://springboardforthearts.org/artists-respond-people-place-and-prosperity-info-session/

RFQ Deadline to Apply: Friday, July 16, 11:59 PM Central Time

Background
The City of Saint Paul has launched the People’s Prosperity Guaranteed Income Pilot program, providing up to 150 Saint Paul families $500 in income for up to 18 months. Springboard for the Arts additionally is launching a “sidecar” program to the City’s pilot – supporting 25 artists, culture bearers, and creative workers in Saint Paul also with $500 a month in guaranteed income for 18 months. This exciting and innovative public-private collaboration gives us an opportunity to create a new narrative for guaranteed income, and how this can contribute to healthy, stable, and vibrant neighborhoods.

A guaranteed income is a monthly, cash payment given directly to individuals. It is unconditional, with no strings attached and no work requirements. A guaranteed income is meant to supplement, rather than replace, the existing social safety net and can be a tool for racial and gender equity.

In order to raise public awareness and support for guaranteed income, Artists Respond: People, Place, and Prosperity will be a cohort of Saint Paul artists who create public projects that demonstrate 1) the root causes that lead to the need for guaranteed income, and 2) the impact of guaranteed income on the families and communities that are supported by it.

Artists Respond: People, Place, and Prosperity is a project of the City of Saint Paul and Springboard for the Arts, supported by Mayors for a Guaranteed Income, Saint Paul & Minnesota Foundation and The Kresge Foundation.

Artist eligibility
- Saint Paul residency (if team; lead artist must have Saint Paul residency).
- Artists of all disciplines, experience levels and backgrounds are encouraged to apply.
- You must be able to attend the 4 mandatory workshops (preferably in-person) on 3 DATES (final one will be set later.)
- If a team, all members must participate in workshops. Lead artist will receive payment and be responsible for disbursement to team members. 

Selection Criteria
- Interest in and/or connection to the issues.
- Interest in and/or experience creating projects related to civic/community issues.
- Quality and relevance of artist’s past work as demonstrated in the submitted materials.
- How does the group of artists together represent different artistic practices, communities, and interests?

Project parameters
- Project design does not begin until the first cohort meeting.
- Projects must occur sometime from September-December 2021.
- Projects must be free and publicly accessible (whether virtually, in place, or in person).
- There will be some geographic focal areas for physical projects/activities (but flexibility within the areas), most likely North End, Eastside, West 7th, Rondo and Frogtown areas (areas of high concentration of Guaranteed Income pilot families).
- Connection to and collaboration with GI recipients/families, project sites, groups/organizations, etc. will be supported by Springboard and City staff.

Timeline
- Informational session on Mon, June 21 from 5:00 - 6:00 PM. View the Recording here..
- Deadline to apply Friday, July 16, 11:59 PM Central Time.
- Notification by Friday, August 6.
- Sign contract and receive $4000 of project funds.
- Participate in 4 mandatory cohort meetings (virtually or in-person). The set three dates are:
Fri, Aug 27, 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM (orientation/brainstorming)
Fri, Sep 10, 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM (update & troubleshooting)
Thu, Oct 7, 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM (update & troubleshooting)

- The final cohort meeting
(debrief/assessment) will be set later with the whole cohort.
- Design and implement project from September to December 15, 2021.
- Upon completion of project final report, no later than December 31, 2021, receive remaining balance of $1000. 

 

Artists Respond: People, Place, and Prosperity - Application Form

The deadline to apply is Friday, July 16 at 11:59 PM.

Submit an Application

Springboard Staff

Community Organizer
Artists Respond: People, Place, and Prosperity - Info Session

The Info Session on Zoom on Mon, June 21 was recorded and is available for viewing by clicking on the link below.

View a Recording of the Info Session
Artists Respond: People, Place, and Prosperity - Application Form

The deadline to apply is Friday, July 16 at 11:59 PM.

Submit an Application

Artists Respond: People, Place, and Prosperity is a project of the City of Saint Paul and Springboard for the Arts, supported by Mayors for a Guaranteed Income, Saint Paul & Minnesota Foundation and The Kresge Foundation.

Cover image: Nicole Smith, Michele Spaise & Ta-coumba Aiken, "StArt: (Re)Foresting Rondo *(StArt = Storytelling & Art-Making)!", part of Roots of Rondo: Black Artists Rising. Photo: Farrington Llewellyn