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Introducing SpringBOX!

Springboard for the Arts is delighted to announce that we have purchased the building and lot at 262 University West in Saint Paul. We are excited to hold this space for community events, expanded offices and programming, and new market opportunities.

From Minnesota, Springboard for the Arts has built national models for professional development and resources for artists, as well as artist-led community development and participation models. One such project, the “Irrigate” initiative which ran from 2011-2014 along the Green Line construction zone, was a partnership with the City of Saint Paul, Twin Cities Local Initiative Support Corporation and six St. Paul district councils, with major support from ArtPlace America.

The effort trained more than 650 local artists in creative placemaking and partnership-building skills, funded over 250 creative projects along the corridor, and resulted in 51 million positive media impressions of the neighborhoods along the corridor. The Irrigate “Art Happens Here” neighborhood celebration in 2012 was held on the site of 262 University Avenue West, bringing this work full circle for Springboard for the Arts.

Springboard has had its offices in the Northern Warehouse Building in Lowertown for almost 27 years, and we have grown and evolved immensely in that time. We are grateful to our Lowertown friends and neighbors, and as we plan our future move we will always have a commitment to the neighborhood. The purchase and pre-development of 262 University Avenue West are the first steps in a larger community design process and funding campaign to support renovations, funding of programming and sustainability, and development of new markets and entrepreneurial opportunities for local artists and makers. Lowertown-based architecture firm 4RM+ULA has been selected as the architect for the project.

The Saint Paul Foundation, F.R. Bigelow Foundation, and Mardag Foundation have made founding commitments to this effort with grants totaling $500,000. “The Saint Paul Foundation, F. R. Bigelow Foundation and Mardag Foundation recognize the enormous value Springboard for the Arts adds to our community through diverse and profound opportunities to engage with art and individual artists,” says Sharon DeMark, program officer with the Saint Paul & Minnesota Community Foundations. “Springboard’s commitment to community and economic vitality in Saint Paul and neighborhoods like those along University Avenue aligns with that of the Foundations. We are pleased to provide early support for a project that will not only enhance Springboard’s ability to serve the community, but also create space for organizations led by people of color and artists of color.”

Donate to support SpringBOX!

Help us build this new home for Springboard's work! Donate via GiveMN with the button below, or send a check to:

Springboard for the Arts
Attn: Individual Giving
308 Prince Street, Suite 270
Saint Paul, MN 55101

We want you to use SpringBOX!

Springboard for the Arts is excited to hold our new space open for community use during this period of pre-development. The useable space of SpringBOX is the old showroom floor and break room area, which we've equipped with 50 chairs and 10 tables that can be flexibly arranged, and we've fixed up the 2 restrooms. As we make the space available, we will prioritize two types of uses:

-Uses by individual artists and small arts organizations to host workshops, presentations, critiques, and other offerings that support professional and artistic development practices, especially those that are open and accessible to the public.

-Uses by community members and neighborhood organizations from our Green Line neighbors in Frogtown, Rondo, Summit-University, and Downtown for community meetings, gatherings, or other events.

Additionally, Springboard for the Arts is interested in uses of the SpringBOX building and parking lot as a platform for supporting the visibility and economic opportunity of artists and the neighboring community. All uses of SpringBOX will be guided by Springboard for the Arts’ mission and principles.

Springboard for the Arts reserves the right to decline use of SpringBOX at any time, for any reason. Parties using SpringBOX indemnify Springboard for the Arts from all harms and incidents that may arise out of their use. If additional insurance or permits are needed, they will be secured by the parties requesting use of SpringBOX. Users of SpringBOX will be responsible for all activities occurring during the time of their use, and be responsible for any damages to SpringBOX. Check out a SpringBOX floor plan here.

Springboard Staff

Executive Director

Associate Director

Mayor Melvin Carter and executive director Laura Zabel

“For over 27 years, Springboard for the Arts has supported our vibrant community, while shaping a national conversation about cultural policy. 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.”

-Saint Paul Mayor Melvin Carter

Streetcorner Letterpress

“We are excited to make this move because of the opportunity to increase access to Springboard’s growing resources, to hold space for neighborhood activity and community development and to find new ways to support artists making a living and a life. This opportunity is only possible because of the vital creative work and partnership of artists, neighbors and community organizations in Little Mekong, Frogtown, and Rondo and many others across the city and region.”

-Springboard for the Arts executive director Laura Zabel

Read the Press Release

Read the press release announcing the acquisition of 262 University Avenue West.

Read here
Read the Star Tribune story

"Springboard to turn ex-auto dealership into St. Paul arts hub" - June 1, 2018!

Read on Star Tribune
Read the Pioneer Press Story

St. Paul arts group will give an old Frogtown car lot a $5 million upgrade — then move in.

Read here
Read the Bush Prize announcement

The Bush Foundation awarded the 2018 Bush Prize for Community Innovation to six organizations with a track record of successful community problem solving.

Read at the Bush Foundation website
Read the Knight Foundation Announcement

The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation today announced a $1 million investment in Springboard for the Arts.

Read here

What's coming up at SpringBOX!

4/15-7/11: Close the the Edge: The Birth of Hip-Hop Architecture Exhibition
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