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Cultivate: Culture, Community and Commerce

Help cultivate the Bottineau Corridor where the planned METRO Blue Line Extension light rail transit line will run from Downtown Minneapolis northwest to Brooklyn Park. Springboard for the Arts is working with Hennepin County, community partners and corridor cities, (North Minneapolis, Golden Valley, Robbinsdale, Crystal, Brooklyn Park) to train and support local artists to:

-Activate public spaces
-Build connections between artists, businesses and community organizations, and
-Enhance livability and opportunity throughout the corridor

If you are an artist – of any background or discipline - who lives, works, or has a significant connection to one or more of the corridor cities, use your creative talents to have an impact on your neighborhood, your local businesses and organizations!


Attend a training

Starting May 2, 2018, Springboard will host a series of free artist trainings and info sessions in cities along the corridor to mobilize the skills and creativity of local artists to create innovative, meaningful, authentic solutions to local challenges through artist-led projects.

Cultivate Artist Trainings, Saturdays 9-3pm:

May 5, Brooklyn Park, North Hennepin Community College

May 19, Golden Valley, Perpich Center for the Arts
June 2, Crystal, TBD

Cultivate Information Sessions, Wednesdays, 6-8pm:
May 2, Robbinsdale, Wicked Wort Brewing
May 16, Brooklyn Park, North Hennepin Community College

May 23, North Minneapolis, TBD

Artists are encouraged to attend a training but attending an info session will also make you eligible. Trainings and info sessions are free, and you must RSVP. You only need to attend one session.
You will receive an email a few days prior to the training or info session with details on location, parking and other important information.

-Saturday trainings include an introduction to creative placemaking, training in collaboration skills and tools, and the proposal process. Light breakfast and lunch provided.
-Evening info sessions include an introduction to creative placemaking, the proposal process, and time for artists to work on their submission.


Apply for funding

After attending a short training or information session, artists can apply for funding to create $1000-$3000 placemaking projects in 2018 within the Blue Line Extension (Bottineau) corridor. A minimum of $100,000 is available for these projects. Details on how to apply and tips for developing a successful application will be provided at the trainings and info sessions.

Seeking artists of all types and experience

This opportunity is available for artists of all experience levels and mediums, from those who sing in church choir, to those who show their work in museums and galleries. We are using the widest possible definition of “artist” and are looking for anyone who considers themselves to be an artist to attend a training or info session.

Register for Cultivate Artist Info Session or Artist Workshop here!
Register Here

Help spread the word about Cultivate!

Click Here to download flyer and outreach packet

Springboard Staff

Community Organizer

Community Development Coordinator