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Artists are here! At Springboard for the Arts, we believe in Creative People Power, in the power of artists as creators, innovators, leaders, and neighbors. Springboard for the Arts' mission is to cultivate vibrant communities by connecting artists with the skills, information, and services they need to make a living and a life. Tuesday, December 1 is Giving Tuesday, and we are fundraising to support our work.

From our offices in Saint Paul and Fergus Falls, we provide workshops on business and entrepreneurial skills for artists, one-on-one career consulting, our Job Board, and health and legal resources. We partner with community organizations to create programs and projects that engage artists in decision-making and problem-solving, so that together they can shape the narratives of their communities. Nationally, we help make things happen through consulting, training, and sharing stories and toolkits via our Creative Exchange platform. In our 2019-2020 fiscal year, we served 21,165 artists nationally through our programs.

We know that artists, culture bearers, and creative workers will be a critical part of our collective recovery and will help us imagine and build a future for our communities that is better, more connected, and more just. We will need their creativity, vision, and practical skills for what comes next. Springboard is committed to ensuring that artists have a safety net for their futures. We are also more committed than ever to racial justice and centering marginalized communities. Your gift to Springboard directly supports this responsive, necessary programming. Thank you for your gift.

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Support the Emergency Relief Fund

As an artist-led organization, we are a responsive to our community in crisis. Since March 13, 2020, Springboard has provided over $1M in direct emergency relief to over 2,000 artists, culture bearers, and creative workers across Minnesota. We have an open application period starting November 16, and your support of this fund goes directly to support artists in Minnesota.

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Springboard's Capital Campaign

In 2018, we bought SpringBOX, our new home at 262 University Avenue West in Saint Paul! In our first year of ownership, SpringBOX hosted poetry readings, community meetings, Zumba classes, pop-up markets, and more. With the building being finished, greenscaping going in, we can't wait to safely re-open this community asset.

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Participating Incubator Projects

Give to the Max Day is always an exciting day when Springboard fundraises for ourselves, and along with the fiscally sponsored projects in our Incubator Program. See the list below to support participating artist-led projects from across Minnesota!

Toot

Toot PerformanceToot is a whirlwind of performances and collaborators led by Eric Larson. Toot makes shows. We are looking to raise $6000 to fund our general operating costs like administrative support, storage space, office space, business services, supplies, and equipment.

https://www.givemn.org/story/Toot

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Haunted Basement

We're crawling out of our hidey holes to ask for your help in keeping our doors open! The Haunted Basement seeks donations to continue supporting our community of fearless artists & local makers, and to keep creating the best immersive horror experiences for the Twin Cities & beyond.

https://www.givemn.org/story/Hauntedbasement2020

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Lightning Rod

Support Lightning Rod programming for 2020! Lightning Rod facilitates artistic exchange and mentorship for Queer and Trans artists, specifically to create art that can be utilized as a community response to an uncertain and often hostile world.

https://www.givemn.org/story/Qvbgjf

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Analog Dance Works

Support our 2021 programming: Roundtable discussions about dance and science, open company class, continuing research in preparation of our postponed show happening in May, 2022.

https://www.givemn.org/story/Gttmanalogdanceworks

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Sigma's Bookshelf

Sigma's Bookshelf is seeking your support to help teen writers get their books published for free. Educating and empowering teen writers to help make the dream of becoming a published author come true.

https://www.givemn.org/story/Lljunf

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Spit Take Comedy

We're bringing the best innovative comedy artists to the Twin Cities! The Spit Take Comedy Series is looking forward to 2021 when, with your support, we will launch an online residency for comedy artists and hopefully return to producing live shows.

https://www.givemn.org/story/Spittakeseries/

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Dans Askina

Dans Askina performs traditional and contemporary Turkish Oriental, Romani, and Folkloric dances. In our 11th year, we are raising funds to cover increased rehearsal studio costs so we may continue to bring authentic Turkish dance to our audiences.

https://www.givemn.org/story/Dansaskina

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FluteSpiration

FluteSpiration is a professional flute quartet based in the Twin Cities of Minnesota which shares its musical expertise through recitals, participation in music series concerts, community and educational outreach performances to seniors and students, benefit concerts, religious services and other events.

https://www.givemn.org/story/Pdo9wf

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On Stage

On Stage engages students through theater-based discussions to build future theater audiences. Funding is for our new online program, OnStage/Online, which is a series of online in-class discussions based on plays that are ‘in the works’ to be produced and performed in the Twin Cities in the future.

https://www.givemn.org/story/9jyi0f

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DanceCo

Help us to get our tale (tails) back on the stage! Due to the pandemic and the interactive nature of our work, DanceCo postponed its 2020 production of Wolf Tales -- but don't worry, we're planning for a return to the stage in October 2021!

https://www.givemn.org/story/Tale-Of-Tails

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Alzheimer's Poetry Project Minnesota

Alzheimers Poetry Project Minnesota

The Alzheimer's Poetry Project Minnesota (APP-MN)’s mission is to facilitate and enhance the creativity and well-being of older Minnesotans, and to help amplify their voices and stories in our communities. Please support our continued efforts to spark joy and creativity for isolated elders through free, web-based portable poetry sessions for all and safe, socially distanced 2021 outdoor programming.

https://www.givemn.org/story/App-Mn

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Opera Reading Project

Join us in fostering change in opera with your support of ORP's new IDEA Singer Fellowship, a one-year program intended to strengthen opportunities for Minnesota-based Black, Latin and Native American opera singers.

https://www.givemn.org/story/Operareadingproject2021

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Kaleena Miller Dance

An artist driven, creative incubator for Tap Dance in Minnesota. Fundraising for our virtual May 2021 KMD and KMD2 dance film and concert.

https://www.givemn.org/story/Kaleena-Miller-Dance

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Moonplay Cinema

Moonplay Cinema supports women and non-binary filmmakers through community and visibility. Support Moonplay Cinema as we build online programming for 2021, including a new podcast series and virtual screenings.

https://www.givemn.org/story/Moonplaycinema

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Bucket Brigade

Professional theater with a passion for creating original work in their West 7th St. Paul neighborhood. Support Bucket Brigade as we continue to say YES to providing opportunities for creative connection in these challenging times.

https://www.givemn.org/story/F4qq2f

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Theater of Public Policy

The Theater of Public Policy is creating live theater to make our world more fun and understandable. T2P2 is Minnesota’s best (and only) civics-centered improv comedy theater, they use improv to reframe hard, thinky stuff!

https://www.givemn.org/story/Theaterofpublicpolicy

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Dance MN

DanceMN is a free, uncurated weekly newsletter and website that increases visibility and vitality for Minnesota dance.

https://www.givemn.org/story/Dancemn

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Wisdom Dances

Wisdom Dances connects people, communities, and the natural world by sharing the women's dance traditions from the Balkans, Greece, and Asia Minor.

https://www.givemn.org/story/Wisdomdances2019

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Praxis Photo Center

Praxis is asking for your help to achieve our expansion goal. Praxis Photo Arts Center is committed to long term programmatic sustainability, artist driven programming, community oriented and accessible events, and addressing the diverse needs of our audience and artists. We can’t complete this expansion without your help! All donations will support more exhibition opportunities for artists, larger exhibition space for solo or group shows, more available space for art organizations to rent/utilize, and Praxis Public Access Darkroom.

https://www.givemn.org/story/Praxis-Expansion

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Patrick Scully Productions

Patrick has three things happening, all online: 1. Looking Forward - a Patrick Scully Retrospective, 2. premiering The 3rd Act in Illusion Theater’s Fresh Ink series, 3. Patrick’s Pandemic Cabaret heads to rural MN.

https://www.givemn.org/story/8zdyaf

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Art from the Inside MN

Support us to uplift the incarcerated, engage the community, and transform lives with art.

https://www.givemn.org/story/Afti

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Agate Magazine

An agate stone in whorled oranges and reds

Agate is an online magazine about nature, science and conservation in Minnesota and the surrounding Great Lakes region

https://www.givemn.org/story/Agate-Magazine5617e4c78cc39

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Ladyslipper Ensemble

LADYSLIPPER ENSEMBLE: A group of five people standing on steps with string instrumentsLadyslipper Ensemble is a Twin Cities classical music chamber group dedicated to uncovering lost works and introducing audiences to new & rarely heard pieces in intimate settings. We unite the community through the healing power of music and are looking to raise $2500 to fund our online concert series in 2021.

https://www.givemn.org/story/Giftladyslipperensemble

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Alanna Morris-Van Tassel Productions

Alanna Morris-Van Tassel

Support the development of Black Light, a multidisciplinary arts project presented as part of Merges In March at The Cowles Center, 2021 and an evening-length premiere at The Great Northern Festival in February 2022.

https://www.givemn.org/story/Blacklightresearch

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Hatch Dance

HATCH DANCE: Two dancers in white clothes, one holding up the otherHatch Dance is raising funds for the 2021 season, including the company debut at The Cowles Center.

https://www.givemn.org/story/Mh53df

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The Performance Collective

The Performance CollectiveThe Performance Collective Graphic is actively piloting and shaping a creative ecosystem that sustainably supports artists and their work, in which artists share investment, resources, risk, and reward.

https://www.givemn.org/story/Theperformancecollective

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RARE Productions

RARE Productions: People painting a colorful muralRARE Productions Arts and Healing Studio offers a space to Create and HEAL from Trauma. We're fundraising for an accessible bathroom, Sound/Video Productions Studio & Healing Studio.

Black Women Speak

Black Women Speak: A Black woman and child sitting togetherBlack Women Speak is fundraising for mutual aid funding to support Black women and families.

https://www.givemn.org/story/Hf91rf

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In the Moment Films

In the Moment Films Misplaced Trust posterThe Mission of In the Moment Films is to provide filmmaking opportunities for women, both in front of and behind the camera, and to make films on topics of social significance.

https://www.givemn.org/story/Misplacedtrustfestfees

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Summit Music

Summit Music GTMD GraphicSummit Music is fundraising for its pandemic Parking Lot Concerts for Seniors and winter Educational programs.

https://www.givemn.org/story/Summit-Music/

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STRONGmovement

STRONGmovement dancersFunding for STRONGmovement will go towards compensating the artistic and administrative team for preparation of upcoming events, Mixtape: Now Streaming live, Hybrid, and STRONG summer dance intensive.

https://www.givemn.org/story/C1c8bf

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