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Springboard for the Arts’ ongoing Guaranteed Income for Artists pilot supports 75 artists, culture bearers, and creative workers in the Frogtown and Rondo neighborhoods of Saint Paul and in Otter Tail County, MN with $500/month for 18 months in 2023-24.

Originally launched in 2021 as a “sidecar” to the City of St. Paul’s People's Prosperity Pilot, the goal of Springboard’s pilot is to explore the impact of guaranteed income on artists, culture bearers and creative workers at a neighborhood level and to provide a national model for the inclusion of artists in policies that address economic inequity.

Based on the success and early research findings of the first pilot, Springboard has expanded and deepened the Guaranteed Income for Artists pilot to include more artists in Rondo and Frogtown and to add artists from Otter Tail County, which is the nation’s first pilot focused on artists in rural places. Additionally, Springboard is supporting rural and urban artists in Minnesota to create creative projects that tell the story of the need for and the impact of guaranteed income.

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Artists Respond: People, Place, and Prosperity

Rural Regenerator gathering, a group of people in chairs with a person at a white board
Rural Regenerator gathering, a group of people in chairs with a person at a white board
Kashimana, Prosperity Sounds
Altitude, glass sculpture by the Milligan Studio
Deja Joelle headshot
Deja Joelle headshot
Exhale illustration by Briauna Williams
Kandace Creel Falcón

"Guaranteed Income is the G.O.A.T." by Kandace Creel Falcón

Interdisciplinary artist Kandace Creel Falcón created and installed a billboard located on County Highway 210 outside of Foxhome, MN. Originally an oil painting, the large image features three goats sitting on a bed of grass, a blue sky, red barn, and sun behind them. In the background above sits the phrase, “In rural, we tend to the herd.”

Jess Torgerson

"For the Birds: a means to create, not waste" by Jess Torgerson and Erika Frikken

Cohort Member Jess Torgerson partnered with local artist Erika Frikken to create For the Birds: A Means to Create, Not Waste, a mixed media installation inspired by Guaranteed Income. The installation will be on view at the Kaddatz Galleries in Fergus Falls, MN through April 27, 2024.

Kashimana

"Prosperity Sounds" by the Kashimana

Prosperity Sounds EP is a trio of songs in response to the question what does prosperity sound like. Created by cohort member Kashimana, the EP illustrates the hope that guaranteed income as well as universal basic income can provide some solutions towards closing the wealth gap.

Milligan Studio

Altitude is a joyous celebration in glass, metal, and sound, consisting of kiln-formed glass panels inspired by the dreams of laughing children and a tight-top walker’s parasol. In 2021, the glass sculpture was installed at the YMCA in Saint Paul, MN.

Deja Joelle

"Prosperity Dance" by Deja Joelle

"Everyone deserves to live and thrive." DejaJoelle's meditative work, "Prosperity Dance," is a collaborative performance that invites us to reflect on the essential nature of income, rest, togetherness and quality of life.

Katey Decelle

Bright Futures Audio Postcards are a visual and audio representation of Saint Paul’s People’s Prosperity Guaranteed Income Pilot Program. The Bright Futures physical postcards have a QR code with a link to a produced audio story of one of the current participants in the People's Prosperity Pilot, describing why the program worked for their family.

Briuana Williams

Therapeutic. Mindfulness. Selfcare. Gratitude. Artist Briauna Williams created a multi-page coloring book, "Exhale" in response to the topic of Guaranteed Minimum Income.

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Artists Respond: People, Place, and Prosperity is a growing cohort of artists in Saint Paul and Rural Minnesota that have created public projects that demonstrate the root causes that lead to the need for guaranteed income, and the impact of guaranteed income on the families and communities that are supported by it.

Culminating projects have ranged from podcasts and coloring books (available in print and PDF), to audio postcards, a stained glass installation, collaborative performances, and more. view the current projects. Meet the cohorts.

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, the Economic Security Project, Ford Foundation and The Kresge Foundation.

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The Art of Economic Justice

Published in February of 2023, this report offers insight on the impact of Guaranteed Income Pilots for Artists and Creative Workers in Minnesota.

Read the Report
Artists Respond: People, Place, and Prosperity

Meet the artists making narrative change projects in response to Guaranteed Income.

Meet the Cohorts
Springboard Expands GI Pilot

An overview of Phase 2's expansion of Springboard's Guaranteed Minimum Income pilot for artists and narrative change work in Saint Paul and Otter Tail County, Minnesota.

Read the Press Release

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