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In 2021, Springboard for the Arts launched one of the first Guaranteed Minimum Income pilots in the country focused on individual artists and culture bearers. 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. Springboard’s guaranteed income work is inspired by and aligned with the City of St. Paul’s People’s Prosperity Pilot and the Mayors for Guaranteed Income network.

Our goal for this work is to demonstrate the impact of a guaranteed income on creative work, local economies and neighborhood culture and to demonstrate that artists can be powerful partners in movements for economic justice.

Springboard Staff

Executive Director

Community Development Director

Community Organizer

Springboard’s Guaranteed Income for Artists pilot is supporting 25 artists, culture bearers, and creative workers in Saint Paul with $500/month in for 18 months. We are working with the University of Pennsylvania Center for Guaranteed Income research to understand the impact of guaranteed income at both the individual and community level. In addition to this artist-focused pilot, the City of Saint Paul and Springboard have partnered on a narrative change project: Artists Respond: People, Place, and Prosperity. This cohort of artists has 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.

This innovative public-private collaboration gives us an opportunity to create a new narrative for guaranteed income, and how it can contribute to healthy, stable, and vibrant neighborhoods.

Photovoice Project

Photovoice is a research method that emphasizes community voice and expression through photography and storytelling. During photovoice projects, participants and researchers work together to frame research questions and make meaning of pictures taken by participants in their community. The premise of photovoice is that images are powerful - they can teach and influence policy - and that community members should be participants in the policymaking experience. Another aim of photovoice projects is to encourage critical consciousness through choosing, discussing, and reflecting on their photographs as a group. 

To achieve these goals, participants learn the basics of camera use, discuss safety and ethical considerations and practices, and meet regularly in a facilitated group to show and discuss their images.

In-person Photovoice Sessions:

  • Session 1 (October, 1, Saturday 1-4pm): Introduction to research and photovoice methodology. What is guaranteed income? Come up with a different prompts and research questions around Guarunteed Income. Practice with each other and come back and ask what went well / troubleshoot. Homework of taking photos based on the prompts.
  • Session 2 (November 5, Saturday 1-4pm): Sharing of pictures and narrative formation. 
  • Session 3 (November 12, Saturday 1-4pm): Continue shaping narrative and planning for community sharing. 
  • Session 4 (November 19, Saturday time TBD): Community sharing. 


Applications for the Photovoice Project are now closed. Check back soon for news on community sharing events in November, 2022.

Led by Springboard's Ricardo Beaird, Sam Buffington, and researcher Kalen Flynn, the Photovoice project will build off of the narrative change work created through the People, Place, and Prosperity project and ask community members to respond and share their stories related to this work. 

Guaranteed Income for Artists

See the Guaranteed Income for Artists announcement!

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Artists Respond: People, Place, and Prosperity

See the Artists Respond: People, Place, and Prosperity announcement!

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"Prosperity Sounds" by Kashimana

Prosperity Sounds EP is a trio of songs in response to the question what does prosperity sound like. It is a response to what it is like living in capitalistic society during a pandemic. It is a hope that guaranteed income as well as universal basic income can provide some solutions towards closing the wealth gap. It is cry for equity and something more than the bare minimum.

"Altitude" by The Milligan Studio

Altitude is a joyous celebrations 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.

"Exhale" by Briauna Williams

Therapeutic. Mindfulness. Selfcare. Gratitude. Pick up your copy of Briauna Williams multi-page coloring book, "Exhale" at any of the following locations:

Minnesota Recreation Centers

Duluth & Case, Dayton’s Bluff, Hazel Park, Arlington Hills, Rice Rec, Frogtown Community Center, El Rio Vista, Wilder Recreation Center, Jimmy Lee/Oxford

Minnesota Libraries 

Arlington Hills, Dayton’s Bluff, George Latimer Central, Hamline Midway, Hayden Heights, Highland Park, Merriam Park, Rice Street, Riverview, Rondo Community, Saint Anthony Park, Sun Ray, West 7th


"Bright Futures Project" by Katey DeCelle

"Prosperity Dance" by DejaJoelle

"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. Follow more of DejaJoelle's work at


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.