Minneapolis Performance Lab & School aims to challenge the audience’s experience while investigating liveness. MPLS cultivates new work, devises radical reinterpretations of mythos, and produces ensemble-generated non-linear events through engaging students and communities.
Springboard’s Incubator is a fiscal sponsorship program that provides sponsorship for arts groups and individual artist projects that do not want (or are not ready) to become tax-exempt nonprofit organizations. In other words, we make it possible for groups to receive tax-deductible grants and donations as they grow. In addition, Incubator artists receive support for their fundraising and marketing efforts, legal referrals, and networking support.
Incubator is designed for arts groups and individual artist projects that have a nonprofit purpose and/or are looking at becoming their own tax exempt nonprofit organization. Sponsored projects must be artist-led, fit with the mission of Springboard for the Arts, and be based in or producing work in Minnesota. Learn more about the Incubator program here.
Check out our current Incubator projects below, or use the filters to your left to find more projects!
Art Wars aims to create fun positive art competition experiences for high school students and increases awareness of art related careers and the paths to obtaining them.
Vermillion Ink Press Vermillion Ink Press aims to publish literature that uplifts underrepresented voices and illumintates the world in vivid color. In this work, they seek to increase empathy, foster discussion, and cultivate community through the power of the written word.
HoneyWorks aims to create truly unique performances that expand both dance and other artistic fields by uniting the two, and ultimately encouraging others – in all walks of life – to live more inclusively with the people and planet around us.
Cello Conversations Part Two – Community aims to cultivate new ways of connecting to individuals and communities, reducing imperceptible distances while giving life to the narratives they each carry.
HeadCannon Creations aims to foster imagination and explore life from other perspectives through collaborative, immersive storytelling by providing live-action role-players with spaces that are accessible, diverse, and safe.
Can’t Forget the Kids aims to serve the kids and youth of Minneapolis and Saint Paul through art because art is therapy. They aspire to provide a safe outlet for every kid to express themselves creatively through art in various mediums.
CultureWIN aims to strengthen youth’s creative potential in the arts to foster positive attitutdes and build healthier communities.
Powderhorn Park Music Project aims to engage the Powderhorn Park neighborhood of Minneapolis by providing access to musical experiences, particularly to communities that would not otherwise have such access (e.g. Latino and BIPOC community members).
ecosystemX aims to advocate for equitable planning and design solutions that uplift, develop, preserve, and sustain Black, Brown, Indigenous, and Immigrant communities in their region and beyond.
STRONGmovement aims to use the universal language of dance, blending styles such as Hip hop, Ballet, Modern, and West African to tell stories related to society and humanity as a way to bring communities together.
Marine Candlelight Series aims to establish a setting in Marine on Saint Croix where high quality chamber music can be heard in an intimate setting, joining artist and audience together for a shared appreciation of the arts.
(lumin) theater lab aims to create a safe environment for a core group of highly-motivated members that encourages inspired creativity, trusting collaboration, audacious experimentation, and a rigorous exploration of theater.
Serpentina Arts Talks aims to foster creativity and professional development of Minnesota Latinx artists. The mission is intentional comradeship to motivate solidarity, coalition building, and networking. The collaborative positions the artists as the decision-makers who will determine the specific topics of the meetings and the infrastructure of their future collective action that advances their artistry and professional development.
Sacred Grounds Coffee House aims to honor marginalized people’s life experiences through the arts and trauma-informed togetherness. Rooted in resilience and nourished in the arts, Sacred Grounds Coffee House plants seeds of understanding so that equity and collective healing may flourish for all.
Burn Something Collective aims to work at the intersection of curation, publishing, and mentorship to create support, connection, and autonomy for Black and POCI femme, nonbinary, and trans artists, writers, curators, and cultural workers. BSC envisions a world in which expression from queer Black and POCI artists is not erased, overlooked, undercut, or confined by imposed categories.
The Fox & Beggar Theater aims to bring provocative, innovative, and enchanting storytelling to a troubled world, through a broad fusion of both performing and visual arts.
The Witness Project aims to create and implement strategies for the development and dissemination of literary work by and for underrepresented populations and, by creating opportunities for traditionally silenced voices to be heard, to serve as a catalyst for cross-cultural understanding.
RARE Productions aims to unite communities and families in healing relationships and bridge cultural gaps via the vast mediums of art.
Open Flow aims to foster a diverse community of artists, dedicated to the support, mentorship, and promotion of Artists with Disabilities through monthly programs.