MinnAnimate aims to supporting local animators. Its flagship program is an annual festival that celebrates the craft of animation, and the unique perspectives and techniques of Minnesota-based artists. They have noticed that independent animation often skews toward solitary practice which we seek to correct by providing social and collaborative opportunities.
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!
RETINA360 aims to bring to the forefront fact- based storytelling that deeply resonates with the humanity and lived experiences of marginalized and underrepresented girls, women, nonbinary people, and gender nonconforming people.
Art Shelf aims to feed creative minds to cultivate wellness and empower imaginations by providing creative materials and engineering artistic fellowship.
Memory, Movement, Montage aims to build an inclusive platform for diverse perspectives on migration and creating an innovative curriculum for global engagement.
Able Media aims to serve as a Disability Justice Collective that centers the margins to bring disability news, media, and events to the forefront.
The Arts Creative aims to promote expressive creating knowing it can bring self-awareness, accepting and understanding of others, all while building community and sharing beautiful art for anyone to enjoy. They want to give people the power to know what they can do with their own two hands.
Spirited Impact Campaign aims to use the feature documentary Spirited as an artistic tool to gather, connect, and build community while educating about Hmong issues, culture and indigenous spiritual practices. Learn more at the project’s website.
Once Removed aims to listen as LGBTQ people from the Upper Midwest talk about family, both The families that made us and families we make.
Under the Lex aims to support and serve artists that are beginning and mid-level musicians that are underserved and pay them a generous rate that will help them in their careers and wages. The performance series also benefits the immediate community and neighborhood in the area, along with anyone that wishes to attend these events.
CASTLES aims to produce a festival that can connect artists and audience to the grassroots community groups that hold up our neighborhoods, meanwhile celebrating and encouraging awareness of our collective power.
Comedy Suitcase aims to serve as a Twin Cities-based theatrical production company dedicated to creating live comedy for all-ages.
The Red Light House aims to serve as a queer collective providing a versatile and intimate arts space out of a home in North Minneapolis. Their unique space serves as a platform for dreamers and doers looking to bring their ideas to life.
The Mama Project aims to develop a celebration and exploration of motherhood in stories and movement. Moms meet monthly to share memories and experiences with an eye toward building community and support for all. The culmination will be a performance inspired and informed by these gatherings.
Banana Leaf Collective aims to serve as a Twin Cities- based community exploring the intersection of storytelling; mutual aid practices; and cultural work as a means of combating systems of oppression.
Queer Voices – Minnesota aims to celebrate and promote queer writers and queer literature. They do this through public readings featuring members of the LGBTQIA+ community, studying queer writers at workshops reaching the queer community, and holding writing circles for queer writers to generate work.
Anda Flamenco Company & School aims to share the beauty of the passionate tradition of authentic Spanish flamenco with diverse Minnesota audiences.
Archives on Screens, Twin Cities aims to bring rare, unseen archival films from around the globe to movie screens in the Twin Cities.
Supermoon Theater aims to create deeply sincere, joyful, and cathartic performances that seek to bind community and provide spaces for active reflection on our individual selves, our species, and our place in the cosmos.
1 Earth United aims to inspire and motivate connections among different cultures. They do this through the universal healing power of the arts, music and dance connecting the right Indigenous artists with the right venue.
BuckSlam MN aims to facilitate regular poetry slams, readings, and performances in and around the Twin Cities. They believe poetry is a necessary tool of collective liberation and seek to empower a diverse community of spoken word poets by making the art form welcoming, safe, and accessible for all.