Aya Collective aims to to cultivate Black women writers who understand that our experience, expertise, and way of knowing is enough to educate others. They do this by centering their spirituality and cultural selves, as well as by being in community.
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!
Vermillion Ink Press aims to publish literature that uplifts underrepresented voices and illuminates 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.
Aapil Library aims to develop a zine library focused on personal narratives and is open to makers, readers and the general public in a physical space with online access to workshops. The aim is to foster a human connection between us with a broader objective of contributing to the literature of our times while building a sense of community.
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 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.
Strive Publishing aims to publish African American picture books and young adult novels with stories from African American communities that are contemporary and relatable.
Sigma’s Bookshelf aims to exclusively publish the works of teen authors ages 12-19 at reduced cost.
Poetry for People aims to design projects that center poetics and the word to grow community and cultivate connections between curious people.
Holy Cow! Press is an independent small press publisher with a primary focus on Midwest authors and artists.
Cow Tipping Press aims to teach and publish writing by people with developmental disabilities, encouraging readers to reconsider the dynamism and assets of this rich form of human diversity.