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.
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!
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.
Minneapolis Choir Co-Op aims to serve as a performing arts organization that strives to create opportunities for musicians to practice their craft by connecting budding composers, conductors, and instrumentalists with ensemble singers. Learn more at the organization’s website.
Kith + Kin Chorus aims to build community, spread joy and give in service of others through harmony.
AMPLIFY MPLS aims to develop immersive multimedia experiences to engage art lovers in the media production process and content to amplify the voices of Minneapolis changemakers at the intersection of art, culture, and education. The mission of AMPLIFY MPLS is to demystify the media production process, invite participants into a collaborative creation process, encourage participants to own their storytelling power, and amplify the voices of marginalized communities.
Relapse aims to put on a production of a new musical, Relapse, that shines a light on the impact and collateral damage of addiction within family systems. The project will connect the theatrical and recovery communities and offer audiences resources for healing and further action.
Queer & Funny Improv Festival aims to highlight the diversity of queer comedic voices, spread the joy of improv as an art form, and create a space where all can enjoy themselves while being their full selves.
The Snips aims to serve as a feminist fiber arts collective that welcomes all makers. Their work focuses on the intersection of femininity, handicrafts, and pop culture.
STRONGmovement aims to use the universal language of dance as a platform to tell stories and bring communities together related to society and humanity.
Center for Performing Arts Minneapolis aims to engage artists and youth in community development and eliminate prejudice and discrimination by generating opportunities for cross-cultural exchange. They aim to provide quality arts education and create access to essential arts resources for youth, artists, and culture bearers, thereby ensuring the healthy growth and sustainability of local communities. […]
Art Heals aims to use art to build community, integrative health, and wellness. We offer creative arts expression for healing and transformation. We mindfully and creatively lead BIPOC individuals, groups, and organizations in the process of discovery that ignites inner knowing through the exploration and production of art.
THEATRE23 aims to produce shows that matter. By exclusively choosing new works, they aim to share authentically.
Slant Arts aims to preserve African American Folk Tales, Rituals, and Traditions. They merge both the visual and performing arts, by providing programming, exhibits, and performances rooted in African American storytelling. They aim to guide creatives, emerging and established in learning more about their culture and heritage while establishing their own artistic voice and process.
Body Prayers aims to influence and aid in the Healing Process of all Black people; Using Dance, Revolutionary Love Practices, Dreaming, Education, and Community Fellowship as a tool for social, economic, and emotional Liberation.
The Great Community Sing Along aims to produce a sing along in the Twin Cities, MN, with performances accompanied by the audience, the in house pipe organ and audio visual of historical photos, at the Heights Theatre in Minneapolis.
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.
Collaboration Through Diasporic Arts aims to develop an evening length production that delves deeply into two traditions modeled in the solo, in collaboration with other artists/musicians/poets to create and mount a new work that adapts stories of the ancestors to the stage using interdisciplinary blends of traditional and modern arts.
All of the Above aims to create trans-disciplinary arts experiences that allow alternative worlds of belonging to emerge. They center humility and learning, devotion to craft, and relationship to the infinite to call forth a more loving world. All of the Above strives to make work that disentangles us from dominant culture in service of shared liberation and creation/imagination.
Reasons for Moving aims to develop a multimedia and multilingual dance-theater piece that aims to appeal to a broad audience that includes immigrant and refugee families; their allies; and those who would like (and need) to hear personal accounts of geopolitical displacement so as to understand it as a worldwide phenomenon that asks for our empathy and positioning.