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!
Art from the Inside aims to empower incarcerated artists to experience personal transformation and restoration. We believe art provides the space to imagine new ways of being and to recognize our personal and collective power to change.
Artists Collective for Community Collaborations (AC3) aims to blend art, fun, and activism to support Native American healing and identity, bridge racial and cultural divides, and mobilize communities for greater social and environmental justice.
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.
Classica Chamber Players aims to provide diverse programming of the highest quality for piano, violin, and cello.
Double Theatre aims to mount, in collaboration with Mixed Blood Theatre, a new production of Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet” that reimagines a famous tale of an older generation failing a younger one with a diverse array of ethnic and gender identities onstage at the Cedar-Riverside neighborhood venue in the fall of 2022
Operation Black Joy aims to support Black Joy and creating Black space through direct and indirect action, including service events, random acts of kindness, pro-Black partnerships, making Black content, and free or sponsored arts education.
Creative Counsel aims to use the power of art and social investment to deepen and transform relationships through play.
Prairie Porcelain Painters of Albany aims to encourage and educate people on the techniques of porcelain painting by producing a three day workshop in the artform.
La.dy.like aims to collaborate with and give a platform to femme-identifying artists and creatives within the Twin Cities and beyond. This is achieved through exhibition and curatorial opportunities, educational workshops, artist talks, and by bringing together visiting arts professionals who share a similar mission to engage with the Twin Cities community.
Picasso Projects aims to present dance theater work that is sincere in its physicality, content, and expression.
Growing Up The Hard Way, A Prodigal Child Story aims to produce a film based on the parable of the Prodigal Son using St. Paul, MN as its setting.
AHHA! aims to use the art inspired by their lived experiences as African American artists to engage residents of traditionally white suburban communities in the Twin Cities area in transformative conversations and activities that heal the breach and create mutual understanding.
Swede Hollow Arts Refuge aims to provide youth with access to music and art programs thereby attaining higher levels of academic achievement, success in life and a greater feeling of connection to the community.
PAPA projects aims to contribute meaningful and dynamic dialogue for visual artists by providing exhibition space, mentorship, and resources to artists. Within this conversation, they hope to foster a space that builds community relationships between visual artists, local cultural leaders, curators, and their various audiences.
Classical Music Project aims to celebrate the finest of music from the Classical Music Era through performances rewarding to the players and audience, featuring innovative programs that bring the joy of making fine music to everyone involved.
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.
Hellavision Television aims to produce an experimental animation program consisting of a screening series, workshops, and animation jams focused on fostering an experimental animation community in Minnesota.
Incorporating the Collaborative aims to establish an organization that provides health and wellness-focused personal and professional development and community engagement for disconnected Black, Indigenous, People of Color, and/or those at risk, that are aspiring/emerging artists, creatives, and social entrepreneurs.
Minneapolis Southside Singers aims to foster and steward a choral group comprised of singers 55 years of age or older in South Minneapolis.