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Springboard for the Arts is now offering a new fellowship for persons of color and Indigenous (POCI) artists, small artist run businesses and small artist collectives who have shown innovation in their work, made significant contributions to their field, and are working to build tools and pathways that support other artists. The 20/20 Artist Fellowship will be offered yearly through 2020.


Springboard for the Arts is offering the 20/20 Artist Fellowship because we believe in the the principle of more is more: more resources should go towards supporting more underfinanced artists, more platforms should be created for and by more artists, and more equity in the arts equals stronger economies, neighborhoods and communities overall.

20/20 Artist Fellowships are unrestricted $20,000 cash awards accompanied by $5,000 professional development stipends to allow POCI artists from any discipline or career stage the agency to decide how to use the funding in support of themselves, their businesses, communities and independent creative practices, and do not require recipients to create projects or exhibit artwork. Springboard for the Arts will award two 20/20 Artist Fellowships in 2018-2019.

The 20/20 Artist Fellowship exists to support artists creating community-centered and asset-based solutions to the systemic and structural disadvantages that are facing artists of color and Native artists in Minnesota.

The 20/20 Artist Fellowship program aims to 1) strengthen support for POCI artists in the community in meaningful ways, 2) broaden public interest in and understanding of Indigenous, Black, Brown and Asian cultural art products and producers, 3) create new pathways for POCI artists to work towards their larger goals as creative professionals and valued community members, 4) address the persistent economic and racial disparities in the commercial and philanthropic art world, and 5) support POCI artists doing work to build equity, agency, systems and power across our cities, towns and neighborhoods.

During the 2017-2020 pilot season Springboard will be shaping and redefining the 20/20 Artist Fellowship program to best support POCI artists in achieving their personal and professional goals. We will seek the advice of past, present and prospective fellows to help inform and direct future iterations of this program. Springboard’s 20/20 Artist Fellowship launches January 2018 and will be awarded every year through 2020.


To be considered for Springboard’s 20/20 Artist Fellowship an artist must:

1. Be a person of Indigenous/Native American, Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander, Latino/a, Asian, Arab/Middle Eastern or African descent
2. Be 18 years of age or older
3. Be eligible to receive taxable income in Minnesota throughout the current fellowship year
4. Have been living or working in Minnesota for the last two years
5. Not have received Fellowship awards from Springboard in the past

A final determination of eligibility is made by Springboard on a case by case basis.


Springboard’s 20/20 Artist Fellowship accepts applications through an open nomination process, artists may apply for themselves or nominate other candidates anonymously. All qualified nominations receive equal consideration. Once an artist is nominated, she/he/they are contacted by fellowship officials and invited to complete an online application.


During the open application period, artists can register to attend an information session on February 13th and/or an application review session on February 27th to ask questions about the fellowship or receive personalized feedback from Springboard staff on their applications. Registration required for both and space is limited.

Questions can also be sent via email to: Applications and Nominations will be open through March 10, 2018.


Springboard Staff

Economic Opportunity Program Director


The 20/20 Artist Fellowship is supported in part by contributions from the Bush Foundation and the Surdna Foundation. The fellowship is a new part of Springboard's Artist Resource programs, which are supported by the Jerome Foundation*.

*Jerome funds are restricted to early career, generative artists, who are not students enrolled in a degree program and who demonstrate strong artistic merit.