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20/20 Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Update 03/01/2021: 20/20 Artist Fellowship applications are currently closed culminating a 3-year pilot phase. We appreciate your interest and look forward to relaunching the program soon for its second phase. In the meantime, please continue to check Springboard’s website, newsletter and social media for important announcements and upcoming due dates.

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Have questions about the 20/20 Artist Fellowship? Before calling or sending an email, please read carefully through these frequently asked questions (FAQs) on important deadlines, how to apply and the peer review process.



FAQ: When is the fellowship application due?

Answer: The 20/20 Artist Fellowship applications are due by March 31st April 30, 2020 at 11:59pm CST. Applications received after this time will not be eligible.


FAQ: When does the actual fellowship term start and end?

Answer: The fellowship year starts on June 30, 2020 and runs until August 31, 2021.


FAQ: When can I expect to hear back about my application?

Answer: Immediately following each of the 3 rounds of review, applicants will be notified via email of their standing.


FAQ: When are the panel reviews happening?

Answer: Panel reviews will take place in May and June (dates TBD).


FAQ: When will awardees be announced?

Answer: This year’s fellows will be announced in June 2020.


FAQ: What are important deadlines to remember:

February 3, 2020 (3:00pm CST): Applications Open

February 17, 2020 (6:30pm CST): Info Session (in person) - register here

February 21, 2020 (12:00pm CST): Info Session (streamed) - register here

March 20, 2020 April 20, 2020 (11:59pm CST): Last day to request application review session - sign up here

March 31, 2020 April 30, 2020 (11:59pm CST): Applications Close

May - June 2020: Peer Review

June 2020: Awardees Announced

June 30, 2020 - August, 31 2021: Fellowship Period



FAQ: Where and when can I have my application reviewed?

Answer: One-on-one application review sessions are available by appointment with one of Springboard's Artist Career Consultants. You can request a session by filling out this form. To secure a spot, please submit your request for an application review session EARLY and by no later than March 20th.


FAQ: I can't make it to an in person meeting to have my application reviewed, can an Artist Career Consultant come to my home?

Answer: We only offer consultations at our offices or off-site in public spaces, unless there are severe barriers preventing this. Please fill out the request form and tell us your needs so we can try to best accommodate.


FAQ: I had my application reviewed already and got helpful feedback. Is it possible to have my application reviewed again before the deadline?

Answer: Sure! We’re happy to schedule a follow-up session to re-look at your application. Use this form to submit your request and tell us a little bit about what type of feedback you're looking for this time.



FAQ: Can I still apply if I will be traveling outside Minnesota during the fellowship year?

Answer: Yes, the fellowship allows for and encourages travel during the year. However, fellows must be in Minnesota for a majority of their fellowship year and be able to attend regular cohort meetings in order to qualify.  


FAQ: I live outside of Minnesota, may I apply for the 20/20 Artist Fellowship?

Answer: Currently the fellowship is available to artists living and/or working in Minnesota only. Here are some opportunities and resources we’ve gathered that may be open to artists in your area: https://springboardforthearts.org/jobs-opportunities/overview/


FAQ: I live in a neighboring state but have been working with a MN based organization as a consultant. Would I be able to apply?

Answer: Unfortunately, if you have you been working remotely from out-of-state then you wouldn’t be eligible for the fellowship.


FAQ: I am considering applying for the 20/20 Artist Fellowship but one of the eligibility requirements is not having received a fellowship award in the past. Does that include awards re-granted through Springboard’s Incubator program? Please advise!

Answer: The eligibility requirement pertains to Springboard fellowships only. You are welcome to apply for the 20/20 fellowship as long as you have not received a fellowship award from us in the past. Having received other awards through our incubator program or outside fellowships does not disqualify you.


FAQ: I see that the Bush Foundation is one of your sponsors and I am a previous Bush Fellow. Am I eligible for this fellowship as well?

Answer: Yes, you’re eligible as long as you haven’t previously received fellowship funds through Springboard.


FAQ: I was just wondering if a tattoo or culinary artist could apply to the 20/20 fellowship?

Answer: Springboard believes in the broadest definition of who is an artist and that everyone has creative capacity. We know that there are many ways people can be artists and that there are many kinds of success for an artist. That is why this fellowship is not based on excellence or merit, rather we help artists define success for themselves – financial success, recognition, a supportive community, respect, social change, and more. If you consider yourself an artist and meet our eligibility requirements you should apply! 


FAQ: In the fellowship description it says that you're looking for, "artists who are creating tools, pathways and systems of support for artists in their communities." Does this refer to folks starting programs and non profits for the community? I create music that aims to celebrate culture and empower youth who are combating negative stereotypes and unsafe spaces. Would that fit in that description?

Answer: The panel will be looking for artists who are not only making art, but creating access/opportunities for other artists to make art. There is no wrong answer to this question, you'll just want to explain how your work creates broader access and pathways to artists from your communities.



FAQ: I'm strongly considering video entries for my answers on the application. If I choose this option, do all my responses need to be in video format? If in video format do I need the responses to be in spoken language? If so, must the spoken language be English?!

Answer: Yes, you can submit both video and written responses on a single application, please make sure to follow the instructions provided on the application so your answers correspond with the associated questions. Yes, video responses must be in spoken language. Please submit responses, whether in video or written format, in English. If you would like translation assistance or help with completing your application in English, please request an application review session and specify your language preferences.


FAQ: Can I submit a video letter of Intent AND a written letter of intent? What about the artist Statements? Is it better to submit my responses in written format or video?

Answer: For each response, please only submit either a written response or video response, not both. There is no advantage to submitting your answers in either written or video format.



FAQ: Can you tell me if there are page length guidelines for the writing samples? I did not find any specific mention of page limits per sample.

Answer: We don't have limits for formatting or length for either the video samples or the written samples. I believe most applicants have had written samples of about 2-3 pages, and video samples at under 10 minutes.


FAQ: Do my work samples need to be of the same discipline/genre? For example, I am a dancer and visual artist. Must my work samples only be for one or the other? Or can I show all of what I do that contributes to a vibrant arts ecosystem?

Answer: Your work samples can include anything that best reflects your point of view as an artists working to build community. Please use your best judgement.


FAQ: How long are video samples allowed to be? How many pages are written samples allowed to be?

Answer: There is no length requirement for work samples, do keep in mind that the reviewers will have a significant amount applications to review so be selective about the work (type, amount and length) you choose to submit.



FAQ: Do we, the applicant, define what terms like "tools, pathways and systems of support" are? If not, what is the definition?

Answer: Yes, you can define what these terms means for you and the impact you’re looking to make. The same goes for other broadly defined words like “community” and “artist.”


FAQ: What are the panelists looking for?

Answer: The panelists will be reviewing all of your application materials and looking to find artists who are creating new systems, tools and pathways that uplift artists in their communities. Strong applicants will be able to articulate how 1) they see their role in their community, 2) find and connect with existing assets in their communities and 3) they see the bigger picture as far as what barriers exist for artists and how they are looking to address them.


FAQ: If awarded, what will the deliverables and time-commitment look like?

Answer: Each fellowship year  looks a little different and is co-designed/directed by the current cohort of fellows and Springboard staff. Fellows attend six (6) cohort meetings during their fellowship year and can schedule regular one-on-one check-ins with the program director, at their discretion. More details will be provided upon request and determined throughout the fellowship year.