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20/20 Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Have questions about the 20/20 Artist Fellowship? Before sending an email, read carefully through these frequently asked questions (FAQs) on dates to remember, feedback on your application, submitting video responses, work samples, + more.



FAQ: When is the fellowship application due?

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


FAQ: When does the fellowship period start and end?

Answer: The fellowship year starts in June 2019 and ends in August 2020.


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 of their standing.


FAQ: When are the panel reviews happening?

Answer: Panel reviews will take place in May and June.


FAQ: When will awardees be announced?

Answer: This year’s fellows will be announced in late June 2019.



FAQ: Where and when are the application review sessions?

Answer: One-on-one application review sessions, aka study halls, are happening every Wednesday in March from 6-9pm. They’re located across the Twin Cities, please sign up for your one-on-one here:


FAQ: Are the Wednesday study halls in person or online?

Answer: Wednesday study halls are in-person one-on-ones. Sign up here:


FAQ: I can’t make any of the Wednesday study halls because I live outside of the Twin Cities and/or work late in the evening. Is there another option to get feedback for my application?

Answer: Yes! Please send an email to and we’ll schedule a phone call based on availability (priority given to rural artists and artists outside of the Twin Cities metro).


FAQ: I attended a study hall and got helpful feedback on my application. Is it possible to have my application reviewed again before the deadline?

Answer: Sure! We’re happy to schedule a follow-up call or take a look at your application via email attachment per our availability. Please send your email to:



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 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 resources we’ve gathered that may be open to artists in your area:


FAQ: I live in Michigan but have been working with a MN based organization for the past 3 years as a consultant. Would I be able to apply?

Answer: If you have you been working remotely from Michigan with the Minnesota organization then unfortunately 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: Yes any artist in any discipline or genre can apply. Check out our eligibility requirements here!


FAQ: In the fellowship description it says "our peer review process aims to identify visionary and community-driven artists who are working to build resources for artists in their communities." Does this refer to folks starting programs and non profits for the community? I create handmade products that aim 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 that question, you'll just want to explain how your work creates broader access 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, please only submit responses in one format. So you will need to submit your responses either entirely in video or entirely in text/writing. Please submit responses, whether in spoken or written format, in English.


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 both the letter of intent and the artist statements, please only submit either a written response or video response, not both. We are offering these two option in order to make the application process more open and accessible to artists with varying communication skill sets.



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 a vibrant arts ecosystem is? If not, what is the definition?

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


FAQ: What are the panelists looking for?

Answer: The panelists will be reviewing all of your application material and looking to find artists who are creating new systems, tools and resources that support 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 challenges exist and how they are looking to address them.


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

Answer: Each fellowship year is co-designed and directed by Springboard staff and the current cohort of fellows based on their ideas for creating a more accessible local arts economy. The details will be determined amongst the cohort and Springboard staff.