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Request a Mediation

Mediation is a dispute resolution process in which an impartial third party – the mediator – facilitates negotiation among the parties to help them reach a mutually acceptable settlement. Mediation services provided by our partners include mediation for 2 or more parties or a Conflict Coaching session with one party to prepare for a difficult conversation.

Mediation is centered on the needs and interests of both parties and provides a safe, neutral and confidential space to talk. Springboard for the Arts is working with two partner organizations to make mediation services available to artists in Minnesota.

Mediations are led by Qualified Neutrals who are trained to help people in conflict talk about a solution that works for both of them. Mediation is based on the belief that the best and most lasting outcome is one that is determined by the parties. Evaluations from people who use mediation services show satisfaction levels averaging 80-90%.

If you'd like to request a consultation, please fill out our intake form and tell us more about your dispute.

About our partners

Our mediation partners are the Conflict Resolution Center (CRC) and The ADR Collective , both Twin Cities-based mediation organizations. We can match you with a mediator anywhere in the state of Minnesota.

Benefits of Mediation:

Scheduled at a convenient time and location

Based on the needs and interests of both parties

Talk about a solution that works for both parties

Avoids the cost, stress and complexity of the courts and legal system

Mediation is voluntary and confidential

Topics for Mediation Include:

Misunderstanding or miscommunication on project size, scope and deliverables

Perception of nonperformance

Failure to return property

Missed rent payments on apartment or studio/risk of eviction

Studiomate conflicts

Business partner conflicts

What Happens Next?

Fill out our intake form, or contact Andy at or 651-294-0907.

Once approved, the artist will be referred to the Mediation Case Manager at CRC or the ADR Collective to request a mediation.

The person requesting the mediation will talk with a Case Manager who will hear more about your situation and explain the mediation services available

The Case Manager will contact the other party and if they are willing, will arrange for a mediation, which usually lasts about 2 hours. The service is provided free of charge. 

Springboard Staff

Artist Resources Director