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Now Showing at MSP International Airport, Terminal 2: “The Friendship Committee”

Travelers flying in or out of Terminal 2 at MSP Airport are able to enjoy a brand new exhibit, recently installed in the display case near gate H10. The Friendship Committee is a multimedia exhibition of works created by Arizona-based artist Wesley Fawcett Creigh, who spent six weeks in Otter Tail County in 2018 as […]

Springboard for the Arts begins renovations on University Avenue site with new funding

The Ecolab Foundation has committed $250,000 to Springboard for the Arts, enabling ground to be broken and renovations to begin at their new site at 262 University Avenue in Saint Paul. Nicknamed SpringBOX, the site will allow Springboard to strengthen and enrich its growing community by creating an innovative, arts-centered neighborhood hub. The site will […]

Creative People Power

Springboard for the Arts and Helicon Collaborative are excited to launch Creative People Power, a new report and framework for combining creativity-centered and people-centered development to build strong, healthy, and resilient communities. “Sometimes the most radical ideas are deceptively simple,” says Helicon Collaborative’s Alexis Frasz. “Springboard’s approach to investing in and nurturing “creative people power” […]

Statement from Springboard for the Arts – 6/26/2018

Last week the U.S. government separated children from their families at our border. On Saturday, Thurman Blevins was killed by police in North Minneapolis. Today the Supreme Court issued a ruling upholding a ban on Muslims entering the United States. These highly public events come on top of the daily personal ways that people in […]

Big Moves by Springboard for the Arts

Springboard for the Arts announces purchase of property at 262 University Avenue West in Saint Paul -Former Saxon Ford Showroom will act as flexible community, event, market and workshop space -Saint Paul, F.R. Bigelow, and Mardag Foundations together commit $500,000 to launch the capital campaign -Community open house on Saturday, June 23rd Springboard for the […]

2017 Year in Review

Dear friends & colleagues, As an organization run by artists we always want to collaborate broadly and creatively, and our 2017 Year in Review that you are holding in your hands is no different. As you open up this poster to take a look at the busy year we’ve had, grab your colored pens and […]

Springboard For The Arts Launches 20/20 Artist Fellowship Pilot

Springboard for the Arts is now offering a new fellowship for artists 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. “Springboard’s work is about supporting […]

Announcing New Staff!

We are delighted to announce several new additions to the team here at Springboard for the Arts, expanding our capacity and leading exciting new work. We are adding three new Springboarders, plus one more soon, with our currently open Communications Assistant position. Caroline Taiwo will be joining the Springboard staff as the Economic Opportunity Program […]

A note from Executive Director Laura Zabel

2016-2017 was the year we celebrated our 25th anniversary as an organization, and 5 years of our work in Fergus Falls. June is the end of our fiscal year at Springboard for the Arts, and I couldn’t be more excited about the year we’ve just had. I’m returning from our biannual Rural Arts & Culture […]

2016 Year in Review

From Executive Director Laura Zabel: I love parades. I love the tiny parades in the small town where my family lives where nearly the entire community participates. I love big giant parades, like the Minneapolis May Day parade by In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre that somehow combines solemn ceremony and […]


The recently proposed budget from the Trump Administration calls for the elimination of the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Institute of Museum and Library Services, and severe cuts to the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. These are all programs that support America’s creativity and curiosity, and whose funding […]


Since 2006, Springboard for the Arts has been helping artists navigate the healthcare system. We currently offer vouchers to community clinics, emergency relief funds, and MNsure navigation in our Artists’ Access to Healthcare program. When we began our work, artists were twice as likely as the general population to be uninsured in Minnesota, a number […]

Let’s Get To Work

Springboard for the Arts is an artist-led organization, and as artists, we know that we need to do the work in order to see the results we want. When things are tough we always go back to our guiding principles and our tools and try to see what we can build. More than ever we […]

Special Sauce & Agency: Evaluating Work of Art

By Carl Atiya SwansonPublished on Creative Exchange, 10/12/2016.“I feel like I just got a million dollars worth of advice!” That’s what one artist commented after downloading the Work of Art toolkit.Since the Work of Art toolkit launched as a free resource in December 2015, it has been downloaded from Creative Exchange almost 2,000 times. It […]

The Disconnect Between Healthcare and Health Insurance

By Nikki HuntPublished on Creative Exchange, 10/3/2016After three years helping artists get health insurance through Springboard for the Arts’Artists’ Access to Healthcare program, I should be overjoyed that our country’s uninsured rate is at an all-time low. But, I can’t bring myself to celebrate because I know that simply having health insurance isn’t enough. We […]


The staff and artists of Springboard for the Arts are shocked and saddened by the events of the past week – the killings of Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge, Brent Thompson, Patrick Zamarippa, Michael Krol, Michael Smith and Lorne Ahrens in Dallas, and Philando Castile in Falcon Heights, right here in our home state of […]

Creative Exchange Mobilizes Artists to Solve Local Challenges with Stories and Free Toolkits

By Carl Atiya SwansonPublished on Hyperallergic, 5/10/2016.Creative Exchange celebrates artists and their creative power to shape communities, reimagine what is possible and move social justice forward with a new collection of features and stories, Field Notes from Creative Exchange.Dedicated to helping communities mobilize the creative force of artists to solve local challenges, Creative Exchange is […]

Creating a Sharing Economy that Actually Shares

By Laura ZabelPublished on Stanford Social Innovation Review, 2/8/2016Springboard for the Arts, the nonprofit where I work, just gave away its oldest program and most reliable earned income stream. We took the curriculum from our artist-entrepreneur training course, packaged it into a free toolkit, and we’re giving it to anyone who wants to start and […]

Learn How to Make a Living as an Artist with Springboard for the Arts’ Free Toolkit

By Carl Atiya SwansonPublished on Hyperallergic, 2/6/2016Springboard for the Arts offers Work of Art, a free workbook and video series, for individual study or use by artist groups, organizations, and schools, to help artists develop practical business skills.“How am I going to make a creative living and also have a life?” This question can be daunting […]


By Laura ZabelPublished on, 2/2/2016In the years since Investing in Creativity, the Urban Institute’s 2003 report on the support structure for U.S. artists, a lot of things of have changed, many of them for the better. More than ever before, through nonprofits (including the one where I work, Springboard for the Arts) and education […]