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A message from Executive Director Laura Zabel

I am so thrilled to share that on October 2nd Springboard officially opened our new offices and community space on University Avenue in St. Paul. What was once a vacant used car dealership amid a sea of asphalt has been transformed by artists and community members into a dynamic, welcoming space, and we are so excited to […]

Pledge not to apply for MSAB Creative Support Program

As a recipient of a Minnesota State Arts Board Operating Support grant we are pledging not to apply to the Creative Support program. We believe that the taxpayer dollars that MSAB distributes should be equitably distributed to the full ecosystem of arts and culture in Minnesota. We are entering into this pledge with Mixed Blood […]

Emergency Relief Fund Update 05.27.2020

Since launching the Coronavirus Emergency Relief Fund (ERF) on March 12, we have, as of May 27, supported 1,474 artists, culture bearers, and creative workers in Minnesota with over $715,000 in direct relief. We are beyond grateful to the thousands of individual donors, artists, and organizations who have helped us get emergency funds to people […]

Emergency Relief Fund Update & Plan

Since we launched the Coronavirus Artists Emergency Relief Fund on March 12, we have received 1265 applications from creative workers in Minnesota, and already been able to support 743 artists in need with $356,000. Thank you for your support in making this happen. Hundreds of individual donors, artists, foundations, and funds have moved quickly to […]

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 […]

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” […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]


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 […]