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Do you use art and creativity to support a more environmentally sustainable lifestyle for yourself and your family? Are you interested in sharing your skills and practices with the Fergus Falls community to inspire a local movement of creative and sustainable living?

Springboard for the Arts and Otter Tail County Solid Waste are inviting artists, creatives and culture bearers in West Central Minnesota to propose hands-on workshops for a series of monthly “Sustainability Studios” in Springboard’s downtown Fergus Falls location.

Sustainability Studios are intergenerational, creative gatherings that invite the public to use art and creativity to reduce everyday waste; educate and encourage small but significant lifestyle changes that contribute to regional and global sustainability; and celebrate our region’s unique cultural heritage.

Examples of sustainability studios events may include:


— Creating functional or decorative products from trash

— Repairing and mending clothing or textiles

— Growing and preserving local food

— Salvaging and repurposing furniture

— Creating rain gardens and/or pollinator habitats


Artist compensation

  • $500 per 2-hour class, plus up to $100 budget for related supplies


Artist requirements:

  • Lead 1-2 Sustainability Studios lasting 2 hours. Provide workshop outline two weeks in advance for peer feedback
  • Participate in Sustainability Studios cohort meeting

Note: we encourage simplicity! Your proposed project should highlight sustainability, repurposing, and recycled objects. That being said, we discourage purchasing lots of new supplies for these projects and encourage using the stipend to support local makers.

Apply by November 28, 11:59pm CST
Submit a workshop proposal

Springboard Staff

Rural Program Manager

Rural Program Director