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Are you passionate about artist entrepreneurship?
Are you ready for creative community development ?
Do you want to shape creative responses to pressing issues?
Do you see the potential for artists & communities working together?

Springboard for the Arts has a training for that.

-Artists Working in Community Training
-Community Development Practitioner Training

In the summer of 2017, Springboard for the Arts piloted the first Train-the-Trainer Intensives for the Work of Art: Business Skills for Artists programming, and for our artist-led community development models. 28 attendees from Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wisconsin, Iowa, Michigan, Ohio, West Virginia, North Carolina, Virginia, and Arizona came to Saint Paul, MN, to take part, learn, and share over the course of the week-long event, and we have since seen materials adapted and replicated, and new programming begun. See the attendees here on our Train-the-Trainer Intensive Cohort page, and read a recap at Creative Exchange.

With the support of the Bush Foundation, the Surdna Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts, we expanded our 2018 National Training Opportunities, with more community development offerings, and rural and urban opportunities to participate.

Our Community Development Practitioner Intensives will be held October 16-18 at Lighthouse Writers Workshop in Denver, CO, and November 6-8, at the Regional Arts Commission of St. Louis, MO. This training is designed for organizers and community development professionals in civic sectors such as transportation, planning, and economic development who are interested in addressing community challenges and strengthening places by implementing local artist-centered creative placemaking programs. We encourage sending teams of 2-4 leaders from organizations if possible. Scholarship applications are now closed.

Our Artists Working in Community Intensive will be held November 13-15 at LUX Center for the Arts in Lincoln, NE. This training is designed for artists of all disciplines working at the intersection of art, culture, and community development to learn how to drive community change through creative placemaking and asset-based community organizing – while maintaining your artistic integrity and practice. Scholarship applications are now closed.

Scholarships will be weighted toward artists, organizers, or administrators who identify as:

- BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color), or Native*, and/or
- a member of a disability community, living with mental illness, or of the deaf community**, and/or
-GLBTQIA+***

The true costs of the training are reflected in the $1,000 full price, which we are asking large organizations and organizations with capacity to pay. We are offering a $500 rate for small organizations with limited resources for the training. Our ability to offer this discount and our scholarships are thanks to the support of the Bush Foundation, the Surdna Foundation, and for community development workshops, the National Endowment for the Arts.

Our Work of Art Intensive was held July 24-26 at SpringBOX, our new location on University Avenue in Saint Paul, MN. This intensive workshop led 24 attendees from 13 states through the content and pedagogy of leading Springboard for the Arts’ Work of Art: Business Skills for Artists curriculum. Sign up with the form below to stay up to date for future training opportunities.

*We use this term to mean that we seek to serve artists of color who identify as: Black/African/African American, Afro Latino/a/x, Caribbean, Chicano/a/x, Mexican, Central American, South American, Middle Eastern/North African, Southeast Asian/Asian, Pacific Islander/Native Hawaiian, Native Alaskan, Immigrants, Refugees, and/or Muslim.

**Including family, caregivers, service and support providers. If there is a person or support that makes your participation possible, they are welcome.

***We use this term to mean that we seek to serve artists who identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, gender nonconforming, nonbinary, and others who identify as part of the queer or trans community.

We recognize that these descriptions and this language is ever evolving and will always be inadequate. If this description resonates with you, we invite you to apply.

Springboard Staff

Associate Director

Professional Development and Operations Coordinator

Community Development Program Director

 

 

 
National training opportunities are made possible in part through the generous support of the Bush Foundation,  Surdna Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts.



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Artists Working in Community Training

Artist Soozin Hirschmugl uses her sPARKit Trailer to work with community members at People's Center Health Services. Photo: Bruce Silcox.

 

This training is designed for individual artists who want to deepen their skills in community-focused practice, this professional development intensive helps artists hone skills to drive community change through creative placemaking and asset-based community organizing – while maintaining artistic integrity and practice. Artists gain concrete skills in leadership, organizing, program development and management, fundraising, cross-sector collaboration, and learn how to adapt and respond to community change through workshops, cohort dialogue and local site visits geared toward action. This Intensive is presented with LUX Center for the Arts.

When: November 13-15, 2019; 9-5:30 Wed, 9-5:30 Thu, 9-3 Fri
Where: LUX Center for the Arts2601 N 48th St, Lincoln, NE 68504
What: Intensive training on artist-led community organizing, creative placemaking, and practice
Cost: $500-$1,000

$1,000: If your organization is sending you and has professional development capacity, please register at this level. This covers the true per-person cost of the training.

$500: If you are attending as an individual artist or organizer, or your small organization is sending you, please register at this level and/or see scholarship options.

Register: https://springboardforthearts.org/2019-community-development-intensives-registration/

Scholarship applications are now closed.

Community Development Practitioner Training

Celebrations at the closing of Irrigate, a 3-year artist-led creative placemaking partnership between Springboard for the Arts, the City of St. Paul, TC-LISC, and Artplace. Photo: Sean Smuda.  

This training is designed for organizers and community development professionals in civic sectors such as transportation, public health, and economic development who are interested in addressing community challenges and strengthening places by implementing asset-based and equity-focused programs that engage local artists as creative problem solvers. Participants learn how to support and train artists as leaders and innovators and develop customized programming suited to your context. This training is best leveraged to kickstart momentum in a community by having teams of 2-4 trainees from the same location, community or issue interest.  These Intensives are presented with the Regional Arts Commission of St. Louis, and the Lighthouse Writers Workshop.

2 offerings!

When: October 16-18, 2019; 9-5:30 Wed, 9-5:30 Thu, 9-3 Fri
Where: Lighthouse Writers Workshop, 1515 Race St, Denver, CO 80206
What: Intensive training on artist-led community organizing, creative placemaking, and practice
Cost: $500-$1,000

When: November 6-8, 2019; 9-5:30 Wed, 9-5:30 Thu, 9-3 Fri
Where: Regional Arts Commission of St. Louis, 6128 Delmar Blvd, St. Louis, MO 63112
What: Intensive training for community development practitioners interested in working with artists
Cost: $500-$1,000

$1,000: If your organization is sending you and has professional development capacity, please register at this level. This covers the true per-person cost of the training.

$500: If you are attending as an individual artist or organizer, or your small organization is sending you, please register at this level and/or see scholarship options.

Register: https://springboardforthearts.org/2019-community-development-intensives-registration/

Scholarship applications are now closed. 

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.

Read the report!

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