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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.

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 are delighted to announce our 2018 National Training Opportunities, with expanded community development offerings, and rural and urban opportunities to participate.

July 25-27 Work of Art Training at Springboard for the Arts in St. Paul, MN
Aug 15-17 Artists Working in Community Training in St. Paul, MN
Aug 22-24 Community Development Practitioner Training in Lanesboro, MN
Sept 13-15 Artists Working in Community Training at in Fergus Falls, MN
Oct 10-12 Community Development Practitioner Training in Rapid City, SD

Registrations and scholarship applications are now open! Registration is limited to 25 participants per training, and Early Bird pricing ends June 30. Training sessions are 2 full days and a half day on the third day to allow for travel considerations. Training costs include all materials, breakfast and lunch on training days, and site visits. Trainings in Lanesboro, Fergus Falls, and Rapid City, have hotel blocks held for attendees, attendees are encouraged to reserve their lodging at the time of registration.

Thanks to support from the Bush Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts, Springboard is able to offer 8-10 full scholarships for each training. Scholarships cover the full training cost and lodging for 3 nights – the night before training starts, through checkout on the last day of training. Scholarship recipients are responsible for arranging their own travel to and from the trainings.

Support from the Bush Foundation includes scholarships attendees from Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and the 23 Native nations that share the same geographic area. Support from the National Endowment for the Arts includes scholarships for artists and arts communities working in underserved or underrepresented communities, including rural communities and communities of color.

Email Carl Atiya Swanson, Associate Director, at carl@springboardforthearts.org with questions, or sign up for updates below.

Work of Art Training
This training is designed for artists, arts leaders, and arts educators who want to lead the Work of Art: Business Skills for Artists curriculum in their community or classes. The training will include deep dives on the curriculum materials, exploration of pedagogy, and strategies for including Work of Art materials into existing programming, or how to develop new programs based on Work of Art.

July 25-27 Work of Art Training in St. Paul, MN

LOCATION: Springboard for the Arts, 308 Prince St, #270, Saint Paul, MN 55101

-Regular pricing: $1,200
-Early bird pricing: $1,100
-Early bird deadline: June 30, 2018
-Scholarship deadline: June 1, 2018

July 25-27 Work of Art Training in St. Paul, MN
Register now!

Artists Working in Community Training
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. Gain concrete skills in leadership, organizing, program development and management, fundraising, cross-sector collaboration, and discuss how to adapt and respond to community change through workshops, community conversation and local site visits.

Aug 15-17 Artists Working in Community Training in St. Paul, MN

LOCATION: Asian Economic Development Association, 422 University Ave W Suite 14, St Paul, MN 55103
-Regular pricing: $1200
-Early bird pricing: $1100
-Early bird deadline: June 30, 2018
-Scholarship deadline: June 1, 2018

Aug 15-17 Artists Working in Community Training in St. Paul, MN
Register now!

Sept 13-15 Artists Working in Community Training in Fergus Falls, MN

LOCATION: Otter Tail County Government Services Center, 520 W Fir Ave, Fergus Falls, MN 56537
-Regular pricing: $1200
-Early bird pricing: $1100
-Early bird deadline: June 30, 2018
-Scholarship deadline: June 1, 2018

Sept 13-15 Artists Working in Community Training in Fergus Falls, MN
Register now!

Community Development Practitioner Training
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. Learn how to support and train artists and develop customized programming suited to your context. We will also visit local creative placemaking efforts in action. To leverage this training and kickstart momentum in your community, we encourage sending "teams" of 2-4 leaders from multiple organizations if possible.

Aug 22-24 Community Development Practitioner Training in Lanesboro, MN

LOCATION: Lanesboro Community Memorial Center, 202 Parkway Ave S Lanesboro, MN 55949
-Regular pricing: $1200
-Early bird pricing: $1100
-Early bird deadline: June 30, 2018
-Scholarship deadline: June 1, 2018

Aug 22-24 Community Development Practitioner Training in Lanesboro, MN
Register now!

Oct 10-12 Community Development Practitioner Training in Rapid City, SD

LOCATION: Suzie Cappa Art Center, Black Hills Works, 722 St. Joseph Street, Rapid City, SD 57701

-Regular pricing: $1200
-Early bird pricing: $1100
-Early bird deadline: June 30, 2018
-Scholarship deadline: June 1, 2018

Sept 13-15 Community Development Practitioner Training in Rapid City, SD
Register now!

Want to apply for a scholarship? Here you go! Support from the Bush Foundation includes scholarships attendees from Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and the 23 Native nations that share the same geographic area. Support from the National Endowment for the Arts includes scholarships for artists and arts communities working in underserved or underrepresented communities, including rural communities and communities of color.

Apply for a scholarship for Springboard's 2018 National Training Opportunities
Apply now!

 

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About national training opportunities

Springboard for the Arts is an economic and community development organization for artists and by artists. We've spent the past 10 years refining and teaching the Work of Art: Business Skills for Artists curriculum, a 12-part workshop series that starts with career planning, covers topics like time management, pricing, and marketing, and ends with business plans. Since turning the curriculum into a free toolkit in 2015, it has been downloaded over 2300 times, and adopted by organizations like SCORE Boston, Gonzaga University, Kent State University, University of North Carolina.

Since 2010, we've been involved in community development through artist-led creative placemaking and other partnerships. Our work with local artists, in partnership with nonprofits, businesses and government in Saint Paul and Fergus Falls, has shaped creative responses to pressing infrastructure and economic issues. We've consulted with cities like Cleveland, Mesa, AZ, Oklahoma City, and Memphis TN, worked with the Delta Regional Authority, and partnered with the International Downtown Association on collaborating with artists to solve local economic and social challenges.

The Work of Art and Community Development programs are foundational in Springboard's unique approach to creating reciprocal relationships between artists and communities. Now, we want to share what we've learned by providing you with the training to lead, teach, and adapt these programs in your community, and learn proven development skills and techniques that you can use to create real change in your community.

 

Springboard Staff

Associate Director

Program Director – Artist Development

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.