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

Our Work of Art Training will be held July 24-26, 2019, at Nautilus Music-Theater in Lowertown Saint Paul, MN. We are excited to be offering this intensive workshop again, which takes attendees through the content and pedagogy of leading Springboard for the Arts’ Work of Art: Business Skills for Artists curriculum. Past attendees have launched full workshop series in their home communities, adapted the content to new trainings, and worked as individual consultants.

We are also updating our scholarships and pricing to better reflect our true costs and mission goals. We will offer 10 full scholarships to the training, covering the cost of training and with a $500 travel and lodging stipend, to be paid on the first day of training. Scholarships will be weighted toward artists, organizers, or administrators who identify as BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color), or Native, or a member of a disability community, living with mental illness, or of the deaf community, or queer or trans. Scholarship applications are due Friday, May 24, 2019, and recipients will be informed by Friday, May 31, 2019.

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.

We are currently working on finalizing details for our artist-led community development trainings, with exciting plans and new partners. These trainings will be held in the Fall of 2019, with their own registration and scholarship processes – sign up to stay informed!


Work of Art Training

Springboard for the Arts instructor Adia Morris leads a Work of Art workshop on pricing for artists. Photo: Bruce Silcox.


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. The Work of Art training is ideal for Arts Council staff interested in offering professional development and business skills training to artists in their community; professors and teachers interested in including practical business skills in their class curricula; and individual artists with high capacity to organize and teach in their community.

When: July 24-26, 2019; 9-5:30 Wed, 9-5:30 Thu, 9-3 Fri
Where: Nautilus Music-Theater, Northern Warehouse, 308 E Prince St #190, St Paul, MN 55101
What: Intensive training on the content and pedagogy of leading Springboard for the Arts’ Work of Art:Business Skills for Artists curriculum
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.


Scholarship application:


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.

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!


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 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. Trainings coming in Fall 2019, sign up below to stay informed!

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, 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. Trainings coming in Fall 2019, sign up below to stay informed!


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