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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 trainings for that.

We are currently offering several training opportunities that are open nationally, including an upcoming Intensive for leading our Work of Art: Business Skills for Artists curriculum, and Art-Train, a national training in partnership with the Center for Performance and Civic Practice to support artists and organizations working together for culture-based, cross-sector community partnerships to rebuild civic and economic vitality, and reimagine more equitable systems. Read more and register below!


Springboard Staff

Program Manager, Professional Development

Associate Director, Programs

Art-Train – Happening Now!

A woman in a blue hat and a girl smiling andlifting a screen and looking at a print.

La Luchadora screenprinting cart at a creative placemaking event in Bloomington's South Loop. Photo: Bruce Silcox.


Art-Train is a new national training and technical assistance to bring together artists and creative workers with municipalities, agencies, and organizations to create culture-based collaborations. With a track for artists and a track for agencies, Art-Train helps you use American Rescue Plan and American Jobs Plan funding to support locally-rooted, culture-based collaborations for a creative and equitable recovery. Attendees come to a single training, and then have access to ongoing technical support to imagine and implement their projects.

When: Ongoing on specific Tuesdays, from 1:00 - 4:00 pm Central
Where: Online via Zoom
What: Technical training on culture-based collaborations between artists and organizations/agencies
Cost: $0-$300

Registration is open and trainings are ongoing! Click through for more and registration.

Work of Art Facilitator Training – September/October 2023!

Two women stand together in front of a projection reading Work of Art: Business Plans

Work of Art workshop instructor Jes Reyes (right) poses with a workshop attendee after a business planning workshop. Photo: Bruce Silcox.

The Work of Art Facilitator training will return September/October 2023. This training is designed for artists, teachers, and representatives of organizations like arts councils who are interested in an artist-designed, adaptable curriculum for teaching business skills for artists. This is not an intensive going through the content of the Work of Art: Business Skills for Artists, but a training on how to lead, offer, and implement these workshops. Get connected to other leaders, a teacher's guide to the content, and feedback and insight on how to adapt these resources to your community.

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Learn more about the Work of Art: Business Skills for Artists curriculum and get the free toolkit here:

Buy Springboard Books

We make our core curriculum and resources like Work of Art: Business Skills for Artists and Handbook for Artists Working in Community freely available to download and use, but we also have beautiful, artist-designed workbooks available for sale. Pick up a copy to kickstart your practice today!

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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!


With the support of the Bush Foundation, the Surdna Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts, we expanded our National Training Opportunities in 2019, with more community development offerings, and rural and urban opportunities to participate. These workshops have informed the creation of more toolkits and resources, including the Handbook for Artists Working in Community, and our current opportunities like Art-Train.

Artists Working in Community Training

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

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

This training was 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 gained concrete skills in leadership, organizing, program development and management, fundraising, cross-sector collaboration, and learned how to adapt and respond to community change through workshops, cohort dialogue and local site visits geared toward action.

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.

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 was 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 learned how to support and train artists as leaders and innovators and develop customized programming suited to your context. This training was best leveraged to kickstart momentum in a community by having teams of 2-4 trainees from the same location, community or issue interest.

Previous national training opportunities were 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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