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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. We will announce 2019 National Training Opportunities in Spring 2019. Use the form below to sign up for updates, or email Carl Atiya Swanson, Associate Director, at with questions.

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.


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.


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.


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.