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Springboard has a team of Workshop Facilitators, each of whom is a working artist, well-established in their field, with considerable experience in mentoring and teaching individual artists. The following Springboard Staff and Artist Career Consultants are also Workshop Facilitators for the Work of Art and other professional development workshops.

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Most workshops are currently being offered in a virtual format, on Zoom. You can register in advance to receive the Zoom information and other details. See all the upcoming workshops on our Calendar of Events.

Calendar of Events

Workshop Facilitators

Alison Bergblom Johnson (she/her)
Artist Career Consultant, Minneapolis
Workshops
: Work of Art
Bio: Alison Bergblom Johnson is an artist whose work often approaches uncomfortable, difficult subjects. Her genres and media include storytelling, creative nonfiction, installation, and collage, and her work explores gender, disability, and sexuality. Some venues she’s worked with include Patrick’s Cabaret, Mn Artists at the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Mixed Blood Theatre, and Strike Theater. Flock, Entropy, and the Walker Reader have published her essays. Visit her website at alisonbergblomjohnson.com and read more about Alison on Creative Exchange.

Anitra Budd (she/her)
Artist Career Consultant, Minneapolis
Workshops:
Artful Organization, Work of Art
Bio: Anitra Budd is an experienced freelance editor, copywriter, consultant, and public speaker whose clients include Fortune 500 corporations, literary publishers, marketing agencies, universities, and local and national magazines. Over the course of her career, she’s presented workshops on publishing, editing, and organization for artists at a variety of venues. She holds BA and MA degrees from the University of Minnesota. Visit her website at www.colfax wordsmiths.com.

Mikha "Mikhamik" Dominguez (they/them)
Artist Career Consultant, Minneapolis
Workshops:
Work of Art
Bio: Mikha Dominguez (aka Mikhamik) is a Queer non-binary Venezuelan artist based in Minneapolis. They are a visual artist, photographer, sculptor, and blacksmith. Formerly in Venezuelan television, Mikha’s art has been featured in Twin Cities Pride (2022, 2023), Art Shanty Projects(2023,2024), and NE Sculpture Gallery’s artist residency. They engage with the community through ‘Mikhamik House Of Arts,’ public installations on their South Minneapolis home. Currently studying at MCAD, Mikha also teaches at Springboard for the Arts and works in the educator team at the Walker Art Center’s PELI program. Visit their website at mikhamik.com.

Kandace Creel Falcón (they/them) 
Artist Career Consultant, Erhard
Workshops:
Work of Art
Bio: Kandace Creel Falcón, PhD. is a formerly tenured Associate Professor of Women’s & Gender Studies who spends their days painting, writing about the joy of creative inquiry, and developing a more peaceful relationship with their nervous system. KCF maintains a research-informed studio practice in their home in the Erhard Hills of rural Otter Tail County. They are involved in community efforts across the region rooted by the power of narrative to shift the world toward the queer utopias we deserve. Visit their website at www.kjcfalcon.com.

Headshot of Aaron FiskradatzAaron Fiskradatz (he/him)
Artist Career Consultant, St. Paul
Workshops
: Zoom 101, Digital Work Samples
Bio: Aaron Fiskradatz is a theatre artist, educator, and technician from the Twin Cities. He collaborates with artists in the disability community through Upstream Arts, and is an active theatre teaching artist for youth. As a freelance artist, he works as an actor, writer, director, and puppeteer. In 2020, he began assisting theatres and other organizations in their moves to live streaming platforms. He holds a BA in Theatre Arts from the University of Minnesota. Visit his website at https://fiskradatz.com and read more about Aaron on Creative Exchange.

Naomi RaMona Schliesman (she/her)
Artist Career Consultant, Fergus Falls
Workshops:
Work of Art
Bio: Naomi is a multidisciplinary artist with an MFA in Studio Arts. Schliesman has received multiple Fellowships, grants and has attended residency programs nationally and internationally. She has traveled abroad to study art and art movements. Her practice consists of studio art, collaborations with artists, organizations and communities in creative placemaking nationwide as a freelance artist, and is an active Arts Advocate in her rural community. She serves on multiple boards and committees. https://www.instagram.com/naomi.schliesman/

Headshot of Patrick ScullyPatrick Scully (he/him)
Artist Career Consultant, Minneapolis
Workshops:
Work of Art
Bio: Patrick is a long time Mpls artist - choreographer/dancer/performance art/theater, entrepreneur, gay and HIV+ activist. His works range from intimate/autobiographical, to boat ballets on rivers in MN and Germany. In 1986 he founded Patrick’s Cabaret, making the local performing arts ecosystem more inclusive and democratic. He's had 8 different spaces in town. A mature artist who has persevered, he’s thought about artists' sustainability. He's been a successful fundraiser & grant writer. patrickscully.org

Dana Sikkila (she/her)
Artist Career Consultant, Mankato
Workshops:
Work of Art
Bio: Dana Sikkila is a Minnesota-based interdisciplinary maker and creator. At just 36 years old, Sikkila has been named one of the most well-known creative leaders of Southern Minnesota. Known for her social practice and activism programs, creative consulting, public speaking, and her theory development within creative curriculum, Sikkila's practices span from working in communities from rural to the Twin Cities. Her self-defining administration style has bridged the gap between arts creation and administration. Developing numerous grassroots cultural projects and exhibitions throughout the state. Visit her website at  danasikkila.com and read more about Dana on Creative Exchange.

Krista Soukup (she/her)
Artist Career Consultant, Brainerd
Workshops:
Pitching Your Work
Bio:
Krista Rolfzen Soukup is a publicist and owner of Blue Cottage Agency. She has a passion for helping artists successfully promote their work and establish their platform. Through her expert guidance, knowledge of the industry and vast experience, she has successfully supported artists across the country.  She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration and Marketing. Visit her website at https://www.bluecottageagency.com/ and read more about Krista on Creative Exchange.

Headshot of Andy SturdevantAndy Sturdevant (he/him)
Artist Resources Manager, St. Paul
Workshops:
eCommerce, Legal Considerations
Bio: Andy Sturdevant is a writer, publisher, artist and very occasional performer. He has written about art, history and culture for a variety of publications, and is the author of three books of nonfiction. He is also the creator of a number of small-run art and design books, distributed in the United States and Europe. His artwork has been exhibited at venues in New York, Chicago, Philadelphia, and Seattle, and he has presented public programs with many organizations locally and regionally. Andy holds a B.F.A. in painting from the University of Louisville and a graphic design certificate from Minneapolis Community and Technical College. Read more about Andy on Creative Exchange.

Sign up to attend an upcoming workshop!

Most workshops are currently being offered in a virtual format, on Zoom. You can register in advance to receive the Zoom information and other details. See all the upcoming workshops on our Calendar of Events.

Calendar of Events