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Springboard for the Arts

To cultivate vibrant communities by connecting artists with the skills, information and services they need to make a living and a life.

Mission Statement
Review Completed: 3/26/2013
308 Prince Street, suite 270
Saint Paul, MN 55101
Phone: 651-292-4381
Fax: 651-292-3215
EIN 41-1690483
Principal Staff Laura Zabel,
General Information
Board Chair
Number of Board Members 13
Board meetings with quorum 7
Average Member Attendance at Board Meetings 8.29
Most Recent Audit
Last year Springboard served 11,955 artists in Minnesota and replicated successful programs in 23 states. E.g. more than 25 communities nationwide that have their own CSA program, based on our model. Our Health program distributed 420 health vouchers to artists and provided 54 free health screenings and 34 flu shots to artists in Twin Cities. In addition, two other cities have replicated the program based on a toolkit we recently published. Our Emergency Relief Fund provided small monetary support for 9 artists who have chronic, often life-threatening medical conditions. We reached another 1,200+ artists through health referrals and education. To serve artists needing specialized software and equipment, we expanded our Resource Center in Lowertown, Saint Paul. Further, as part of our artist-led placemaking initiative Irrigate, we trained 275 local artists in placemaking and collaboration. About 65 of those artists created 45 cross-sector projects with local businesses, community groups and non-profits. In July 2011, Springboard for the Arts opened its first rural office in Fergus Falls, Minnesota, to serve artists in the 9-County Lake Region of Minnesota and to create artist resources that are distinct to the area. We provided professional training, a resource center, legal and healthcare services to over 150 artists and consulted with 50 organizations. Our Incubator fiscal sponsorship program expanded by 56 new sponsorships; we managed more than $1 million in revenues for the groups in the program. Springboard’s Professional Development programs presented 124 workshops on business skills for artists and provided 220 hours of one-on-one consulting.
Current Goals
Our goal for the next three years is to continue to build a new system of support and engagement for individual artists. In order to do this we will: Further codify our existing programs into shareable models, toolkits, books, and study guides that allow other groups (both organizations and self¬-organizing groups of artists) to replicate and adapt these programs for their own communities. Develop and pilot new programs, collaborations and resources that serve the needs of artists and their communities. In addition, we will develop a new individual donor program, appealing to audiences who are interested in our entrepreneurial, cross-¬sector approach and engaging them as partners as we develop new ideas. As with all our work, we will share this new fundraising model with other organizations and, we hope, provide a new, relevant model for individual fundraising to the field.
Community or Constituency Served
Artists of all disciplines, mediums, personal and cultural backgrounds as well at every stage of his/her career.
Geographic Area Served
Springboard’s purpose is to create reciprocal relationships between artists and communities. We work statewide and are based in Saint Paul and Fergus Falls, Minnesota. In addition, we replicate our programs nationwide.
Impact and Programs
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