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March 20, 2017 - Vox Media launch
“Those big storytelling opportunities for a community to really tell its story in its own words — right now, that seems like almost the most important work we can do,” Zabel said. “I think [Fergus Falls] is a great example of artists leading the way toward new economic development — toward reimagining what spaces and places can be and helping a community think and look forward together in a way that's really directly linked to the economic development of the city, and of the community.”
March 17, 2017 - Christian Science Monitor launch
"The impact of the NEA money on a town like Fergus Falls is significant, says Ms. Zabel. “It is a relatively small amount of investment, but even more important than the money is the symbolism of supporting arts and culture,” she tells The Christian Science Monitor in an interview on Thursday. “The NEA is one of the most important ways that the federal government that it listens to rural communities and it supports rural communities and their sense of culture and identities and very directly their economy.”"
February 10, 2017 - Ceramics Monthly launch
The Work of Art Toolkit published by Springboard for the Arts in St. Paul, Minnesota, offer artists a free leg up when it comes to gaining business skills. Gaining business skills can be difficult. Springboard for the Arts, a non-profit arts-services organization, has made it easier with their Work of Art Toolkit, which can be used by individual artists, small groups, collectives, students in professional development courses, and arts organizations.
February 1, 2017 - High Plains Reader launch
Springboard for the Arts is a community development organization by and for artists, based in Saint Paul and Fergus Falls. It connects artists with the skills, information and services to make communities vibrant. Creative Exchange recognizes that many local governments, community organizations and arts groups lack the resources to develop programs, so the team offers free toolkits, consultations and networking to encourage building stronger art communities.
January 26, 2017 - Fergus Falls Daily Journal launch
Along with partners, Springboard for the Arts, Creative Exchange and Art of the Rural, Ashley hopes to shed light on the work rural-based artists, cultural leaders, and arts organizations are doing at the intersection of art and community development. So far, she has visited artists in Del Rey, California; Ajo, Arizona; Show Low, Arizona; Zuni Pueblo, New Mexico; Santa Ana Pueblo, New Mexico; Albany, Texas; Edom, Texas; Fayetteville, Texas; Arnaudville, Louisiana; Summit, Mississippi; Newbern, Alabama; Denmark, South Carolina; Lake City; Flyd, Virginia and Whitesburg, Kentucky. All of these communities have populations under 10,000 — the majority of these communities have a population of under 2,500.
January 15, 2017 - Fergus Falls Daily Journal launch
The International Downtown Association and Springboard for the Arts will soon have new resources and projects to support creative placemaking partnerships between artists and local business initiatives. Wednesday, Springboard and IDA launch the Guide for Business Districts to Work with Local Artists, and announce six new projects, led by IDA member organizations, to implement creative placemaking projects in their community.
January 19, 2017 - Local Current Blog launch
“The ACA is far from perfect,” wrote Nikki Hunt, of Springboard for the Arts, in an e-mail. “Health insurance still doesn’t guarantee affordable healthcare and it’s way too complicated to get and keep insured, especially with the way the market offerings turn over every year. But, a big reason the ACA couldn’t get better is because every critique of the system was turned into a cry to tear the whole thing down.
December 1, 2016 - Star Tribune launch
In 1996, Jennings pursued coaching from Springboard for the Arts, a St. Paul organization that helps artists think like entrepreneurs. He dropped a pile of cassette tapes on the desk of Suicide Commandos frontman Chris Osgood, Springboard’s director of artist services at the time. Jennings asked for help. Osgood counseled him to get a headshot, write a bio and come back with a full-length CD.
November 4, 2016 – Secrets of the City launch
In advance of a Springboard fundraiser, Secrets of the City writes, "Springboard for the Arts has become an indispensable piece of our thriving Twincy arts and culture scene, and you can help them out even before we get into the Give to the Max Day mania."
August 2, 2016 – Fergus Falls 30 Under 40 launch
Springboard for the Arts Rural Program Director Michele Anderson has been named one of Fergus Falls’ 30 Under 40 by the Fergus Falls Daily Journal.
July 28, 2016 – New office in Fergus Falls launch
Springboard for the Arts’ new office in Fergus Falls is covered by the Fergus Falls Daily Journal: "After a more-than-two-month remodel, the rural branch of a Twin Cities organization has a spacious new spot to accommodate their continued work in the area. On Wednesday afternoon, an array of community members welcomed the Springboard for the Arts Lake Region branch to the Benson Building in downtown Fergus Falls."
June 24, 2016 – Work of Art in Business Journals launch
The Work of Art toolkit is featured in Business Journals: 5 tips for making a living (and a life) in the arts: "What you want to get out of your career and how satisfied you feel will depend a lot on how you frame and understand success. Don’t let yourself be caught in the frame of a “starving artist,” a view that limits the satisfaction and terms of your success to how much you starve."
June 8, 2016 – Creative Exchange in ArtsHacker launch
Creative Exchange’s toolkits for artist-led community projects are highlighted in ArtsHacker: Your Guide To Great Community Project Guides: "One of the more impressive efforts at placemaking I have come across, Irrigate, is also included. In partnership with the City of St. Paul and the Twin Cities Local Initiatives Support Corporation, Springboard for the Arts mobilized 600 local artists in 150 projects to mitigate the impact of a light rail construction project. If ever you have driven by an infrastructure construction site and felt pity for the people whose businesses and residences are suffering from the lack of convenient access, this toolkit will help you help them."
May 20, 2016 – Creative Exchange in Fast Company launch
Fast Company wrote a piece on Creative Exchange at Co.Exist: These Toolkits For Artists Teach How To Build Community Through Art: Making that possible is a platform from Springboard for the Arts called Creative Exchange, a place where artists, organizations, and cities can share "toolkits" for creative community building ideas that should spread. “We wanted to give people the tools to make things happen in their community more quickly and give people an outlet to share ideas,” says Zabel. “People are taking ideas and replicating them, or adapting them and changing them.”
May 10, 2016 – Hyperallergic Post launch
Sponsored content on Hyperallergic: Creative Exchange Mobilizes Artists to Solve Local Challenges with Stories and Free Toolkits. To celebrate two years of the platform, Creative Exchange has gathered 46 features into a collection, Field Notes from Creative Exchange. These stories highlight the impact and power of artists in shaping social change movements, reimagining what is possible in our economy and creating new narratives of community power, and are a snapshot and practical teaching resource around community-engaged art.
April 29, 2016 – Work of Art in Young Upstarts launch
More highlights from Work of Art, this time at Young Upstarts, in an article 5 Ways Artists Can Work Like Entrepreneurs: “How am I going to make a creative living and a life?” That question can be daunting for artists, writers, performers and musicians at all stages in their careers, whether just starting out fresh, mid-career, or choosing to focus on artistic work full time after a lifetime of balancing it with other jobs. It can feel like a big void of unknowns, with an inner monologue of uncertainty that says, “I make art, then… something happens… and then I make art for a living.”
February 29, 2016 – Work of Art in Music Connection launch
Musicians using Work of Art get a feature in Music Connection Tip Jar, with 8 Ways Musicians Can Work Like an Entrepreneur: "Make the most of the day: American painter Chuck Close once said, “Amateurs look for inspiration; the rest of us just get up and go to work.” You can’t make a living as a musician if you’re not making music, so you have to make the time to do the work. There are exercises for you to better get a handle on your time, like taking a time audit of your day to find when you are the most productive and least productive, and structuring your goals as time-sensitive tasks to make the most of the 24 hours you have each day to get to work."
February 4, 2016 – Work of Art in Hyperallergic launch
Work of Art is featured in a sponsored post in Hyperallergic titled Learn How to Make a Living as an Artist with Springboard for the Arts’ Free Toolkit.
January 30, 2016 – AM950 Interview launch
Director of Movement Building Carl Atiya Swanson went on AM950’s Health Connections show to talk about all things Springboard for an hour-long broadcast.
January 18, 2016 – Work of Art in Metro Magazine launch
Work of Art tips were featured in Metro Magazine and distributed via publications in New York, Boston and Philadelphia, in an article Why Artists Need to be Entrepreneurs: “It’s not enough for artists to bank on creativity alone – they need business skills to turn their craft into a sustainable career. Struggling artists who can’t afford an MBA can now learn the ins and outs of finance, marketing, taxes and more through a free online resource called Work of Art.”
December 18, 2015 – Forbes Magazine Interview launch
Executive Director Laura Zabel was interviewed for Forbes for a feature on Work of Art and artists as entrepreneurs titled, How Entrepreneurship Can Save The Starving Artist: “I think there are a lot of skills that artists have that lend themselves naturally to being entrepreneurial: artists already have a DIY ethic about their work, they’re used to wearing a lot of hats and they understand a lot intuitively about engaging clients and audiences, about collaboration and iteration.”
December 14, 2015 – CreativeBloQ Feature launch
CreativeBloQ published “5 steps to a successful creative career” based on the Work of Art: Business Skills for Artists release: “As a new business toolkit and video series for creatives is launched, we grab 5 top tips from the founder of Creative Exchange. While there are plenty of books to buy and workshops to pay for, one organisation is filling the gap by launching a completely free, 14-part program and video series aimed at helping creatives and artists build the entrepreneurial skills needed to make a living and a life in their field.”
November 29, 2015 – I Heart Radio Interview launch
Artist Community Organizer Jun-Li Wang and Springboard for the Arts board member Noel Nix, Assistant to Ramsey County Commissioner Toni Carter, talked about Roots of Rondo: Black Artists Rising. This project will engage black artists in and from the Rondo community to create collaborative artistic projects that highlight the present, past and future of Rondo over the summer of 2016.
November 24, 2015 - Star Tribune launch
Springboard for the Arts is mentioned in the Star Tribune in an article about transit for Livable Communities’ certification of local nonprofits seeking transit alternatives, ‘Transit advocacy group is certifying groups going transportation-friendly.’