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Springboard for the Arts is an artist-led organization, and as artists, we know that we need to do the work in order to see the results we want. When things are tough we always go back to our guiding principles and our tools and try to see what we can build. More than ever we […]

Special Sauce & Agency: Evaluating Work of Art

By Carl Atiya SwansonPublished on Creative Exchange, 10/12/2016.“I feel like I just got a million dollars worth of advice!” That’s what one artist commented after downloading the Work of Art toolkit.Since the Work of Art toolkit launched as a free resource in December 2015, it has been downloaded from Creative Exchange almost 2,000 times. It […]

The Disconnect Between Healthcare and Health Insurance

By Nikki HuntPublished on Creative Exchange, 10/3/2016After three years helping artists get health insurance through Springboard for the Arts’Artists’ Access to Healthcare program, I should be overjoyed that our country’s uninsured rate is at an all-time low. But, I can’t bring myself to celebrate because I know that simply having health insurance isn’t enough. We […]

Creative Exchange Mobilizes Artists to Solve Local Challenges with Stories and Free Toolkits

By Carl Atiya SwansonPublished on Hyperallergic, 5/10/2016.Creative Exchange celebrates artists and their creative power to shape communities, reimagine what is possible and move social justice forward with a new collection of features and stories, Field Notes from Creative Exchange.Dedicated to helping communities mobilize the creative force of artists to solve local challenges, Creative Exchange is […]

Creating a Sharing Economy that Actually Shares

By Laura ZabelPublished on Stanford Social Innovation Review, 2/8/2016Springboard for the Arts, the nonprofit where I work, just gave away its oldest program and most reliable earned income stream. We took the curriculum from our artist-entrepreneur training course, packaged it into a free toolkit, and we’re giving it to anyone who wants to start and […]

Learn How to Make a Living as an Artist with Springboard for the Arts’ Free Toolkit

By Carl Atiya SwansonPublished on Hyperallergic, 2/6/2016Springboard for the Arts offers Work of Art, a free workbook and video series, for individual study or use by artist groups, organizations, and schools, to help artists develop practical business skills.“How am I going to make a creative living and also have a life?” This question can be daunting […]


By Laura ZabelPublished on, 2/2/2016In the years since Investing in Creativity, the Urban Institute’s 2003 report on the support structure for U.S. artists, a lot of things of have changed, many of them for the better. More than ever before, through nonprofits (including the one where I work, Springboard for the Arts) and education […]

Place-Based Philanthropy Is People-Powered

By Laura Zabel Published on National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy, 1/27/2016 Every city has just six artists. Or six community leaders. Or six innovators. I’m kidding … maybe your city has seven. I make this joke because in just about every community I visit, there are about six people that show up on everyone’s list […]

Six creative ways artists can improve communities

By Laura Zabel Published on The Guardian, 2/15/2015 From income inequality and unemployment to poverty, education and healthcare, communities around the world are facing critical challenges that require creative ideas and solutions. Any of these challenges could use an artist’s mind, a creative question or a critical thinker to help us find our way to […]