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ARTISTS RESPOND: A NEW FUNDING OPPORTUNITY FOR RURAL AND SMALL TOWN ARTISTS AND CREATIVES

Announcing Artists Respond: Equitable Rural Futures


Springboard for the Arts, with support from the Blandin Foundation, has a new funding opportunity Artists Respond: Equitable Rural Futures for artists and creatives in small towns and rural places in Minnesota.

The murder of George Floyd and other Black lives at the hands of police, increased polarization across geographies and ideologies, and the rise in emboldened white supremacist groups, has led to necessary conversations and action that advance equity and racial justice in rural communities.

To support the creative work that is essential to this movement, Springboard invites artists and creatives in rural places and small towns in Minnesota to propose projects that center BIPOC (Black, Indigenous or People of Color), Native, and LGBTQIA+ experiences and perspectives in rural and tribal communities, create safe and supportive spaces for connection, confront truth about historic harms, bring non-dominant stories into light, and/or address racism, homophobia and/or transphobia. Whether using music and dance, food, craft and traditional art, public art, fashion and design, the mail or local media, we know rural artists can play an important role in helping their communities imagine and build a more just and equitable future for all.

Culture bearers, makers, artists, writers, filmmakers, musicians, performers and other creatives in rural and tribal communities of 25,000 people or less in Minnesota are invited to apply for project support of up to $2500, with priority given to BIPOC, Native and/or LGBTQIA+ led proposals. Application deadline is Friday, April 2 at 11:59pm.

Find out more about the call, see the application, and register for a March 5 info session at their website! https://springboardforthearts.org/artists-respond-equitable-rural-futures/

Job Opening: Rural Program Manager

Rural Program Manager

Location: MN – Fergus Falls
Type: Full Time
Category: Executive and management
Deadline: February 5, 2021

City: Fergus Falls, MN
Salary: $50,000 – $55,000 / yr.
Website: http://www.springboardforthearts.org
Is this a remote / WFH position?: Yes

Job description

POSITION TITLE: Rural Program Manager
POSITION STATUS: Full time, exempt, regular position
SALARY RANGE: $50,000 – $55,000, excellent benefits
REPORTS TO: Rural Program Director
SUPERVISES: Contractors

POSITION PURPOSE: To manage and implement Springboard’s rural programs. Springboard’s rural office in Fergus Falls, MN was launched in 2011 and has become a hub for thought and action about arts-based community development and creative placemaking in rural settings. Our rural programs include local, state and national projects: the Rural Arts and Culture Summit, Artists on Main Street, and the Hinge Arts Residency Program. The rural program staff collaborates closely with Springboard’s St Paul staff to ensure relevance, impact and representation of rural artists in its organization-wide programs. In 2021, Springboard will launch a new fellowship program for rural artists in the upper midwest, which will be a significant component of the Rural Program Manager position responsibilities.

This position is based in Fergus Falls, MN, however, for the right candidate we are open to discussing a hybrid remote/in-person position. The ideal candidate will live no more than a 2 hour drive from Fergus Falls and be willing to spend time in the office at least two days per week, and occasionally for several days at a time to staff programs and events. (note: currently, due to the pandemic, all Springboard staff are working remotely until further notice).

Responsibilities include:
• Collaborate with Rural Program Director, partners, and other Springboard staff to develop, plan and evaluate rural programs, including:
○ Rural Regenerator Fellowship (new program to be launched in 2021)
○ Rural Arts and Culture Summit (a biannual national rural arts conference)
○ Hinge Residency (an artist residency program based in Fergus Falls)
○ Ongoing Rural Artist Resources and Economic Opportunity efforts

• Manage and implement rural programs and partnerships by:
○ Overseeing program logistics, ensuring projects stay on time and on budget
○ Organize and support program planning meetings with partners, artists and staff
○ Support and supervise contractors
○ Assist with communication, storytelling/documentation and evaluation tasks

• Support and/or facilitate rural program events/workshops (both online and in person)
• Informal consultations with rural community leaders/artists looking for support and guidance
• Other duties as assigned

Qualifications or requirements

Required qualifications:
• 3-5 years (formal or informal) experience in project, event and/or program management
• Demonstrated experience and familiarity with rural community and economic development, rural arts and culture leadership, and/or rural community organizing
• Familiarity with asset-based community development, place-based community organizing, social justice, arts and nonprofits.
• Excellent writer and communicator.
• Track record of organizing and managing complex, collaborative projects, including communicating with artists, partners and stakeholders, creating planning timelines, keeping projects on schedule, and delegating tasks.
• Demonstrated commitment to and understanding of racial equity and equitable community development practices.
• Ability to work well in a team and also autonomously.
• Willingness and ability to learn and grow to meet the changing requirements of the job.
• Interest in creating and managing new programs to meet the needs of a highly innovative, entrepreneurial, and creative organization.

Qualified applicants must be friendly, organized, have a sense of humor and patience, experience with artists and the arts community and be unafraid to ask questions. Experience as a practicing artist, creative worker or culture bearer from a rural community highly preferred. We are looking for someone who brings the project management skills and knowledge of rural artist and community needs to help us build on our recent success and ensure the continuing health, vibrancy and growth of Springboard. Some travel, mostly regional and some national, is required for this position. We estimate that travel will be 10 – 15% of this position.

High levels of verbal and written communications will be required in this job. Day-to-day, this role will use MacOSX, MS Office Suite, and Zoom. Ability to work well in a team and also autonomously.

Hours, compensation and benefits

Full time, 40 hours a week
Salary range: $50,000-$55,000 + excellent benefits
Benefits: 100% employer paid health insurance for employee and 50% employer paid for family members
100% employer paid dental insurance for employee
Simple IRA with 3% employer contribution
Paid time off, sick leave, vacation and holidays
Flexible work schedule
Creative, artist-led work environment

How to apply

Upload your application by 11:59pm Friday, February 5, 2021 using this form.

Please name your files:
Lastname_Firstname_Rural _Program_Manager_Cover.pdf
Lastname_Firstname_Rural _Program_Manager_Resume.pdf
Cover letters can be addressed to Michele Anderson, Rural Program Director

No phone calls, please.

Springboard for the Arts is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer.

Personal Emergency Relief Fund Deadline is Dec 4

Springboard for the Arts has re-opened their Personal Emergency Relief Fund with a limited pool of funds. Applications are open from Monday, November 16, to Friday, December 4.

See more here: https://springboardforthearts.org/additional-resources/personal-emergency-relief-fund/

The deadline to apply is 5pm Central, Friday, December 4. The Fund supplies $500 to artists living in Minnesota with catastrophic, career-threatening emergencies such as income loss from cancellations, closures, and postponements in the COVID-19 pandemic, medical emergency, theft, or natural disaster. After the application window closes and eligibility is verified, applications will be placed into pools for random selection through a random lottery process. 
Applicants must meet these eligibility requirements:

  • Must be an artist, culture bearer, or creative worker based in Minnesota.
  • Must not have received Emergency Relief Funding from Springboard for the Arts after March 13, 2020.
  • Must meet one of the following criteria as a member of a priority population: 1) Artists who identify as Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC), and/or Native, 2) Artists from Greater MN (live outside the 7-county, Twin Cities metro area), 3) LGBTQIA+ artists, or 4) Artists from the disability community, including those who are immuno-compromised

Funding for this round of the Emergency Relief Fund comes from individual donors, anonymous support, Team Lori & Julia for MyTalk 107.1 Project Down and Dirty, including sponsors David at First Equity and Aquarius Home Services, and the City of Saint Paul. 

Call for Proposals: Springboard’s Community Supported Art

Community Supported Art is back!

This winter, Springboard for the Arts will be offering its first Community Supported Art (CSA) project in five years. With a new mail-based subscription format, CSA will bring artwork, prints and DIY projects directly into the homes of shareholders this winter through the United States Postal Service.

Over the last 20 years, Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) has become a popular way for consumers to buy seasonal food directly from local farms. With the same buy-local spirit in mind, Community Supported Art is a similar endeavor to support local art, artists and collectors. 

The Community Supported Art project was created by Springboard for the Arts and mnartists.org in Minnesota in 2011. Since then, CSA has been replicated in dozens of cities in North America over the past ten years. In the past five years, we’ve been focused on working with programs all over the U.S. In 2020, in the context of a pandemic that keeps us home more than before and has many artists underemployed, we are once again seeking artists, crafters, designers, performers, musicians and Minnesotans working in all artistic disciplines, for another season of our own Community Supported Art (CSA) program with the themes of comfortcare and craft

Call for Proposals

Deadline extended! Proposals are now due October 23.

Here are the basics of how the CSA program works:

Selected artists will create or produce 50 pieces of artwork for each “share” in the program. This year, fifty shareholders will receive nine pieces of artwork from nine artists, shipped via the United States Postal Service. Shareholders will receive packages three times this winter. Each shipment will come in a custom-designed package, created specifically for the artwork.

Artists will receive a stipend of $1,000 for creating, executing or manufacturing their proposals.

This year, we are taking proposals for work in three separate categories:

COMFORT | Gifts

Items that can be mailed, shipped, gifted or reused by the recipient to friends, family or neighbors. These items can be sent via USPS, left in public spaces, wheat-pasted to a wall or otherwise shipped to someone. It might be personalizable, or it might not be. Proposals in this category could be letterpress postcards, posters with appeals to the neighborhood, a ceramic mug with special packaging, or anything else that could be safely conveyed to a recipient. These will be delivered in December.

CARE | Projects

Beautifully designed, interactive artist-designed kits, lesson plans, group projects, blueprints, step-by-step guides, DIY activities, instructional booklets or activities that can be independently completed or replicated at home or outdoors. These will be delivered in January.

CRAFT | Artworks 

Functional items or artworks that can be hung, framed, set on a table, used at home or work, or otherwise enjoyed by the shareholder. Proposals in this category could be a print, a small painting, a ceramic tumbler, a sculpture, a toy, textile, book art or some other weird or wonderful thing we haven’t thought of yet. If it can be mailed, it’s in. These will be delivered in February.

Proposal Requirements:

+ Proposals must be designated for one of the three categories. Artists may make proposals for multiple categories, but an artist can only be chosen for one category.

+ Each individual piece in an edition of 50 must be no more than 12” length x 12” width x 6” height, and weigh less than 2 lbs.

+ Each individual finished piece must have its own individual, protective packaging (even as simple as a sleeve for a work on paper). The packaging should be protective, but it doesn’t need to be completely mail-ready. Mostly, it should look good! The work will be packaged again within the larger package for mailing safely. 

+ Any proposals for activities in the Projects category must meet physical distancing guidelines.

+ Artist or artist team must be able to design and produce the finished pieces, or arrange to have the production done within the timeline. The stipend award is intended to assist with the production costs of the pieces.

+ Collaborations between artists or work by collectives are also welcome.

Selection Criteria:

Three projects in each of the three categories will be chosen. Projects will be evaluated based on: feasibility, originality, artists’ record of executing similarly scaled projects, and ability to be enjoyed using physical distance guidelines. This includes:

+ Quality of artist’s past work as demonstrated in the submitted materials.

+ Indication that artist has expertise (art-related or other) to undertake project or can demonstrate a plan for accessing fabrication, printing, manufacturing or expertise to successfully complete project. 

Two-thirds of the selected projects will be from artists and culture bearers who identify as Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC), and/or Native, artists from disability communities, LGBTQIA+ artists, and/or artists from outside the eleven-county metro. All applicants must be residents of Minnesota and over the age of 18.

To apply

Applications will open Monday, September 21 on this page. We will accept applications through Friday, October 23. (Extended from October 16.) Artists will be notified at the end of October, and the first projects will be due in December. 

Applicants will be required to submit:

+ Brief artist statement or video (500 words or 3 minutes)

+ Proposal for project (500 words), specifying which category, with optional sketches or mockups

+ Resume and/or link to a website or Instagram page

+ 3-5 samples of your current work in JPG format, as a PDF, or links to a YouTube, Vimeo, Bandcamp or Soundcloud page with work samples in addition to JPG work samples.

For questions regarding the program or application process contact Andy at andy@springboardforthearts.org

Watch a 30-minute information video here.

Springboard for the Arts Virtual Open House October 20

Staff and consultants from Springboard for the Arts will be on hand with the Northwest Minnesota Arts Council (Region 1) on Tuesday, October 20, Noon to 1:00 p.m. for an hour-long virtual open house to let you know what programs and resources  Springboard offers, answer questions you have about your artistic career, and otherwise try to entertain you for an hour.

Curious about selling your art online? Looking for art projects to be involved with? Questions about copyright? Looking for grants? Want to take a workshop but don’t know where to start? Trying to set up a streaming concert at home and need some pointers? They’ll address all of these questions and more via Zoom, phone or email! Join by video or phone!

Direct registration link: https://springboardforthearts.org/mn-statewide-tour-2020/