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Virtual Legal Clinic Sponsored by Springboard for the Arts

There are a few slots open in Springboard’s virtual legal clinic on Tuesday, May 18 at 5:30 pm. Artists will receive a free 30-minute session with an attorney from Minnesota Lawyers for the Arts (MnLA) to have questions about nonprofits, estate planning, business organization, contracts, copyright and trademark answered. This is for individual artists or small arts organizations.

To sign up or for more information, click on the link below or reach out to Andy Sturdevant at (651) 294-0907 (call or text) or andy@springboardforthearts.org


Get on the Art Train!

Get on the Art-Train! Created in partnership with the Center for Performance and Civic Practice, Art-Train is a new national training and technical assistance program to bring together artists and creative workers with municipalities, agencies, and organizations to create culture-based collaborations.

With a track for artists and a track for agencies, Art-Train helps organizations use American Rescue Plan and American Jobs Plan funding to support locally-rooted, culture-based collaborations for a creative and equitable recovery, and artists get ready to work in these kinds of programs. Participants attend an initial synchronous virtual training session, and then receive ongoing technical assistance through bi-weekly drop-in coaching and networking sessions with Art-Train staff, experts and an expanding network of peers.

Training sessions start on May 11 for agencies and organizations, and on May 18 for artists and creative workers. Attend a session and plan for new projects!

WHAT IS ART-TRAIN? (Download a PDF of the Program Description)
Art-Train, housed at Springboard for the Arts, is a partnership with Center for Performance and Civic Practice. It is a virtual technical assistance program for artists, municipal agencies, community non-profits, and arts councils in communities of all sizes across the nation. 
Art-Train will equip you with tools to design and support cross-sector, equity-centered, locally-rooted and culture-based collaborations in communities of all sizes. Art-Train brings together both sides of the creative equation with two parallel tracks: 
– Artist Track: artists get ready to work in collaboration with agencies, non-profits, and arts councils on critical community issues. 
– Agency track: government agencies, non-profits, and arts councils get ready to work with local artists to support creative workforce development, economic growth, and authentically address community needs and concerns such as public health, housing and civic engagement.
Participants attend an initial synchronous virtual training session, and then receive ongoing technical assistance through bi-weekly drop-in coaching and networking sessions with Art-Train staff, experts and an expanding network of peers. 
Artists are creative people from all disciplines and experiences, from culture bearers and craft artists to classically trained, from those who receive huge commissions and whose work is collected by museums, to those who sing in community choir, weave stories, or carve spoons. Artists are a natural resource and an asset – they are in every place, on every block, in every apartment building, and every rural community.
– ALL PARTICIPANTS will gain skills to frame and translate their goals into formats that will be supported by multiple funding sources. All will have access to ongoing technical assistance, a resource library, additional learning from experts and peers, and an expanding network of practitioners across the country. 
– ARTISTS will build on their existing skills to collaborate in and with their communities. They will deepen their own practices around creative problem solving, equitable community engagement, and creating arts-based strategies to address recovery efforts, from public health to local economies.
– AGENCIES and ORGANIZATIONS will learn customizable models and best practices to design and implement local-artist centered programs that address community challenges through ethical, culturally competent and responsive public engagement with more equitable, authentic, culturally-relevant results. 
Art-Train is here to help you access resources and develop strategies that will help you reach and engage more people, increase community relevance and connection and find creative ways to be more effective. Artists bring not only their ability to make, to engage across sectors and people, but also to use critical processes to reconnect, reimagine and rebuild in their own places. 
Through Art-Train, we can connect local needs, local residents, local leaders and local artists to collectively build an equitable economic recovery and a healthier future for our communities, through programming that supports:
– Authentic, community-based solutions to sector challenges: public health, food security, housing, public safety, education, transportation, etc.
– Enhanced community narrative, identity, pride and empowerment.
– Increased social capital and diversified networks that contribute to community recovery and resilience.
– Increased community and economic vitality that supports people and places.

– Artists Respond: Combating Social Isolation (Springboard for the Arts): https://springboardforthearts.org/artists-respond/
– International Downtown Association creative partnerships (Springboard for the Arts): https://springboardforthearts.org/work-with-artists/community-development/ida/
– Artists on Main (Rethos and Springboard for the Arts) https://www.rethos.org/artists-on-main-street
– Art of Recovery (Santa Monica Cultural Affairs): https://www.santamonica.gov/arts/artofrecovery
– Creative Corps (San Francisco): https://sfmayor.org/article/mayor-london-breed-announces-san-francisco-creative-corps-support-artists-and-promote-public
– Learning Lab (Metro Arts Nashville): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tuJhXTz95bw
– Timeslips: https://timeslips.org/
Sign up today! For more info click here.

Rural Regenerator Fellowship — A cohort to support and connect creative rural Leaders. Apply now!

Springboard for the Arts has launched the Rural Regenerator Fellowship, a cohort to support and connect creative rural leaders in the Upper Midwest.

With this new Rural Regenerator Fellowship, 10 Fellows will be selected from communities of 50,000 people or fewer across the Upper Midwest (Minnesota, North and South Dakota, Wisconsin, Michigan, Iowa, Illinois and the Native Nations that serve those geographies). Fellows will be selected based on their demonstrated commitment to rural arts-based community development, their interest in sharing their own experiences and learning around this work with other fellows, and their desire to grow, adapt, or launch new work that will strengthen their community. Fellows will receive $10,000 in flexible funds to support their existing work and/or to launch a new project in their community.

Applications for the Rural Regenerator Fellowship are due by June 11, 2021, with information sessions on April 30 and May 21. Find out more and see the application here: https://springboardforthearts.org/rural-regenerator-fellowship/

Fellows will be selected based on their demonstrated commitment to rural arts-based community development, their interest in sharing their own experiences and learning around this work with other fellows, and their desire to grow, adapt, or launch new work that will strengthen their community. People who are Black, Indigenous, Native, People of Color, LGBTQIA+, women and gender non-binary people, and/or people with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply, and will be prioritized in the selection process.

Rural Regenerators see wild possibilities when communities are most stuck, and they use art, culture and creativity to help reframe challenges and opportunities, build relationships, repair historic harms, and dream big about a future that works better for everyone. Please share, spread the word, and apply!


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.