Carl Atiya Swanson

Let's Get To Work

Creative Exchange is the national program of Springboard for the Arts, based in Fergus Falls & Saint Paul, MN. This piece is adapted from the main Springboard website here. Springboard for the…


Mural Arts' Porch Light Toolkit

Mural Arts in Philadelphia believes that hands-on art-making provides a strong pathway for individual and community healing. Their Porch Light program, a joint collaboration with the City of…


HOMAGO Toolkit

Do you want to find new ways to engage young people? Try giving them their own space and suporting their creativity. HOMAGO is an acronym for Hang Out, Mess Around, Geek Out, a self-directed…


Special Sauce & Agency: Evaluating Work of Art

"I feel like I just got a million dollars worth of guidance!" 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…


New toolkits from the Leading Organizations!

Creative Exchange is driven by a principle that more is more - the more stories we can tell, the more resources we can share, the more connections we can make, the more we can show how important art…


2 Years of Creative Exchange!

It’s hard to believe, but Creative Exchange just turned 2! The platform was launched in 2014 in response to the question, “How do we support a movement around the power of local art and artists on a…


Dawn Posey, Larry Scott & Lavon Pettis

Overheard in the StoryBooth: Chicago's Lake FX Summit + Expo

It’s Thanksgiving this week, and StoryCorps has launched a new project and app, with The Great Thanksgiving Listen Project. Earlier this year, Creative Exchange partnered with StoryCorps at the Lake…


Carl Atiya Swanson of Creative Exchange.

New & Next: Arts and Community Converge at IdeaLab

The people who make a place matter. The artists, creative collaborators and community organizers who create local arts and culture can have a national impact by sharing their work, programs and…


Creating Community Panel

'Creating Community' Recap: Being open, being flexible, being principled

On a warm September evening that brought rainshowers, 45 people gathered in the open gallery space at Public Functionary in Northeast Minneapolis for ‘Creating Community,’ a conversation and…


Jen Cole

Sharing, Building, Leading

What does the passion for local art look like on a national scale? What if the sharing economy valued sharing?          What can we do to connect people to resources that support their creative…


Lincoln CSA

January Creative Exchange Hangout Recap & Video

On January 28th, Springboard for the Arts Director of Movement Building Carl Atiya Swanson sat down to chat with Director of Artist Services Andy Sturdevant about the Community Supported Art…


Sidewalk Festival of Performing Arts

Resolutions: Building up and looking forward

A new year is upon us, and that means it’s time for looking forward and making resolutions. There are always the old standbys of eating better and getting more exercise, but if you need some more…


Carl Atiya Swanson with his grandparents

Being together is a wonderful thing

--------------------------------------------------------- My grandparents recently celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary, which was special and incredibly sweet to see. For their party, I found…


The Joy of Toolkits

When I was a kid I loved getting a new box of Legos. There was a great rush of satisfaction in making all the little pieces come together to look like the thing that was on the box,…