Springboard for the Arts announces new national Train-the-Trainer Intensive

Springboard for the Arts is excited to announce the first Train-the-Trainer Intensive for their Work of Art: Business Skills for Artists curriculum and award-winning artist-led community development programming. The Intensive will be held July 23-28, 2017, at Springboard’s offices in the Northern Warehouse Building in Lowertown, Saint Paul.

Springboard for the Arts is an economic and community development organization for artists and by artists. Over the past 10 years, Springboard’s staff have taught the Work of Art: Business Skills for Artists curriculum, a 12-part workshop series that starts with career planning, covers topics like time management, pricing, and marketing, and ends with business plans. Since turning the curriculum into a free toolkit in 2015, it has been downloaded over 2300 times, and adopted by organizations like SCORE Boston, Gonzaga University, Kent State University, University of North Carolina.

Since 2010, Springboard has led community development through artist-led creative placemaking and other partnerships, including the Irrigate partnership along the Green Line construction in Saint Paul. Springboard’s work with local artists, in partnership with nonprofits, businesses and government in Saint Paul and Fergus Falls, has shaped creative responses to pressing infrastructure and economic issues. Springboard staff  have consulted with cities like Cleveland, Mesa, AZ, Oklahoma City, and Memphis TN, worked with the Delta Regional Authority, and partnered with the International Downtown Association on collaborating with artists to solve local economic and social challenges.

The Work of Art and Community Development programs are foundational in Springboard’s unique approach to creating reciprocal relationships between artists and communities. The Train-the-Trainer Intensive aims to share what Springboard has learned by providing attendees with the training to lead, teach, and adapt these programs in their own communities, and learn proven development skills and techniques that can be used to create real change.

Attendees will learn from Springboard staff, artists and partners about how to lead, teach and adapt these programs for their communities, and will form a supportive cohort for implementing the work. These intensive workshops are designed for motivated and creative artists, educators, organizers, and arts administrators who want to bring proven development techniques back to their communities. This new intensive is designed to help attendees start their own programs, or build on existing work, in their own communities. In addition to the curriculum content, Springboard will provide technical assistance around program structure, values and sustainability.

Train-the-Trainer Intensive is supported in part by the Surdna Foundation and the Bush Foundation. Support from the Bush Foundation includes full scholarships for 10 attendees from Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and the 23 Native nations that share the same geographic area. Deadline for scholarship application is June 9, 2017.

Details at a glance
Dates: Work of Art Intensive, July 23-26, 2017; Community Development Intensive, July 26-28, 2017
Location: Springboard for the Arts, 308 Prince Street, Suite 270, Saint Paul, MN
Presenters: Springboard for the Arts Staff
Cost: $1800 for the whole week; $1200 Work of Art only; $1000 Community Development only. Registration limited to 20 participants, scholarships available.
Registration & more information: http://springboardforthearts.org/work-with-artists/intensive/