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Springboard for the Arts: Supporting Artists in Need


Springboard for the Arts is a nonprofit that has been helping artists with the business of art for more than 40 years.  From workshops focused on pertinent topics such as grantwriting, pricing, and legal considerations, Springboard has long-provided training and education on a wide range of business topics related specifically to the business of being a professional artist.   Covid-19 has presented artists with a particular challenge to their business, the challenge of people not being able to be out enjoying theater or music or art exhibits or art fairs and the like.  The shelter in place and social distancing instantly put a halt to many artists means of financial security.  We spoke with Executive Director Laura Zabel and Rural Program Director Michele Anderson about how Springboard's Personal Emergency Fund has provided some assistance and how in just a few short weeks, Springboard has raised more than $200,000 toward the fund to support artists who have lost work.  Artists and arts organizations are welcome to apply for financial relief thru the Springboard website

Katie Carter started at Northern Community Radio in 2008 as Managing Editor of the station's grant-funded, online news experiment Northern Community Internet. Since 2016, she's produced Area Voices showcasing the arts, culture, and history stories of northern Minnesota. She's our local host of NPR's All Things Considered and CBC's As It Happens every weekday from 4-7pm.