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Springboard for the Arts News: Roots of Rondo & new Artist Development Coordinator

roots-street-signRoots of Rondo: Black Artists Rising

Springboard for the Arts is pleased to announce a new initiative, Roots of Rondo: Black Artists Rising. Roots of Rondo: Black Artists Rising will engage black artists in and from the Rondo community to create collaborative artistic projects that highlight the present, past and future of Rondo over the summer of 2016. This work is funded through a $30,000 grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, a $20,000 grant from the F. R. Bigelow Foundation and a $10,000 grant from The Saint Paul Foundation. See he press release here.

At-A-Glance
What: Roots of Rondo: Black Artists Rising, to create collaborative artistic projects that highlight the present, past and future of Rondo.
Who: Black artists in and from the Rondo community, with workshops and facilitation by Springboard for the Arts and community partners
When: Free creative placemaking and collaboration workshops on December 12, January 23, 2016 and February 20, 2016, projects to come in the summer of 2016
More information: www.rootsofrondo.org


Meet our new Artist Development Coordinator, Anna Metcalfe! (You may already know her.)

We are very happy to announce that Anna Metcalfe has joined Springboard’s staff as Artist Development Coordinator on December 1. You may have gotten to know Anna through her work as a Work of Art workshop instructor and an adjunct consultant. She will retain those responsibilities in her expanded role as Artist Development Coordinator.

Anna lives and works in the Twin Cities, where she graduated from the University of Minnesota in 2009 with her MFA. Interested in the junction of public art and craft, she makes work inspired by water, agriculture, food and community. As a teaching artist, Metcalfe loves to promote collaboration and interdisciplinary learning environments between the sciences and art-making. She is a recipient of many awards and honors, most recently a FY 2015 MN State Arts Board Artist Initiative Grant. You can see her artwork here. She can be reached at anna@springboardforthearts.org.

Anna will be teaching a number of the 2015-16 Work of Art workshops in St. Paul and elsewhere in the Twin Cities. Keep an eye on our Workshops page for dates later this month.