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From Galleries to Bike Racks, Creative Exchange Shares New Toolkits From Leading Arts Organizations

New shareable resources for creative projects by arts organizations from across U.S.

Saint Paul, MN (August 2016) – Dedicated to helping communities mobilize the powerful, creative force of artists to solve local challenges, Creative Exchange is a national hub for sharing proven ideas and success stories around artists building stronger neighborhoods and communities. Today, Creative Exchange adds 5 new toolkits to the library of free resources.
These toolkits are the end product of a year-long pilot called Leading Organizations, which partnered with the Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council, Macon Arts Alliance of Macon, GA, Metro Arts in Nashville, TN, Movimiento de Arte y Cultura Latino Americana in San Jose, CA, and Springboard for the Arts, Creative Exchange's parent organization in Saint Paul, MN to develop new resources from key programs and publish stories from their communities. The toolkits are free to download via Creative Exchange and are:
A Toolkit for Artist-Designed Bike Racks from Metro Arts in Nashville, TN. This toolkit walks through the process of commissioning, fabricating, and placing artist-created bike racks, and serves as a guide to the public art process. Get it here:
A Toolkit for Starting a Non-Profit Gallery from the Macon Arts Alliance of Macon, GA. Based on their experience running The Gallery, a community-driven arts space, this toolkit helps prospective gallerists think through their conceptual and practical needs. Get it here:
HE-HO: A Toolkit for Health & Housing Resources from the Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council. Developed after a fair promoting health activities and housing information for artists, this toolkit shares programs and practical tools for connecting artists to critical resources. Get it here:
Trabajo de Arte: Aptitudes de Negocios para Artistas from Movimiento de Arte y Cultura Latino Americana in San Jose, CA, and Springboard for the Arts. MACLA and Springboard collaborated to produce a Spanish-language translation of the Work of Art: Business Skills for Artists toolkit, which walks artists through career and business planning including pricing, marketing and fundraising. This toolkit will include 4 new videos from Latinx artists, coming soon. Get it here:
Call for Artists: A Practical Toolkit for Calls, RFPs and Artist Selection from Springboard for the Arts. This toolkit is designed to orient organizations who may not have experience in putting out calls for artists to the best practices for calls and RFPs.  Get it here:
“We are delighted to be adding these new toolkits to the Creative Exchange platform," says Springboard for the Arts Executive Director Laura Zabel. "These are organizations who are leaders in their work of supporting artists in their communities, and by sharing their work openly, can help guide and inspire others to engage with the creativity all around them.”
Each toolkit includes program instructions and practical tools, templates for necessary documents like calls to artists and contracts, as well as suggestions for adaptations and further resources. The Leading Organization toolkits join the 15 toolkits already hosted on Creative Exchange, which have had over 2,500 downloads since the platform was launched in March 2014.
For further questions, contact Carl Atiya Swanson, Associate Director at Springboard for the Arts via email at or via phone at 651-292-3205.

More about the Leading Organizations:
Macon Arts Alliance, Macon, GA -- The mission of the Macon Arts Alliance is to foster and support the advancement of arts and culture in Central Georgia. Macon Arts Alliance strives to be an innovative leader of a diverse and thriving arts community as well as a strategic partner in creating an open, inclusive, and vibrant place for artists, arts organizations, residents, businesses, and tourists.
Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council, Pittsburgh, PA -- The Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council drives political, financial, and professional support for the entire Greater Pittsburgh arts community. With the tagline, "Arts loud and clear," the Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council serves as the voice for arts and culture across the Greater Pittsburgh region.
Metro Arts, Nashville, TN -- Metro Nashville Arts Commission, or Metro Arts, is the arts and cultural division of the city of Nashville. Metro Arts believes that all Nashvillians should participate in a creative life and that arts drive a more vibrant and equitable community. Nashville has a diverse creative ecosystem and Metro Arts is the designated driver and facilitator of programs, policies and practices that support arts and cultural vibrancy.
MACLA/Movimiento de Arte y Cultura Latino Americana, San Jose, CA -- MACLA is an inclusive contemporary arts space grounded in the Chicano/Latino experience that incubates new visual, literary and performance art in order to engage people in civic dialogue and community transformation. MACLA produces programming in four core program tracks – visual arts, performing & literary arts, youth arts education, and community arts programs.
Springboard for the Arts, Saint Paul & Fergus Falls, MN -- Springboard for the Arts cultivates vibrant communities by connecting artists with the resources they need to make a living and a life. Springboard for the Arts helps communities collaborate with artists to solve local economic, social, and cultural challenges.
Dedicated to helping communities mobilize the powerful, creative force of artists to solve local challenges, Creative Exchange is a national hub where community leaders and artists come together to share proven ideas and success stories for building stronger neighborhoods and cities. Recognizing that many local governments, community organizations, nonprofits, and arts groups lack the resources to develop innovative programs from scratch, Creative Exchange offers free toolkits, consultation, and networking to help communities collaborate with artists in replicating successful programs that creatively address economic, social, and cultural issues. Based in St. Paul, Minnesota, Creative Exchange is a national initiative of Springboard for the Arts. Creative Exchange is supported by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, Surdna Foundation, Kresge Foundation and Bonfils-Stanton Foundation, with content partnerships with the National Endowment for the Arts and Aspen Institute Arts Program.

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