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Springboard is a capacity building program for small and mid-sized arts and cultural groups, designed to help identify and address issues that are blocking organizations' ability to achieve sustainability and success.

Springboard is delivered by ESC in cooperation with Claudia Bach of AdvisArts. Working with ESC consultants, participating organizations work on issues like improving business operations, increasing revenues, building audiences, and strengthening governance. Springboard is a cohort-based program, and provides opportunities to learn from local arts experts as well as your peers.

"Springboard made the difference between talking about the future and actually doing something about it. Our organization completed a strategic evaluation which led to a new vision for the organization and laid the foundation for recruiting a new board of directors. The consultants are top notch!" --Kevin Maifeld, Director & Professor, Arts Leadership Fine Arts, MFA in Arts Leadership - Seattle University

What happens in Springboard?

Springboard helps organizations develop the ability to quickly identify and address organizational problems, spot opportunities, develop actionable plans, and measure success on those plans. Organizations that make this kind of operationally-focused planning a habit are more likely to succeed over time. Planning takes time, but it makes an organization more nimble and more resilient in the long term.

Most activities in the Springboard program happen over a five month period beginning in early March 2011 and ending in July 2011. Program components include:

Application Process

Please download and read the 2011 Program Guidelines for more information on what happens during Springboard, eligibility and participation requirements, and application instructions. The deadline for applications has been moved up to January 7, 2011. Applicants are encouraged to make a pre-application screening call by December 20, 2010.

Program Guidelines [MS doc file]
Application Form [MS doc file]


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