Laura Zabel

Executive Director, Springboard for the Arts

St. Paul, MN

Accelerate Collaboration, Act Local First, Co-Create Policy, Cultivate Connection, Prioritize Equity, Regenerate Soil & Nature, Share Ownership, Shift Capital  |  Community Economic Development, Funding / Investment, Incubator / Accelerator, Public Health, Rural Community Development, Technical Assistance

Laura provides resources and opportunities for artists to learn entrepreneurial, business, and strategic skills and connect to various health benefits; as well as develops programs that help communities connect to the creative power of artists.

Laura Zabel is the Executive Director of Springboard for the Arts, an economic and community development agency run by and for artists. Springboard provides programs that help artists make a living and a life, and programs that help communities connect to the creative power of artists. Based in rural and urban Minnesota, Springboard’s projects include: A Community Supported Art (CSA), which is based on the Community Supported Agriculture model and connects artists directly with patrons; the Artists Access to Healthcare program; artist entrepreneurial development; and Irrigate artist-led creative placemaking, a national model for how cities can engage artists to help reframe and address big community challenges. Springboard also operates Creative Exchange, a national platform for sharing free toolkits, resources, and profiles to help artists and citizens collaborate on replicating successful and engaging community projects.