Laura Zabel

Springboard for the Arts

Laura Zabel is the executive director of Springboard for the Arts, an artist-led economic development agency based in Minnesota. Springboard applies the creative process to reframe conversations, develop unconventional partnerships, and devise simple solutions that create reciprocal relationships between artists and communities. Some of Springboard’s programs include: Community Supported Art (CSA), which is based on the Community Supported Agriculture model, connects artists directly with patrons and has been replicated in more than 30 cities across the country; the Artists Access to Healthcare program, which was awarded the 2010 Social Entrepreneur’s Cup; and the Irrigate project, a national model for how cities can engage artists to help reframe and address big community challenges. Springboard also provides entrepreneurship training and other resources to help artists make a living and a life. Zabel was a speaker at the 2012 Aspen Ideas festival and received the 2012 Visionary Leader award from the Harvard Club and MN Council of Nonprofits.

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