Every Friday The Foundry Home Goods donates 5% of our total sales to a different community-nominated small-and-mighty cause. This Friday's Foundry Giving Friday recipient? Springboard For The Arts!
Springboard for the Arts is an economic and community development organization for artists and by artists. From their offices in Fergus Falls and Saint Paul, MN, Springboard provides (tons! of awesome!) programs that help artists make art work. By giving artists the necessary tools, skills, information, and services to build a career out of their creative work—to make a living and make a life.
Springboard has long been a powerful fixture in the local creative landscape, with tons of amazing resources—for both artists looking to thrive and communities looking to connect with thriving artists.
While we obviously love and have supported their general mission for years, this Giving Friday we are specifically focusing on their ongoing Emergency Relief Fund for MN Artists. A special fund dedicated to helping artists in Minnesota recover and remain solvent due to "an unanticipated, emergency expense", last year Springboard opened up the fund for artists who lost income due to COVID-related cancellations and career-threatening emergencies. Over the past year, two rounds of Emergency Relief Fund grants have helped fund 2,959 artists (!!). Funding for a third round of upcoming Covid-related support for artists ends in 10 days.
As they say: "Artists, cultural workers, and culture bearers are still in emergency, and we want to be able to provide another round of support". Here, here!
We are pleased and proud to support this art-work, this Giving Friday and always. If you don't need anything from us, consider donating to the Springboard Emergency Relief Fund directly.
If you DO find yourself in need of your own art supplies or a a tip jar to put out at your next outdoor concert, know that your purchase goes to support good change happening on the community level.