Learn more about our upcoming reFRESH speaker, Laura Zabel

Laura Zabel in town to speak about Creative Placemaking: Artists’ Roles and Opportunities


The Arts Asylum
1000 E 9th Street, Kansas City, MO 64109

Thursday, February 7th, 2013

6:30 to 8:00 pm*
Doors open and refreshments begin at 6:00 pm. Speaker begins promptly at 6:30 pm.

 Join Laura Zabel, executive director of Springboard for the Arts, for a conversation that will explore the role of artists in placemaking and strategies for developing artists’ capacity to contribute to their communities, referencing examples and inspiration from a wide variety of projects. Using the work of Springboard for the Arts in both urban and rural communities as a jumping off point, we’ll discuss questions like:

  • Is there a tension between high quality art and community engagement?
  • How can placemaking build value for the contributions artists make to their communities?
  • How can artists build strong, authentic partnerships across sectors?

The presentation is geared to individual artists across disciplines and small/emerging arts organizations. Visual, performing, literary artists and filmmakers are all encouraged to attend.

The presentation will be held on February 7th, 2013 from 6:30-8 PM at The Arts Asylum. It will allow time for questions and discussion with participants.

Springboard for the Arts is 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. www.springboardforthearts.org

Laura Zabel is executive director of Springboard for the Arts.  She recently received the Visionary Leader award from the Harvard Club and MN Council of Nonprofits. She has been one of Minneapolis Business Journal’s 40 Under Forty and Minnesota Monthly’s 12 Minnesotans Who Can See the Future. Laura serves on advisory boards for the Knight Foundation, Twin Cities LISC, Minnesota Theater Alliance and the University of Kansas. Laura is also an actor and lives in Minneapolis with her comedy writer husband and 6-year old daughter.