Stories

The text used in the assessment tools are great descriptors, but its stories that bring this work to life. 

Below is a growing portfolio of stories from artists and advocates from across the country that can be filtered on the assessment tools, spectrum, and categories.  You can turn on and off these filters by clicking on the buttons. 

Use these examples to help locate yourself on the assessment tool and see how to move up on the spectrum. Read our Guidebook for more suggestions on how you can use Artists Thrive, putting the tools to practice, and sparking conversations with Artists Thrive.

Have a story of your own to add?   Click here to submit it.

Rural Program Office

Springboard's Rural Program office in Fergus Falls, MN creates permanent local resources that are 1) local adaptations of our urban offerings 2) new programs based on the needs and assets of the community. Because artists have regular, ongoing access (beyond just a staff member that drops in a few times a year) they are more engaged, more able to shape programming and have an entirely different quality of relationship with the organization and services.

Rubric Spectrum Category
I work with Artists Artists Thrive Organizational Capacity

A Learning Agenda That’s Both Internal & External

“Organizational capacity” is actually one of the funding criteria that we use to evaluate our grantees. Continuous improvement is important here, and we consider that not only for the 200+ organizations that we support each year. We need to ensure that organizationally we are doing the same thing, holding ourselves to the same standard. So, we value that even as a small team of eight people running a ten-year old organization, we’ve worked hard to continuously improve our grant program. We’ve sought feedback from those that we support and those that we do not support, to gauge awareness of our organization, and to learn how we can better steward the funds that we have been entrusted in order to best serve the community. We do this all in line with our mission, which is to inspire and strengthen the community by investing in arts and culture. We’ve expanded our capacity in other ways as well: we have grown our team slowly and over time, consistently evaluated ourselves, and committed ourselves organizationally to a learning agenda that’s both internal and external. So, while we provide learning opportunities for the organizations and individual artists that we support, we, too, are committed to building our knowledge of relevant topics to our work. This year specifically our whole team is committed to a learning agenda around diversity, equity, and inclusion. So, because we named that as a primary value of our organization, it’s been something that we know we have to play an active role in promoting. We have to expect to grow in that area through the groups that we fund and serve, but also we must be committed to building capacity for that work internally over time.

Rubric Spectrum Category
I work with Artists Artists Thrive Organizational Capacity