ArtsLab is an in-depth, three-year learning and technical assistance program offering a diverse set of activities designed to strengthen small arts organizations.
The program brings together eight nonprofit arts groups in northern Minnesota and eight in urban Minneapolis/St. Paul to share ideas and study best practices. ArtsLab provides peer learning seminars or “Labs,” one-to-one consulting, distance learning and modest grants to support the work undertaken through ArtsLab.
ArtsLab is a special collaborative project of the Bush, F. R. Bigelow, Mardag, The McKnight, and The Saint Paul foundations, with administrative support provided by Arts Midwest. The collaborative was formed in order to explore new and more holistic ways of supporting smaller, visionary arts organizations. Through ArtsLab the collaborative partners hope to provide promising organizations with a broader context for their work and with specific tools to help them think about organizational dynamics and structure in ways that will best serve their artistic mission.