Invitation to Springboard 2014

“Springboard” your organization to greater success and sustainability!

Springboard is a cohort-based planning program for small and mid-sized arts and cultural organizations developed and led by Claudia Bach of AdvisArts and fueled by a corps of skilled 501 Commons volunteer consultants. Springboard participants complete an organizational assessment, attend cohort meetings and an afternoon forum with local arts experts, while working with a 501 Commons consultant team to define the changes you would like to see and develop a specific plan of action. Most activities will occur between February and June 2014.

Over 20 organizations have participated in the Springboard program over the last five years including Reel Girls, SANCA, Music Works Northwest, and Theatre Puget Sound. As a result of the program, Springboard participants report that they have clarified staff and board roles, created outreach and marketing campaigns to expand audiences, increased contributed and earned income, and much more. Many report that Springboard results in the board and staff being better aligned and energized.

Program fees for the program are on a sliding scale and start at only $500, thanks to the support of funders including Seattle Office of Arts and Culture and 4Culture. Applications are now being accepted for Springboard 2014. Click here for program information and the application or email Laura Ciotti, Springboard Coordinator, at; 206-682-6704 x211.

We are also looking for pro bono consultants! Are you interested in sharing your skills and knowledge to help arts organizations in King County? Springboard consultants will serve for about 40 hours between February-June 2014, and the position is ideal for volunteers who have at least 3 years of experience with arts & cultural organizations. For more information please contact Laura Ciotti at; 206-682-6704 x211.

Let me know if you have any questions or would like more information.


Laura Ciotti, Program Manager

501 Commons

206-682-6701 x211 (office)

206-790-2121 (cell)

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SpringboardFlyer.pdf (261KB)

Springboard 2014 Schedule.docx (1.5 MB

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