Springboard Design’s Paul Rosenblatt Attends Non-Profit Leadership Residency: AS220’s Practice/Practice
Since our inception in 2001, Springboard Design has been committed to providing planning and design services to non-profits, helping to align facilities with missions, visions, and values. Organizations we have worked with include the Holocaust Center of Pittsburgh, Carnegie Museum of Art, The Andy Warhol Museum, The National Aviary, CLASS and Community Human Services. Inspired by community leaders like Theaster Gates and others, we have focused on how the arts can help drive community and economic development. This work has led to the establishment of an arts organization in Johnstown, PA, Creator Square.
Creator Square is an artisan residency founded by Springboard Principal Paul Rosenblatt in 2014. Since its incubation at Carnegie Mellon University, Rosenblatt has led Creator Square’s growth as an arts and economic stimulus platform that has raised more than $1 million to purchase and renovate a downtown Johnstown building, develop its business model and plan, and begin operations and workshops. In Fall, 2017, Rosenblatt joined AS 220’s Practice/Practice Residency, a four-day intensive professional development residency for arts administrators.
Practice/Practice offers diverse group of practitioners the opportunity to share and learn from each other in an intensive residency. During each session, 15 to 20 participants are selected to represent a range of professional phases, from practitioners looking to start non-profits to those working in established organizations. The program is organized by AS220, a “living example of innovation in non-profit arts programming, youth programming, community development and creative place making. Growing from a small grassroots collective (in Providence, RI), AS220 has built a sustainable large-scale organization that now serves as an international model.”
During the four day residency, Rosenblatt presented Creator Square to an international group of arts leaders and discussed shared opportunities and challenges that emerging arts organizations commonly face. Discussions ranged from panels on censorship and jurying, to the nuts and bolts of board development, grant writing, and management. Ultimately, the experience positioned Rosenblatt’s fledgling arts organization within a larger international context, and established a solid foundation for its continued growth and stabilization.