One of the reasons Springboard for the Arts is able to take on and implement large scale projects with their small team is through leveraging their staff. The staff lives and breathes seven principles:
- We view artists as vital contributors to their communities.
- Our programs are delivered by artists to artists.
- Our capacity to build relationships is the basis of our effectiveness.
- We emphasize building systems of investment and support.
- We develop cross-sector collaborations.
- We operate with a sense of transformational possibility.
- We are non-judgmental about artists’ work.
These principles define the culture of Springboard and give the staff autonomy to make decisions they know align with the values of the organization.
In this Field Notes piece that originally appeared in 2013, NAS’ Dallas Shelby shares how these seven principles helped Springboard spearhead a huge creative placemaking initiative. Watch the case story, featuring Springboard for the Arts’ Executive Director, Laura Zabel, below.
What are your organization’s core values? How do they help align staff and programs?