Welcome to the 2017 MLA Annual Conference! This year’s theme is Radical Librarianship - the power of libraries to provide access to the truth, strengthen our community voices, create opportunity for exploration and innovation, and assist our patrons to build a better future. Libraries have always been radical, but what does Radical Librarianship mean for us today? Join us at the 2017 MLA Annual Conference to help shape that conversation!
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Friday, October 6 • 2:15pm - 3:05pm
Resources for Artists and Artists as Resources

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This session explores Springboard's professional and community development resources and tools for engaging communities. Our work at Minnesota libraries happens through artist-made tools for interaction and professional development workshops for creative entrepreneurs. Two of Springboard's many toolkits and replicable projects will be featured, Ready Go and the Work of Art: Business Skills for Artists. Ready Go is a roster of artist-created, mobile projects (or tools) for hire, designed to pique curiosity and prompt interaction. You will show how Ready Go tools have been used at libraries and how you can easily tap into artists to engage your library users! The Work of Art Toolkit is a professional development curriculum that teaches business skills to artists in all disciplines. You will see and experience examples of the curriculum and implementation as well as learn how you can bring the Work of Art workshop series to your community through the libraries.


Noah Keesecker

Director of Artist Development, Springboard for the Arts
Noah Keesecker is the Director of Artist Development at Springboard for the Arts. He directs, creates, and teaches Springboard's professional development curriculum, provides consulting for individual artists and creative startups, and co-directs Springboard's legal resources program... Read More →

Peter Haakon Thompson

Community Development Coordinator, Springboard for the Arts
Peter Haakon Thompson is the Community Development Coordinator at Springboard for the Arts. His work at Springboard includes running the Ready Go project, both administratively and as an artist with multiple mobile tools. As an artist, his primary mediums are participation, interaction... Read More →

Friday October 6, 2017 2:15pm - 3:05pm CDT
Meeting Room 105