Springboard for the Arts

Funding Received: 2011
St. Paul, MN
Funding Period: 1 year and 5 months
February 26, 2014

Proposed site that Blue Ox will transform into artist-designed mini golf and multipurpose art space

Blue Ox Mini Golf has submitted an offer on the land, and we are eagerly awaiting a response from the owners.

Recent Wins
1. The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation recently announced they will be investing $8 million over three years " . . . to engage and enrich the city of St. Paul through the arts." This is a wonderful win for our city!

2. The West 7th/Fort Road Federation & Filo Productions have announced Germanfest, a new festival that will be held June 21st at the Schmidt Brewery. The festival will include art, music, food, soccer matches, and more.

3. The Saint Paul Gallery held a Valentine's Day-themed art opening featuring local West 7th artists. There is definitely greater awareness of the art scene in the West 7th neighborhood!

4. A faith-based arts organization, Art House North, opened in West 7th, and they recently produced a musical in their space. They aim to be the "Creative Community for the Common Good."

5. A recent report showed that in 2013 there was $29.3 million in construction permits in West 7th neighborhood!

Talking with other small business owners is always reassuring especially when faced with the unknown. Sometimes things move quickly, and sometimes they seem to slooooowwwwww down. Keeping a good perspective is important.