Springboard for the Arts cultivates “vibrant communities by connecting artists with the skills, information and services they need to make a living and a life.” James Garrett Jr., Saint Paul architect and a fifth-generation Black resident of Minnesota’s Twin Cities shared his pain after vandals set fire to a former auto dealership his firm is turning into the home for Springboard For The Arts. Thanks to a fire suppression system and flame retardant carpeting, the building suffered only cosmetic damage. Along with adding to critical discourse, the arts expand Minnesota’s economy by $11 billion and employ close to 100,000 people. Black artists have been advocating for greater representation in museums and galleries and the organization is committed to addressing “systemic and structural inequities and seeks to build equity, agency and power in communities, neighborhoods and systems.”