Carl Swanson

Associate Director, Springboard for the Arts, Upper Midwest, USA

Carl Atiya Swanson is the associate director at Springboard for the Arts, a national leader in artists' resources and artist-led community development. He manages projects across Springboard's program areas, leads development and partnerships, and launched Creative Exchange, a national hub for stories and toolkits for artists and organizations to solve local challenges and create new opportunities. He has presented on arts leadership, creative placemaking, and community engagement for Americans for the Arts, the Delta Regional Authority, IdeaLab, the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits and others. Carl is a theatermaker and writer, and has served on the boards of the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network - Twin Cities, and Dissonance, advocating for mental health and wellness in creativity. Caarl holds a B.A. in studio art from the University of Southern California, and an M.B.A. from the University of St. Thomas Opus College of Business.


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