Incubating Local Talent to Grow the Creative Economy

Saturday, June 15, 4:45 pm - 6:00 pm

In this interactive session, talk about—and practice!—tools, and tips for incubating local talent in your own region and raising the capacity of the public arts ecosystem to feed the local economy.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Learn how you can foster learning for emerging artists and arts educators in your community.
  2. Hear about existing national and local resources to help you succeed.
  3. Do hands-on experimentation with some of the tools and guides.


Jen Krava
Director of Programming
St. Paul, Minnesota

Jen Krava is Director of Programming + New Initiatives at Forecast. She holds a Master in Design Studies, with a focus on Art, Design and the Public Domain from Harvard Graduate School of Design, where she graduated with commendation. She also holds a Master in Landscape Architecture from the University of Minnesota College of Design, and was a 2011 Yale studio painting research fellow.

As Director of Programming + New Initiatives, Jen sets the vision and strategy for all programming at Forecast. She also facilitates RFQ and artist selection processes, writes public art master plans, manages the artist grant program, and creates and facilitates in person workshops and trainings.

Jen is an Adjunct Professor in the College of Design at the University of Minnesota, co-editor of _SCAPE, ASLA-MN’s publication, and a visual artist, studying the body as a site, performative garments, and analog technologies.

Caroline Taiwo
Economic Opportunity Program Director
Springboard for the Arts

Caroline Taiwo is the Director of Economic Opportunity at Springboard for the Arts, a nationally recognized economic and community development organization with offices in Saint Paul and Fergus Falls, Minnesota. Since joining Springboard in October 2017, Caroline piloted the 20/20 Artist Fellowship program to support BIPOC/Native artists creating responsive tools, systems and opportunities for artists in their communities. In addition, Caroline piloted the Maker to Market series connecting local artisans and creative entrepreneurs to retail opportunities, professional development and low barrier seed capital through Springboard's partnership with Kiva U.S. Caroline has a background in digital storytelling and has directed various arts projects, contributed to cultural publications and led equity work with American Public Media, Minnesota Public Radio and the Twin Cities Media Alliance. Caroline attended Howard University and received her BA from Hamline University.