Springboard for the Arts

The A.V. Closet is a Springboard for the Arts service that allows artists to borrow cameras, lighting equipment, projectors and other audio-visual equipment.

IMPORTANT: Beginning immediately, regular A.V. Closet operations will be suspended for the duration of the statewide shelter in place mandate, and no new or existing reservations can be made during this time. Please check back for updates.

Thank you for your understanding. 

Under normal circumstances, equipment can be borrowed for up to 2 nights and 3 business days at no charge, for one rental period per month. You can check out up to six items per rental period. If you need to check out more than six items, contact us to make special arrangements. There is an annual fee of $20. It's also available as a free service to registered members of the Incubator and ReadyGo programs, and to current McKnight artist fellows.

How it works

Public memberships in the AV Closet require a 10-minute orientation with Springboard staff and an annual fee of $20 to be paid before equipment can be borrowed. Payments can also be made in person at Springboard for the Arts during your orientation, or over the phone with a major credit card. Orientation can be scheduled immediately before equipment is checked out for the first time.

Your membership for the AV Closet program will be approved within one business day (and probably a lot sooner). When this happens, you'll receive a second confirmation email. Once you've received that, you'll be ready to make reservations and check out equipment.


  • Equipment checked out Monday is due back Wednesday
  • Equipment checked out Tuesday is due back Thursday
  • Equipment checked out Wednesday is due back Friday
  • Equipment checked out Thursday is due back Monday (or Tuesday in the case of holidays)
  • Equipment checked out Friday is due back Monday (or Tuesday in the case of holidays)

Instructions for new users

Click “Create Account” on the righthand top of the page. Fill out the form there, choosing a username and password.

IMPORTANT! This will take you to the Account page. Make sure the information is correct, and then in the organization field, write Public. If you're in the Incubator or ReadyGo programs, or a current McKnight fellow, list that instead. Then hit the green save button.

You’ll then receive two email confirmations: one to let you know your membership request has been processed, and a second to let you know it’s been approved, and then to schedule your orientation and make payment arrangements. Equipment rentals will be approved for lending on a first come, first serve basis.


Consult our manual library here.