Tofte Lake Center strives towards racial equity and inclusion and provides a range of programs for artists and arts organizations across disciplines to participate in week-long residencies. We hope you will apply to be considered for one or more of our season's fifteen weeks of programming.
Our application deadline has passed for residencies during the 2019 season. Applications will open for the 2020 season on October 1, 2019.
The Emerging Artists PRogram
The Emerging Artists Program, sponsored by the Jerome Foundation, is celebrating its tenth year of offering artists from Minnesota and the five boroughs of New York City an opportunity to further explore their work, and to connect and share their process with artists across disciplines.
The Gaia Fenna Memorial FELLOWSHIP
The Gaia Fenna Memorial Fellowship, in its fifth year, was created in honor of artist and nature lover Gaia Fenna, a close friend and supporter of Tofte Lake Center. This weeklong retreat is open to a Minnesota artist who exemplifies Gaia's spirit, passions, and values in their work and life.
Individual artist and Group/Organizational Residencies
Individual Artist and Group/Organizational Residencies are offered for both individual artists and groups or organizations looking for space and time to connect, create, and reflect together in community and in nature.
Guided Workshop Retreats
Guided Workshop Retreats can be organized around any creative discipline. These have included mosaic instruction, visual art and photography, artistic interaction with nature, installation art, and Forest Bathing.
The 2019 Guided Workshop Retreat:
Shinrin Yoku/Forest Bathing with Tom Bezek applications are closed for 2019
Grant Opportunities to help fund your Residency
There are several grant opportunities to assist you in funding your residency. (Note that some listed here are Minnesota-specific)
For visual artists in MN, both emerging and mid-career, check out Forecast Public Art
For emerging artists from Minnesota and New York, check out grant opportunities from the Jerome Foundation
For Tofte Lake Center's Emerging Artist Program funded by the Jerome Foundation
New England Foundation for the Arts (NEFA) The National Theater Project Creation and Touring Grant these grants (not limited to the New England geographic area) require a development partner - consider TLC!
For artists with children consider the Sustainable Arts Foundation
For artists age 60 and over from the United States, check out Tree of Life
For artists of color check out The Joyce Foundation
For Springboard's list of grants for individual artists
For the University of Minnesota's Center for Urban and Regional Affairs Artist and Neighborhood Partnership Initiative
For MN artists living counties of the Five Wings Arts Council Individual Artist Grants
Playwrights' Center Many Voices Fellowship