Residency Programs


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.

Residency Options:

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

In its sixth year, this residency was created in honor of artist and nature lover Gaia Fenna, a close friend and supporter of Tofte Lake Center.  This week-long 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

These 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 2020 Guided Workshop Retreat:

Shinrin Yoku/Forest Bathing with Tom Bezek


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)