Residency Programs & Guided Workshop Retreats
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.
Please note that our Emerging Artists Program is not available in 2020.
Applications are open for the 2020 season from October 1 - November 30, 2019*
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 & Organizational residencies
These residencies are offered for both individual artists, small creative teams, and groups or organizations looking for space and time to connect, create, and reflect together in community and in nature.
Guided Workshop retreats
These retreats can be organized around any creative discipline and have included mosaic instruction, visual art and photography, artistic interaction with nature, installation art, and Forest Bathing. There are two retreats scheduled for 2020.
Guided Workshop Retreats
In 2020 we’re offering two retreat options: Writing Without Worry with Amy E. Witting and Shinrin Yoku/ Forest Bathing with Tom Bezek.
Applications for Guided Workshop Retreats close on December 30, 2019.
The 2020 Guided Workshop Retreats
writing without worry with Amy E. Witting
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)
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