Category Archives: Residency

Resources/Opportunities

Here are some current or upcoming opportunities or resources in our region or beyond! Click on the links to find out more.

Artist in Residence applications open

The North Dakota Museum of Art is accepting applications for the 2021 McCanna House Artist-in-residence season.

Artists working in music, theatre, literature, or the visual arts are encouraged to apply. Open to artists in all stages of their career.

The North Dakota Museum of Art presents a unique opportunity with the McCanna House Artist-in-residence program. This retreat consists of a 1920’s farmhouse sitting on ten acres in the midst of the thriving Red River Valley. McCanna, North Dakota is a small farming community about 35 miles west of Grand Forks, just north of the town of Larimore.

While the residency affords no dedicated media specific facilities at this time, the open mutable space of the house, barn and grounds affords opportunity for the creation of work of many scales. The powerfully vast physical space of the Great Plains allows the imagination to run wild, with the close proximity to large scale agriculture drawing one into the cycles of growth and harvest. Out of this open horizon emerges a peace and presence of mind uniquely conducive to creativity and artistic shift.

The solo residency consists of 2-4 week blocks throughout the operating year. Winter dictates that the house is only open from June 1st to the end of September.

While there are no expectations for the artist to complete work during the residency, artists are asked to use their time wisely, and be aware of the transformative potential of time spent there. Artists will not be asked to teach classes, or give public lectures as a requirement of the residency.

Applications accepted until January 15th of each year. Residencies announced February 1st. Preference given to regional artists, with remaining availability open to all.

For more information, photos and the application, visit https://www.ndmoa.com/artist-in-residence

Arts Retreat Artist Residency in New York Mills Accepting Applications

Applications Now Being Accepted for Early Spring 2021 Residencies

Application Deadline October 24

The Arts Retreat Artist Residency Program of the Cultural Center in New York Mills provides dedicated artists time to work and  offers a unique taste of life in rural Minnesota. Artists from all disciplines (performance, written, audio and visual media) will be considered for a residency. Art residencies are awarded based on artistic merit and commitment to the arts. Artists are provided with a place to stay and work.  No stipend is available.

Go to: https://www.kulcher.org/programs/artist-retreat/ to read more and apply.

For further information contact: cheryl@kulcher.org

Playwrights’ Center Fellowship Programs

The Playwrights’ Center has fellowship programs, some of which are specifically for Minnesota-based writers. Programs include:

Jerome Fellowship – for early career writers. Deadline November 21.

Many Voices Fellowship – for early career writers of color and indigenous writers. Deadline December 5.

Many Voices Mentorship – for beginning Minnesota-based writers of color and indigenous writers. Deadline December 5.

Core Writer Program – for any professional writers. Deadline January 23.

McKnight Fellowship in Playwriting – for mid-career Minnesota-based writers. Deadline January 16.

McKnight Theater Artist Fellowship – for mid-career Minnesota-based artists other than playwrights. Deadline April 16.

Residencies and Workshop Retreats at Tofte Lake Center at Norm’s Fish Camp

Applications for Residencies Open Until November 30

The deadline for Guided Workshop Retreats is December 30

https://toftelake.org/residencyprograms

THE GAIA FENNA MEMORIAL FELLOWSHIP

Tofte Lake Center will host its sixth annual week-long residency for a Minnesota artist who exemplifies the spirit, passions, and values of artist and nature lover Gaia Fenna. This year’s residency week will be September 14-20, 2020.

For Gaia, physical activity and art were a means of self-expression, self-definition — in her DNA. At Tofte Lake Center, Gaia’s love of art and nature were perfectly combined. She took time each day to commune with her spirit by hiking, biking, and kayaking. She has left her creative fingerprints all over TLC.

INDIVIDUAL ARTIST & GROUP/ORGANIZATION

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.

Artist residencies are interdisciplinary in nature, and balance group activity, personal work time, facilitated conversation, with the exchange of work and performance. Artists from diverse backgrounds and communities are encouraged to attend. Residencies are structured around the artists’ specific project needs. Days are self-directed, and could include individual/team work, afternoon excursions or on-site activity, dinners and evening gatherings with resident artists.

Tofte Lake Center is family-friendly. For Individual Residencies, artists are welcome to bring their families when space allows and when agreed upon in advance.  For these residencies child-care is not guaranteed, though assistance is offered to help resident artist parents find part-time childcare for their stay, should this make their residency possible.

2020 Individual Artist Residency Weeks Available: June 15-21 (depending on grant funding, this week could be dedicated to our Family Artists Residency Program), June 22-28, June 29-July 5, August 3-9, August 10-16, and September 21-27.


TLC offers residency and retreat opportunities for artistic groups or organizations looking for space and time to connect, create, strategize, plan, and reflect together in community.

If you are interested in hosting a Group or Organizational residency, please contact us at info@toftelake.org between October 1-November 30, 2019 – the earlier the better!

Application and Selection Timeline

November 30, 2019, 11:59pm EST: Application deadline

February 1, 2020: Notification deadline

Applications are accepted from artists 18 years or older at the time of application. For more information about Tofte and their programs visit their website at https://toftelake.org/home