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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

Mc Canna House Artist-in-Residence Applications Open

McCanna House Artist-in-Residence Application

Open to Artists in Music, Theatre, Literature, & Visual Arts


The North Dakota Museum of Art is accepting applications for the 2019 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. Preference given to regional artists (North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota, and Manitoba), with remaining availability open to all. 

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 and large outlying steel building in the midst of the thriving farmland of the Red River Valley of Eastern North Dakota. 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 in 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.

Image by Kelli Nelson

THE PROGRAM The residency consists of 2 – 5 week blocks of time layered throughout the operating year. The house is open from June 1 through the end of September or early October. There will only be one artist on the property at a time, unless a group project is accepted. While there are no expectations for the artist to complete work during the residency, artists are asked only to use their time wisely, and be aware of the transformative potential of time spent there. 
Application
More Information

Deadline: Applications will be accepted until January 15, 20192019 Announcement: February 15, 2019. 

AMENITIES
*Wireless Internet
*Well lit French country-style farmhouse, detached 40 x 70 foot steel building, and large outdoor space with yards and surrounding tree lines.
*House has 3 full bedrooms, each with attached bathrooms
*New washer and dryer
*New electric stove in well appointed kitchen

*Screened in porch area with convenient BBQ
*A modest array of hand tools
*Opportunities to work with surrounding community groups
*10 miles from town of Larimore (pop.2,000), yet feels remote and private.
*35 miles from Grand Forks (pop.55,000), with its thriving art scene and good shopping/dining
*5 hours to Minneapolis and 2 hours to Winnipeg, Manitoba
*Well stocked library
*Fruit trees
*Surrounded by working fields producing soy beans, potatoes, canola, and more…
*Endless sky
*Big weather

Email Matthew Wallace with questions. 

MCA Creative Minnesota Internship

CREATIVE MINNESOTA INTERNSHIP AVAILABLE AT MINNESOTA CITIZENS FOR THE ARTS

Minnesota Citizens for the Arts (MCA), a nationally renowned arts advocacy organization that lobbies for state arts funding, seeks a Creative Minnesota intern to begin in November 2019. The position is part-time and flexible (approximately 20 hours per week) and the compensation is $10/hr.

ABOUT MCA: MCA represents the arts community of Minnesota at the state legislature and lobbies for state funding of the arts, as well as other issues of concern to the non-profit arts community. MCA also does advocacy for the National Endowment for the Arts. To lobby effectively, MCA organizes grassroots advocacy around the state and keeps constituents educated and informed about the political process and the current state of arts funding throughout the year.

ABOUT CREATIVE MINNESOTA: Creative Minnesota, a consortium of more than a dozen arts and culture nonprofits and funders, will conduct the 2021 Creative Minnesota Study. In addition to updates from previous studies about the size and impact of the state’s nonprofit arts and culture organizations, their audiences and artists and creative workers, the team will be working on updates of a report on the availability of arts education in Minnesota’s schools. Previous Creative Minnesota reports, published in 2015, 2017, and 2019 documented the arts sector in Minnesota. The new study will also look at the impact of the arts in Minnesota over time. It will be added to the growing body of 59 Creative Minnesota statewide, regional and local studies available for free to the public at CreativeMN.org.


Interns will have exposure to and opportunities to interact with some of the movers and shakers in the arts community, as well as a working knowledge of the legislative process, arts funding structures in Minnesota and the basic functions of running a nonprofit.


Duties and projects included in the internship:

  • Assist staff in producing the 2021 Creative Minnesota Study, to be released in March of 2021.
  • Clean data, do other tasks as needed as Creative Minnesota study is put together.
  • Call arts organizations, or do online research, to fill in gaps in data.
  • Assist in organizing Creative Minnesota team meetings.
  • Work with staff on current projects if needed including, board meeting preparation, filing and data entry.

Qualified applicants would possess the following skills:

    – Absolute accuracy in working with numbers and other information
    – Basic knowledge of press releases and some work contacting press.
    – Interest in working with the arts community.

    – Good communication skills, especially speaking with people on the phone.
    – A self-starting, positive, self-motivated personality and a sense of humor.

    – Good organizational skills and the ability to perform many tasks simultaneously.
    – Computer literacy; preferably experience with Macintosh, Microsoft Word & Excel 

    – Independent and creative work habits.

APPLY NOW. Please mail or email résumé and cover letter by Nov. 1, 2019 to: 
Mark Albers, Minnesota Citizens for the Arts
661 LaSalle Street #220 
St. Paul, MN 55114
Mark@artsMN.org 


CRAFT Flash Fiction Contest

2019 CRAFT Flash Fiction Contest | $3,600 Awarded

Submissions are open September 1 to October 31 2019. Guest judge Benjamin Percy will choose three stories from a shortlist.  Visit https://craft.submittable.com/submit/147242/craft-3k-flash-fiction-contest-judge-benjamin-percy for more info.


GUIDELINES:
 

  • CRAFT submissions are open to all writers
  • International submissions are allowed
  • Fiction only
  • Please submit work in English only
  • 1,000 word count maximum—flash only
  • Review literary fiction, but are open to a variety of genres and styles — their only requirement is that you show excellence in your craft 
  • Previously unpublished work only—they do not review reprints, including self-published work, for contests
  • Allow simultaneous submissions—writers please notify CRAFT and withdraw your entry if your work is picked up elsewhere
  • $20 reading fee per entry allows up to two stories of 1,000 words or fewer each—if submitting two stories, please put them both in a SINGLE document
  • Allow multiple submissions—please submit each set of two flash stories as a separate submission accompanied by a reading fee
  • All entries will also be considered for publication in CRAFT
  • All entrants will receive an exclusive digital compilation in spring 2020 that includes: the winning pieces, with Benjamin Percy’s introductions and the winners’ craft essays; excerpts from the editors’ choice and finalist pieces; notes from the readers and editors about the reading process; and more
  • Please, please, double-space your submission and use Times New Roman 12 pt font
  • Please include a brief cover letter with your publication history (if applicable)
  • Do not require blind submissions

 

AWARDS:

The writers of the three winning flash fiction pieces will each receive:

  • $1,000 award and a bundle of the Rose Metal Press Field Guides
  • Publication in CRAFT, with an introduction by Benjamin Percy, and an Author’s Note (craft essay) to accompany the story
  • A micro-interview with our flash fiction section editor, Tommy Dean

The $600 editors’ choice round:

  • $150 each and publication to four stories we just can’t let go

Artists on Main street

ARTISTS ON MAINSTREET

Rethos: Places Reimagined and Springboard for the Arts are seeking four new Minnesota communities of 25,000 people or less to participate in the Artists on Main Street program for two years (January 2020 – December 2021).

The purpose of Artists on Main Street is to support rural community development at the intersection of arts and culture, downtown revitalization and historic preservation. Community or government organizations who are actively working on downtown/Main Street revitalization and who are interested in building new relationships with their creative community to creatively address local goals and challenges are encouraged to apply.

To apply visit: https://www.rethos.org/artists-on-main-application

Application Details

The purpose of Artists on Main Street is to support rural community development at the intersection of arts and culture, downtown revitalization and historic preservation. Community or government organizations who are actively working on downtown/Main Street revitalization and who are interested in building new relationships with their creative community to creatively address local goals and challenges are encouraged to apply.

Program Benefits:

  • Creative Community Development trainings and cohort exchanges for Downtown/Main Street leaders, their partners/stakeholders and other participating Artists on Main Street communities (3x per year).
  • $25,000 in funding for small artist-led projects, using Artists on Main Street’s creative placemaking training and selection process, that help communities accomplish their goals or address challenges related to downtown and main street ($15,000 in year 1, $10,000 in year 2)
  • Administrative support to cover staff costs, marketing, or other program management needs. ($5,000 per year)
  • Ongoing mentorship and technical support from Springboard and Rethos for strengthening and sustaining your community’s creative community development infrastructure.

​Eligibility:​

  • Artists on Main Street is open to any Minnesota community with a population of 25,000 or less.
  • Lead applicant must be a community or government organization actively working on downtown/main street revitalization (examples: Main Street organization, Chamber of Commerce, Downtown Councils)
  • Applicant must identify 2-3 Planning Team members who have a strong interest in learning how to work and collaborate with artists on community development issues, and can represent a wide variety of sectors – government, education, arts, recreation, economic development, etc.  It is strongly recommended to include a city representative as one of the community leaders and/or the organizational partner.
  • If not a City entity, applicant must submit a letter of support from a City representative that will be a liaison with city processes for Artists on Main Street (e.g. parks official, Mayor, city planner, etc)
  • Applicant and Planning Team must commit to attending the first Artist on Main Street Cohort Meeting on January 16th, 2020 from 10am to 3pm (tentative – location will be determined once communities are selected).

Selection Timeline:

  • Complete and submit application by Friday, October 25, 2019
  • Selected communities will be notified by Tuesday, November 12, 2019
  • If selected, applicant must confirm participation with Rethos by Friday, November 22, 2019
  • Participate in orientation call in early December 2019

Program Timeline:

Year 1

January 16, 2020: Cohort meeting #1

March – April, 2020: Each community hosts 1 – 2 Creative Placemaking workshops for their local artists

April – May, 2020: Review and selection of artist project proposals

May – October, 2020: Artist projects take place

July, 2020: Cohort meeting #2

November, 2020: Cohort meeting #3

November – December, 2020: Evaluation and planning for year 2

Timeline for Year 2 will be determined in collaboration with Rethos and Springboard.

Questions? 

Please contact Sarina Otaibi, Rural Programs Manager, at sarina@rethos.org or 320-262-9514.