Category Archives: Retreat

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

North Beach Writers Retreat

North Beach Writers Retreat offers a chance to write and unwind in a beautiful northwoods Minnesota setting in Park Rapids, Minnesota, while working with world-class writers and writing teachers in an intimate, small group.

Visit northbeachwritersretreat.com to see the full slate of retreats, workshops, and online classes in poetry, memoir, and multiple genres. Visiting writers for 2020 include Patricia Smith in Poetry, and Patricia Hampl in Memoir.

Poetry Retreat June 2-6
Application Deadline: April 1
Patricia Smith, Visiting Writer

Memoir Retreat June 23-27
Application Deadline: May 1
Visiting Writer: Patricia Hampl

Mixed Genre Retreat for K-12 Teachers: August 9-13 (at Breezy Point, Nisswa, MN)
Application Deadline: June 1
Discount for MN Writing Project members

NorthBeachWritersRetreat.com for details.

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

Lake of the Woods Artists’ Retreat

Come out to Laketrails Base Camp on Oak Island for a weekend of rest, relaxation, and art. This rustic island is the perfect getaway to rejuvenate and reconnect with your artistic projects and goals.

When: September 5-8, 2019

The Plan: The group will meet up in Warroad, MN, leaving at noon on Thursday, and carpool from there. When you get to Young’s Bay Resort at the Northwest Angle, you’ll take a boat out to Laketrails. Once on the island, you’ll have dinner and an opening circle to get to know each other. After that, the weekend is yours. You’ll have time and space to do your art and enjoy nature. Meals and snacks are provided during your stay on the island. There is an optional social hour on Friday and Saturday nights. On Sunday, the retreat concludes with brunch. Boats leave the island at 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.

Canadian guests will meet up in Sprague.

How “rustic” is it? 

Oak Island is about 10-15 minutes by boat from Young’s Bay Resort at the Northwest Angle. Laketrails Base Camp is far from posh, but quite comfortable. Some wi-fi is available. The communal buildings and cabins have electricity, but plan to spend part of your time unplugged. You won’t need to bring your own toilet paper, and no-flush toilets are conveniently located near the “Early Bird” cabin, the “Night Owl” cabin, and the communal spaces. Sleeping cabins have an open-space layout, with bunks and single beds with mattresses. Participants are housed according to their sleeping preference – early bird or night owl. There are showers (which are pretty nice considering) but use water sparingly (or jump in the lake.) There are canoes and a sauna for your enjoyment and lots of glorious nature. It’s an island at the end of the earth — in the best sense!

How “rustic” do I need to be? Must be able to get in and out of a boat and navigate uneven terrain.

Please note that the nearest emergency medical facilities are at least 2 hours away.

Cost: $300.00 USD which includes boat transportation, meals and snacks on the island, lodging, canoes, paddle boats, sauna, campfires, lots of peace and quiet, and beautiful nature.

Register: Fill out the online form below and pay with PayPal or fill out this registration form and mail, along with your deposit or full payment, to: Red Shoes Writing Solutions, 33145 593rd Ave., Warroad, MN 56763.

A non-refundable deposit of $100 is due upon registration. Balance is due by August 7th, 2019. Refunds are at the discretion of Laketrails Base Camp and Red Shoes Writing Solutions. If you have any questions, contact Kim Hruba, kim@redshoeswriting.com or (218) 469-0204.