Individual Artists Residencies
Three Individual Artist Residencies are offered in 2023 for individual artists and/or small collaborative teams of all disciplines (literary, performing and visual arts) who wish to create work in the natural environment and in community with other artists.
There is also time for play and rejuvenation - all in support of each artist’s goals, needs and interests.
Lodging for the residency and a welcome meal on the first night are provided; artists purchase food and prepare their other meals; there are fully-equipped kitchens in each cabin; sheets, bedding and towels are also provided.
Applications are open from January 2 - February 15, 2023
The dramaturgical assistance of TLC Executive Director & Dramaturg Liz Engelman is available, if desired.
2209 Fernberg Road
Ely, MN 55731
Residency Program Information
Residency Program Summary
We believe the land Tofte Lake Center sits on and the programs and opportunities we offer belong - and should be accessible to - artists of all genders, ages, abilities and racial, cultural, and economic backgrounds. We regard TLC as a home where all artists, arts supporters and audiences can touch the land, honor the ancestors, and through art become cultural stewards for the generations to come. We create community through personal and professional exploration of our ever-changing cultural dimensions: spiritual, political, economic, health and well-being, academic and, of course - art.
Lodging is provided to the artists; meals are not included; stipends are not available; no additional fees are charged to the artists
Situated adjacent to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, TLC is in a beautifully remote, rugged location 16 miles from town. The cabins are not wheelchair accessible; one cabin has a ramp and kitchen, bathroom, sleeping and living spaces on one floor, suitable for someone with limited mobility, but not wheelchair bound. The performance and visual arts studios are accessible, with bathroom facilities in a portable unit. The communal gathering space has limited accessiblity, but the bathroom is not wheelchair accessible.
Artists with limited mobility would be able to participate in activities in the performance and visual arts studios, and around the campfire. The communal building is accessible to individuals with limited mobility (cane, walker) but not a wheelchair. The communal building is where residents access WiFi.
Boating and waterfront activities including the sauna would not be easily accessible.
Housing & Accomodation
The communal space is accessible and on one floor, but the bathroom facility is not suitable for wheelchair access.
Studio & Facilities
The performance studio is a 30x40 foot area screened in on three sides with a Marley dance floor; it is not heated.
A state-of-the-art sound board and music system is installed in the performance studio; mics are not available.
The visual arts studio is 20x30 feet and uses space heaters, if needed. It is equipped with pop-up work tables, stools/chairs, a sink, and a large cork board for display.
Artists are expected to bring their own materials for visual arts.
Nearby bathroom facility is an outhouse.