A Minnesota Artist Residency Cohort

A Minnesota Artist Residency Cohort

Minnesota Artist Residency

Ely, MN, United States

This 12-day residency provides a brave space for 6 emerging Black, Indigenous, Latinx, AAPI, SWANA-Arab American, and artists of color from different disciplines to balance personal work-time with community interaction and optional sharing of work or performance, as well as time for play and rejuvenation - all in support of each artist’s goals, needs and interests.

This residency is open only to residents of Minnesota.

Lodging is provided; in addition, each artist receives a $1000 stipend; mileage reimbursement for travel in Minnesota; and a welcome meal on the first night. Artists purchase food and prepare their other meals; there are fully-equipped kitchens in each cabin; sheets, bedding and towels are also provided.

The dates for this residency are:

June 21 - July 2, 2023

The dramaturgical assistance of TLC Executive Director & Dramaturg Liz Engelman is available, if desired.


2209 Fernberg Road
Ely, MN 55731
United States

Year Founded
Residency Structure
Residency Program Type
Studio-based (with housing)
Residency Length
0 days - 12 days
Average Number of Artists in Residence at a Time
Collaborative Residency
Must apply and be accepted individually
Interdisciplinary Arts
Mixed Media
Visual Arts
Installation Arts
Paper Arts
Literary Nonfiction
New Genres
Performance Art
Digital Media
Multimedia Arts
Sound Art
Environmental Arts
Public Art
Social Practice
Pets (Non-service animals)
Family Friendly
Stage of Career
Any stage of career
Additional Expectations/Opportunities
Donate a work of art
Participate in public programming
Participate in open studio with fellow residents
Give artist talk or presentation
Teach in studio
Lead workshop for the public
Lead workshop for fellow residents
Lead a skill share
How does your residency program support artists?
Opportunity to be in another context
Unstructured time
Unrestricted funding
Access to studio space to create new work
Inspiration from natural environment
Inspiration from cultural context
Opportunities to develop relationships with local or regional artists/arts organizations
Opportunities to develop relationships with other artists/residents
Opportunities to exhibit or perform new work
Additional Eligibility Information

This residency is only available to full-time residents of Minnesota.


Number of Artists Accepted in Most Current Year
Total Applicant Pool in Most Current Year
Artist Stipend
US Dollar (USD)
Travel Stipend/Material Stipends
Residency Fees
US Dollar (USD)
Fee Details

This residency provides lodging in a private room in a northwoods cabin with electricity, fully equipped kitchen and bathroom facilities, linens provided; it does not provide food/meals. It provides a $1000 stipend to each artist and reimburses mileage costs for travel in Minnesota. No additional fees will be charged to the artists.

Grant/Scholarship/other Funding Support
US Dollar (USD)
Grant/Scholarship/Other Funding Support Details

This residency provides a $1000 stipend to each artist and reimburses mileage costs for travel in Minnesota.

Programming activities are made possible in part by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.

Application Fee
US Dollar (USD)
Application Type
Open application
What does your program provide during the residency experience?
Manual / handbook before arrival
Communication before arrival to discuss accommodations, medical conditions, or other health needs
Orientation upon arrival
Contact information and available accommodations for programs, events, and campus
Full description of accessibility on campus
Staff/volunteer providing guidance to help locate facilities or activities
Contact info for accessibility requests for event/programming
Is your campus wheelchair accessible?
Partially Accessible
Additional Accessibility Information

This is the Accessibility Statement on the application for this residency:

"Situated adjacent to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, TLC is in a beautifully remote, rugged location 16 miles from town. If you would like to share your accessibility needs or concerns, please let us know below and we'll be in touch."

Accessibility Contact Name
Liz Engelman, Director
Accessibility Contact Email
Accessibility Contact Phone Number
How much of the residency experience can artists with limited mobility participate?

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. 

Please briefly describe the facilities and areas of the campus that are NOT accessible.

Boating and waterfront activities including the sauna would not be easily accessible. The communal space is accessible and on one floor, but the bathroom facility is not suitable for wheelchair access.

Type of Housing
Private housing on campus (individual apartment/cabin/house)
Private bedroom in a shared housing facility on campus
Accessible Housing
Housing for Companion And/or Caregivers
Case by case consideration
Accessible Communal Spaces
Universally designed
Common/Communal Spaces Information

The communal space is accessible and on one floor, but the bathroom facility is not suitable for wheelchair access.

Additional Housing Information
No laundry access
No WIFI in housing
Heat and Cool control managed by resident
Meals Provided
Residents have access to shared kitchen
Residents have access to private kitchen
Additional Meals Information
Snack and beverage provided
Computer/Internet Access
Computer and internet connection provided in common area (shared)
Wireless Internet (WIFI)
Studios/Facilities Details

The performance studio is a 30x40 foot area screened in on three sides with a Marley floor; it is not heated.

The visual arts studio is 20x30 feet and uses space heaters, if needed. It is equipped with pop-up work tables, a sink, and a large cork board for display.

Artists are expected to bring their own materials for visual arts.

Nearby bathroom facilities are in an outhouse.

Studios/Special Equipment
Shared Studios
Performance/Presentation Facilities
Dance Studio Without Sprung Floor
Printers + Scanner
Music/Media Studio Non-recording
Painting Workspace (Oil)
Large Sinks
Studios/Facilities Accessibility
Partially Accessible (50% or more)
Studio Support/Tech
Studio/facility orientation provided
Studio support provided by staff