Individual Artist and Group/Organizational Residencies

Individual Artist Residencies

Yoga in Osprey Cabin at Tofte Lake CenterArtist residencies balance group activity, personal work time, facilitated conversation, the exchange of work and performance. Creators working in any area, arts, humanities, sciences, etc. are welcome. Residencies are structured around a project’s specific 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. Artists in residence are welcome to bring their families when space allows and when agreed upon in advance. 

Group/Organizational Residencies

SPDT at Tofte Lake CenterTLC offers residency and retreat opportunitites for artistic groups or organizations looking for space and time to connect, create, and reflect together in community.

2016 featured residencies for playwright fellows from the Playwrights' Center, and dancers from Shapiro & Smith Dance, and The Stuart Pimsler Dance & Theater Company. Performances and workshops were offered to the local community as part of the dance residencies.



How to Apply

Please click here to complete your application. (Residencies are full for 2017) Applications are accepted from artists 18 years or older, effective date December 1. Applications are rolling, and space is limited, so apply early! You will be notified within a month.  If approved, we will send you a registration form and ask for your down payment. Your residency will not be confirmed without a down payment.

If your application has been accepted and your week at TLC is dependent upon grant funding, we will hold a tentative reservation until your grant notification deadline, or December 1, whichever comes first. A down payment to confirm your residency would be required upon your receipt of funding.

If you do not receive your grant, please notify us immediately so we can offer the space to other artists.


Once your application has been accepted, will be in touch with you with further details to complete your registration. Thanks!


If for some reason you cannot honor your obligation to occupy the property you must immediately notify TLC in writing.

TLC will make every possible effort to re-rent the property at full arist rate; if this is prior to June 1 and we cannot do this, there will be no deposit refund. After the full payment of June 1, there will be no refund issued. If TLC is able to re-rent the property at the full rate, you will receive a refund on your deposit minus $125 cancellation fee.

Grant Opportunities to Fund Your Residency

For artists from Minnesota, there are several grants that could help fund your residency.

Learn more about MN State Arts Board grants:

Learn more about MN State Arts Board Artist Initiative grant:

Arrowhead Regional Arts Council grants:

Quick Start grants:

For emerging artists from Minnesota and New York, check out grant opportunities from the Jerome Foundation:

For artists age 60 and over from the United States, check out Tree of Life: