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The dock of Tofte Lake
Outside of Loon Cabin looking out at Tofte Lake
Stuart Pimsler Dance and Theatre Company in rehearsal
Inside Loon Cabin
Canoeing break at Tofte Lake

Tofte Lake Center

Emerging Program member

Tofte Lake Center is a creative retreat center for artists, scholars and thinkers of all disciplines located on the shores of Tofte Lake, a beautifully secluded lake in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness of Minnesota. From June through September, TLC offers creative residencies for individuals, artistic groups, and organizations who seek to create work in residence in a natural setting with arts facilities and comfortable cabins.

We offer week-long residencies at artist discounts, ranging from $550-$750 depending on the cabin.

Emerging Artists Program

TLC now hosts an Emerging Artists Program which enables both individual creative artists and a collaborative team of artists to take time and attention to focus on their current work.  This program subsidizes 2 week-long residencies for 7 emerging artists from the Minnesota and the 5 boroughs of New York, and 1 week-long residency for a performing arts project that would have exclusive use of the facilities. Please note that applicants must live in either MN or one of the 5 NYC boroughs to be eligible to apply.

The residencies at TLC are intentionally interdisciplinary in nature. Artists from several disciplines can apply: playwriting, poetry, prose writing, painting, music composition, and dance. 

Accepted artists receive stipends of $800/week.


Ely, Minnesota: United States

Contact Information

2209 Fernberg Rd
Ely, Minnesota 55731
United States
Tel: 218-365-7769