TLC provides residencies for artists from all disciplines who crave dedicated time to work on their projects; for creatives who seek individual growth through guided workshops or retreats; for organizations that want to take time to re/focus on their goals or mission; and for leaders to gather to exchange ideas with colleagues in their field. 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.
TLC is situated on a pristine lake near Ely, Minnesota, adjacent to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. Ely is a town of 3500, earlier known for its timber and mining industries and more recently known as a tourist destination with a growing arts community. Our location is a 4+ hour drive from the Minneapolis/St Paul Airport and we are located 16 miles from the town of Ely.
- Alliance of Artist Communities