Call for Entry

Lanesboro Residency Program Call for Entry

Lanesboro_Residency_ProgramCall for emerging artists of all media from MN or NYC for place-based Lanesboro Residency Program. September 1, 2016 application deadline for residencies scheduled in 2017

Lanesboro Arts invites emerging artists in all media from Minnesota and the five boroughs of New York City to apply for the Lanesboro Residency Program, generously supported by the Jerome Foundation. Applications (pdf version of form) are due September 1, 2016 (online submission deadline) for residencies scheduled in 2017.

The Lanesboro Residency Program provides an opportunity for emerging artists to create new work and explore new ideas while utilizing an entire rural community and its myriad of assets as a catalytic vehicle for engagement and artistic experimentation. Through 2-week and 4-week residencies, the program offers artists lodging, studio space, project/community facilitation, a weekly stipend of $1,000, and the time and space to focus solely on their art. As a component of each residency, artists spend time providing opportunities for learning, dialog and enrichment within the community.

Lanesboro Arts is seeking emerging artists interested in place-based work, or work that is inspired by and made for the community of Lanesboro. We are seeking artists whose work is inherently innovative and visionary, has a track record of success and shows significant potential for growth, is informed by place and community, centers on public engagement and is accessible to people with diverse backgrounds. Particularly, work should activate communities either in their creation, post-production, and ideally, both.

Lanesboro Arts is a non-profit, multidisciplinary arts organization working to weave the arts into the social and municipal fabric of Lanesboro, MN. LA works closely with local government and cross-sector partners to activate the people and places of Lanesboro, making Lanesboro a national model for revitalizing and sustaining a small town. The community has been recognized by ArtPlace America, Americans for the Arts, and the National Endowment for the Arts, and in 2014 Lanesboro Arts was a recipient of a Bush Prize for Community Innovation.

The residency program was created in order to align with and amplify the Lanesboro Arts’ vision for rural communities to embrace artists as economic drivers, culture bearers, community builders, and problem solvers. Lanesboro Arts supports two to four Residencies each year. The program has benefited 43 artists since its inception in 2001, ranging in media from painting, music, sculpture, dance, photography, video, theatre, and fiber arts.

The Jerome Foundation, created by artist and philanthropist Jerome Hill (1905-1972), seeks to contribute to a dynamic and evolving culture by supporting the creation, development, and production of new works by emerging artists. The Foundation makes grants to not-for-profit arts organizations and artists in Minnesota and New York City. The Jerome Foundation is generously providing support for the Lanesboro Artist Residency Program in 2017 and 2018.

The application deadline for the 2017 Artist Residency ends September 1, 2016 at 12:00am. Complete program guidelines are available at Eligible artists must submit their application through the online webform on the Lanesboro Arts website. Jury review will take place in September and applicants will be notified by October 15, 2016 at the latest as to the status of their application. Selected artists residents and runners-up will be notified by November 1, 2016. Contact Program Director Adam Wiltgen for more information: 507-467-2446 or