Arts, Culture, and Humanities

Loft, Inc.

  • Minneapolis, MN
  • http://www.loft.org

Mission Statement

The Loft advances the artistic development of
writers, fosters a
thriving literary community, and inspires a passion for literature.

Main Programs

  1. Creatove Writing Education Programs
  2. Fellowships and Awards
  3. Literary Events
  4. Outreach and Resources
Service Areas

Self-reported

National

The Loft is based in Minneapolis, Minnesota, but we serve constituents from throughout the Twin Cities and Greater Minnesota. With online classes and access to interviews, performances, writing advice, and resources on the website, we have constituents from across the world.

ruling year

1977

Principal Officer since 2007

Self-reported

Jocelyn Hale

Keywords

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loft literary center, the loft, creative writing, literacy, writers

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Also Known As

The Loft Literary Center

EIN

41-1297735

 Number

0325401212

Physical Address

Suite 200, Open Book 1011 Washington Ave S

Minneapolis, MN 55415

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Humanities Organizations (A70)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Overview

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As an intergenerational, multicultural literary arts center, we operate as an artist service organization, a gathering place for readers and writers, a community school for the arts, and a presenting organization. Our program participants consistently report that 90% or more of them have become better writers, gained a greater understanding of the craft or practice of writing, and were able to identify their next steps as writers as a result of Loft activities. In addition, 75% or more of our program participants report that they have increased their appreciation for literature and feel part of a literary community as a result of their involvement with Loft activities. We believe literary technique can be taught and learned, and excellence deserves recognition. The Loft helps people to become better storytellers, and connects their stories with readers and audiences. It is through this sharing that writers and readers are invited to make new discoveries and insights about the breadth and nuances of the human experience.

Programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

Creatove Writing Education Programs

The Loft offers year-round classes and workshops in our facilities at Open Book in Minneapolis, in suburban locations, and online. Classes are offered year-round on a seasonal basis. We also provide writing conferences, labs, mentorships, collaborations, and school residencies. Writing education is provided for diverse people of all ages, at all experience levels, and in all genres.

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

Budget

Program 2

Fellowships and Awards

We  provide career-advancing writers' fellowships, mentorships, and grants for authors of fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, spoken word, and children's literature.

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

Budget

Program 3

Literary Events

We produce and present readings by a broad range of authors and writing students in every genre. In addition, produce a spoken word performance series and events that celebrate writing, creativity and literature.

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

Budget

Program 4

Outreach and Resources

The Loft provides access to numerous writers' and readers' resources on our website, including our content-rich daily blog, Writers' Block. We also offer writers' studios and a meeting room for writing and reading groups in our facility at Open Book, and extend our services and outreach through collaborative activities.

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

Budget

Service Areas

Self-reported

National

The Loft is based in Minneapolis, Minnesota, but we serve constituents from throughout the Twin Cities and Greater Minnesota. With online classes and access to interviews, performances, writing advice, and resources on the website, we have constituents from across the world.

Funding Needs

Access - Support for free activities, scholarship funds, and discounts to subsidize participation among low-income youth, underserved target populations, and on occasion for broad general public access.   Programs - The Loft's education program, readings events, and mentoring programs are in need of additional support.

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THE LOFT INC
Fiscal year: Sep 01-Aug 31
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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Operations

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Loft, Inc.

Leadership

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Principal Officer

Jocelyn Hale

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Sarah Stoesz

President/CEO Planned Parentood, MN, ND, SD

Term: Sept 2011 - Aug 2013

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