Tusen Takk Foundation
Named for an expression of thankfulness, the Tusen Takk Foundation nourishes artists by giving them a place to work, engagement opportunities to enrich the culture of Northwest Michigan, and a platform to share their work internationally. Tusen Takk’s setting in the quiet, forested dunes on a seemingly infinite body of water offers artists time to slow down and reflect in a place that is regenerative by its nature. Designed with intention and care, Tusen Takk is a functional “making place” with studios that provide artists with spaces to imagine and create their work.
“Tusen Takk” means “thousand thanks” in Norwegian and is often used to convey appreciation for something received, like a wonderful dinner or a helping hand. It’s with this same sense of gratitude and grace that the founders of the Tusen Takk Foundation wanted to express thankfulness to artists, writers, and composers for the transcendent truth and intangible joy they give back to the world in their work.
- In fulfillment of Tusen Takk’s mission, artists are highly encouraged to engage with the regional arts community when in residence. The context and form of this engagement opportunity are very flexible and can be coordinated with Tusen Takk staff either before or during the residency. Possibilities include an invitation-only workshop, studio visit, or talk; or a public presentation or performance in collaboration with one of the Foundation’s partner organizations. Tusen Takk welcomes proposals from the artist about engagement ideas they might like to try during their residency there.
- Artists should be willing to share their work, processes, and experience with audiences through Tusen Takk’s website, social channels, and printed publications.
- In collaboration with the Director, Geoffrey Peckham, artists are asked to donate one work to the Foundation’s collection. Artists are also encouraged to leave behind a book as a contribution to the Foundation’s library for future residents.
Tusen Takk welcomes applications from both emerging and established visual artists in photography, printmaking, sculpture, painting, as well as creative writers and music composers. There are a total of five private studios all accessible 24/7 to the artist(s). The Foundation library is available 24/7, as well as the Founder's photography collection and library of 700+ volumes (on a variety of art media as well as a selection of literature and philosophy titles) by appointment.
Private accommodations are available to the artist-in-residence in Tusen Takk's Guesthouse outfitted with two bedrooms, one full bath, two half-baths and a living room/dining room/full kitchen area.
Highlights of the studios include: a fully equipped digital photography studio and analogue darkroom for making the finest photographic prints, an etching studio for printmaking (including photogravure), woodshop, and a painting studio able to accommodate making large works.
Located on an isolated peninsula in Northwest Michigan, the Tusen Takk Guesthouse and Studios provide artists an inspiring architectural space to both intensely focus on their work and pause to reflect on past and future directions. Designed by world-renown architect Peter Bohlin, Tusen Takk's functions coexist with the feelings the founders wanted the spaces to evoke. The result is a masterpiece of attached spaces that use form and materials to connect people to their surroundings.