We’re bringing 20 daring artists together for one festival…and we need your help.

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The Twin Cities have a thriving performance and art scene. Large local institutions like The Walker Art Center and the Guthrie Theatre bring important works by prominent national and international artists to town, giving local artists and residents access to ideas and work normally only available in larger metropolitans. And we love them for that.

But, as artists we also know that audiences for the arts are largely made up of, well, other artists. Whether they have intentions of becoming professional artists or not, the desire to see art and the desire to make art go hand-in-hand. That’s because art is a dialog. It is a cycle of seeing, processing, and responding.

However, local Twin Cities artists – especially those artists who are challenging artistic norms – have few opportunities to have their work produced and therefore seen by larger audiences. They have limited chances to fully participate in art, the international conversation about who we are as human beings and what that means. Currently, the conversation is one way. New ideas come in from the outside world and local experimental artists, frustrated by a lack of infrastructure and support, move to New York or LA to develop their careers or resign themselves to only making things between working other jobs and raising kids.

We think there is room for another way.

As artists, we wanted to know what would happen if we built our own festival here in Minneapolis, with artists we admire and want to learn from. What would happen if we circumvented large institutions and gate keepers? What if we did away with the artificial divide between audiences (artists) and creators (artists)? We wanted to build a festival of artists working at a high aesthetic level, with under-appreciated voices, that was about our real work and real lives.

So, its our first year, but here’s what we think we know about LALA Festival:

LALA Festival will bring together 20+ local and national emerging and early-career artists.

LALA Festival is a unique festival in-so-much as there are no tickets to individual performances or talks, rather, participants are encouraged to come for a whole day to participate in multiple discussions, see multiple performances, and hang out together afterwards.

LALA Festival will provide a unique chance for Twin Cities audiences, artists, and presenters to build relationships with emerging and early-career artists from across the country.

LALA Festival is an important opportunity for emerging and early-career artists to learn from one another.

LALA Festival is a chance for local audiences to develop an appreciation for works in progress, skills in critical dialog, and methods for living their own lives in more artful ways.

LALA Festival will help artists and audiences better appreciate the difficult processes and mindsets creating new work demands: questioning norms, holding space for ambiguity, critical discourse, experimentation, play, willingness to fail, vulnerability, kindness, generosity.

But we need your help.

Each artist in the festival costs about $550 to support. $400 buys a plane ticket for an artist. $100 covers their food and lodging. $50 coverts their stage time and equipment. $10 gets us $10 closer to doing something awesome!

How your gift will be used:
$4000 Plane tickets for visiting artist
$2000 Space and equipment rentals
$1,500 Food for artists and audiences
$500 In-town travel costs
$500 Marketing and website
$300 Event insurance
*Any additional funds raised go directly to the artists


  1. Donation, donation, donation. We have to raise $10,000 to pay for the festival. Any donation helps (and they’re tax deductible)! Every artist costs around $500 to support, which means a donation of $125 supports one appendage. ($25 would support a nose, ear, finger or toe, probably. Just imagine, you could watch a performance knowing you are to thank for that toe!) You can donate by credit card, or you can donate by check, if you prefer. (Details below.)

  2. Spread the word. Do you know someone who loves art and recognizes how important it is to have critical conversations? Do you know people who want to bring more daring, experimental work to the Twin Cities, if only for their own pleasure? Tell them about LALA! Like us on Facebook and invite all your friends.

  3. COME! Come participate in conversations with artists, learn about their work, and share your own ideas and insights. Tickets are on sale now!

We are attempting to raise $10,000 in just 6 weeks.

Will you be our champion?


Executive and Artistic Director

Billy and Chantal

*Please send checks to Box Factory, 19 W 32nd ST, Minneapolis, MN 55408. Checks should be made payable to Fractured Atlas, with LALA Fest in the memo line. LALA Fest is a sponsored project of Fractured Atlas, a non‐profit arts service organization. Contributions for the charitable purposes of LALA Fest must be made payable to “Fractured Atlas” and are tax‐deductible to the extent permitted by law.