What is LoLa?

The League of Longfellow Artists (LoLA) began in the summer of 2009 as a small grassroots effort to raise the visibility of artists living or working in the Greater Longfellow Neighborhood of South Minneapolis. Artists Bob Schmitt, Anita White, and Shirley Neilson got together in the Longfellow community and said, “Let’s put on an art crawl!” LoLa has grown each year since 2009, when the crawl featured 42 artists at 20 sites. Nearly 10 years later, LoLa now flourishes as an annual art crawl that features more than a hundred neighborhood artists working in many different media.

2009 LoLa Meeting. Illustration by Anita White.
2009 LoLa Meeting. Illustration by Anita White.

In 2017 we became a MN.-registered arts and education focused nonprofit. We look forward to the expanded opportunities this status will bring our organization and appreciate your support along the journey.

Connect • Create • Grow

Our Vision

LoLa is a volunteer-driven community organization that showcases, nurtures and supports Longfellow arts and artists. We strive to represent the diversity of the Longfellow neighborhood through the arts.

Our Mission

LoLa partners with neighborhood arts organizations, nonprofits, small businesses, and residents to design and host a variety of events and activities that:

• support Longfellow artists at any stage in their creative lives, and
• invite and encourage community participation in the arts.

Who is LoLa?

Lisa Anderson:  Co-Chair and Treasurer

Stephen Clark:  Co-Chair, Business Relations Lead, and Co-Digital Coordinator

Chris Miller:  Marketing Lead

Sharon Parker:  Marketing, Co-Editor of the Directory, Social Media Coordinator

Ken Wenzel:  Sponsor Outreach

Sue Romain: Secretary, Member and Sponsor Liaison, Co-Digital Coordinator,
Webmistress and Co-Editor of the Directory

Graphic Design of LoLa printed materials:
Ann Wempner, ann@wempnerdesign.com

SPECIAL THANKS TO

  • David Skarjune
  • Steven Gagner
  • Steve Anderson

Contact Us

Contact us via email at LongfellowArtists@gmail.com