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 since 2009, when the crawl featured 42 artists at 20 sites. 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.

We are excited to announce that in 2017 we have become a 501(c)(3) 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?

Chair: Dave Holliday
Treasurer: Lisa Anderson

Artist and Community Outreach Committee

  • Dave Holliday

Business Relations Committee

  • Stephen Clark
  • Lisa Anderson

Marketing & Communications Committee

  • Megan Moore
  • Chris Miller
  • Magee Glenn-Burns

Special Thanks To

  • David Skarjune
  • Steven Gagner
  • Steve Anderson