The Two Chickadees Project

Create Something Driftless

Sometimes dreams come on like fevers: suddenly and consuming. Like an overwhelming sickness. The Two Chickadees Project crashed over me like a Lake Superior Squall.

The dream is to support artists in the Driftless Region while also giving back to community. Starting in the summer/fall of 2022, we will be accepting applications (via email to for the inaugural Two Chickadees Project. Musicians residing in the Upper Midwest or Driftless Region are welcome to submit an application (via email) stating how they would use a one-week retreat during the fall or winter of 2022 towards their artistic goals. The week-long retreat would culminate with a small Saturday evening show, performance, or event in the host home (airbnb). Donations will be accepted at the show and be split between the artist and a charity chosen by the Two Chickadees Project. 


How to Apply:

Applications will be accepted during the months of July and August for a fall/winter retreat in 2022. Applicants should describe via email (sent to: their vision for utilizing the artist retreat and include links to their existing works. If they have an artist (or two) they hope to collaborate during the time, please include the rational and that artists information. 



1. The exact week of the airbnb rental would be negotiated between the artist and renter. The costs of lodging would be covered by the Two Chickadees Project. Cost of transportation is a responsibility of the artist. $150 will be provided to assist in food purchase paid directly to the artist (if more than one artist is present, we will try to accommodate that). It will be up to the artist to purchase their own food.

2. Code of Conduct: All Rules established by the host home (Airbnb Property must be followed by the artists. The Artist will be responsible of any damages or repair that occur during their stay as described in the property agreement - The Two Chickadees Staff will be responsible for any damages that occur during the evening of the performance - basically, be kind and respectful of the property and its owners.) 

3. If the artist chosen wishes to invite another musician or creator, they can do so. All rules and responsibilities will still apply to the artists including liability for any damage to property of the Airbnb.

4. The Two Chickadees Project reserves the right to revoke the agreement with the artist at any time. 

5. Photos and video may be recorded and used at the discretion of the Two Chickadees Project.

6. A change in location of the Saturday performance may occur based on wishes of the Airbnb host or the Two Chickadees Project.

7. All artists will be required to electronically accept the rules and responsibilities of the project and host house. 

8. Inviting guests to the Saturday performance will be coordinated by the Two Chickadees Project. 

9. Donations and ticket sales at the host show will go directly to the artist.

10. We encourage the artist to market the experience to their benefit, bring merchandise to sell at the show, and get creative in ways to maximize the experience. 


Purpose: To provide creative space for artists

Mission: Support artists in the Driftless Region by providing a one-week retreat cuminating in an in-house experience for community members, friends, and hosts.

Vision: Our aim is to create a longterm artist retreat in the La Crosse region.