MINNEAPOLIS (July 1, 2015) — The Loft Literary Center is proud to announce 40 for 40, a celebration of 40 events over 40 hours to celebrate 40 years of the Loft community.
From 8 a.m. on Friday, August 21, through midnight on Saturday, August 22, volunteers will host individual events, which will occur across the metro and beyond. All of the events will celebrate writing, literature, and the people who’ve made the Loft one of the nation’s leading independent literary centers.
“Many organizations celebrate a milestone like this with a big fancy gala, but that just didn’t feel right with the grassroots spirit of the Loft,” said Jocelyn Hale, the Loft’s executive director. “What’s driven the Loft’s success are all the wonderful, generous, and talented people who make up this community. I can’t think of a better way to honor that legacy.”
Event highlights include bowling with Loft program director and spoken word artists Bao Phi, campfire stories with renowned storyteller Kevin Kling, first-page critiques, yoga for writers, poetry on a stick, dinner parties, garden parties, readings of new work, and more.
The crowning event will be Countdown to Infinity, a party held at the Loft’s home at Open Book. The event will feature a slideshow of pictures from the other events, toasts to the Loft’s future, dancing, and a New Year’s Eve-style countdown at midnight.
Interested parties also have the opportunity to purchase a Golden Ticket, meaning they can attend almost all of the events with Executive Director Jocelyn Hale. “We’ll stop by as many as the schedule and geography allow,” Hale said. “We hear from people all the time how important the Loft is to them. I’m excited we’ve come up with a unique way to celebrate the Loft’s work, the people who make it special, and this community’s bright future.”
All proceeds will go toward the Loft’s mission to serve readers and writers. The full roster of 40 for 40 events and tickets are available now at loft.org/40for40.
Incorporated on August 22, 1975, The Loft Literary Center is one of the nation’s leading independent literary centers. The Loft advances the artistic development of writers, fosters a thriving literary community, and inspires a passion for literature.