Ends on June 1, 2019

$40.00 USD

Applications Due: June 1, 2019

AIRIE’s purpose is to inform, connect, and support artists, writers  and musicians who wish to be ambassadors for the Everglades by providing  month-long residencies in the Park. Spanning the southern tip of the  Florida peninsula and most of Florida Bay, Everglades National Park is  the only subtropical wilderness in North America. It is known for its  rich wildlife, particularly large wading birds, and it is the only place  in the world where bothalligators and crocodiles coexist.

AIRIE was founded in 2001 when the $8 billion Everglades restoration  bill had been passed by the U. S. Congress. Since then, with the full  cooperation of Everglades National Park, AIRIE has hosted more than 100  artists, writers, choreographers and musicians as artists-in-residence  in the Everglades.

AIRIE cooperates with Everglades National Park’s Volunteers-in-Parks  program to manage the residency. Since 2009, AIRIE has been incorporated  as a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization with the sole mission of  supporting the Artists in Residence in Everglades program at Everglades  National Park through fundraising and producing special projects. The  Park provides administrative staff (Board Members and Rangers  co-administer the program), a live-work space in the Pine Island area,  and access to the Everglades’ 1.5 million acres. AIRIE coordinates the  selection process and special events or opportunities for AIRIE Fellows.

Who's eligible? 

A National Park residency isn’t for everybody. It is for serious  professionals who wish to work alone and unfettered in the challenge and  beauty of the American wilderness. It is for those who deeply care  about the environment and wish to contribute to it as well as benefit  from it. The park can accommodate one resident per month, and residents  are expected to stay the entire month.

AIRIE invites visual artists, scholars, composers, choreographers and  writers to seek both solitude and solidarity in the inspiring  environment of Everglades National Park. 

Artists are provided a furnished, air-conditioned apartment for the length of the  residency, usually four weeks. Visual arts include painting, sculpture,  photography, installation and video. Writers include poets and authors  of fiction, creative non-fiction and creative journalism. Composers,  musicians, dancers and performance artists are welcome to apply. Work  submitted should be of professional quality. No student work will be eligible.

If funding available for residents?

A $1000 micro grant provided by AIRIE is available to each accepted  resident to help offset food and travel costs and supplement research  and supplies. These funds may be used by artists as they wish and is  generously supported by application fees, AIRIE membership dues and  grants from national and local sources.

Proposals that incorporate the following will be preferred:

·      environmental awareness

·      resonance with AIRIE and the Park’s missions

What is expected of the resident during the residency

Artists are expected to spend time exploring, learning about and  responding to the dynamic qualities of Everglades National Park (ENP).

Artists are required to respect Park RESTRICTIONS.   They should not bring natural, organic materials to the Park, should not  use organic materials from the Park in creating work, and should not  remove any natural materials from the Park.  Their work must not involve  ground disturbances. It is the resident’s responsibility to be informed  of Park rules and to follow them.

Interaction with visitors: Each AIRIE resident is  asked to volunteer a few hours to interact with interested Park visitors  and staff during the residency. These interactions may take the form of  slide lectures, exhibitions, demonstrations, performances, “art walks”  equipped with cameras or sketchbooks, or mini-workshops. These outreach  activities are programmed in collaboration with ENP and AIRIE staff.

Exit survey: Each AIRIE resident is asked to  complete an exit survey about their experience and leave feedback that  may be used by AIRIE in social campaigns, grant applications and public  announcements.

What is expected of the resident following the residency?

Each AIRIE Fellow is required to make a donation of art work to the Everglades National Park collection.

Visual Art Donation: Each artist is expected to donate an art work no later than 6 months  after the residency is completed. The art work should grow out of and  reflect the residency and should be representative of the artist’s  style.  AIRIE is committed to showing artists’ work in high level venues  and therefore requests a museum-quality donation, in order to better  represent the artist in future AIRIE exhibitions.  Artists expected to  provide a digital image of the donated work and grant ENP the right to  reproduce the work.

Literary Donation:  ENP requires non-exclusive  publication rights to a literary work produced during or following the  residency.  This work should grow out of and reflect the residency  experience.  The donation is required within 6 months from the last day of the residency.

Performance Donation:  Usually in the form of video or recording, details of the donation will be negotiated with AIRIE and ENP.

Crediting AIRIE

When exhibiting, performing or publishing any work generated during  or as a result of an AIRIE residency and patronage, AIRIE Fellows will  offer press and/or event-based acknowledgment of the role of the  residency in generating and/or presenting the work.  The credit line  should read: “This work was produced following [or during] a residency  at Everglades National Park, YEAR, AIRIE.”  AIRIE works hard to support  and promote its artists in high profile events and exhibitions, and we  ask that this effort be reciprocated.

Where will residents live and what should they bring?

Fellows live and work in the AIRIE Lab: an air-conditioned, furnished  apartment with a kitchen, bathroom, laundry, screened porch and guest  bed facilities. The apartment is large enough to provide for working  studio space, and is located in the Royal Palm area which is near Park Headquarters, the Ernest F. Coe Visitor Center, the Anhinga Trail.   The apartment is approximately 15 minutes by car from the nearest towns  of Florida City and Homestead, where supermarkets, supply stores and  other resources are readily found.

Accepted residents will need to bring personal clothing, gear, food  and supplies. The AIRIE Lab is stocked with towels, linens, pots,  dishes, a TV (which only plays DVDs), and one week of dinners. A bicycle  is available for use at the Lab, however a car is highly recommended  and is necessary to reach the nearby towns and to access the far flung  parts of the Everglades ecosystem.

Artists are expected to leave the accommodations neat and clean and  to comply with all regulations and standards governing park employees  and visitors. Artists should be self-sufficient and also willing to work  closely with park staff and the local community to achieve program  goals.

The Everglades has seasons: The dry, winter season begins in October  and ends in April. The hot, wet summer season generally runs from April  to October, and is known to brings mosquitoes and incredible  thunderstorms to the Park. During summer season, we recommend artists  bring rain gear which might include a rain jacket, poncho, rain boots.

For more general information about Everglades National Park visit: http://www.nps.gov/ever/home.htm

AIRIE Selection Process 

A prominent panel drawn from varying fields of expertise as professional artists, curators or educators in the designated disciplines, along with Everglades National Park personnel, will review materials submitted. Selections will be made on the basis of merit and how a candidate's work can advance the mission of Everglades National Park and the National Park Service while  enhancing the growth of the artist's work. Selections will be made without regard to race, religion, sex, disability, marital status, age or national origin. 

 A USEFUL TIP: Although quality and suitability are always the primary criteria for selection, AIRIE is a small and highly competitive program. The most competition is for the prime months of winter for comfort in the Glades. Therefore, applicants have a better chance of selection if they indicate a willingness to come during the warmer months.  The warmer months do have their charms with high water levels, blossoms, bright light and a particular quietness with fewer visitors in the Park. AIRIE does not host fellows in August or September.


For further information or questions, contact: 

info@airie.org