2014 Voices in the Wilderness Residency

Voices in the Wilderness Art ResidencyResidencies open to artists and arts professionals in all media – visual (two and three dimensional: photographers, sculptors, painters), audio (musicians, singers, composers), film (video/filmmakers), and writers (poets, fiction, essays, storytellers).

Residency period: June through September; dates vary Contact: Barbara Lydon at (907) 754-2318, e-mail: [email protected] Or check out www.voicesofthewilderness.blogspot.com

The Voices of the Wilderness artist residency is a unique opportunity. It is modeled after traditional residencies in the national parks…with a twist. Instead of staying at a remote wilderness cabin, our participating artists are paired with a wilderness ranger and actively engaged in stewardship projects, such as research, monitoring, and education. The idea is to give artists a sense of the stewardship behind America’s public lands, fostering an artistic exploration of these natural and cultural treasures. The hoped-for result is artwork that communicates something of the meaning of these lands.


In the summer of 2014, artists will be invited to participate in our residencies, each varying in length. The purpose is to share with the community artwork that conveys the inspirational and other values of wilderness.

Each artist will be provided the same safety training as other volunteers (includes aviation and boat safety, kayak safety, use of radios and satellite phones, and review of Job Hazard Analyses). The Forest Service and National Park Service will provide transportation to and from the field, camping and kayaking gear, and in most cases, food as well.

As a volunteer, each artist will assist with some basic ranger duties, which may include boarding a tour boat to provide education, participating in research projects, such as seal counts or climate change studies, walking a beach to remove litter, or other generally light duties. However, an emphasis for the artist will be experiencing the wilderness and exploring how to communicate its inspirational qualities through their artwork.

Participating Wilderness Areas:

• Tracy Arm-Ford’s Terror Wilderness
• Petersburg Ranger District Wilderness Areas: Tebenkof Bay, Kuiu or Petersburg Creek-Duncan Salt Chuck
• Nellie Juan-College Fiord Wilderness Study Area (western Prince William Sound)
• Sitka Ranger District Wilderness Areas: South Baranof or West Chichagof-Yakobi
• Western Arctic National Parklands

Apply Here: http://www.voicesofthewilderness.blogspot.com

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