Help AIRIE rehab the historic Flamingo Gas Station within Everglades National Park as a destination for art and cultural programming.
Artists In Residence In Everglades, Inc. (AIRIE), wants to rehab the historic 1950’s style gas station damaged by hurricanes last decade in Everglades National Park into a community space for cultural programming with AIRIE artists for Park visitors and greater South Florida residents.
We need at least $25,000 by Oct. 1, 2015 to enter into a committed agreement with Everglades National Park for the project. We expect completion by the end of Aug. 2016 or sooner as part of the National Park Service Centennial.
AIRIE was created by Donna Marxer in 2001, to capture for all Americans and international visitors the beauty and unique status of the Everglades National Park and preserve it for future generations. AIRIE brings artists of all disciplines through application into Everglades National Park for month-long residencies to produce Everglades inspired artworks, ultimately owned by the public. AIRIE partners with Everglades National Park to support and enhance the arts and cultural heritage of the Everglades through public outreach programs. We support ENP and its mission.
We are excited by the opportunity to rehab the Flamingo Gas Station and have it become AIRIE’s home base within the Park. Our renovation will not be extensive because of the historic nature of this building within the Park system. The Flamingo Gas Station will be renovated for use as a meeting place, small outdoor café, small gift shop, and as a place from which AIRIE can launch programs within Everglades Park. These programs will include artist lectures and presentations with visitors, initiate cultural events, support Park programming, and have art classes with AIRIE artists.
Funding and rehab of the Flamingo Gas Station will give us a place to call home in ENP and will kickstart more extensive rejuvenation of Flamingo within Everglades National Park.