Mission and History
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 both alligators 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.
Residency Application Information
For information about the residency program, eligibility, application dates and more, visit www.airie.org/residency.
Board of Directors
Valerie Grace Ricordi, President
Jim Peele, Vice President
Elite Kedan, Treasurer
Tyler Emerson Dorsch
Tracey Robertson Carter
Kevin Arrow, Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science
Letty Bassart, YoungArts
Manita Brug-Chmielenska, IKON Communication
Susan Caraballo, Artist/Curator
Don Finefrock, South Florida National Parks Trust
Christy Gast, Artist
Susan Galler, The Galler Group LLC
Jason Hedges, Artist
Gail Hollander, Florida International University
Carol Jazzar, Artist
Gustavo Matamoros, Artist
Dina Mitrani, Dina Mitrani Gallery
Stephen Shelley, City of Homestead
Brandi Reddick, City of Miami Beach Cultural Affairs Programs
Skip Snow, Everglades National Park
Rita Teutonico, Florida International University
Tim Wride, Norton Museum of Art