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Artists in
Residence in
Everglades

About the Residency

In partnership with the Everglades National Park, AIRIE operates a live/work residency program with a mission to support and enhance the arts and cultural heritage of the Everglades subtropical wilderness. Visual artists, performers, musicians, composers, writers and choreographers are invited to apply for a one-month residency, during the months of January, February, March, April, May, June, July, October, November and December.

Residents are provided a $1000 mini-grant from AIRIE, a furnished, air-conditioned studio apartment inside the park, and 24/7 access to over 1.5 million acres of Everglades. AIRIE arranges introductions to park rangers, scientists, biologists, historians, artists, cultural and community leaders to enhance their understanding of the unique and fragile ecosystem of the Everglades. Residency experiences are tailored to the interests of each individual artist, creating opportunities for independence and solitude, as well as interaction, collaboration and public engagement as each artist desires.

Cathy Byrd
Agile Rascals Bicycle Touring Theatre

Applications

Applications are accepted from April 1 to June 1 each year. Application fee $40. 

AIRIE Applications are received online through Submittable, a web-based application manager, and reviewed by a prominent panel of regional leaders and experts in their respective fields. Panelists often includ published authors, curators of national cultural institutions, gallery directors, filmmakers, college professors, and scientists.  

Eligibility

A National Park residency is for serious creative professionals who wish to work independently 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 will accommodate one resident per month, and residents are expected to stay the entire month. Spouses, children and pets are not permitted.

Artists who work in the visual arts include painting, drawing, mixed media, sculpture, photography, film, installation and video are encouraged to apply. Writers may include poets and authors of fiction, creative nonfiction, creative journalism, playwrights and screenplays. Composers, musicians, choreographers, dancers and performance artists are welcome to apply. Work submitted should be of professional quality. No student work will be eligible. Group or collaborative submissions are welcome – additional housing accommodations beyond the provided apartment will be the responsibility of the artist(s).

Visit the Fellows page for more information about current and past fellows.

Serepens: Robert Chambers
Funding for Residents

A $1000 mini-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.

Visit the Membership page for information about membership or to make a donation.

Diversity and Inclusion Award

Diversity, equity and inclusion, are high priorities for AIRIE, and are critical in creating awareness of all aspects of the ecological, cultural, historical and artistic heritage of the Everglades.

In 2019, AIRIE launched the Me / We Award, sponsored by Wege Foundation, for residents as part of a wider Diversity Initiative program, aimed at celebrating and supporting the careers of emerging artists of color by working to remove or reduce economic barriers, expand access to this unique opportunity and promote inclusion.

Applicants may opt in for consideration for this award in their application.

Contact AIRIE about contributing to the Me / We Award

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.

Applications are very competitive. We encourage past applicants who did not receive acceptance to reapply, as each year a new panel is selected to review materials.

Applications are accepted through Submittable only. No email or mail in applications will be considered.

During an AIRIE residency

Upon acceptance of an AIRIE residency, AIRIE staff will get in touch regarding details and discuss the possibility of public programming during your stay.

Fellows must make their own arrangements regarding travel to and from the Everglades, and travel with in the Everglades and the nearby communities. Nearby airports include Miami International Airport, 43 miles, 40-60 minutes from Everglades National Park, and Fort Lauderdale International Airport, 70 miles, 1 hour and 30 minutes drive from Everglades National Park.

A bicycle is provided by AIRIE, however access to a car or vehicle is highly recommended to take advantage of vast environments within and near the Everglades National Park and is necessary to reach the nearby towns and grocery/retail shopping centers. Car rental fees vary widely by season, we encourage applicants to research and consider this expense before applying.

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 a modest 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. 

Artists are expected to leave the accommodations neat and clean upon their departure. They must 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, although daily rains have been known to occur in both October and April some years. The hot, wet summer season generally runs from April to October, and is known to bring mosquitoes and incredible thunderstorms to the Park. During summer season, it is recommended to bring rain gear including rain jacket, poncho, rain boots and insect repellent.

Visit the National Parks Service for more general information about Everglades National Park and its seasonal climate.

After an AIRIE residency

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

Visual Art Donation: Each artist is expected to donate a framed, ready for exhibition artwork 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 must 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 photo, video or recording, the details of the donation will be negotiated with AIRIE and ENP.

AIRIE Fellows are required to complete an Exit Survey sharing their feedback about the residency experience on their last day in residence, or soon following their departure.

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 with Artists in Residence in Everglades, AIRIE, at Everglades National Park, YEAR.”

AIRIE works hard to support and promote its artists in high profile events and exhibitions, and we ask that this effort be reciprocated.

Please use the AIRIE logo with any credits.