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AIRIE Think Tank 2019

Think Tank – A group of experts gathered together by an organization to consider various problems and to work out ways to solve them.

Saturday, February 23rd: Tigertail Airboat Tour, by invitation only

Sunday, February 24th: Live Broadcast at Everglades National Park, open to the public

 In 2018, AIRIE gathered a group of deep thinkers in the heart of Big Cypress Preserve to strategize ways to communicate environmental concerns more effectively through the cultural arts. AIRIE members, scientists, curators, artists, researchers and funders discussed this during a swamp buggy excursion and campfire cookout under a full moon. This diverse group with strong ideological and ethical arguments based in science discussed ways to be more effective in utilizing our respective roles in the community.

In 2019, we shift the model to focus on several local artists receiving 2019 Fellowships.

On Saturday, February 24, this new group will experience an airboat tour with Miccosukee Tribal member Houston Cypress, then gather at a tree island to hear the AIRIE origin story and engage in a conversation about creativity in the Everglades. Key concepts in How We Became Human by Joy Harjo, the book selected for the NEA sponsored Big Read, will inspire this lively exchange moderated by Deborah Mitchell over a light meal and libations.

On Sunday, February 24, from 1-3pm, February AIRIE Fellow Cathy Byrd will invite past and future Fellows to share swamp stories and sounds on Fresh Art International LIVE from the Everglades, broadcast on Jolt Radio. AIRIE will announce the location of this special web streaming radio show when the government reopens.

Why now?

AIRIE, Inc. is not a government-based council or commission but, rather, an organization that seeks creative ways to expand on science-based initiatives through its multidisciplinary Artists in Residence program in the Everglades National Park.  Given that geopolitics, globalization, population surge, climate change and sea level rise have affected the River of Grass in many ways, AIRIE uses the Think Tank platform to share information and strategize ways to increase environmental awareness through the cultural arts. The label ‘think tank’ is generally associated with efforts to consider specific information and fill knowledge gaps for decision-making. However,  the term has been appropriated by a growing number of organizations, including cultural entities, and smaller interdisciplinary organizations like AIRIE — thereby diversifying and expanding more traditional, iconic images of ‘think tank’ associated with the RAND or Brookings Institute.


AIRIE Think Tank is by invitation-only. Artists, speakers and scientists are invited guests of AIRIE and will are not charged any ticket fee. AIRIE Board Members, Advisory Council Members and Patrons are welcome to join the 2019 Think Tank, and can purchase a ticket by clicking here. Details, including scheduling, meet-up points and other logistics will be communicated by email directly with attendees.

The 2019 AIRIE Think Tank is supported by The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and other sponsors.

Annual Benefit 2019: A Very AIRIE Afternoon

2019 Annual Benefit

A Very AIRIE Afternoon

Saturday, February 9, 2019
4pm VIP Champagne Reception
4:30pm General Admission
at The Kampong
4013 Douglas Road
Coconut Grove

Performances by 2019 AIRIE Fellows
Matt Venuti and Agile Rascal Bicycle Touring Theatre

Join us for our major fundraising event of the year, an ecologically-inspired celebration of art, music and theater featuring original performances by 2019 AIRIE Fellows. Enjoy specially curated wines, craft cocktails and delicious treats in one of South Florida’s most unique botanical settings. Proceeds from the event will provide important support for AIRIE programming, exhibitions and operations.


Purchase your tickets here

Champagne Reception at The Study
VIP ticket holders are invited for a tour of Dr. David Fairchild’s Laboratory and Study, the installation by conceptual American artist Mark Dion that re-imagines the laboratory of the ever inquisitive South Florida pioneer, the late Dr Fairchild and takes visitors back in time. Some of the earliest meetings to promote the Everglades as a National Park were held at The Kampong. In 1929, as the first president of the Tropical Everglades Park Association, Fairchild helped usher in a new era of the tropical wetland.

Music by eclectic singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Matt Venuti. Performance by Agile Rascal Bicycle Touring Theatre, whose work at the intersection of art and bike culture uses theatre to foster a dialogue about the shifting physical and cultural landscape of our country. This original production is being created during the group’s January 2019 residence in the Everglades. With costumes, sets and storylines influenced by the epic River of Grass, the play is guaranteed to be uniquely Floridian.

One-Night Art Exhibit + Silent Auction
Fall in love with original works of art by local artists and AIRIE fellows and build your collection. Artists include Christina Pettersson, Deborah Mitchell, Ezra Johnson, Harumi Abe, Jacqueline Elaine Gomez, Julie Davidow, Laurencia Strauss, Mette Tommerup, Michelle Weinberg, Morel Doucet, Peggy Levison Nolan, Robert Chambers, Sterling Rook, Tina Salvesen, and TM Sisters Studio. Proceeds from the Art Sales are split between AIRIE, the artist and participating galleries. A Silent Auction of cultural experiences, local attractions, and more are available for bidding at the event.


Art for AIRIE, Benefit Sale Preview

Click here to download the full Art for AIRIE checklist with details on each art work including sale prices. Advance purchases are more than welcome – contact to reserve your piece before the event.

More about Matt Venuti

More about Agile Rascal Bicycle Touring Theatre

The Kampong

The Kampong Nestled in the heart of Coconut Grove, The Kampong sits on almost 10 acres of tropical botanical gardens and is home to living collections of plant life including tropical fruit, pomelo, 23 cultivars of avocado, and 65 varieties of mango, palms, flowering trees, ficus, aroids, and bamboo. This property serves as the mainland campus for the National Tropical Botanical Garden

Sponsorships available, please contact to inquire.

Give Miami Day 2018

Thursday, November 15, 2019

Give Miami Day comes around once a year and presents an amazing opportunity to show our community we care about the Everglades and the Arts. On November 15, the city of Miami shines a bright light on public giving to help raise funds for hundreds of arts, social and community organizations. Consider a donation and encourage your friends, colleagues and employees to participate and help show just how much Miami cares!


What is Give Miami Day?

Give Miami Day is one of the biggest annual giving events in the United States. This year, we will ignite Greater Miami for 24 hours, beginning at 12:00 a.m. on November 15th and ending at 12:00 a.m. on November 16, 2018.

On Give Miami Day, anyone can make a philanthropic impact by collectively supporting our area nonprofit organizations.  We made history on Give Miami Day 2017, raising $10.1 million for nearly 700 local nonprofits from more than 20,000 donors spanning the city, nation and globe.

Throughout the day, individuals may view online profiles of hundreds of nonprofit organizations serving Miami-Dade County and make a charitable gift directly on The Miami Foundation and community partners maximize the community’s generosity by making a bonus gift for every donation between $25 and $10,000 received on November 15th through

The Miami Foundation hosts Give Miami Day as part of their mission to promote philanthropy throughout Miami-Dade County. Since 1967, The Miami Foundation has taken leadership on civic issues, invested in our communities and nurtured local philanthropy. To learn more about the various ways The Miami Foundation partners with the community to champion the causes you care about, visit


AIRIE Season Schedule 2018-2019

Events taking place in the AIRIE Nest Gallery unless noted otherwise

October 21, 2018, 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m., Sundays in the Park

Reception and artists tour, I Loved You Before, I Love You Now, I Love You After, a solo exhibition by Japanese American painter Harumi Abe, on view October 1, 2018 – November 12, 2018.

November 18, 2018, 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m., Sundays in the Park

Reception and artists tour, Serenoa Repens, a solo exhibition by American sculptor Robert Chambers, on view November 12, 2018 – March 5, 2019.

December 30, 2018, 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m., Sundays in the Park

Curators tour of Serenoa Repens in the AIRIE Nest Gallery, 1:00 p.m., followed by a curated dance performance at 2:00 p.m. led by National Water Dance founder and choreographer Dale Andree at the 3-in-1 Trail, Long Pine Key, Everglades National Park.

January 20, 2019, 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m., Sundays in the Park

Curators tour of Serenoa Repens in AIRIE Nest Gallery and artists led hike with traveling bicycle theater troupe Agile Rascals. Meeting at NEST Gallery at 1pm for tour, then departing in individual cars from Ernest F. Coe Visitors Center parking lot at 1:30pm. Park entrance fees will apply ($25 per vehicle). Bring boots, water, and sunscreen.

February 1, 2019, 7:00 p.m., Agile Rascals in the Glades

Open air reading, Long Pine Key Amphitheater, Everglades National Park.

February 9, 2019, 4:00 – 7:00 p.m., A Very AIRIE Afternoon

Annual benefit, The Kampong, 4013 Douglas Road, featuring a performance by Agile Rascals Bicycle Touring Theatre and Matt Venuti

February 24, 2019, 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m., Sundays in the Park/Preserve

Fresh Airie location TBA, see flyer for more info about Cathy Byrd’s project. LIVE from the Everglades

March 2, 2019, 2:00 p.m., AIRIE at PAMM

Sculptor Robert Chambers, curator Rene Morales, artist Michele Oka Doner and Archbold Biological Station Executive Director, Dr. Hilary Swain. Moderated by AIRIE Executive Director, Deborah Mitchell

March 24, 2019, 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m., Sundays in the Park

Landscape Listening, a concert by Matt Venuti, location TBA.

April 7, 2019, 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m., Sundays in the Park

Video screening with Itamar Freed and Courtney Scheu, location TBA.

May 12, 2019, A Literary Salon

Featuring writer Carol Hendrickson and Anne McCrary Sullivan. More information to follow.


Image above: December fellow Ashlee Mack, performs a piano piece written by James Romig (December fellow) at Sundays in the Park: A Musical Landscape, 2017

A Very AIRIE Evening: Benefit at Emerson Dorsch Gallery

Tickets available now! Artists in Residence in Everglades invites you to attend an evening of craft cocktails, tasty bites, artist interactions, and surprise entertainment in celebration of Earth Day.

Purchase your tickets today!
Ticket Levels:
$1000 – VIP Preview and Special Recognition
$200 – 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. preview of exhibition led by artist Brookhart Jonquil and musical encounter with Jack Stamates
$150 – General Admission
$50 – Working Artist
*$20 – Raffle ticket for a chance to win an original work of art by AIRIE Fellow (raffle ticket is not a ticket to the event).

Ticket Prices

Sundays in the Park: The Twilight Tour

Sundays in the Park
The Twilight Tour
January 28, 1:30-6pm
This cultural tour starts at 1:30 pm with a brief tour of The Unavoidable Twilight in The AIRIE Nest. The AIRIE Bus departs at 2pm for a curated journey examining decades of human impact on the region. Pettersson will lead an exciting trip populated with gypsies, ghosts, outlaws and environmentalists, ending at the Nike Missile site with a shadow puppet performance.

Exhibition is free and open to the Public

RSVP Necessary for the Twilight Tour at airieinfo@gmail.

Funded in part by Knight Arts Challenge  and Miami-Dade Cultural Arts grants.

Sundays in the Park featuring Ashlee Mack and James Romig

AIRIE presents a multi-sensory experience in celebration of the Everglades National Park’s 70th anniversary
with “Still”, a 60 minute solo for piano played by Ashlee Mack and composed by James Romig, and live, site-specific painting by Harumi Abe.

The program begins at 2pm  on Sunday, December 17th and will be held on the Great Lawn at the Royal Palm Visitor’s Center within the Everglades National Park (40001 State Highway 9336, Homestead, FL 33030)

Mack and Romig intend to create a “museum of sound” for the audience.   Composer Romig endeavors “to create music that reflects the intricate complexity of the natural world, where fundamental structures exert influence on both small-scale iteration and large-scale design, obscuring boundaries between form and content.”   Mack, who collaborated with Romig on this 60-minute piano solo, performed the world premiere of Still, at the Clyfford Still Art Museum in Denver earlier this year, and will present a new work for piano and orchestra commissioned by the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Symphony in 2018.


Japanese American painter Harumi Abe will paint while the music plays on the Great Lawn at the base of the Gumbo Limbo Trail, where flora and fauna beg for interpretation. Broward-based Abe is known for her contemporary twist on traditional landscape painting, incorporating rich tones into complex themes and space.

Supported in part by a Miami-Dade Tourism Development Council grant.

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