Artists in Residence in Everglades (AIRIE)’s mission is to support and enhance the arts and cultural heritage of the Everglades subtropical wilderness through artist residency and public outreach programs.
AIRIE operates a residency program for visual artists, writers, choreographers and composers in the Everglades National Park so that those creative professionals may gain experience and insight into this fragile unique wilderness, thereby becoming ambassadors for its appreciation and preservation.
AIRIE was founded in 2001, through the efforts of artist Donna Marxer and Everglades National Park’s Chief of Interpretation Alan Scott, following the $8 billion Everglades Restoration Bill passed that year by the U.S. Congress. In 2009, AIRIE became a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization.
As an official partner of the Everglades National Park (ENP), AIRIE operates in tandem with the park’s Volunteers-in-Parks program to manage the artist residency program. Ten fellowships per year are awarded to qualified visual and performance artists, writers, choreographers, musicians, and filmmakers, who are selected by a jury of professionals. Fellows spend one month living within the ENP, shadowing rangers, and meeting with biologists to gain insight into the ecology and history of the land. The work of the AIRIE Fellows reveals another dimension to the understanding and appreciation of the Everglades.
In 2017, with support from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, AIRIE opened the AIRIE Nest Gallery in the Ernest F. Coe Visitors Center located at the Park’s main entrance just outside Homestead, FL. The AIRIE Nest Gallery is the only contemporary art space within a national park, and its year-round interdisciplinary exhibits reflect the cultural and ecological forces that impact South Florida and the Everglades. Over 250,000 local, national and international visitors tour the Visitors Center and the Nest Gallery annually.
AIRIE has hosted 185 artists in residency to date, disseminating the critical message of awareness, conservation and preservation of the Everglades throughout the world via visual, performance and literary art.
Artists in Residence in Everglades, Inc. is supported in part by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation; The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts; the National Endowment for the Arts; Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and the Cultural Affairs Council, the Miami-Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners of Miami Dade County; the Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs, the Florida Council on Arts and Culture and the State of Florida; the WEGE Foundation, Miami Salon, Florida Humanities Council and private donors.