Everglades National Park

Artists in Residence in Everglades (AIRIE), a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, is an official partner of Everglades National Park. AIRIE partners with Everglades National Park to support and enhance the arts and cultural heritage of this subtropical wilderness through artist residencies and public outreach programs, as part of the National Park Service (NPS)’s Artist in Residence / Volunteer-in-Park program.

The NPS Artists in Residence program is a nationally recognized NPS Volunteer-in-Park program which embraces artistic and cultural interpretation and exchange between the Park, scientists, visitors, community and artists. The Volunteers-In-Parks program provides a vehicle through which the National Park Service can use voluntary help that is mutually beneficial to the service and the volunteer. The primary objective of this program is to promote the use of the arts, literature and cultural heritage to contribute to the public awareness and appreciation of the Park. The program offers professional visual artists, writers, composers and choreographers an opportunity to live and work in the unique Park environment for one calendar month.

Funding & Community Partners


Snapshot of AIRIE Funding, 2018

Memberships and individual donations play a vital role in AIRIE’s ability to secure foundation grants and national, state and county support.

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Board of Directors

Valerie Grace Ricordi, President
Tyler Emerson Dorsch
Lisa Fernandez
Donna Fields
Akash Goel
Linda Levy Goldberg
Tami Katz-Freiman
Tracey Robertson Carter
Grant Smith

Advisory Council

Kevin Arrow
Letty Bassart
Manita Brug-Chmielenska
Susan Caraballo
Don Finefrock
Christy Gast
Susan Galler
Jason Hedges
Gail Hollander
Carol Jazzar
Gustavo Matamoros
Dina Mitrani
Stephen Shelley
Brandi Reddick
Skip Snow
Rita Teutonico
Tim Wride