AIRIE Think Tank Weekend 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.

Information about Sunday’s public event – Sundays in the Park Live Broadcast, visit

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, please email [email protected] for inquiries. 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.