The juried artist retreats are free. The Wide Open Studios workshops have a participation fee, which varies by program. Scholarships are available. The Indigenous Artist Retreat includes a travel stipend.
Residents are responsible for their own travel to and from the meetup locations. All food is included in program costs.
Signal Fire’s 2020 theme, Rise from the Rot, is an affirmation of the resilience of the Earth and the fecund lessons of decay: This year we celebrate compost, insist upon the power of the invisible, and assert that what seems discarded never truly disappears. We look to underground networks of both the literal mycelial structures under our feet and the figurative coalitions we humans build in defense of the Earth. Above the ground, we look to flowers, fruits, and bodies as the visible expression of the matrix beneath, forms that bring beauty and symbolism to the struggle against tyranny, and exploitation of the land and its people. This year, we seek rot and regrowth as a paradigm to disrupt mainstream narratives of cultural and climate failure.
Signal Fire's 2020 programs are walking residencies. Artists will be sheltered in backpacking tents.