Artists in Residence in Everglades (AIRIE)
Artists in Residence in Everglades, Inc. (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, in partnership with Everglades National Park.
AIRIE is a nonprofit organization that pairs the cultural arts with ecology and environmentalism. A month-long residency for artists, writers, performers and curators is open in the Everglades National Park to present art exhibitions and public programs to the public.
AIRIE welcomes artists to apply for month long live/work residencies from April - June for residency during the following calendar year.
One artist or artist group is welcomed per month, with a total of 10 artists/artist groups per year (no residents are brought in August or September due to weather conditions).
Artists are required to respect Park restrictions. They should not bring natural, organic materials to the Park, should not use organic materials from the Park in creating work, and should not remove any natural materials from the Park. Their work must not involve ground disturbances. It is the resident’s responsibility to be informed of Park rules and to follow them. An orientation with Park staff will begin each residency.
Each AIRIE resident is asked to volunteer a few hours to interact with interested Park visitors and staff during the residency. These interactions may take the form of slide lectures, exhibitions, demonstrations, performances, “art walks” equipped with cameras or sketchbooks, or mini-workshops. These outreach activities are programmed in collaboration with Park and AIRIE staff.
Each AIRIE resident is asked to complete a written exit survey about their experience and leave feedback that may be used by AIRIE in social campaigns, grant applications and public announcements. Welcomed feedback includes videos and testimonials that may sent following their time in residence.
Each AIRIE Fellow is required to make a donation of art work to the Everglades National Park collection.
Visual Art Donation: Each artist is expected to donate an art work no later than 6 months after the residency is completed. The art work should grow out of and reflect the residency and should be representative of the artist’s style. AIRIE is committed to showing artists’ work in high level venues and therefore requests a museum-quality donation, in order to better represent the artist in future AIRIE exhibitions. Artists expected to provide a digital image of the donated work and grant ENP the right to reproduce the work.
Literary Donation: ENP requires non-exclusive publication rights to a literary work produced during or following the residency. This work should grow out of and reflect the residency experience. The donation is required within 6 months from the last day of the residency.
Performance Donation: Usually in the form of video or recording, details of the donation will be negotiated with AIRIE and ENP.
Artists are welcomed to work in their studio apartments, but no separate working space exists.
Artists are encouraged to make the over 1.5 million acres of the Everglades their lab, studio and creation space, while following the rules and restrictions outline by the park and presented to residents upon orientation.
AIRIE residents live in an air-conditioned, furnished studio apartment with a small library, laundry facility, and screened porch area. Residents are able to access the park 24/7. Individual and group artists are welcome to apply, however the studio includes only two beds. Larger groups have been in residence, but may take extra time to consider and plan for.
Artists are provided opportunities to shadow, speak with and learn from park rangers and partnering scientists. Research archives may be available by request.
AIRIE is based out of Everglades National Park, near the Homestead entrance and the Ernest F. Coe Visitors Center.
The residency is a 15-20 minute drive from the cities of Homestead and Florida City, FL which is a suburban and rural community just south of Miami; and one hour from the Miami International Airport.
Spanning the southern tip of the Florida peninsula and most of Florida Bay, Everglades National Park is the only subtropical wilderness in North America. It was the first national park created to preserve an entire ecosystem. It is known for its rich wildlife, particularly large wading birds, large mangrove ecosystem and it is the only place in the world where both alligators and crocodiles coexist.