Signal Fire 2016 Residencies and Retreats

February 17, 2016 in All Opportunities, Composers by mwhiteside

Signal Fire announces a call to artists of all disciplines, as well as activists, curators and researchers for Unwalking the West, our 8th year of retreats and residencies on the public lands of the American West. Our 2016 theme is shaped by historic land journeys that informed the cultural and political geography of the contemporary West. We will retrace segments of these routes in the reverse direction as a symbolic gesture of “unwalking.” Our discussions will focus on the continuing demand for Indigenous sovereignty, as well as the contemporary legacies of development and resource extraction. From Francisco Vasquez de Coronado’s brutal quest for El Dorado to John Wesley Powell’s strangely prescient survey of the Colorado River Basin, our routes will look to the sagas of European-American exploration and aggression, and attempt to connect those formative journeys to the challenges facing the West today.

Signal Fire trips bring small groups of creative people to a wide range of wild places to inspire and inform their work. Our guides handle the logistics, and our trips are accessible to absolute beginners but will remain engaging for those with considerable outdoors experience. Each journey infuses readings and discussions, visiting experts, personal discovery, and time for solitude in an atmosphere that is safe and supportive amidst a group of compelling new friends.

Applications for all trips are open January 1 through midnight on February 29, 2016. Applications for the Wide Open Studios Summer Immersion trip remain open through April 1. As usual, the process is free and happens online, and we have an all new ‘Celebrity Jury’ of Signal Fire alumni: professional artists with diverse backgrounds and accomplishments.

Signal Fire is a Portland, Oregon-based, 501c3 nonprofit arts organization. Signal Fire provides opportunities for artists and activists to engage in the natural world. Our projects instill self-reliance, catalyze creative energy, and invite interdisciplinary collaboration. We utilize public lands to advocate for the access to— and protection of— our remaining wild and open places in order to enrich and sustain society.

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