ALASKA-NEWS-RELEASE: Voices of the Wilderness artist residency program accepting applications

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Voices of the Wilderness artist residency program accepting applications

KETCHIKAN, Alaska, Dec 21, 2017 – The Voices of the Wilderness artist residency program is a unique opportunity the Tongass National Forest is proud to be part of. Participating artists are paired with a wilderness specialist and actively engaged in research, monitoring, and education stewardship projects. The idea is to give artists a sense of the stewardship behind America’s public lands, fostering an artistic exploration of natural and cultural treasures.

Artists are invited to apply now for the 2018 summer residencies. Artists-in-residence experience the Wilderness like few others. Traveling alongside a ranger, participants may kayak the calm fjords and camp on glacier-carved shores. As a volunteer, each artist will assist with some basic ranger duties, which may include boarding a tour boat to provide education, participating in research projects, walking a beach to remove litter, or other generally light duties. However, the emphasis for the artist will be experiencing the wilderness and exploring how to communicate its inspirational qualities through their artwork.

The Tongass National Forest has five participating Wilderness Areas:

·       Kootznoowoo Wilderness, Admiralty Island National Monument near Juneau

·       Misty Fjords National Monument Wilderness near Ketchikan

·       South Baranof or West Chichagof-Yakobi Wilderness near Sitka

·       Tracy Arm-Fords Terror Wilderness near Juneau

·       Tebenkof Bay Wilderness near Petersburg

Residencies are open to art professionals in all media: visual (two and three-dimensional: photographers, sculptors, painters, etc.), audio (musicians, singers, composers), film (video/filmmakers), performance artists, and writers (poets, fiction, essays, storytellers).

More information and application information may be found at Emailed applications are due by 11:59 p.m. AK time March 1, 2018.

For interviews and information to be used for publication, contact the Tongass Public Affairs Officer at 907-228-6201.


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