Sitka Center for Art and Ecology


Location: Otis, Oregon

Mission: Founded in 1970, the Sitka Center for Art and Ecology fosters creativity, intellectual inquiry and education. By helping others discover more about their core creative selves and their connections to nature, the Sitka Center works to fulfill its mission of expanding the relationships between art, nature and humanity.

The Sitka Center offers workshops, residencies and community events, while maintaining a facility appropriate to its needs in harmony with its inspirational coastal environment near Cascade Head and the Salmon River estuary.

Literally a center at the edge – where land meets sky, saltwater meets freshwater – the Sitka Center is a place where a diverse group of people and ideas converge, co-mingle and depart transformed.

Cost: The living space and studio space is offered free-of-charge. There is a small application fee of $15 which helps support the residency program. The resident is responsible for all travel and living expenses, e.g., food, cleaning supplies.

Application Fee: $15

Number of Artists:  Up to 7 artists at a time

Accommodations: The studios are furnished with basic equipment; however, residents must bring any necessary specific equipment and supplies.

The residences include living room, bedroom, bathroom, and kitchen areas set-up with basic cooking supplies. Residents are encouraged to bring items to make the living space accommodate their personal needs, e.g., a favorite cooking skillet or pillow. Each resident has his/her own private residence within walking distance of each other.

Length of Stay: 3.5 Months + 2 week Printmaking Workshop

Demographic: Residents are selected in a range of skill levels. We believe in the magic that happens when professional and emerging artists have the opportunity to exchange ideas through conversations, projects, or simply sharing meals. Residents come from across the U.S. and (to date) seventeen nations. 

Medium: Currently, we offer residencies to visual artists, writers, scientists (focused on an issue with an ecological or environmental consequence), musicians, and composers. We are open to other creative disciplines that would fit well at the Sitka Center.

Benefits: Recreation opportunities nearby including extensive hiking, canoeing and kayaking. Residents give a public presentation at Sitka at the beginning and end of their residencies and perform community service in line with his/her talents and interests including working with area schools or community groups and/or conducting scholarly research for local educational institutions  equal to one hour for each week of stay. Opportunities to connect with community and other residents through potlucks, movie nights, and other social events.

Deadline: April 19






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