Signal Fire

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Location: Roaming location, primarily in and around California

Mission: Since 2008, Signal Fire has provided 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.

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.

Year of the Wolf: Signal Fire dedicates our 2014 expeditions to the wolf. Wolves are a symbol of wildness returning to the landscape as well as a real and vital predator in the North American West. We are leading three expeditions to areas linked by wolf recovery efforts: the Gila Wilderness of New Mexico, the Wallowa Mountains of eastern Oregon, and the Boundary Waters of northern Minnesota. A special publication and exhibition will highlight the outcome.

Outpost on the Border: The public lands adjoining the US- Mexico border protect some of the rarest and most biologically diverse habitat in North America. These places are also the focus of increasing militarization by US Border Control. Signal Fire invites activists, researchers, and artists of any discipline to join us for a unique remote residency in southern Arizona to craft a creative response to the wild places of an embattled region.

Wide Open Studios: The academy moves under the stars with Wide Open Studios, a series of immersive wilderness arts courses designed for graduate and undergraduate students. In spring 2014 we offer an adventurous painting class spanning desert oases, bombing ranges, and ghost towns as well as a reprise of our popular MFA Spring Break trip, this time to Arizona’s Mogollon Rim country. In August we are proud to announce Crossing Cascadia, a 4-week, 3-credit course in partnership with Oregon College of Art and Craft.

Signal Fire 2014 Calendar:

February 16- 23: Wide Open Studios: Painting the Post-Natural Landscape (CA)

March 1-7 & 9-15: Outpost Residency on the Border (AZ)

March 23-29: Wide Open Studios: MFA Spring Break Trip (AZ)

April 13-30: Year of the Wolf: Gila Backpacking (NM)

July 6-12: Signal Fire Alumni Backpacking and Guide Training (CA)

July 20-27: Year of the Wolf: Wallowas pack-n-park (OR)

August 3-30: Wide Open Studios: Crossing Cascadia Summer Immersion Trip (OR)

September 7-13: Year of the Wolf: Boundary Waters Canoe Adventure (MN)

Cost: Between $100-$300. Costs include transportation between meet-up city and all sites, food for the duration of the trip, some art materials and readings. 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.

Number of Artists: 4 artists each session, 2 guides

Accommodations: Each summer we bring selected artists out to the forest and provide them with food, maps, battery power, and a magnificent 12×12 canvas wall tent for work and sleep space. The tents are equipped with a desk, cot, and rug for a comfortable camping experience, as well as kitchen utensils and food for self-prepared breakfast and lunch. Each tent is set apart from the others, but within a short walk to a base camp. Signal Fire organizers are stationed at the base camp, available for emergency and unforeseen needs. The group gathers for dinner each evening, served by the organizers at the base camp.

Length of Stay:  (See Calendar in Mission.)

Demographic: Open to musicians, writers, performers, activists, and artists of any discipline. Applicants need not have outdoor experience or ecologically-themed work.

Benefits: Camping, provided food, maps, battery power, no WiFi, food for breakfast, lunch, dinner, separate tent, group dinner at night, this year’s Outpost Residency will take place in Mt. Hood National Forest, near Portland, Oregon. Mt. Hood is the crown jewel of the Cascade Range. It’s also a complex and controversial landscape of over one million acres of federal land within two hours’ drive of over a million people. It’s home to six wilderness areas, dozens of popular recreational destinations, and a host of exploitative timber, mining, and energy transmission projects.

Deadline:

Spring Programs: December 31, 2013

Summer Programs: February 15, 2014

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