About the Artist in Residency Program
The Urban Field Station Artist Residency Program is a residency created by the USDA Forest Service, ReGreen Springfield, the City of Springfield and The Nature of Cities. Artists engage with land managers and researchers to better understand, represent, and communicate about urban social- ecological systems through works of art and imagination.
The program’s mission is to promote understanding of and engagement with urban ecology through art. The Urban Field Station Network understands cities as social-ecological systems, and this year’s call for artists focuses on the theme of connectivity.
Specifically, the Artist Residency Program seeks to build creative explorations of new knowledge by: Facilitating creative and trans-disciplinary collaboration between artists, scientists, and land managers in the creation of new artworks; and Curating events and public engagements that explore ideas that emerge from creative works and collaborations resulting from the Residency. There are no limits to the types of artistic approaches.
The Forest Service and the Nature of Cities have established Artist in Residency Programs in other cities, including New York and in the Tongass National Forest, Alaska. In 2022, the program will be expanding to Springfield, MA to focus on community engagement in one of New England’s most impoverished cities.
Selection of Artist
One artist will be selected for a year-long residency at the US Forest Service’s Amherst-Springfield Urban Field Station. The residency is dedicated to a local artist currently living in the metro area of Springfield, MA. Duration is 12 months, beginning in January 2022. The selected artist will work with the Forest Service in arranging the specific start date of the residency based on their desired time and availability.
A $3,000 stipend will be awarded to the Artist in Residence. Forest Service researchers as well as staff from ReGreen Springfield and the Springfield Parks Department, including ecologists, scientists, naturalists and forest managers are able to provide guidance and support of Artist in Residency projects. Staff are available to assist but not responsible for creating or installing the work. It is expected that high profile public and private events, exhibits, performances and classes will promote awareness of the urban landscape, while promoting the work of the artist and the Residency program.
Additional Information and FAQs
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All applications must be submitted online via the online portal. All applications must be submitted by December 31, 2021. To complete your application, please visit https://forms.gle/LtMVFUKcQ2cSym6x5
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