PLAYA is proud to announce the call for applications for Wildfire + Water: Artists and Scientists Collaborating for Change, a 10-night immersive residency Oct. 19-29, 2023 in which participants will engage in learning more about the most critical environmental topics in this part of Oregon- fire and water, with time to collaborate, create and respond to the environmental lessons acquired during the residency. The role of all forms of art to interpret, communicate and broadcast stories of change to positively impact our environment has never been more critical.
Work created in response to this residency will be shared during a community symposium event at PLAYA in April 2024. Each artist will receive a $2,500 stipend to cover the cost of travel for the residency, materials, delivering the work to PLAYA in March 2024 and collecting the work after the symposium.
Wildfire and water are of critical environmental concern in Lake County. Wildfire has plagued the Summer Lake area and most of Oregon and the surrounding states, while the Chewaucan/Abert watershed is suffering from a drought that directly impacts the migratory birds that find refuge and nourishment from the area. Local and state agencies, U.S. Forest Service workers, Oregon Fish and Wildlife, University researchers and local watershed councils, are working collaboratively to find solutions for dwindling water and share information about wildfire and forest management best practices.
PLAYA is inviting a cohort of 6-7 artists and storytellers to immerse themselves in learning from 3-4 invited scientists and experts from local agencies. The cohort will experience hands-on field excursions, conversations, and presentations to help document and share critical information with the goal of impacting environmental change. Applications are open to artists of all disciplines who have demonstrated a successful practice of addressing environmental issues in their creative practice. The application will ask artists to provide work samples and an explanation of how past creative work promoted dialogue regarding environmental matters and how this opportunity at PLAYA aligns with their personal creative goals.
Residency Experience Summary
Both established and emerging artists working in any media (visual, music/sound, literary, journalism, video, interdisciplinary, other) may apply, but a demonstrated practice in addressing environmental issues is expected. We welcome collaborative teams to apply. Each person must apply separately and indicate on the application who they are collaborating with. We will only charge $40 for the first application. The second collaborator can email email@example.com to request a fee waiver. You will have space in the application to describe housing requirements for collaborative partners. We are not able to accommodate families. PLAYA alumni are welcome to apply regardless of when your last PLAYA Awarded residency occured.
The jury, comprised of artists, scientists and arts professionals, will judge the applications on the following criteria:
- Quality of work samples
- Demonstrated environmental focus of past work
- Potential of past environmental work to evoke dialogue
- How this opportunity aligns with the artists personal creative goals
- Please describe how your submitted work samples address environmental issues.
- How did you intend for this work to promote dialogue and positive environmental change?
- How does this residency and exhibition opportunity align with your personal creative goals?
- Please describe what collaborative environmental change means to you.
- Visual Artists:
- 10-15 images
- Image list with title, date, size, media and brief description
- Musicians/Sound Artists:
- 3-5 sample recordings of your work not to exceed 15 minutes total
- Short description describing your selections
- Performing Artists:
- 3-5 video clips of your performances not to exceed 15 minutes total
- Script or short description describing your selections
- Literary Artists:
- 3-5 samples- not to exceed 10 pages total
- New Media and Interdisciplinary Artists:
- Please review other categories to determine what materials to submit