Conservation, History and Arts Residency: Wenatchee River / Residencies

January 31, 2021

Organization Name: Icicle Fund

Organization Location: Leavenworth, WA

Type: Residencies

Fee: Free


Applications are now open for the Icicle Fund’s Conservation, History and Arts (CHA) Artist Residency at the Wenatchee River.

As part of its 20th anniversary celebration, the Icicle Fund is hosting two Artist-In-Residence events to celebrate the Conservation, History and Arts (CHA) of North Central Washington at the Methow River (October 2-4, 2020) and the Wenatchee River (May 21-23 2021). The goal of the residencies is to honor, celebrate and record the unique environmental aspects of each location, inspired by revisiting past work created by poet William Stafford in the Methow Valley (1993) or Watershed Artists in the Wenatchee Valley (2001).

A sense of place is central to the Icicle Fund’s mission. Over the past 20 years, we have worked collaboratively to nurture artistic expression and imagination, an understanding of our past, and appreciation and love for our natural landscapes. Through this culture of respect, trust, and collaboration, individuals and organizations thrive, and the conservation, history and arts of North Central Washington is not only cared for, but flourishes. To date, the Fund has invested more than $40 million in over 100 organizations in North Central Washington.

Up to 10 North Central Washington artists across disciplines will be selected for each location, and will visit up to ten selected locations during the weekend. Applicants must reside in Grant, Okanogan, Chelan, Douglas county, or on the Colville Reservation. They will document their surroundings through visual arts, writings, music, and other creative mediums, with the opportunity to draw from changed conditions of the environment as illustrated by Stafford and Watershed Artists. After the residency, a traveling exhibit will be scheduled to showcase the work produced by participating artists. By developing a narrative and displaying the artwork created during the 2020 projects, perhaps in conjunction with artwork produced during the 1993 and 2001 events, the Icicle Fund will tell the story of its three priority areas: Conservation, History and Art (CHA) of North Central Washington.

Participating artists will not receive compensation, but will be supported with lunches, as well as transportation stipends and lodging as available. Participating artists must provide their own art supplies, breakfasts and dinners. All necessary COVID safety measures will be taken, and communicated to participants closer to the residency dates.

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