Artists encouraged to apply for Tongass residencies

Posted: Thursday, March 11, 2010

Recognizing that artistic expression of all kinds plays a vital role in connecting people to the natural world, the Forest Service is sponsoring Voices of the Wilderness, an artist-in-residency program on the Tongass National Forest.

The goal of the program is to share the scenic beauty and inspirational values of the Tongass National Forest wilderness areas with the community through the talents and reflections of professional artists.

Two local artists will be invited to participate in residencies lasting between five and nine days. Traveling with a ranger, artists will visit Tracy Arm-Fords Terror Wilderness, fifty miles south of Juneau.

Qualifying artists include visual artists, writers, musicians, and storytellers. Their selection will be based on their artistic merit, statement of purpose, ability to camp in a remote location and travel by skiff, airplane and sea kayak, and willingness to assist with light ranger duties.

After the residency, each participant is expected to donate one piece of artwork to the Forest Service for use in publicizing the values of the public lands. Artists are also expected to provide one public presentation within six months of completing their residency, such as a slide lecture, demonstration, or workshop.

Application forms can be found online at They must be postmarked on or before April 12. Selections will be made by early May.

Contact Barbara Lydon at 789-6225 or e-mail for more information.

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