Artists have been an important part of the national park system for over a century. In fact, the writings, paintings, photographs, and public outreach of artists have not only created a permanent record of, but in many instances, helped preserve national parks. From landscape architect Jens Jensen to painter Frank V. Dudley to poet Carl Sandburg, many have understood the connection between unspoiled natural settings and artistic pursuit.
The Artists in Residence in Everglades (AIRIE) program offers artists, writers and composers the opportunity to live and work in this unique environment for a period of up to one month. Works completed under this program contribute to the public understanding and appreciation of Everglades National Park, characterizing the Everglades for present and future generations and giving park visitors and the general public an opportunity to see our national treasures through the eyes and ears of contributing artists.
A National Park Residency isn't for everybody. It is for serious professionals who wish to work alone and unfettered in the challenge and beauty of the American wilderness. It is for those who deeply care about the environment and wish to contribute to it as well as benefit from it. The park can accommodate twelve residents per year.