The Island Institute is hosting three residents from September to November 2013. You can visit their individual pages to learn more each resident, and read on below to find out how their time in Sitka will be spent.
Rasmuson Foundation Artist Residency
Marjorie Gellhorn Sa’adah will be hosted by the Island Institute as one of the first participants in the newly launched Rasmuson Artist Residency Program. The program will bring four Lower 48 artists to host centers in Alaska in fall of 2013, and send four Alaska artists to partnering host centers in the Lower 48 in spring 2014. The Institute is pleased to be selected as one of the Alaskan host centers. The partnerships between the artists and host centers will bridge regional perspective, provide geographic and artistic diversity, and hold promise for exciting artistic expression. As the Rasmuson Foundation has written:
"Magical things can happen when an artist is transported, even temporarily, to a new environment. The visiting artist is invigorated by new people, new cultures and new surroundings. In turn, the host center, local artists and community are energized by exposure to new and different artistic influences."
Marjorie Sa'adah is a creative nonfiction writer and educator, who has recently focused on introducing teenagers to the power and practice of creative writing. Find out more on her page.
Island Institute Collaborative Residency
For our 2013-14 cycle of residencies we have invited applications from writers who are interested in pursuing a collaborative project with another person—-another writer or someone from a different discipline. The collaborators will come to Sitka for a month to work together and engage with and present to the community. There is still time to apply for the Spring collaborative residency: applications are due by December 1st.
We are pleased to be hosting Ann Staley and Norm Campbell from mid- September to mid-October as our first collaborative residents. Watch for upcoming events. And find out more about them at Ann's page and Norm's page.