EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

February 13, 2013

Artists offered chance at forest residency

The Eagle-Tribune

---- — The White Mountain National Forest and the Arts Alliance of Northern New Hampshire recently announced the third year of the WMNF Artist-in-Residence program.

Interested artists in all media are invited to apply for the 2013 residency, a celebration of the connections between forest, landscape and culture. The deadline for applications is March 9.

The WMNF Artist-in-Residence program offers professional and emerging artists from around the country — visual and performing artists, craftspeople, writers, composers, eco artists and media artists — an opportunity to pursue their particular art form while being inspired by the surrounding forest and, on several occasions, sharing their work and their artistic process with members of the public. The goal of the residency program is to use art and creative expression to explore the many ways in which people relate to forests and to the WMNF in particular.

The program was inaugurated in 2011, in honor of the 100th anniversary of the passage of the Weeks Act, a milestone in American conservation history that enabled the federal government to purchase land in the eastern U.S., leading to the creation of the White Mountain National Forest and more than 50 other national forests. It has now become part of the forest fabric.

During the third year of the Artist-In-Residence program, one artist residency of at least three weeks will be offered between July and September. The focus of the program is to provide an opportunity for the selected artist to spend an extended time in the forest, creating work and sharing it during a weekly public session.

In those sessions, visitors can learn more about — or possibly participate in — the artistic process, and be encouraged to think about the connection between art, the forest and conservation. Public programs may include demonstrations, talks, exploratory walks or hikes, or performances, based on the medium, interest and experience of the artist.

The artist will be provided accommodations on or near the forest, as well as limited reimbursement of travel expenses and the cost of supplies and materials.

“Artists have been inspired by the beauty of the White Mountains for hundreds of years,” said Tom Wagner, WMNF forest supervisor, “and they’ve played an important role in shaping the public’s view and understanding of our landscape. We’re very pleased that through our partnership with the Arts Alliance, the Artist in Residence program is continuing into its third year. The Artist-in-Residence program helps us broaden the ways in which we experience and communicate the value of the national forest.”

Find more information and an application for the program at aannh.org, or contact the Arts Alliance at Frumie@aannh.org, 323-7302.