Icicle Fund welcomes applications for Conservation, History and Arts (CHA CHA) Artist-in-Residence programs

Methow River Artist-in-Residence April 24-26

METHOW RIVER/ 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 (April 24-26) and the Wenatchee River (September 25-27). “As we celebrate 20 years of supporting non-profits in NCW, we want 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 (1993) or Watershed Artists in the Wenatchee (2001),” says Executive Director Christine J. Morgan.
A sense of place is central to the Icicle Fund’s mission. Over the past 20 years, the Fund has 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.
This is how the Artist-In-Residence program will work: Up to 16 artists across disciplines will be selected for each Cha Cha event. Artists will visit up to ten locations during the weekend. They will document their surroundings through visual arts, writings, music, performing arts and other creative mediums, with the opportunity to draw from changed conditions of the environment as illustrated by poet William Stafford and Watershed Artists. After the residency, a travelling exhibit will be scheduled to showcase the work produced by participating artists. Morgan elaborates, “By displaying the artwork created during the 2020 projects, perhaps in conjunction with artwork produced during the 1993 and 2001 events, we will tell the story of our three priority areas: Conservation, History and Art (CHA) of NCW."

·       Methow River Artists-In-Residence
Up to seven sites will be revisited from the 1993 Methow Valley William Stafford Methow River Poems project
Dates: April 24-26, 2020 from Friday 10:00am-Sunday at 2:00pm
Application open January 20 – February 15
Selected Artists announced March 10
·       Wenatchee River Artists-In-Residence
Up to 10 sites will be revisited from the 2001 Wenatchee Valley Watershed Art project
Dates: September 25-27, 2020 from Friday 10:00am-Sunday at 2:00pm
Application open May 15 – June 30
Selected Artists announced July 24
Participating artists must be practicing artists and reside in Chelan, Douglas, Okanogan or Grant counties. 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.
More information and application available at iciclefund.org/cha-cha

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