Open Call

Into the Cryptogam: Wide Open Studios Spring Break Backpacking

Signal Fire

No Funding
Phoenix, United States


Artists, activists and researchers ages 18+. Any discipline.

Number of Participants

8-10 plus 2 guides


Selection Results (Announcement Dates)


March 22, 2020 - March 28, 2020


  • $700.00 program fee (one-time)




Breakfast, Coffee, Dinner, Lunch, Snacks, Tea, Vegetarian

Public Programs

Community Engagement , Courses, Critique, Discussion, Mentors, Performances, Publication, Readings, Retreat, Schools, Self-Directed, Workshops


Acting, Activists, Administrators, Animation, Architecture, Arts Administrator, Augmented Reality, Ballet, Blacksmith, Book Arts, Cartoonist, Ceramics, Chefs, Choreography, Cinematography, Collective, Comedy, Composers, Conceptual Art, Crafts & Trades, Culinary, Curatorial, Dance, Dance Groups, Design, Digital Media, Documentary, Drawing, Dreamers, Entrepreneur , Fiber Arts, Fiction, Film, Glass, Illustration, Immersive Experiences, Installation, Interdiscplinary Arts, Intervention, Jewelry, Journalism, Land Art, Literature, Makers, Metalsmith, Mime, Mixed Reality, Moving Image, Multimedia, Museum Technology, Music, Music Composition, Nonfiction, Opera, Painting, Pedagogy, Performance Art, Photography, Playwriting, Poetry, Printmaking, Public Art, Puppeteers, Research, Scholar, Scientists, Screenwriting, Sculpture, Singing, Social Practice, Sound Art, Textile, Theatre, Theatre Directors, Thinkers, Virtual Reality, Visual Arts, Wearable Technology



Program Description

Wide Open Studios’ Spring Break trip returns! Join us for a week of backpacking in the Sky Island mountains of Central Arizona, where spring rains nourish the seasonal fluorescence of this landscape. This workshop-style trip offers a well-rounded introduction to the unparalleled magic of the Sonoran Desert landscape— cactus blossoms, Gila monsters, petroglyphs— within the construct of the Signal Fire experience. Participants can expect skillshares on the basics of desert backpacking, readings that illuminate the hidden histories of Apacheria, and a suite of prompts that activates the senses and invites experimental creative response.

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