Open Call

Rise from the Rot: Signal Fire 2020 juried artist retreats

Signal Fire

No Funding
Free / No Costs


Artists of any discipline (including musicians, writers, performers), activists, researchers, arts administrators ages 18+

Number of Participants



Selection Results (Announcement Dates)


May 17, 2020 - May 23, 2020




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

Public Programs



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, Robotics, Scholar, Scientists, Screenwriting, Sculpture, Singing, Social Practice, Sound Art, Textile, Theatre, Theatre Directors, Thinkers, Video Art, Video Games, Virtual Reality, Visual Arts, Wearable Technology



Program Description

We lead week-long artist excursions into the backcountry, visiting some of the most exquisite and vulnerable landscapes. Trips are open to participants with all levels of experience, even first-time campers. Our Retreats introduce skills for safe, comfortable backcountry travel with a curriculum designed to push participants to continue their creative process while traveling. Each participant is given a reader tailored to illuminate regionally specific ecology and cultural history, issues of indigeneity and land sovereignty, access to natural resources, and a range of perspectives on human connection to the natural world. In 2020 we offer three juried backpacking retreats: May 17-23 Talking Knots: Juried SW Backpacking August 30-Sept 5 Old-Growth Wisdom: Juried NW Backpacking September 12-20 Roots, Springs & Stars: Indigenous Artist Retreat

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