Sitka Center for Art and Ecology

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Founded 1970
Otis, United States


Sitka residencies provide time and space for self-paced work and reflection in an inspiring natural setting. Residents from a broad range of art, writing, performance and science-based practices come to Sitka to create and explore away from the familiar contexts and constraints of daily routines, and free from external expectations. Located within the unique ecosystems of Cascade Head and the Salmon River Estuary on Oregon's central coast, Sitka is a place where natural curiosity is sparked and creativity is unleashed. Since our founding, we have hosted hundreds of visual artists, photographers, writers, journalists, musicians, composers, filmmakers, educators and a broad range of natural scientists and interdisciplinary creatives. We currently invite 14-30 practitioners to stay at Sitka each year. Some are emerging voices while others are practicing professionals, and our residents represent a diversity of geographies and cultural backgrounds.

Local Information

The Sitka Center is located on the central Oregon coast just north of Lincoln City near the Salmon River estuary and the Nature Conservancy hiking trail. Cascade Head Ranch is the residential community in which the Sitka Center is located, a homeowners association with privately owned homes. The Sitka Center is also located in the center of a United Nations Biosphere Reserve designated by the United States Congress as the only National Scenic Research Area, Cascade Head National Scenic Research Area (CHSRA). Congress created the CHSRA in 1974 in order to maintain and enhance the scenic and ecological qualities of the area. The agency with the most responsibility in this area is the U.S. Forest Service, as the CHSRA is managed by the Siuslaw National Forest.

Network Affiliations

  • Alliance of Artist Communities
  • Res Artis

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