The Sitka Fellows Program aims to incubate the talents of the intellectually, artistically, and socially entrepreneurial. It was borne of the belief that assembling diverse, perceptive minds in one place cultivates a creative energy not easily achieved in a more insular, disciplinary environment.
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.
The program awards seven residency fellowships to promising emerging visionaries under the age of 30. Residents live for seven weeks on Sitka’s 133-year-old Sheldon Jackson Campus and are provided with studio and research space, meals, and a community environment in which they can interact with each other as well as with their neighbors. During this time, they are free to devote themselves completely to their projects.
Residents will be selected on the basis of demonstrated merit and future promise. Applicants must submit a statement of interest and an outline of proposed work during the residency—evaluators encourage focused and specific projects. Applicants of any discipline will be considered.