Join Signal Fire Residency trips in 2017! Learn more about Signal Fire and the 2017 Stealing Fire programs at our website: http://www.signalfirearts.org/
2017: Stealing Fire
Applications: January 1- February 15
Wide Open Studios: Summer Immersion Applications: January 1- April 1
Written in the Rock: Wide Open Studios MFA Spring Break Trip
March 25-31, 2017
Border Story: Chiricahua Mountains Backpacking
April 2-8, 2017
Great Blanket of Stars: Southeast Oregon Campout
June 17-23, 2017
The River Unbound: Wide Open Studios Klamath Backpacking
June 25- July 1, 2017
Coyote Was Going There: Wide Open Studios Summer Immersion
July 23- Aug 19, 2017
Border Story: Canoeing the Rio Grande
November 5-11, 2017
Signal Fire’s 2017 programs look to the role of storytelling in understanding land. Naming and shaping places, building connection and claiming ownership, and writing the histories of contested landscapes depend on stories. This year’s trips will visit seven regions of the West, each one culturally and geographically distinct, and each one shaped by competing narratives.
We will bring together a range of voices shared through myths, folklore, testimony, and histories forgotten and suppressed. We will also consider those stories that seem to reveal a common humanity; the tale of a trickster “stealing fire” appears in myriad versions throughout the world. Our readings, guest presentations and creative responses will grapple with questions such as: How do stories shape our land stewardship and our part in the ecosystems we inhabit? How do stories inform a bias of who does or does not “belong” in a place? When is folklore perpetuating injustice and how can it facilitate liberation and redemption? Through contemporary myth making, whose stories and myths are being erased?
Participants will be invited to share stories from their own lives and cultures and we will ask ourselves how artists, as storytellers, can contribute to a collective history of the land that acknowledges past injustice and contributes to a more equitable and resilient future.