Apply for Rising: Climate in Crisis Residencies

Proposals due April 10th, 2023

Rising: Climate in Crisis Residencies at A Studio in the Woods invites artists to be agents of change in guiding our collective understanding, response, and vision as we shape our shared future. 

Artists play a vital role in facing the climate crisis. We encourage artists to guide our collective response to this challenging issue while bringing wisdom, integrity, optimism, and even humor to intentional projects seeking transformation for our species and our planet. Southeast Louisiana’s land and inhabitants are continually challenged by the effects of environmental degradation. As sea levels and temperatures rise, our landscape acts as a microcosm of the global environment. We look for ways to reimagine our interactions with our shifting urban and natural ecosystems. Rising Residencies provide artists with time, space, funding, and staff support to foster critical thinking in the creation of new works – igniting our imaginations while illuminating our challenges and inspiring solutions.

We are open to artists of all disciplines who have demonstrated an established dialogue with environmental and cultural issues. We ask artists to describe in detail how our unique region will affect their work, propose a public component to their residency, and suggest ways how they will engage with the local community.

Direct questions to Cammie Hill-Prewitt at

The 2023 Info Session is available here.




Proposals are due April 10, 2023 and residencies will be awarded by June 15, 2023

Residencies are 6 weeks and will take place between September 2023 and May 2024. Flexibility in your dates is appreciated as we try to accommodate everyone’s schedules. You may come over six consecutive weeks or come twice for three-week sessions.

Local, national, and international visual, musician/composing, performance, literary, new media, and interdisciplinary artists are eligible to apply. Both established and emerging artists may apply, but a dedicated practice and demonstrated commitment to public engagement are expected. Artists of color are encouraged to apply and we are particularly interested in receiving applications from Indigenous artists. Students enrolled in degree-seeking programs are not eligible. Collaborative teams of up to two artists can be in residence, please see our FAQ for more information on how to apply as a collaborative team.

SELECTION PROCESS A multidisciplinary jury comprised of artists, arts professionals and environmental activists will review applications in two rounds. The first round will happen asynchronously and jurors will review and rank all applications. Top contenders will be moved to a second round that happens live. We offer to share anonymized jury feedback to all applicants. The jury will judge proposals on the following criteria:

  • The creativity and integrity of the proposal
  • Demonstrated ability to collaborate with colleagues and wider audiences
  • Projects that are deeply respectful of the communities and individuals with whom they interact
  • The proposal’s public component and its depth of engagement with the community

Recipients will be provided $3000 as a stipend and $2000 towards materials. We support each residency with an evaluator/ally, liberatory land orientation, two photography sessions, and an interview with a videographer. We additionally fund optional field trips such as boat rides and eco/history tours. Depending on the needs of the project, we may be able to assist artists in accessing Tulane University faculty consultants or research collections. We provide full room and board including food, utilities for living, and studio space to selected residents. Residents are expected to cover personal living expenses, additional materials and supplies, and any other expenses relating to the cost of producing work incurred while in the program. Travel and shipping expenses to and from A Studio in the Woods for the residency are also the responsibility of the artist.


Please review the following guidelines closely and direct any questions to Cammie Hill-Prewitt at

1. Complete the application form below.

2. Submit the following on Dropbox:

  • Proposal of work – no more than 3 pages in length. Topics to consider include:
    • Start the proposal with a 1-2 sentence synopsis of the proposed project.
    • What you envision as your ultimate creation/contribution and how you might introduce & present it.
    • How your project addresses the theme of Rising: Climate in Crisis.
    • Individuals, groups and/or resources in New Orleans and beyond whom you would like to engage.
    • How you and your work will interact with the local community.
    • How will you define “success” for this project and how will you measure it? What are your short-term and long-term goals? We recognize that 6 weeks may be only the beginning of a long-term project.
    • All residents have the opportunity to work with an evaluator/ally. How do you think this could benefit your process?
    • Provide a general timeline for the project.
    • What materials and/or equipment you require to be successful.
    • Give an example of a past project(s) that demonstrates your ability to execute this one. If engaging directly with communities, give examples of how you built trust and/or created reciprocity.
    • If applying as a collaborative team, please comment on your history working together and how this collaboration is integral to the project you are proposing.
    • Please note that A Studio in the Woods does not have capacity to maintain artists’ projects post residency
  • Resume – A current resume that includes important or significant publications, awards, or reviews.
  • Work Samples – 10 images, 10 pages or 10 minutes of audio/video, see further details below.
  • Image list/description (optional)

Proposal, resume and work samples should be submitted via Dropbox. Please submit all materials as individual documents in a Dropbox folder. (Note: some people have had trouble accessing the free Dropbox level, it is called basic and can be found here: ) “Share” your folder with and include link to Dropbox folder in the online application form. Click here for instructions on how to share your folder. Title all files and folders with your name (last name first), the item, and no extraneous spaces or punctuation. For example: LastnameFirstnameApp.doc, LastnameFirstnameResume.doc, LastnameFirstnameWorksample1.jpg. Please format all as PDF, JPG, DOC, or PPT files. Due to their large size, please send audio/video samples as links if possible or contact for other submission options.

WORK SAMPLES – 10 images, 10 pages or 10 minutes of audio/video – if submitting a combination, please submit no more than 10 units (unit = 1 image/page/minute) of content. Image List/Sample Description optional.

  • Visual Artists:
    • 10 images representative of your most recent work
    • Image list with title, date, size, media and brief description
  • Musicians / Composers:
    • 2 sample recordings of your work not to exceed 5 minutes each (excerpts accepted, please identify the selection to be considered)
    • Scores that accompany the recordings
  • Performing Artists:
    • 2 video clips of your performances not to exceed 5 minutes each (excerpts accepted, please identify the selection to be considered)
    • Script or short description describing your selections
  • Literary Artists:
    • 10 page writing sample (excerpts accepted, please identify the selection to be considered)
  • New Media and Interdisciplinary Artists:
    • Please review other categories to determine what materials to submit

If submitting a combination, please submit no more than 10 units (unit = 1 image/page/minute) of content.



A Studio in the Woods does not discriminate on the basis of age, sex, race, religion, sexual orientation, disability or national origin.

Header image by Deborah Ross