The 2023 Rabbit Island Residency Open Call is now accepting applications. Please follow these steps:
The Rabbit Island Residency provides financial support, time, and pristine natural spaces to challenge creative practices in a wilderness environment. Artists live and work on the island for 2-4 weeks, engaging directly with the landscape, responding to notions of conservation, ecology, and sustainability via their research and cultural works. The residency reflects on the American continent’s four hundred year history of settlement and division of land and stems from the idea that in a developed society intelligent organization of wild spaces is one of the most civilized things we can pursue.
The island itself, an unsettled and undivided space, enables artists to present commentary on these ideas, creating interpretations and solutions to issues of global importance–climate change, loss of natural habitat, the value of pristine watersheds, the environmental implications of entrepreneurship, and so forth. Modern understanding of our natural reality, as well as our cause-and-effect relationship to it, dictates a need for principles worthy of our time. If artists do not create the work that defines this new space, who will? Art is perhaps the purest form of creation and serves fittingly as a symbol for all human constructions.
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Photograph: Island installation by 2021–2022 Residents, Aly Ogasian and Claudia O'Steen, courtesy of the artists.
The 2022 program featured ongoing research and projects with 2021 Residents and Collaborators. The program was made possible with support from our donors and a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.
The 2021 program was made possible with support from our donors and a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.
2019 Residences – General Residency Program and Choreographer and Composer Residency Program
The 2019 programs were made possible with support from our donors and the Michigan Council for the Arts and Cultural Affairs operational support grant with support from the National Endowment for the Arts. Our Choreographer and Composer Residency Program is supported and presented in part by the Rozsa Center for the Performing Arts at Michigan Technological University.
The 2018 program was made possible with support from our donors and the National Endowment for the Arts, Artist Communities Grant.