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Wide Open Studios 2018 Programs
Due Mar 31 2018

Signal Fire announces an open call for the sixth year of Wide Open Studios, our arts and ecology field institute. This summer we offer a one-week workshop with experimental filmmaking in the Oregon Cascades, as well as the accredited month-long Summer Immersion, returning to the Klamath Mountains. The fall features a second month-long immersion trip, centered on the ecological and social histories of the Four Corners region.

Signal Fire’s 2018 theme ELEMENTAL looks to the earth beneath our feet: the materials we need, the minerals we’ve killed for, and the matter we still have so much to learn from. Our programs span the West, examining how mining has impacted the culture and ecology of diverse communities, as well as looking at these landscapes through the broad and patient lens of geological time. At each site we visit, we will consider present-day threats from extraction and exploitation, and meet people who have dedicated themselves to standing in defense of the Earth.

(July 1-28) Water and Gold: Summer Immersion Trip, Klamath-Siskiyou Mountains

(September 9-15) Silver: Backcountry Film Workshop, Oregon Cascades

(September 30-October 27) Red Rock/ Yellow Dirt: Fall Immersion, Four Corners

Our free application is open via our website www.signalfirearts.org February 1- March 31, with a limited amount of early applicants accepted for each month-long immersion trip by February 28. Direct questions to ryan [​at​] signalfirearts.org.


Signal Fire contributes to the cultural value of the natural world by providing opportunities for artists and creative agitators to engage with our remaining wildlands. Our projects foster resilience, creative energy, and interdisciplinary collaboration. We utilize public lands to advocate for equitable access to and protection of wild and open places.