The White mountain national forest Artist in Residence program
The WMNF and the Arts Alliance of Northern New Hampshire have collaborated on the Artist in Residence program since 2011, along with Friends of Mead base. The program was created as part of the Weeks Act Centennial celebration, marking the 100th anniversary of the passage of the Weeks Act – an important milestone in American conservation history.
The AIR program offers professional and emerging artists in all disciplines – visual and performing artists, craftspeople, writers, composers, eco, media, and social practice artists – an opportunity to pursue their particular art form while being inspired by the Forest and sharing their work and their artistic process with members of the public.
The AIR program has now become a part of the Forest fabric, providing artists a unique opportunity to interact with and learn from both Forest Service professionals and community members and visitors to the Forest. The residency program seeks to use the arts and creative expression to explore the many ways in which people relate to forests in general and to the WMNF in particular, capturing the beauty and spirit of the WMNF through the creation of high-quality art, providing learning opportunities for WMNF visitors, using the arts; helping citizens explore the connections between public lands, our use of natural resources and our emotional ties to beauty, nature and self-expression, thus serving as a link between the utilitarian and aesthetic values of the forest; and celebrating the power of the arts — and artists — to explore and interpret the forest environment and forest-related issues.