2021 Wide Open Studios application
We're so happy you are applying! Please be sure to read our FAQ first:
PART ONE- CONTACT INFORMATION
Last Name / Family Name
City and State or Province
Which Signal Fire programs are you applying for?
You can apply to multiple programs with the same application. *Application deadlines are noted here
May 11-22 / 23-26 Seedlings in the Cinders: Writing Workshop
June 20-July 10 Artist-as-Trickster: Klamath-Siskiyous Field Study
July 18- Aug 10 Interwoven: Summer Immersion
Aug 22-28 Gift Tide: East Coast Field and Community
Please indicate order of preference for all of the trips you have selected.
If you do not select a preference we will do this for you.
PART TWO- YOU AND YOUR WORK
This part goes to the jury.
Give a brief biographical statement and explain your current work (max 250 words).
Please explain how this program might support your creative endeavors (max 250 words).
PART THREE: REFERENCES
Please provide contact information for two individuals who have agreed to speak on your behalf. No letters are necessary. Please contact us if you are not sure how to select an appropriate reference. The jury does not see this information.
Reference One: Name, Position or Occupation, Phone, Email, and Relationship to you
Reference Two: Name, Position or Occupation, Phone, Email, and Relationship to you
PART FOUR: LOGISTICS
The jury does not see this information.
Please briefly describe your outdoor experience.
Our programs are intended to be accessible to any range of outdoor experience, from complete beginners to seasoned mountaineers. This question helps us gauge the population we are reaching.
Do you have any allergies or physical or mental health conditions that may impact your ability to participate?
This is confidential to Signal Fire staff. We like to be able to consult with you early to make sure we have the training and resources to accomodate your needs and keep you safe.
Would you like to be considered for the G. Douglas Byers Memorial Scholarship?
This is a partial scholarship (see the trip descriptions). It is offered to the person who receives the jury's top score for that trip (if you opt in).
No, I can pay my way.
Would you like to be considered for the This Land is Your Land Scholarship?
This is a full or partial scholarship (see the trip descriptions). Artists and activists that identify as Indigenous, people of color, are immigrants, or identify as disabled or differently-abled are invited to apply.
Yes, and I confirm that I meet the above eligibility requirements.
No, I can pay my way.
I am not eligible.
Do you have any questions or comments for us? Are there any concerns regarding your participation?
How did you hear about Signal Fire?
PART FIVE: DEMOGRAPHICS
We're trying to learn what communities are getting our Call to Artists and who is applying. In service of helping us serve a more diverse populace, please consider answering the following questions. The jury will not see this information.
What is your age?
13-17 (please note our field programs currently serve ages 18+, but virtual programming serves any age)
How do you describe your gender?
Prefer not to say
How do you describe your race or ethnicity?
American Indian or Alaska Native
Black, African, Pan-African
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander
Hispanic or Latinx
Prefer not to say
PART SIX: WORK SAMPLES
The explanation text under each category is important. Our jurors are off-site and so, if possible, we ask you to send us links to remote files (unless you're a writer) rather than attaching them to an email. If you are worried about copyright infringement, protect your images with a password on flickr or your chosen site, but make sure to share the password with us.
WORK SAMPLE REQUIREMENTS
In general, continuity is easiest for the jury to handle. We do, however, welcome you to submit samples in multiple media. Please use the TEN TOTAL measurement to keep thing easier on the jury:
-10 recent images
-10 cumulative minutes of video
-10 pages of writing
-10 minutes of audio files
-or, some combination thereof (i.e. 7 images and 3 pages of writing, or 5 minutes of video and 5 of audio, etc)
We reserve the right to edit down your portfolio to reduce the burden on our jury.
Please provide a link (or multiple links) to ten images of recent work. These can be on your website or using a free image hosting site (such as
). Please paste the link(s) below, along with the relevant information: title, date, dimensions, media, and any vital explanations, unless this information is already included with the image you've linked. If you have both still images and video to submit, please do not exceed 5 images and 5 minutes of video.
Please provide links your work samples (on your website,
, or something similar). The works are not to exceed 10 minutes in cumulative length. Please list titles, dates, and lengths below.
Email this (we prefer PDF files) to:
and make sure to put your full name and 'SIGNAL FIRE WRITING SUBMISSION' as the title of your email.
Sound files / other
Music: Please link samples of your work, up to 10 minutes total. Other: We are committed to making Signal Fire open to any creative discipline. Is there another way we need to see your work?
THE END. THANK YOU FOR YOUR APPLICATION! Watch your email for notifications within a month or so after each deadline for which you applied.
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