Forest Park Forever Launches Artist-in-Residence Program

By Cara Wegener
In Culture

Calling all artists! There’s a new gig in town and it’s in one of St. Louis’ most recognized areas—Forest Park! Forest Park Forever is excited to announce The Forest Park Forever Artist-in-Residence Program as part of the yearlong celebration of its 30th Anniversary. So what exactly does this new initiative mean?

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It means that up to three residential artists—from poets and choreographers to painters and photographers—will be given a $3,000 stipend from Forest Park Forever to produce their work or series of work alongside the park’s talented horticulturists, gardeners and other professionals from Forest Park Forever and the City’s Department of Parks, Recreation and Forestry. At the end of three weeks, working on-site for ten hours a week, a budget will be distributed to create a public event celebrating the artist’s residency.

Forest Park Forever is a nonprofit conservancy founded in 1986.  Working with the City’s Department of Parks, Recreation and Forestry to restore, maintain and sustain Forest Park, Forest Park Forever raised $100 million between 1995 and 2003. Many Forest Park landmarks have been dramatically restored including the Emerson Grand Basin, the Boathouse and the Jewel Box. Forest Park Forever is supported by private donations from throughout the community, including its 7,000 members, 1,100 volunteers and many leading community and corporate partners.

The goals of their newest collaboration with the artist community are simple:

  • To celebrate Forest Park Forever’s 30th anniversary by bringing attention to the Park’s natural beauty, cultural and historical significance and the work of Forest Park Forever and its partnership with the City of St. Louis

  • To embrace the park’s existing role as one of the country,’s most inspiring open-air studios

  • To provide the public with a window on the process of talented regional artists and the creative possibilities of Forest Park.

Forest Park Forever is now accepting proposals from artists who are interested in being part of this new venture. Residencies will occur between May and September 2016.

To be selected as a residency artist, your proposal will be reviewed and considered by some of the area’s most respected arts and community professionals including David Allen (director of Arts in Transit, Bi-State Development), Jessica Baran (director, fort gondo compound for the arts; poet and critic), Nichole Bridges, (associate curator in charge, Arts of Africa, Oceania, and the Americas & associate curator for African Art, Saint Louis Art Museum), Demond Meek (photographer), and De Nichols (community engagement manager, Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis).

For more information on the application process and the panel of volunteer judges visit forestparkforever.org/artists. Connect with Forest Park Forever on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram!

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