AIRIE presents The Furies of the Swamp by Christina Pettersson. A performance highlighting the dark history of the Florida plume hunters, in which dancers portraying swamp spirits descend from a glades skiff upon a hunting camp reenactment.
Artists have been an important part of the national park system for over a century. In fact, the writings, paintings, photographs and advocacy of artists have not only created a permanent record of, but in many instances, helped preserve national parks. From painter Albert Bierstadt to photographer Ansel Adams to composer Ferde Grofé to poet Carl Sandburg, many have made creative connections to important ecological settings and inspirational landscapes.
The Artists in Residence in Everglades (AIRIE) program offers artists, writers and composers the opportunity to live and work in this unique environment for a period of up to one month. Works completed under this program contribute to the public understanding and appreciation of Everglades National Park, characterizing the Everglades for present and future generations and giving park visitors and the general public an opportunity to see our national treasures through the eyes and ears of contributing artists.