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Rising Waters at Rauschenberg

Situated on Captiva Island, one of Florida’s low islands in the Gulf of Mexico, the Rauschenberg Residency is uniquely positioned to explore the effects of rising sea levels. The Third National Climate Assessment shows that much of south Florida will experience dramatic damaging effects of climate change and rising sea levels within just a few decades.

Next Spring the Rauschenberg Residency on Captiva Island (Florida) is hosting a different sort of residency - one that is not centered in airy studios or fabled lawns of the residency grounds, but rather far offshore in the rising waters of the Gulf of Mexico. In a new program set to launch in 2015, the Residency will bring together nine artists to work with scientists, ecologists and other experts on the island to explore what climate change and quickly rising waters will mean for our land, culture, and the Florida coast.

"By inviting artists and others who work within a common frame, this program suggests a different kind of residency for Captiva. It is an experiment," wrote Ann Brady, Director of the center. "It’s focus on applying creativity to the issue of climate change is inspired and challenged by Robert Rauschenberg’s legacy and his philosophy that art can change the world."

Situated on Captiva Island, one of Florida’s low islands in the Gulf, the Rauschenberg Residency is uniquely positioned to explore the effects of rising sea levels. The Third National Climate Assessment (released May 6, 2014) shows that much of south Florida will experience dramatic damaging effects of climate change and rising sea levels within just a few decades - a fate the region shares with many other coastal areas around of the world.

The program, currently called "Rising Waters Confab," aims to spark new ways of thinking about the climate change and influence civic will toward finding and spreading solutions to the rising waters. The collective effort will be guided by a diverse array of artists and writers, working in collaboration with a island dwellers, scientists, philanthropists advocates and activists. The residency is being developed by sculptor Buster Simpson, in conjunction with writer Anne Focke and artist Laura Sindell.

The Rauschenberg Residency program follows in the footsteps of a diverse group of residencies taking on environmental challenges, including many focused on climate change specifically. The work of these projects is being amplified through organizations like Cape Farewell, which supports artists and organizations around the world in investigating and "communicating, on a human scale, the urgency of the global climate challenge."

Rauschenberg Residency

The Rauschenberg Residency, an interdisciplinary artists' residency program based on Robert Rauschenberg's belief that "Art Can Change the World," nurtures and facilitates experimentation, collaboration and innovation. From Rauschenberg's experience at Black Mountain College and his belief in taking art across international borders to affect positive social change, the Rauschenberg Residency focuses on bringing together artists and scholars of exceptional talent and promise to make art, experiment, exchange ideas and advance mutual understanding. Sited on the grounds of Rauschenberg's former home and studio in Captiva, Florida, the Residency maintains a commitment to the preservation of the land and its history and to the stewardship of the natural environment. More at: www.artistcommunities.org/residencies/rauschenberg-residency