a letter from resident artist Kimi Eisele

  • Posted on: 24 September 2015
  • By: Kimi Eisele

This blog post is a letter of introduction courtesy of Kimi Eisele, current artist in residence at the Island Institute through the support of the Rasmuson Artist Residency Program. She will be here in Sitka until mid-November. 
Dear Sitka,
 I’m enchanted and alive with your offerings. I am originally from Pennsylvania but have lived for the past 18 years in the Sonoran Desert, the most biodiverse desert in the world, but a very dry place (Tucson gets on average 11 inches of rain a year). I am standing on my head in Sitka, a completely different ecosystem, and I dig the view from here.


Upcoming, Current, and Recent Residents

In Sitka September, 2015 to November, 2015

Kimi Eisele is a dancer/choreographer, director, writer, and visual artist living in Tucson, Arizona. Her work is grounded in explorations of place and environment, creating opportunities for community collaboration, civic participation, and deeper discovery of our connection to nature. 

In Sitka May, 2015

During her month-long residency at the Island Institute, singer-songwriter Leah Abramson plans to work on a collaborative songwriting project that explores the lives of Pacific Northwest resident orcas.

In Sitka April, 2015
Our April 2015 Collaborative Residency featured Alice Crow and Ruby Murray, who met as members of the inaugural classes of the Institute of American Indi(genous)an Arts low-residency MFA program in creative writing. In between visits with writers at the Pioneer Home and Mt. Edgecumbe, along with research trips to the Sheldon Jackson Museum and Kettleson Memorial Library, Ali and Ruby worked on their respective writing projects.