6 fellows. 7 weeks. 57.05306 N, -135.33 W.            

The Sitka Fellows Program brings together some of the most exciting, promising talent across all fields and disciplines to spend a summer residency at the Sheldon Jackson Campus in Sitka, Alaska. We look for visionaries of all stripes: frame-busting, independent thinkers who wish to immerse themselves in their work alongside smart, enthusiastic young people from radically different backgrounds.

Entering its third year as a program this summer, the Sitka Fellows Program incubates the talents of the intellectually, artistically, and socially entrepreneurial. It was borne of the belief that highly promising young talent has few opportunities to remove themselves from the commotions of daily life and focus, fully and intentionally, on innovative and ambitious ideas.

Assembling diverse, perceptive minds in one place cultivates a creative energy not easily achieved in a more insular, disciplinary environment. (To wit, the 2012 session saw a computer game designer residing across the hall from an alternative comic book artist, who both made and shared their meals with an engineer-turned-sculptor – all of them living together as peers and collaborators.) Similar to programs like TED and the Santa Fe Institute, we believe that great ideas will shape our future, and that building a community to foster such cross-disciplinary dialogue and action is one of the best ways to transform theoretical ideas into significant forces of change and impact.

Backed by a commitment from the Sitka Fine Arts Camp and the Sheldon Jackson Campus, the Sitka Fellows Program will award six residency fellowships to the most promising emerging talent under the age of 30. Fellows will live for seven weeks on Sitka’s 133-year-old Sheldon Jackson Campus, a National Historic Landmark, and will be provided with studio and research space, meals, and a community environment in which they can interact with each other as well as with local Sitkans. In sum, residents will be free to dedicate themselves fully to their work.

If you would like more information, please read our information packetlearn more about our past fellows, or apply!

Applications will open for the 2016 Sitka Fellows Program in January 2016.

You can gain access to the Sitka Fellows Program application form by paying the Sitka Fellows Program application fee. IMPORTANT: You must register for an account on this site before paying. Registration takes seconds, and clicking "add to cart" will take you to a user registration screen. Once you pay, whenever you are logged in to our site you will see a link on the right hand side of the screen inviting you to edit your application. You can revisit the application at any time; it will no longer be available to you at the end of the day on March 29th. 

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Sunday, July 19, 2015 - 2:00pm
Backyard of 304 Baranof St

Join us for an ice cream social event welcoming the 2015 Sitka Fellows to town. This year's group includes a graphic novelist, an artist, a composer, a fiction writer, an oral historian, and a political thinker. The fellows will give casual presentations of the projects that they'll be working on here in Sitka, and we'll all eat ice cream together in the new Island Institute backyard at 304 Baranof Street. The event runs from 2pm to 3:30pm on Sunday, July 19th.

Thursday, July 23, 2015 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm

In an age when communication is global, topical, and nearly anonymous, what place does a small, intimate, antiquated form of writing like the letter hold? In this workshop held by Sitka Fellow DJ Thielke, we'll look at some of the classic correspondences, consider the uses of the form itself, and, most importantly, use the time to honor and write for the people in your life.

The workshop will take place at 7 PM on Thursday, July 23 in Fraser Hall on the SJ Campus. No experience is required!

Thursday, July 30, 2015 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm

Come identify the key structural elements of music through interactive group listening. Led by Sitka Fellow Nate Barnett, we'll see how common musical features are shared by diverse genres and styles. Then we'll work together to create a well-known song one layer at a time. No experience required, but come ready to sing!

The workshop will take place at 7pm on Thursday, July 30 in Fraser Hall on the SJ Campus. 

Thursday, August 13, 2015 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm

Alaska has a long history of quirky campaign commercials. In this workshop hosted by John-Henry Heckendorn we'll explore a blooper reel of some of Alaska's corniest, schmalziest, and most ridiculous radio and TV ads from the past few election cycles. We'll use this humorous montage as the jumping off point for an interactive discussion of how we as citizens - and the targets of political advertising - relate to the barrage of messaging that comes around every election year. 

This discussion will take place at 7pm on Thursday, August 13 in Fraser Hall on the SJ Campus.

Saturday, August 22, 2015 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Odess Theater in Allen Hall on SJ Campus, Sitka

Join us to see and to learn about the work that has been created during this summer's multidisciplinary group residency by: illustrator Ramona Ring, oral historian Sarah Gibson, musician Nate Barnett, political thinker John-Henry Heckendorn, writer D.J. Thielke, visual artist & filmmaker Ellie Schmidt, and theoretical physicist Solomon Endlich. 

Nate will have visual displays of his sheet music, and will give a live performance of some musical excerpts. 

D.J. will be reading excerpts from her fiction works. 

Ellie will offer a look into the process of experimental filmmaking, and will have projections, music, and poetry to show. 

Ramona will printed pages of her graphic novel along with the portraits she has drawn in Sitka.

Sarah will play some short radio pieces and will have excerpts from interviews from her oral histories of North Carolinians and Alaskans. 

Saturday, August 29, 2015 - 1:00pm to 2:30pm
St Peter's By-The-Sea Episcopal Church

Sitka Fellows Ellie Schmidt and Nate Barnett will present their summer projects, Ellie's experimental film based on footage above and below the waters of Sitka, and Nate's chamber choral cantata, The Good Day, at 1pm at St. Peter's By the Sea Episcopal Church. The performance is free and open to the public.

Since the program began in 2012, we have welcomed 6-8 people under the age of 30 each year to spend seven weeks in Sitka. Click through to learn more about our Sitka Fellows Program alumni.