Founded in 1970, the Sitka Center for Art and Ecology fosters
creativity, intellectual inquiry, and education. By helping others
discover more about their core creative selves and their
connections to nature, the Sitka Center works to fulfill its
mission of expanding the relationships between art, nature and
The Sitka Center offers workshops, residencies and community
events, while maintaining a facility appropriate to its needs in
harmony with its inspirational coastal environment near Cascade
Head and the Salmon River estuary.
Literally a center at the edge, where land meets sky, saltwater
meets freshwater, the Sitka Center is a place where a diverse group
of people and ideas converge, co-mingle and depart transformed.
Sitka Center's Workshop Program (May through October)
provides people of all levels the transformative and joyful
experience of making art and exploring their connections to nature.
We offer over 100 one- to five-day intensives on drawing, painting,
music, nature, woodworking, encaustics, food, sculpture, fiber
arts, kayaking, jewelry, metal work, photography, printmaking, and
writing. Professional artists and scientists guide the instruction
in one of the Center's five studios or outdoors in the natural
environment of Cascade Head and Salmon River estuary. The annual
Workshop Catalog is available in print and online by February each
for earlier updates on Sitka's website.
Our Residency Program (October
through May) provides artists, writers, and natural scientists the
opportunity to conduct their work while deeply engaging with the
environment of Cascade Head. Up to seven residents at a time (up to
28 per year), from different disciplines and stages in their
careers, live and work on campus for up to three and a half months,
free of charge. All residents perform community outreach during
their stay, offering free exhibits and lectures on campus,
presentations to area schools or community groups, and/or
conducting scholarly research for local educational institutions.
This is often a life-changing experience for the