Mary Kiesau Community Fellowship Fund

Natural history education, especially place-based education that gives people a direct connection with and knowledge of the places in which they live, is more important now than ever before. – Mary Kiesau

Mary Kiesau was a remarkable naturalist, educator, and photographer. Many people have been touched by her passion for the flora and fauna of the Methow, and many homes are graced with her photographs. The Mary Kiesau Community Fellowship Fund was created in her honor. Through this fund, the spirit of Mary will live on in the form of creative and educational projects dreamed up by fellowship recipients. The fund supports the independent projects of artists, photographers, naturalists, and naturalist educators working to further their own creativity, professional development, and the community’s connection to the land, art, and each other.

TwispWorks is pleased to announce that the application process for the 2024 Mary Kiesau Community Fellowship Fund is now open.

This fund supports the independent projects of artists, photographers, naturalists, and naturalist educators working to further their own creativity, professional development, and the community’s connection to the land, art, and each other. The application period is open from January 19th, 2024 to March 8th, 2024.

Through generous donations to the fund from Mary’s community of friends, family, and loved ones, we will offer 2 awards in the amount of $1,000 each in 2024. Artists, photographers, naturalists, and naturalist educators are invited to apply for the Fellowship. These funds are designed to support your “field” work and ultimately the creation of artistic works related to a specific project and knowledge that can be shared with your community.

Mary Kiesau was a woman of extraordinary energy and drive. This fellowship will fund projects that honor Mary’s legacy and align with her values and artistic passions:

  • Living in harmony and balance with the earth and its finite resources.
  • Being observant, intereested in, and connected with the natural world in order to gain a deep appreciation for the place one calls home.
  • Helping to create a strong resilient, and enlightened community that is composed of the Methow flora, fauna, and people.

Eligibility and application

The application process for the 2024 Mary Kiesau Community Fellowship Fund is open January 19th – March 8th 2024. Details on 2024 awards and how to apply will be posted on this page.

Application Deadline: Midnight, March 8th, 2024

Panel Review: Mid March 2024

Award Announcement: March 27th, 2024

ELIGIBILITY

  • Applicants must be 18 years or older, and not a student for the duration of the application period and project.
  • Applicants should demonstrate a connection to the Methow Valley as a resident (full-time or part-time), visiting artist, or researcher doing field work in the Methow Valley or vicinity.
  • Applicants must be generative, individual artists, photographers, and/or naturalists (Curators, organizers, producers, and research groups are not eligible).
  • Applicants must be a US resident.

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS: Submit via email a PDF document with the following:

  1. In 250 words or less, tell us about who you are as an artist, photographer, and/or naturalist. You may also mention key things we should know about you.
  2. In 500 words or less, describe what you plan to do for your fellowship project, how the outcomes will be achieved, and how this project will further your goals as an artist, photographer and/or naturalist. Be sure to mention how your project proposal relates to work samples provided.
  3. Optional : If you do not live in the Methow Valley, but would like to spend a dedicated period of time here to advance your project, please describe what a ‘residency’ would look like (include preferred time of visit and what you would need to support the residency). We may be able to provide housing for you.  (250 words or less):
  4. Work samples (see below)

Work Sample Description

Option 1: Provide your website and social media

Option 2: If you do not have a website or social media platform, please provide 10 examples of your work, submitted as a single PDF.

  • ‘Your work’ can be shown as images and/or writing samples
  • Captions on images are encouraged
  • If your work cannot be adequately explained in pdf format (such as video or sound samples), please contact Tori Karpenko for acceptable alternatives tkarpenko@twispworks.org

Submit your final application documents in PDF form to tkarpenko@twispworks.org
Please review the submission requirements carefully and be sure to submit correctly. Questions? Email Tori Karpenko at tkarpenko@twispworks.org. We’re here to help!

Download the application document here.

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