Signal Fire activates Tinderbox Artist in Residence at Rogue Climate Summer 2020


In the third iteration of the Tinderbox residency, Signal Fire will embed an artist for three months at Rogue Action Center in Medford, Oregon. There, the artist will produce a body of work in response to Rogue Climate’s mission and/or current campaigns. The selected artist will work alongside Rogue Climate’s team, using a signature Signal Fire 12×12 white canvas tent as their on-site studio.  

This residency is intended to foster creative exchange between Rogue Climate and a Southern Oregon based artist. Eligible applicants must be able to consistently work from the Rogue Climate Medford office. Signal Fire and Rogue Climate will give the artist a stipend totaling $3,000, logistical support, and lend gear as needed.

The residency will take place in April, May, and June of 2020. The work resulting from Tinderbox will be considered for 2021 exhibitions, Leaf Litter publications, or special events as may apply. 

Applications due by February 29th at



In Summer 2015, Signal Fire premiered the Tinderbox Residency, which embeds an artist with a grassroots environmental defense group to produce a body of work in response to the group’s mission or current campaigns. The selected artist is given an introduction to the environmental organization’s mission with access to current campaigns and the physical office space. They work closely with the staff and volunteers in the office and the field to develop a body of work specific to the experience.

Signal Fire provides the artist with a modest stipend, logistical support, and gear or other supplies as needed. The work resulting from Tinderbox will be considered for exhibition and inclusion in future issues of Leaf Litter. This residency program reflects Signal Fire’s dedication to build bridges between environmental advocacy, activism, and art by creating a platform for dialogue with the greater public and Signal Fire supporters. Learn more at


Rogue Climate’s mission is to empower Southern Oregon communities most impacted by climate change, including low-income, rural, youth, and communities of color, to win climate justice by organizing for clean energy, sustainable jobs, and a healthy environment. We do so through leadership development, political education, fostering conversations, and campaigns for policies that benefit our communities over the special interests of the largest corporations.

Rogue Climate is located at the Rogue Action Center, a community space that is  shared with our partners in the movement for social, racial, and climate justice in Jackson County. Learn more at


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