ARTSail originated in 2015 thanks to a Knight Arts Challenge grant to the ArtCenter/South Florida. A nomadic residency, ARTSail facilitates interdisciplinary practice to cultural producers in the creation of innovative content addressing the climate change crisis specific to South Florida. Juried residents advance projects on sea level rise, coral bleaching/restoration, and increasing salinity in the Everglades in the creation of new work. Three cultural producers completed month-long residencies between 2016 and 2018, and ARTSail became a standalone entity in July 2018. New proposals with emphasis on activism and communication are in development under the leadership of the Founder and Executive Director, Ombretta Agrò Andruff.
ARTSail’s core program is the floating residency which selects the highest caliber project proposals through a juried process. It is the only program in South Florida premised on access to ocean-going vessels and scientific practitioners for creative and climate change inquiry. This interdisciplinary engagement facilitates advocacy for public policy by leveraging the masterful capacity of artists to communicate.