Residency Dates: February 16th – February 26th, 2019
Call for Submissions Deadline: January 14th, 2019
Cost: $715 USD.
Students & Latin-American citizens $585 USD
Fees include meals, & Shuttle from Airport/Anima – Anima/Airport
Curated by Susan Shantz and Graham Strickert

Being Water is a self-directed artists’ residency at ANIMA that will consider water issues in the Mazatepec region near Casa Rurale. Artists will meet with scientists and community groups to learn about the physical, social and political aspects of water in this region. Field trips, films, discussions, individual and collaborative studio projects and critiques will highlight the connections between art, science and ecology. Artists will be invited to respond in any media, reflecting on how we are individually and collectively connected to water and the streams, rivers and oceans that contain it on our planet. Depending on participant’s interest, a final group publication and/or exhibition may be possible in Mexico and Canada.

Susan Shantz is an artist and art instructor based in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada. She will facilitate and curate the residency and exhibitions with assistance from Saskatoon-based, water-science scholar, Graham Strickert (a founding member of the Global Institute for Water Security).


Shantz led the collaborative, community-engaged, public art project, We are the River in Saskatoon in 2017


She is currently completing a multi-media art installation about water in her region of Canada.

Shantz and Strickert previously facilitated a water-based, studio art project focused on the Saskatchewan River and co-produced the award-winning film, Becoming Water (with 291FilmCo):