PICA-WA’s mission amplifies Cultural Belonging as one of three mission points aimed at providing touch points for supporting community driven efforts to cultivate Pasifika arts programming that help keep our Pacific Islander diaspora communities (most especially here in northwest Coast Salish territories) grounded and rooted in their identities.

PICA-WA recognizes the general scarcity of arts development opportunities for Native Hawaiian & Pacific Islander communities locally in addition to a lack of readily available artist mentors to help foster a more vibrant contemporary local Pasifika art scene.

To this end, PICA-WA presents the INS[PI]RED Pasifika Artist Residency. This residency is part of a comprehensive plan to engage Pacific Islander artists and our communities not only in the Puget Sound but in southwest, eastern, and other Washington regions that Pasifika communities have called home.


As a valued community partner and co-steward of the INS[PI]RED Pasifika Artist Residency Program, The Burke Museum of Natural History & Culture has committed to making work/research-space available for the resident artist(s) in addition to providing access to the Burke Museum’s Pacific Islander Collection currently in its care.


One of the important aspects of this partnership is the establishment of uplifting practices that recognizes diasporic indigenous communities’ role as creators, caretakers of culture, stewards of relationships, and carriers of knowledge. Providing access to Pasifika Artists in the Burke Museum allows them the opportunity to engage directly with artifacts made by their ancestors and encourage them to continue ongoing traditions of cultural innovations which is crucial in the diaspora.


The next cohort of the INS[PI]RED Residency will feature a total of 8 emerging northwest Pasifika artists from a variety of artistic practices for the month of April, 2022. This will include:

  • Month-long artist residency including at least 1 day a week in-studio with access to Pacific Islander collection at The Burke (contingent on coordination of Burke Museum artist studio availability and collections staffing confirmation)
  • Residency Artist(s) will be awarded a $1,000.00 stipend (contingent on submission of a signed and completed W9 form)
  • Residency Artists will meet one-on-one with a mid-career Pasifika artist (virtually) at least once to discuss your artistic practice, talk through some project ideas, or ask any career relevant questions as they come up!
  • At the conclusion of the residency term, artists will curate 2-3 personal works of their choosing to be featured as part of a community pop-up exhibit hosted by PICA-WA in the month of June, 2022.
  • Residency artists will be available to make a guest lecture appearance for a UW class during the spring quarter of 2022. More details on this will be discussed as the quarter draws closer.
  • Concluded Residency artists will be part of a growing community of Pasifika artists cultivating a thriving and lively Pasifika Arts scene in the State of Washington and the greater northwest.
  • Confirmed Residency artists must complete a COVID-19 Vaccination affidavit and provide proof of vaccination in order to utilize the Burke Museum studio.
  • Eligibility: Pacific Northwest Pasifika artists strongly encouraged to apply.