9 artist residencies are in the process of being established in indigenous communities in the U.S., Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador, Chile, Venezuela, and Argentina. New residencies are springing up in Nicaragua, Cuba, Uruguay, Bolivia, Guyana, and Haiti. Why? What local, regional, national, and international needs do these artist communities serve? How do they fit into a new global wave of cultural/creative/sustainable/eco-tourism? This proposal aims to get artists, arts promoters, government tourism agencies, arts funders, Latin Americans, and others talking about the “how” and the “why” of this scarcely-examined emerging phenomenon.