September 1, 2014

NPS Accepting Applications for Artist-In-Residence Program

 

PHOTO COURTESY NATIONAL PARK SERVICE /JENNIFER CARNEY

NPS Accepting Applications for Artist-In-Residence Program

The National Park Service has a long artist-in-residence tradition, including this painting by a past artist-in-residence at the Grand Canyon. Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area is currently accepting applications for their program through March 19.

THOUSAND OAKS, CA—Artists from all disciplines are invited to apply for an artist-in-residence program that seeks to connect young people to the Santa Monica Mountains.

"We're looking for established or emerging artists who consider themselves 'teaching artists,' meaning they are a practicing artist who also engages the community in learning about the arts," said Tori Kuykendall, a park ranger with Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area (SMMNRA). "We're interested in artists who are passionate about using nature to inspire young people, particularly young people who may not have a great deal of experience in the outdoors."

SMMNRA, in partnership with the Santa Monica Mountains Fund, will select three artists and will provide a $2,750 stipend for a three-month term. Artists are required to host an exhibition or performance of either their work or the work created by youth involved in the project. The National Park Service (NPS) has a long artist-in-residence tradition dating back to the late 19th century. The program has inspired a range of artwork, including poetry, photography, videography, musical performance and paintings. Artists are encouraged to attend information sessions on February 22 or February 26 from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Santa Monica Mountains Interagency Visitor Center in Calabasas.

Applications and additional information can be found at nps.gov/samo/parknews/air2014.htm. The deadline is March 19. Contact Tori Kuykendall at (805) 370-2325 for more information.

­­Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area (SMMNRA) is the largest urban national park in the country, encompassing more than 150,000 acres of mountains and coastline in Ventura and Los Angeles counties. A unit of the National Park Service, it comprises a seamless network of local, state and federal parks interwoven with private lands and communities. As one of only five Mediterranean ecosystems in the world, SMMNRA preserves the rich biological diversity of more than 450 animal species and 26 distinct plant communities. For more information, visit www.nps.gov/samo.

The Santa Monica Mountains Fund is a locally-based nonprofit committed to supporting the National Park Service and the California State Parks in their missions to provide for resource protection and public enjoyment of Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area. Established in 1988, the Fund is a nonprofit affiliate of the National Park Foundation, headquartered in Washington, D.C., and chartered by Congress in 1963 to promote charitable support of America's national parks. www.samofund.org.