About the Program

LENGTH OF RESIDENCY The Joshua Tree National Park Artist-in-Residence Program offers visual, performing and literary artists a residency lasting 4 weeks during the months of October and April each year. Artists are housed in a dorm-style room in the Black Rock housing area, free of charge. A small travel reimbursement may be available. Although the artist will be signed up as a VIP (Volunteer in Parks), they are responsible for their own expenses such as meals, personal art supplies, transportation, etc.

ACCOMMODATIONS AND WORKING CONDITIONS Artists will be housed in a 1-room, dormitory-style apartment with access to free laundry with a commercial-style kitchen with adequate food storage, however, there is no internet access in the dorm and cell phone coverage is spotty. WiFi is available at the Black Rock Nature Center, a short walk from the dorm. The Black Rock Dormitory is located in the Black Rock Campground close to local shopping and other activities. It is one of the highest locations in the park, with access to many beautiful trails of varying abilities. Although conditions at this location are relatively temperate, artists must be prepared for more extreme conditions, including high winds, low relative humidity and temperatures that can range from 100 degrees Fahrenheit during the day to as low as 30 degrees at night. Visiting artists are subject to the same National Park Service regulations as all visitors – permanent or temporary alterations or manipulations of the landscape are strictly prohibited. Artists will be provided with a volunteer pass to allow free access to the park during the residency but will need their own transportation in and out of the park. Only one occupant is allowed at any time in housing. Park policy prohibits bringing pets into housing. Although there is no studio space available, the dorm rooms do provide adequate work space for artists of most media.

DONATION TO JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK COLLECTION Artists selected for the residency will work with the park on an appropriate type of donation. The donation will be an original piece of artwork or appropriate professional documentation of their piece from their residency. Donated artwork must be received no later than one year after an artist’s residency. Artists are also required to provide the copyright for this artwork to the National Park Service. Artwork becomes the unrestricted property of Joshua Tree National Park and may be used in exhibits, educational programs, fundraising efforts, and by Joshua Tree National Park’s non-profit association for their products. The artist retains a royalty-free, nonexclusive use license under the copyright of the art. The National Park Service owns the artwork and the rights to reproduce it. Under those rights, the artist has a license to make use of the artwork’s image for his or her own purposes. When artists reproduce artwork for their own purposes, publication information will include the language: “This artwork was produced under the Artist-in-Residence program at Joshua Tree National Park.”

THE SELECTION PROCESS A panel of prominent artists, arts professionals, community representatives and National Park Service personnel will choose finalists. Final selections are based on artistic merit, professional résumé  the Statement of Project/Purpose, public presentation proposal(s), and relevance to the JTNP Artist-in-Residence Program mission.

PROGRAM MANAGEMENT Joshua Tree National Park’s Artist-in-Residence Program is exclusively owned and operated by the National Park Service, and managed in partnership with the JTNPA and other organizations. Additional partnerships with arts, cultural, and community organizations will be utilized to support specific collaborations, projects, exhibitions, performances, and/or opportunities for selected artists.

For further information:

Alison Shoup, Park Liaison, AIR Program
(760) 367-3011

Jacqueline Guevara, Executive Director, Joshua Tree National Park Association
(760) 367-5530