Artist In ResidenceThe Arts
Artists have always been an important part of the national park system. Writings, paintings, photographs, and public outreach provide opportunities for new audiences to experience national parks. In the era of virtual visits, the role of artists is more important than ever in sharing unique perspectives of national parks with online audiences.
The Joshua Tree National Park Artist in Residence Program (AiR), funded by contributions from JTNPA, is open to visual artists, performing artists, musicians, and writers, and provides opportunities for artists to creatively explore the resources of Joshua Tree National Park, promoting a deeper appreciation of the natural, cultural, and historical resources therein.
There are two objectives for this residency. One is to give artists time to explore the park and pursue their own creative practice. The second is for the artist to share their unique perspective of the park’s resources with others.
To that end, the park requires one visitor outreach experience designed by the artist – which could be leading a short hike, a performance, or being available for visitor questions while working at a public location.