Community Artist Program - How to Apply
The Community Artist in the Parks (CAIP) serves from April 1st through November 30th, with additional required training in late February/early March. The minimum time requirement is six park visits per month and time spent in each of the four park units during your tenure. The CAIP is also required to conduct at least one community outreach event (e.g. a lecture or workshop). This is a volunteer position, but there is the opportunity to sell your work in Canyonlands Natural History Association (CNHA) outlets (specific sales arrangements will be made between the Community Artist in the Parks and CNHA). You are responsible for transportation and materials costs. You also receive excellent exposure and a yearly entrance pass to the Southeast Utah Group (SEUG) of NPS units: Arches, Canyonlands, Hovenweep and Natural Bridges.
It is important for the CAIP to be comfortable explaining his/her medium, process, and inspiration. This isn't easy for every artist. You will be asked fairly frequently why you do the things you do, how you do them, etc. Ask yourself if you are interested in this element of the artistic process. If you are, you will enjoy the CAIP program tremendously.
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The successful applicant will:
Please prepare written answers to the following questions:
1. What is your medium? Why would this medium work in the Community Artist in the Parks context?
Additionally, please include the following with your application packet:
1. Samples of your work - the more representative of your proposed medium as CAIP, the better. (Color photographs are acceptable.)
Send your application materials to:
Sharon Brussell, CAIP Coordinator
Application packets for the 2014 season must be received by July 31, 2013.
Did You Know?
Edward Abbey worked as a seasonal park ranger at Arches in the late 1950s. His 1968 memoir of this experience, "Desert Solitaire," has become a classic of desert literature.