March 13, 2012
Contact: Jennie Albrinck
Contact: Julie Johndreau
BADLANDS NATIONAL PARK, INTERIOR, S.D. - The Artist in Residence (AIR) program at Badlands National Park is pleased to announce the selection of photographer Steven Donley and watercolor painter Jessica Bryant for its spring 2012 residencies. Chosen from a pool of over 20 applicants, each selected artist will live in park housing, giving them the opportunity to truly experience and be inspired by the park's unique resources during their stay.
In addition to creating lasting imagery of the park, artists also participate in activities in local schools. "The Artist in Residence program at Badlands has a long history of educational outreach," explains Chief of Resource Education Jennie Albrinck. "This year, we have the opportunity to expand that outreach and host high school students from both local schools and from New York City for a multi-day art, technology, and science camp. This is a great tribute to the "Arts Afire" initiative in the National Park Service Director Jon Jarvis' Call to Action, which encourages engaging the arts community with parks to tell our stories in creative new ways."
The strong ties and lasting impact of these residencies has led to this unique partnership between the National Park Service, The Calhoun School, which serves students from preschool through 12th grade in the heart of Manhattan's West Side, Crazy Horse School located in Wanblee, SD, the Interior School which serves children just south of the park, Friends of the Badlands, and Badlands Natural History Association. From March 21 to March 27, students from The Calhoun School will work with park staff to learn more about the South Dakota badlands in an immersion camp experience. Several days of this camp will involve local youth participating with the youth from New York on park resource projects, as well as sharing cultures, ideas and life experiences. This portion of the experience is a pilot for a larger camp focused on under-served areas in South Dakota, specifically in and around the Pine Ridge Reservation, adjacent to the South Unit of Badlands National Park.
Former Badlands AIR and poet, Gary Joseph Cohen is now a teacher at The Calhoun School. He believes that "an opportunity like this offers our future leaders a chance to engage in an environment not as tourists, but as agents of change and action, with enough sky above and grasslands below to ensure time and space for reflection and contemplation."
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