Interpretive Themes for Artist and Author

Betsy Popp Canyon Blues RESIZED2

Canyon Blues

Pastel on Board
by Betsy Popp
North Rim AiR - 2008

The Artist-in-Residence Program aims to share the beauty and spirit of Grand Canyon National Park with other visitors.

The park themes attempt to capture the elements that make the park meaningful.

AiR proposals should be site-specific to Grand Canyon National Park and support the Park's interpretative themes but also be in pursuit of each applicant's artistic vision and sensibility.

The arts have always played a vital role in championing our National Parks, natural resources, ecology, environment and preservation. These artist opportunities are designed to both engage and inform the public audience (through outreach programming) while providing quality uninterrupted time for artists to create their own body of work.


Park Themes

Grand Canyon
INSPIRATION The immense and colorful Grand Canyon is valued worldwide as one of the Earth’s most powerful and inspiring scenic landscapes, offering people enriching opportunities to explore and experience its wild beauty in both vast and intimate spaces.
Ribbon Falls
WATER is the lifeblood of Grand Canyon — a force of erosion, a sustainer of scarce riparian habitat in a desert environment, a spiritual element for native peoples, a provider of recreation, and a central factor in the exploration, development, and politics of the American West.
monument creek
GEOLOGY The Colorado River and other erosional forces sculpted the southern edge of the Colorado Plateau to form the Grand Canyon, revealing a beautiful sequence of rock layers that serve as windows into time.
Opuntia basilaris Engelm
BIOLOGY Extreme changes in elevation, exposure, and climate in the Grand Canyon support a remarkable range of biotic communities in unusual proximity; a relatively undisturbed ecosystem that allows natural processes to continue, providing sanctuary for present and future life.
Mather Point
PRESERVATION Grand Canyon has sustained people materially and spiritually for thousands of years – wider recognition of its value led to its designation as a national park and world heritage site; however, continuing threats to its preservation generate dialogue about our need and responsibility to conserve our local and global environment.
prehistoric home

NATIVE AMERICAN CONNECTIONS Grand Canyon remains a homeland and a sacred place to a number of American Indian cultures, a point of emergence for some, offering us an opportunity to consider the powerful and spiritual ties between people and place.


Download a bulletin describing Grand Canyon National Park's Interpretive Themes
in more detail (44kb PDF File)

Download schedules of this season's Interpretive Ranger Programs on the South and North Rims.

Your phone provides a fun way to learn more about the Park. Listen to park rangers give
2 minute audio tours at various points of interest on the South Rim.
(From Hermit Road to Yaki Point) Learn more...

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