Fire Restrictions in Effect
Due to recent hot, dry, and windy conditions, the park is currently at very high fire danger. The following fire restrictions are in effect: No open fires are permitted anywhere within the park. Smoking is only permitted inside an enclosed vehicle. More »
Mesa Verde Announces 2009 Artist-In-Residence Program
Contact: Tessy Shirakawa, 970-529-4628
Mesa Verde National Park is proud to announce its Artist-In-Residence (AIR) program for 2009. This program provides accomplished writers, composers, and visual and performing artists the opportunity to pursue their particular art form while being surrounded by the inspiring ancient architecture and natural landscape of the park. The park provides a historic, rustic residence to selected participants for four two-week periods:
• May 3 through May 16
All participants will be required to attend a short orientation session before being allowed to enter backcountry areas. Also, participants will be required to be a “Volunteer-In-Parks” (VIP) during their residency. No stipend is provided. Participants in the Artist-In-Residence program will find the cabin fully furnished including linens and kitchenware.
In return, participating artists are asked to donate to the park an original piece of work from, and representative of, their residency. They will also be required to present a public program either in the park or in a nearby community during their residency.
Entries are being accepted for the 2009 program with postmarks dated October 1, 2008 through February 17, 2009. Applications postmarked after the deadline will not be considered. Notifications of finalists will be made by April 01, 2009.
For further information about this exciting program and application forms, please see the Mesa Verde National Park 2009 Artist-In-Residence webpage. You can also contact Frank Cope, AIR Program Coordinator at 970-529-4607, or by email.
Did You Know?
A subterranean kiva remained 50 degrees Fahrenheit all year round. So for the Ancestral Puebloans, it stayed cool in the summer, and only a small fire was needed to keep it warm in the winter.