Application Deadline Approaching for Mesa Verde National Park’s 2014 Artist-in-Residence Program
Contact: Betty Lieurance, 970-529-4608
Contact: Jan Wright, 970-529-4445
Applications for Mesa Verde National Park's 2014 Artist-in-Residence (AIR) program are being accepted through January 27, 2014. Professional writers, composers, and visual and performing artists are offered the opportunity to pursue their particular art form while being surrounded by the inspiring ancient architecture of the Ancestral Pueblo people and the sweeping natural landscape of the park. The works completed under this program contribute to the public understanding and appreciation of our national parks, create a legacy preserved for future generations, and offer park visitors and the public an opportunity to see our heritage through the eyes and ears of the contributing artists.
The park provides a fully furnished historic residence to selected artists for five, two-week periods: May 5 through May 18; May 19 through June 1; September 1 through September 14; September 15 through September 28; and September 29 through October 12, 2014. Participating artists are to present a public program on the second Thursday of their residency and are to donate to the park a professional digital image of an original piece of work from their residency. Participants provide their own food as well as transportation to and in the park. No stipend is provided.
Full application instructions and program details are available at www.nps.gov/meve/supportyourpark/artists_in_residence.htm. Submit all application materials and the $20 application fee, postmarked by January 27, 2014, to Jan Wright, AIR Coordinator, Mesa Verde Museum Association, P.O. Box 38, Mesa Verde National Park, CO 81330.For more information, please contact Jan Wright at 970-529-4445 or AIRCoordinator@mesaverde.org.
The AIR program is managed by the nonprofit Mesa Verde Museum Association (MVMA), the park's innovative educational partner that inspires life-long stewardship of the Mesa Verde region's cultural and natural heritage. Through MVMA's operation of park bookstores, free or low-cost seminars, workshops, lectures, and special programs, visitors of all ages gain a new, behind-the-scenes understanding of Mesa Verde. Proceeds from all association programs support Mesa Verde National Park. Learn more at www.mesaverde.org.
Did You Know?
Ninety percent of Mesa Verde’s cliff dwellings contain 10 rooms or less. One-third have only one or two rooms. This should help to put the more famous cliff dwellings of Cliff Palace (150 rooms), Long House (150 rooms), Spruce Tree House (130 rooms), and Balcony House (40 rooms) into perspective.