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    Santa Monica Mountains

    National Recreation Area California

National Park Service Accepting Applications for Artist-In-Residence Program

Grand Canyon Painting
Jennifer Carney produced this painting during her residency at the Grand Canyon. It is titled "Nightlight Angel's Window."
National Park Service/Jennifer Carney

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News Release Date: January 28, 2014
Contact: Kate Kuykendall, 805-370-2343

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. -- Artists from all disciplines are invited to apply for an artist-in-residence program that seeks to connect young people to the Santa Monica Mountains. 

"We're looking for either established or emerging artists who consider themselves 'teaching artists,' meaning they are a practicing artist who also engages the community in learning about the arts," said Tori Kuykendall, a park ranger with Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area. "We're interested in artists who are passionate about using nature to inspire young people, particularly young people who may not have a great deal of experience in the outdoors."

Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area, in partnership with the Santa Monica Mountains Fund, will select three artists and will provide a $2,750 stipend for a three-month term. Artists are required to host an exhibition or performance of either their work or the work created by youth involved in the project. Program requirements are available here.

The National Park Service has a long artist-in-residence tradition, dating back to the late 19th century. The program has inspired a range of artwork, including poetry, photography, videography, musical performance and paintings.

Applications must be submitted by March 19. Artists are encouraged to attend information sessions on February 22 and February 26 from 9:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Santa Monica Mountains Interagency Visitor Center in Calabasas. 

Contact Tori Kuykendall at 805-370-2325 for more information.

Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area (SMMNRA) is the largest urban national park in the country, encompassing more than 150,000 acres of mountains and coastline in Ventura and Los Angeles counties. A unit of the National Park Service, it comprises a seamless network of local, state and federal parks interwoven with private lands and communities. As one of only five Mediterranean ecosystems in the world, SMMNRA preserves the rich biological diversity of more than 450 animal species and 26 distinct plant communities. For more information, visit www.nps.gov/samo

The Santa Monica Mountains Fund is a locally-based nonprofit committed to supporting the National Park Service and the California State Parks in their missions to provide for resource protection and public enjoyment of Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area. Established in 1988, the Fund is a nonprofit affiliate of the National Park Foundation, headquartered in Washington, D.C., and chartered by Congress in 1963 to promote charitable support of America's national parks. www.samofund.org

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Did You Know?

Charlie Cooke, hereditary Chief of the Chumash played an important role in making sure 85 acres remained open space.

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