The Community Artist in the Parks (CAIP) serves from April 1 through October 31, with some required training beforehand. Artists must complete at least 24 hours of visitor contact time per month, of which a minimum of 18 hours are spent in "front-country" locations. Artists must also visit each of the four park units at least once during their tenure, and conduct at least one outreach event to engage with the local, non-visitor community.
Community Artists sell their work in Canyonlands Natural History Association (CNHA) outlets during their tenure. (Specific sales arrangements will be made between the Community Artist in the Parks and CNHA.) Artists are responsible for transportation and materials costs, though some mileage may be reimbursed if funds are available. While serving, Community Artists also receive excellent exposure and a yearly entrance pass to the Southeast Utah Group (SEUG) of NPS units: Arches, Canyonlands, Hovenweep and Natural Bridges.
It is important for the CAIP to be comfortable explaining his/her medium, process, and inspiration. This isn't easy for every artist. You will be asked fairly frequently why you do the things you do, how you do them, etc. Are you interested in actively discussing your artistic process while you create? If you are, you will enjoy the CAIP program tremendously.
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The successful applicant will:
The formal announcement for the next year's CAIP applications typically comes as a park news release in August or September. Applications submitted earlier will not be reviewed by the selection panel until the specified time.
1. What is your medium? Why would this medium work in the Community Artist in the Parks context?
Additionally, please include the following with your application packet:
1. Samples of your work—the more representative of your proposed medium as CAIP, the better. (Color photographs are acceptable.)
Send your digital application materials to:
Karen Garthwait, CAIP Coordinator
Last updated: October 28, 2022