Apply to the Artist-in-Residence Program


Program Application

Denali seeks a diverse suite of voices to share the unique story and important messages in Denali through art. Alaska Native artists are strongly encouraged to apply.

We ask artists to focus on topics that are of national timeliness and relevance. A few possibilities include: immigration; climate change; the idea of security; or the importance of conservation. These are not exclusive; other themes can be considered.

Applications are accepted through an online process hosted by Applications submitted after the deadline will not be considered. An alternative application can be submitted to the Artist in Residence Coordinator if lack of computer access or bandwidth prevents use of the CaFÉ system. A link to the application system will appear here when the application period opens.


Selection Process

  • A small panel of park personnel, local community members and others serving at the discretion of the park superintendent are invited to review applications from artists annually. Selection is made on the basis of required entry materials, new and innovative ways of responding to the needs of the park, recognized accomplishments, and the quality or uniqueness of the idea formulated for outreach. Formal invitations are typically extended by the park superintendent by December 15 each year, via mail or email. Followed by a public announcement of selections early in the new calendar year.
  • Alaska Natives and American Indians are strongly encouraged to apply. Please feel welcome to mention your tribal or ANCSA corporation affiliation in essay responses.
  • The music composition residency draws upon successful foundations in Composing in the Wilderness and Denali Music Festival programs which emphasize contemporary classical music. This composer residency is timed so the composer may participate in these programs. The composer will have one year to create their final product, with the intention that the completed piece will be premiered the Denali Music Festival the subsequent year. The selected composer will consult with park staff to ensure that the instrumentation and technical requirements are appropriate for that setting. Within this general framework, there are no stylistic requirements. Song-writers, music artists and composers working within other music genres are also encouraged to apply for residency at Denali National Park.
  • Please refrain from uploading media files (such as audio and video) unless they are either required or are directly relevant to your application category or public outreach proposals.
  • 2 letters of recommendation may be used in lieu of a resume if you are an applicant between the ages of 16 and 25. Recommended sources are teachers, employers or other mentors who can write about why you should be an Artist in Residence. Artists under the age of 18 will be required to have parent/ guardian chaperone during their residency

Visual Artists

The application requires:

  • Six images
  • Artist statement
  • Artist resume
  • Image list
  • Your plans for a public outreach activity with visitors at the park
  • Your plans for public outreach about the program once you’re back at home


The application requires:

  • Ten pages of prose, or three to five poems, 12-point font, single spaced, saved as a PDF document. Pages scanned from published works that are designed to different specifications will not be considered.
  • Writer statement
  • Writer resume
  • Your plans for a public outreach activity with visitors at the park
  • Your plans for public outreach about the program once you’re back at home

Music Composition

The application requires:

  • Three compositions, including a PDF upload of each complete score, and an MP3 audio file excerpt limited to five minutes each
  • Composer statement
  • Composer resume
  • Your plans for a public outreach activity with visitors at the park
  • Your plans for public outreach about the program once you’re back at home


Choose one per application:
  • Music Composition
  • Visual Artist
  • Writer

Last updated: July 27, 2023

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