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Artist In Residence Program Returns to Montezuma Castle and Tuzigoot National Monuments

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Date: June 17, 2022
Contact: Krystina Isaac

For Immediate Release

Artist In Residence Program Returns to Montezuma Castle and Tuzigoot National Monuments

Camp Verde, AZ/Clarkdale, AZ — The Verde Valley National Monuments are happy to announce the return of the Artist In Residence program after a hiatus due to Covid-19. The Artist In Residence Program offers artists the opportunity to pursue their discipline while immersed in the park landscape. During the summer of 2022, Ryon Polequaptewa will be with the parks June 30th – July 14th and Gabby Long will be with us July 18th – August 1st.  

Ryon Polequaptewa’s katsina carvings and paintings provide a rich history of the Hopi culture and awareness of the lands. Utilizing instruments such as flutes, drums, rattles, and bells, Ryon will also be able to teach how to take care of the lands through art and music. He will be in the parks periodically and will be performing short impromptu concerts. Between performances he will be working on carving katsinas and talking about Hopi culture. A live musical demonstration will also be held on July 8th. The event is weather dependent. Watch our social media channels for live updates. Scheduled activity: 
  • Montezuma Castle: Evening Concert – Friday, July 8th at 7pm to 8pm. Gates will open at 6:30pm and close to admittance at 7:15pm. Seating is first come, first served. It is recommended to bring your own chair, water, and flashlight.    As a multimedia artist, Gabby Long practices acrylic painting and ceramics. She will promote creativity through art offering a new perspective on the beauty in the structures and surrounding landscape, creating a positive and meaningful memory of the National Monuments. She will be in the parks periodically and will have drawing supplies available for people to join in on the fun. Gabby’s schedule of activities:  
  • Tuzigoot: Painted Pinch Pots - Saturday, July 30: at 9am  
  • Montezuma Castle: Paint-a-long - Sunday July 31 at 9am. Limited to 15 participants. Please RSVP at the contact above.

For more information on the Artist In Residence program, please visit the parks website. We look forward to offering the program again in 2023.

Montezuma Castle and Tuzigoot National Monuments are two of America’s 423 national park units. Learn more about Montezuma Castle at Also on Facebook, and Instagram. Learn more about Tuzigoot at Also on Facebook, and Instagram . Montezuma Well  is is a detached unit of Montezuma Castle National Monument.

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Last updated: June 17, 2022

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