NPS Accepting Applications

A woman and two youth stand behind a camera
Artist-in-residence Natasha Maidoff shows youth from A Place Called Home how to capture video of scenery in Malibu Creek State Park. Applications for the 2015 artist-in-residence program are due November 21.

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News Release Date: October 22, 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 specifically looking for 'teaching artists,' meaning they are a participating artist who also engages the community in learning about the arts," said Tori Kuykendall, a park ranger with Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area. "Artists can be either established or emerging, but they must be passionate about using nature to inspire young people."

Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area, in partnership with the Santa Monica Mountains Fund, will select four 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. The goal is to connect non-traditional and under-engaged visitors to public lands.  

Applications must be submitted by November 21. The online application, as well as more information about the program requirements and past projects, can be found at Park Ranger Tori Kuykendall is also available to answer questions at 805-370-2325.

Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area launched its artist-in-residence program in 2014 with four artists working in mixed media, nature illustration, comic books and videography. That work will be showcased November 8 from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. at the Santa Monica Mountains Interagency Visitor Center (26876 Mulholland Hwy, Calabasas).

The artist-in-residence program is made possible by the Santa Monica Mountains Fund and a grant from the Metabolic Studio and the Annenberg Foundation.

Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area (SMMNRA) is the largest urban national park in the country, encompassing more than 150,000 acres pf 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

The Santa Monica Mountains Fund is a locally-based non-profit 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. For more information, please visit


Last updated: March 1, 2015

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