Applications for Mesa Verde National Park’s 2016 Artist-in-Residence (AIR) program are now being accepted through December 31, 2015. Writers, composers, visual and performing artists are offered the opportunity to pursue their particular art form while being surrounded by the inspiring ancient architecture of the Ancestral Pueblo people and the sweeping natural landscape of the park. Works completed under this program contribute to the public understanding and appreciation of our national parks, create a legacy preserved for future generations, and offer park visitors and the public an opportunity to see our heritage through the eyes and ears of the contributing artists.

The park provides a fully furnished historic residence to selected artists for five two-week periods: May 2 through May 15; May 16 through May 29; September 5 through September 18; September 19 through October 2; and October 3 through October 16, 2016. Participating artists are to present a public program during their residency and are to donate to the park a professional digital image or sound recording of an original piece of work representative of their residency. Participants provide their own food as well as transportation to and in the park. No stipend is provided.

Full application instructions and program details are available at Submit all application materials and the $30 application fee, postmarked by December 31, 2015, to AIR Coordinator, Mesa Verde Museum Association, P.O. Box 38, Mesa Verde National Park, CO 81330. For more information, please contact the MVMA office at 970-529-4445.

The AIR program is managed by the nonprofit Mesa Verde Museum Association (MVMA), the park’s innovative educational partner that inspires life-long stewardship of the Mesa Verde region’s cultural and natural heritage. Through MVMA’s operation of park bookstores, free or low-cost seminars, workshops, lectures, and special programs, visitors of all ages gain a new, behind-the-scenes understanding of Mesa Verde. Proceeds from all association programs support Mesa Verde National Park. Learn more at

Source: NPS