JOSHUA TREE – RFP -Joshua Tree National Park: Artist Programs

In RFP on January 23, 2017 at 7:15 pm

Joshua Tree National Park was established to “preserve and protect the scenic, natural, and cultural resources representative of the Colorado and Mojave deserts’ rich biological and geological diversity, cultural history, wilderness, recreational values, and outstanding opportunities for education and scientific study.” Every day Joshua Tree National Park Rangers offer enriching programs and educational experiences for visitors of all ages, including local and traveling school groups. Some of these programs include guided walks and hikes, patio talks at the various visitor centers, and casual conversations at a variety of specially selected sites. The duration and scale of each program is variable, lasting between 20 minutes and 2 hours, depending on the topic, intended audience, and location of the program.

Artist Programs, coordinated by theJoshua Tree Art Innovation Laboratory (JT Lab), will supplement existing park programs and give visitors the option of participating in events led by local and visiting artists. It is important that all program content support the park mission. Artists are encouraged to utilize their preferred media. Artists may use existing models for programs or explore alternative formats. Both approaches should carefully consider the intended audience and preferred environment or location for the proposed program. The strongest proposals will weave together all components of people, place, and theme into an immersive, co-created experience for all participants. Example ideas include: artist walks and talks, evening programs with instrumental accompaniment or creative storytelling, and lessons for tuning the senses.

ELIGIBILITY: Artists practicing in the fields of music, visual arts, performance,writing, design, and new media; Emerging, mid-career, or established artists; Strong record of artistic practice; Demonstrable experience engaging with the public (youth, community organizations, and/or community members) through teaching, workshops, artistic collaborations, or other outreach activities; U.S. citizen at least 21 years of age; College degree or the equivalent in experience, as demonstrated through the artist’s CV. Currently enrolled students are not eligible to apply; Ability to find transportation and lodging during the program dates, if selected. Artist(s) do not have to be local to the Morongo Basin, but this program does not provide transportation or lodging.

BUDGET: This is a volunteer program.

DEADLINE: Wednesday, March 15, 2017, 5pm PST

QUESTIONS: Jennifer Kane, Artist Volunteer Coordinator, JT Lab,, 310 749 8948


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