One component of JT Lab is an Artist Volunteer-in-Park program. This program will build bridges between local and regional art communities, provide multiple avenues for artists to contribute on periodic or temporary bases, and accommodate many disciplines, ages and talents. This program offers three paths to participate: Artists’ Tea, Artist Programs, and Artist Projects. Artists’ Tea is a weekly gathering of local and visiting artists and park visitors, exploring the diversity of art inspired by the park. Artist Programs gives artists opportunities to supplement existing Joshua Tree National Park interpretive efforts with programs of their own design. Artists Projects provides artists undertaking substantial projects of their own the opportunity to collaborate with park staff or to access park resources so as to enrich or complete their project.
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 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.
As representatives of the park and JT Lab, all artist volunteers must wear the JT Lab uniform and abide by the uniform code, Leave No Trace principles, and NPS volunteer behavioral codes when in contact with the public. Participants will be issued badges for identification and to gain access to the park during the period of time they will be acting as volunteers within the park.
All selected artists will be required to attend an artist volunteer training session (2-3 hours) prior to presenting selected programs to park visitors. The date for this training is April 13, 2017, and will be held at the JT Lab Field Office in Joshua Tree, CA and the National Park Headquarters in Twenty-nine Palms, CA.
- Demonstrate artistic excellence- Enrich the overall mission of Joshua Tree National Park- Support the overall mission of JT Lab- Deepen visitor experiences and promote knowledge and awareness of the rich cultural and natural resources present in the Park- Explore creative avenues for engaging a wide audience, including families and small children.- Adapt program content so it is accessible to the general public- Consider site-appropriate and Leave No Trace techniques in program design- Follow all park regulations and consider public safety at all times- Fall within the twenty minute to two-hour time timeframe.- Be replicable at least three times or be designed as a series of three.
- Apply online (preferred) or - Download the application forms
Include the following attachments with the application form. If mailing application materials, include paper copies and a CD/DVD of images or work samples. If completing the form online, email the attachments as separates file once the online form is complete. Clearly label each file with the artist’s first/last name and the title of the attachment. For example: EricaJameson-CV.pdf or EricaJameson-Imagelist.pdf. For work samples, include a number with each file. For example: EricaJameson-work1.jpeg and EricaJameson-work1detail.jpeg
• A Curriculum Vitae (limited to 3 pages). Must be a PDF.• A selection of 3 works or projects (with up to 3 details per project) that best illustrate the medium or practice utilized in the proposed program. This is a maximum of 12 images/files. All images must be saved as JPEG. File resolution: 72 ppi/dpi. File dimension: no smaller than 1920 pixels on the longest size. Maximum file size: 3 MB each. Written work samples must be PDF. For audio, .wav or .mp3. Codec: wav. Bit rate maximum: 320 kbps. Maximum file size: 10 MB. Video Formats: .mov or .mp4. Maximum file size: 10 MB each.• Annotated image/file list. Numbers must correspond to the submitted image/file (example: EricJameson-work1.mov). Include the following information: - Title, date and, if site-specific, location. - Medium and dimensions, if applicable (example: Oil on canvas; h x w x d). - Brief two to three sentence description of the work.
Artist Program February 3, 2017Info Session & Copper Mountain College Application Q&A 6162 Rotary Way Room 401 Joshua Tree, CA 92252
Submission Deadline March 15, 2017 5pm PST
Selection Panel Meets March 29, 2017
Selected Artists Notified March 31, 2017
Selected Artists Meeting April 13, 2017and training session Location: TBD