Last June, Sedona Arts Center and Verde Valley School partnered to launch a new artist residency set within the monumental red rock formations and spiritual vortexes of Sedona, Arizona. In the inaugural summer the Sedona Summer Colony, specifically designed to support creative development and cultural output, hosted over 125 artists from as far away as Hobart, Tasmania and Manitoba, Canada. Hundreds of Sedona residents volunteered, hosted receptions, guided excursions and tours, and helped the initiative grow into something extraordinary.
“Ever since artists Max Ernst and Dorothea Tanning landed here in the late 1940s and set up a rustic studio to live and work, Sedona has been a place for new creative inspiration and community building,” said co-founder and Sedona Arts Center executive director, Eric Holowacz. “With this new initiative, we go back to our roots, and rekindle the visionary idea of nurturing a bold new creative community.”
The program is now accepting applications for the first post-pilot summer residency - which will run from July 16 to August 5.
“Our point of difference is a landscape unlike any other, an inspiring high desert ecosystem within the Coconino National Forest, and a campus that is ready to support up to fifty summer residents at a time,” said co-founder and Head of Verde Valley School, Paul Amadio. "We want to set the stage for new artistic interactions and meaningful immersion in our local culture and environment."
Information and application guidelines are now online at www.sedonasummercolony.org. Visit the FAQ page to learn more about how the program works or apply for a place at the 2017 Sedona Summer Colony.