Sedona Summer Colony is a partnership between Sedona Arts Center and Verde Valley School, two community organizations with long histories in the Verde Valley. We've combined our nonprofit cultural and educational missions to establish a new high desert residency program in support of 21st Century culture.
Sedona Summer Colony proceeds from the guest-host model established by the American Academy in Rome, Yaddo, MacDowell Colony, Hambidge Center for Arts and Sciences, and hundreds of other residency programs for artists and scholars. Many of the member organizations in the Alliance of Artists Communities have provided encouragement, advice, and support during the founding year.
Our primary objective is to support the inspiration and early creation of new artistic work and cultural content by providing undisturbed time, temporary living space, regular meals, and studio or work space.
Another main objective, proceeding from the collective nature of a group residency, is to foster new connections and dialogue amongst participants and instill unique opportunities for cross-disciplinary interaction and thinking.
A final objective of Sedona Summer Colony is to connect cultural producers from around the world with our high desert community—and link them with the unique and diverse heritage, community, environment, and influences found only in the Verde Valley and Northern Arizona.