Louisiana musician Ian Frazier came to the inaugural 2016 Sedona Summer Colony to work on his first album. Before he left, he presented a new body of music to fellow residents (and the Seven Warriors in the distance) at the VSS Warren Chapel.
Artists and Cultural Managers are invited to apply for America’s next greatest residency program … July 21 to August 12, 2018, with 4 optional workshops prior to the Colony July 16 to 19.
SEDONA SUMMER COLONY is a partnership started in the summer of 2016, between Sedona Arts Center and Verde Valley School, two community organizations with long histories in Arizona’s Verde Valley. We’ve combined our cultural and educational missions to establish this new 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.
The Colony’s 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 new opportunities for cross-disciplinary interaction and thinking.
A final objective of the program is to connect cultural producers from around the world with our Sedona community—and link them with the unique and diverse heritage, community, environment, and influences found only in the Verde Valley and Northern Arizona.
Our program serves an opportunity to develop new work, explore collaborations, and discover Sedona’s unique red rock landscapes, local cultures, and modern-day sense of place.
We believe in the power of interdisciplinary associations of artists, and co-mingling of cultural visionaries over meals, excursions, spontaneous interactions, and daily life.
SENSE OF PLACE
Get away from your familiar routine and find quiet contemplation and solitude in one of the most beautiful places on Earth. Discover Sedona’s sense of place, heritage and community.
NEW THIS YEAR: WORKSHOP PROGRAM!
Four workshops in the visual arts are offered as stand-alone experiences or to kick-start your independent residency experience. These workshops will meet Monday – Thursday, July 16 – 19, 2018. With residency beginning on July 15th. The workshop program invites artists to study focused avenues of expression with the option of adding on an independent residency following the workshop. A unique 6-day spoken word workshop is offered at the end of the Summer Colony program, Aug 6 – 11, 2018 and culminates in an evening presentation on August 11th.
Visual arts workshops at the Summer Colony this year explore the Magic of Surrealism where participants can begin afresh where so many modern art movements began, or delve into a Plein Air Painting Immersion during the dramatic monsoon season or expand your skill set with a Contemporary Mixed Media workshop or discover the richness of indigenous culture through the Hopi Pottery Experience. The last week of the Colony (Aug 6 – 12, 2018) features a unique 6-day Spoken Word workshop for all levels and interests informal or informal spoken performance. The workshops are also perfect for teachers seeking continuing education credits over the summer (available through Yavapai College School of Arts and Humanities).
For more information on the Colony and how to apply, go online to sedonasummercolony.org or contact:
Director of Legacy Programs
Verde Valley School
T: 928-284-2272 ext. 18
Sedona Arts Center