I was honored to be the 2015 Community Artist in the Parks!
The Community Artist in the Parks is a 7-month volunteer position with the Southeast Utah Group of the National Park Service, which consists of Arches & Canyonlands national parks and Natural Bridges and Hovenweep national monuments. It runs seven months from April-October.
In that time, I logged over 400 hours, contacted over 300 visitors, and created a body artwork that includes over 100 sketches. Being the Community Artist in the Parks was fun, rewarding, and a total whirlwind! I'm going to miss being out there in the parks and interacting with visitors.
I hosted seven monthly "sketch crawls". Similar to the age-old tradition of a pub crawl where people go from pub to pub and drink, in a sketch crawl people go from location to location and sketch. I would pick one day each month, a national park or monument, then 3-4 different locations with set times. Visitors could come and go. I provided art materials or people could bring their own. It was a huge hit and I was blown away by the positive response of visitors!