Sedona Summer Colony is a new initiative, developed in late 2015, to establish America’s next great residency program for artists and cultural managers. We share a vision that supports creative people of all kinds, nurtures and advances their ideas and expands our own creative community.
Our program serves as 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 the commingling of cultural visionaries over meals, excursions, spontaneous interaction, and daily life.
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.
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 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 primary objective here 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.
Paul Amadio, Head of Verde Valley School, Founding Partner
Carol Holyoake, Special Projects at Verde Valley School, Founding Program Manager
Eric Holowacz, Executive Director of Sedona Arts Center, Founding Partner
2016 Program Team
Winnie Muench, Volunteer Coordinator
Amber Englemann, Residency Intern
Claire Pearson, Office Intern
Amaya Romanski, VVS Student and Office Intern
Talya Reynolds, Logistics Intern
Culinary / Dining Hall Team
Michael Briggs, Verde Valley School Chef
Holly Vaughan, Verde Valley School Director of Food Services Dining Hall Assistant
Campus Support Team
Donita Coburn-Amadio, Verde Valley School
Jean O’Neil, Verde Valley School Art Department Chair
Jeff Perkins, Verde Valley School Ceramics Department
Dana Blavat, Verde Valley School Registrar
Kris Fritz Verde Valley School Receptionist
John Chorlton, Verde Valley School Director of Technology
Community Potluck / Dinner Party Team
Kath Gilliam, Potluck and Dinner Party Coordinator
Thomas McPherson and The Collective, Party Host
Mary Byrd, Party Hostess
Dottie Webster, Party Hostess
Bev Copen, Party Hostess
M. L. and Sheri Coleman, Party Hosts
Lawrence and Marcia Swearingen, Co-hosts
Terry and Janet Klebe, Co-hosts
Founding Sponsors / Funders
Arizona Commission on the Arts
Kling Family Foundation
Lewis Guthrie and Daryl Kling
Arizona Community Foundation
David and Isabel Simmer
Neil and Mary Pope
Charlotte and Hassan Hosseini
Dr. Ronald E. Dennis and Carol Keefer
Holli Ploog and Bert Campbell
Joe and Judy Reddington
Housing Sponsors / Providers:
Jennette and David Bill
Sheri and M.L. Coleman
Joe and Judy Reddington
Charlotte and Hassan Hosseini
Rebecca and John Ellis
Jan Justice Oswald
Rick and Carol Gandolfo
Jennifer and Ron Epperson
Partners and Supporters:
Sedona Arts Center Staff and Board
Verde Valley School Staff and Board
Sedona International Film Festival
Carnegie Mellon University / Masters in Arts Management Program
Cheers of Sedona
Pago's Pizzeria and Italian Cuisine
Museum of Northern Arizona
Mayor Sandy Moriarty and Sedona City Council
Ken Zoll, Verde Valley Archaeology Center
Sedona Summer Colony has been developed as a program partnership between Sedona Arts Center and Verde Valley School—two of Northern Arizona’s most established nonprofits. Both organizations—boards and staff—are fully committed to the long-term development of Sedona Summer Colony and realize its potential to expand local cultural identity. Beyond the core partnership, there are dozens of other individuals and institutions who now play a role in the advancement, residency experience, and support of the program. Meet our founding team below.
In many ways, the community of Sedona is unlike any in the world. Our remote and geologically beautiful setting within the Coconino National Forest makes for dramatic landscapes at every turn. The high desert climate and Verde Valley flora and fauna, Native American cultures, and modern-day heritage as a creative community results in a special sense of place. The local population of 15,000 shares this environment with 3 million visitors annually, offering opportunities to hike, bike, learn, and find their own mystical energy sources. Below are a few snapshots of the Inaugural Sedona Summer Colony—click any to reveal a 360° view of our campus and community.
Applications for the fee-based 2017 program are now being accepted. Applicants are advised to review the extensive Frequently Asked Questions—covering a long list of possible questions and concerns before proceeding to our online application form. The 2017 application process also requires a curriculum vitae or biography, work samples, and support references—all must be received by March 31. Successful applicants will then be invited to plan their residency at Sedona Summer Colony for dates between June 28 and August 5, and commit to the $65/day fee ($30/day for local/day residents). Feel free to contact us with any questions or concerns along the way.
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