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Applications for Grand Canyon Residency Program Open for 2025

Grand Canyon Conservancy is thrilled to announce the opening of the application window for its renowned Artist and Astronomer in Residence programs for the year 2025. 

Artist in Residence elijah jamal asani with special guest, Aaron White

This unique opportunity invites artists and astronomers from diverse backgrounds to immerse themselves in the breathtaking beauty of Grand Canyon while sharing their expertise with park visitors. 

The Artist in Residence program offers artists the chance to showcase their discipline amidst one of the world's most awe-inspiring natural wonders. By creating impactful, site-specific, community-engaged work, participating artists contribute to the park's goal of inclusive storytelling and deepen visitors' knowledge and appreciation of Grand Canyon National Park. 

The program aims to amplify underrepresented stories of the park, welcoming a diverse range of voices and strategies for engaging visitors. Annually, three artists are selected to live and work on the South Rim of Grand Canyon in Arizona, staying in a private apartment overlooking the Canyon for 3-10 weeks. The application period for the Artist in Residence program runs from May 15 to July 15, 2024. Interested applicants can find more information and apply here.  

The Astronomer in Residence program invites astronomers (professional and amateur), dark-sky advocates, educators, writers, and practitioners with expertise in the night sky to share their passion with park visitors. Under the pristine night skies of Grand Canyon National Park, residents will engage in educational outreach and creative connection, inspiring visitors to appreciate the value of natural darkness and raise awareness about the threats of light pollution. 

Annually, three “astronomers” are selected to live and work on the South Rim of Grand Canyon in Arizona. Astronomers in Residence deliver at least two public programs per week during their 4-8 week stay at the South Rim. The application period for the Astronomer in Residence program also runs from May 15 to July 15, 2024. More information and applications can be found here.  

Both Artists and Astronomers in residence will receive media exposure, a weekly stipend, and modest support for supply and travel costs. Additionally, residents will enjoy special access to park resources, archives, and international visitors, along with the invitation to participate in post-residency opportunities. 

For more information about the Artist and Astronomer in Residence program, please visit the Residency Program page or FAQ page on our website, or contact Clover Morell at  

About Grand Canyon Conservancy:   

Grand Canyon Conservancy is the official nonprofit partner of Grand Canyon National Park, raising private funds, operating retail shops within the park, and providing educational programs about the natural and cultural history of the region. Our members fund projects including trails and historic building preservation, educational programs for the public, and the protection of wildlife and their natural habitat. Grand Canyon Conservancy inspires generations of park champions to cherish and support the natural and cultural wonder of Grand Canyon. For more information, visit

Originally Published: 04-30-2024 Last Updated: 05-15-2024