Cabrillo National Monument recently hosted its first Artist-In-Residence (AIR) program for the San Diego community. The AIR program calls on local artists to spread the mission of the National Park Service and continues the tradition of inspiring new stewards to national parks through art.
Local artist Kathryn Law was selected as the first Artist-In-Residence at Cabrillo.
“Kathryn branched out into the San Diego community through outreach programs, paint-outs and connected folks to our mission through her amazing work,” said Tom Workman, the park’s superintendent.
One of the requirements for the AIR position is to conduct several outreach programs to a variety of audiences around the community. Kathryn made connections within the art community and spoke of her experience as an AIR. Through her art, Kathryn portrayed the park and its stories in a beautiful way while engaging the public and increasing interest in park resources.
“This is just one of the many community engagement activities that Cabrillo is using to spotlight its centennial in 2013,” said Workman. “Active engagement with our community reinforces and validates the National Park Service mission, and specifically for us, our relevancy within San Diego.”
Currently, Kathryn’s art (an accumulation of her five-month residency) is showing in the visitor center for three weeks.
“I gained inspiration from the cultural and natural resources and hope my work portrays the wonderful stories that make up the monument,” Law said.
The AIR position at Cabrillo is unpaid and is part of the Volunteer-In-Parks program. Cabrillo NM will accept applications for the 2012 AIR position in April. Workman hopes the AIR serves as a springboard for future artistic endeavors with the Community.
The Volunteer-In-Parks program aims to fulfill the Director’s “Call to Action” and achieve his objectives for the NPS Centennial in 2016.