Artist in Residence programs


Artist in Residence programs provide artists with opportunities to create art in naturally and culturally significant settings. In many cases, they allow park visitors to observe or experience the art in the setting that inspired it.

Programs vary by park, but typically last a few weeks and include artist lodging. Artists often participate in park programs and share their art with the public.



Role In Creative Placemaking

This program enables practitioners to introduce creative elements into national park settings and park visitor interactions. In parks that are integrated with their surrounding communities, or want to be, a residency could help encourage an arts-inspired connection between residents and the park.


Variable by park. Artists may need to provide or supplement their own living expenses.


Denali Encourages Young Alaska Artists – Denali National Park and Preserve, Alaska

Artist-In-Residence 2020 – Canaveral National Seashore, Florida


Role in Creative Placemaking

This section represents our attempt to capture how this specific funding opportunity might fit into a placemaking initiative.


Who can apply? Eligibility is often limited, but in partnership with other entities you may identify an access point, such as subgrant opportunities. This information can help you determine which potential partners in your community might be able to access the funds.

Previous Projects/Grantees

These examples show how these funds have been used for creative or placemaking endeavors in the past, the types of organizations that have successfully accessed the funds and/or the types of activities for which the funds can be used.

Max Award

Maximum funding amounts can vary from year to year. We have provided the most recent information available. Where available, we also include a median or a range in cases in which the maximum is not typical of an average award.

Match Requirement

Most federal programs require some form of cost sharing. This is expressed differently for different agencies and programs. Sometimes a direct 1:1 match is specified. Other times, the application will state the maximum percentage of a project cost that the funding award can cover. We include this information, where available, in order to give you a sense of what to expect when applying for a particular funding program.


Most federal funding programs will require financial and progress reports at least annually, along with a final report. We consider this to be a "moderate" compliance burden. Where a higher degree of data collection and reporting is indicated, we convey that information with a "substantial" rating.