National Parks Foundation

The National Parks Arts Foundation (NPAF) works directly with select artists and The National Park Service (and their affiliates) to create unique Artist in Residency programs within the wonders of the National Parks. The NPAF also works closely with museums, galleries, and curators to keep the residency programs relevant to the Art World beyond the parks and bring the highest caliber of artists to the parks.

The NPAF has produced over 300 programs and supported over 120 artists through our National Parks Artists in Residence programs. This work is done in partnership with the National Park Service, connecting the parks with real working artists who are inspired by and working in the parks. The residencies also provide a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for artists to work on projects of their choice, away from the distractions of normal life.

The NPAF is currently active in parks across the nation, scroll down to see a listing of current Artist in Residency programs for 2021 and 2022. For questions about any of the residency programs, please contact the NPAF directly at 505-715-6492 (please leave a message) or e-mail

The following AiR opportunities are currently open:

Fort Union National Monument
Application deadline: 9/30/2021
Nestled against the far tip of the Sangre de Cristo Range and facing the great plains, Fort Union National Monument is one of New Mexico’s legendary and historic frontier army posts, located in Mora County near Watrous, NM, was the hub of commerce, national defense, and migration at the final stretch of the Santa Fe Trail. Open to all artists, writers musicians or performance artists. Learn more at