To keep this interplay of parks and artists alive, the National Park Service offers an Artist-In-Residence Program in many park units throughout the West. For one week to one month, writers, journalists, musicians, composers, painters, photographers and dancers work for a minimal stipend and lodging with some of the most spectacular scenery in the nation. Artists at Rocky Mountain National Park stay at the rustic three-room William Allen White Cabin which overlooks Moraine Park.
Other Western parks and monuments hosting artists include Big Bend, Devils Tower, Glacier, Rocky Mountain, Joshua Tree and Yosemite.
If there's a string attached, it's a small one: Artists are asked to contribute a sample of their work produced at the park and give an educational interpretive show on their art to the public.
For further information on the Artist-In-Residence Program, contact Bonnie Fournier, P.O. Box 65552, St. Paul, MN 55165, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call 651/776-3944.