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Sedona Summer Colony

Emerging Program member

Sedona Summer Colony is a partnership between Sedona Arts Center and Verde Valley School, two community organizations with long histories in the Verde Valley. We've combined our nonprofit cultural and educational missions to establish a new high desert residency program in support of 21st Century culture.

Sedona Summer Colony proceeds from the guest-host model established by the American Academy in Rome, Yaddo, MacDowell Colony, Hambidge Center for Arts and Sciences, and hundreds of other residency programs for artists and scholars. Many of the member organizations in the Alliance of Artists Communities have provided encouragement, advice, and support during the founding year.

Our primary objective is to support the inspiration and early creation of new artistic work and cultural content by providing undisturbed time, temporary living space, regular meals, and studio or work space.

Another main objective, proceeding from the collective nature of a group residency, is to foster new connections and dialogue amongst participants and instill unique opportunities for cross-disciplinary interaction and thinking.

A final objective of Sedona Summer Colony is to connect cultural producers from around the world with our high desert community—and link them with the unique and diverse heritage, community, environment, and influences found only in the Verde Valley and Northern Arizona.


Sedona , Arizona: United States

Sedona and the surrounding landscapes are among the most unique and beautiful in the world. The 300-acre Verde Valley School environment, home to Sedona Summer Colony, has developed over the past 75 years into a self-contained, village-like community—set in a remote corner of Sedona and the Northern Sonoran Desert. The Summer Colony campus looks out to Cathedral Rock and Seven Warriors Mesa, and is surrounded on 3 sides by Coconino National Forest. It is situated in high-elevation desert (4500-5000 ft) with the Oak Creek riparian zone running nearby, and walls of massive red rocks lining the surrounding horizon. The setting, 2 hours North of Phoenix and 1 hour South of Flagstaff, is located about 5 miles from the Village of Oak Creek—which has residential neighborhoods, restaurants, a supermarket, banks, golf club, and small businesses. The Summer Colony environment is rugged, raw, and wild—and shared with coyotes, javelinas, bobcats, mountain lions, rattlesnakes, tarantulas, and several million human tourists who visit each year.

Contact Information

15 Art Barn Road
Sedona Arts Center
Sedona, Arizona 86336
United States