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‘Acoustic Phenomena’ To Be Recorded By World-Renowned Multimedia Composer at Chaco Culture National Historical Park

Artist in residence FREE Presentation

“Like a landscape photographer bringing the eye to focus on the majesty of nature, I intend to do the same with audio.” ”
— NPS Artist in Residence, Grant Cutler
SANTA FE, NEW MEXICO, USA, October 14, 2017 / -- The Artist has arrived! New York-based composer and multimedia artist, Grant Culter, concentrates his artistic focus in sensory experiences as Chaco Canyon National Historical Park's newest Artist-in-Residence. The program is offered as the collaboration between the National Park Service and non-profit organization, National Parks Arts Foundation.

There will be a FREE presentation and field-recording workshop offered to the public on October 28th . Culter will be hosting the event, where he looks forward to assisting guests with soundtracking the distinctive auditory ambiance of the park. “In facilitating recordings, and the act of listening to sounds around them amplified in headphones, I hope to present to others a new tool with which to engage with the richness of this environment..." Said the artist, regarding his intended outcome of the workshop. The artist will also be leading discussions regarding his artistic process and productive experience at the Chaco Culture Visitor Center Auditorium.

Chaco Culture National Historical Park exudes mystery through the National Park Service’s preservation of the eleven unmatched ceremonial structures and ancient pueblos, which are attributed to Chacoan culture throughout the Southwest. As a Dark Skies certified location, famed as an ideal place for astronomy, Culter’s study of atmospheric sound will be a completely new observation of the ancestral complex. “Like a landscape photographer bringing the eye to focus on the majesty of nature, I intend to do the same with audio.” He said regarding his goal during the residency.

Chaco Culture NHP’s fascinating history directly links with Culter’s proposal, which expresses interest in using his art of sound work from the park to alleviate everyday stress caused by noise pollution in the metropolitan populous. Working predominantly with field-recordings and sound layering, the exploratory musician aims to transport the daily ambient sounds of the ancient pueblos to the metropolitan public. "As a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Chaco Culture National Historical Park holds the reverberation and resonance of ancient urban activity with a complex social structure. There's a fascinating duality between the current serenity of the park, versus what must have once been a very lively setting," said Ortega, the NPAF founder, and former Chaco Artist-in-Residence.

The National Parks Arts Foundation (NPAF) invites artists who have interest working in the National Parks to artistically interpret sites of historical and national significance. The National Parks Arts Foundation, in cooperation with the National Park Service, is the only non-profit offering these programs, nationwide. With National Parks participating in the program, the opportunity to create timeless works inspired by these irreplaceable sites is calling to the national and international artist community to participate.

The Artist-in-Residence program offered by the National Parks Arts Foundation is an unmatched opportunity offered to national and international artists of all mediums and careers. The foundation offers the only nationwide program for arts in our National Parks. For current applications to various unique Parks, please visit –

Public Engagements

Artist’s Final Presentation and Public Workshop - Chaco Culture National Historical Park, Visitor Center Auditorium: October 28th at 3 pm.

More About Chaco Culture History National Historical Park-
Chaco Culture NHP was at the center of Pueblo culture in what is now the Southwest of The USA. The park is famed for its pristinely preserved ceremonial structures, which are of unmatched size throughout the Southwest. The proximate scenery is vast desert surrounded by red hills and mesas, which are home to a number of plants and animals that cannot be found in any other parts of the world. Constructed by refined masonry, the many story structures exhibit the complex social system and mystifying records of Chacoan culture that continuously fascinate the international archeology community.

More About The National Parks Arts Foundation (NPAF)-
The National Parks Arts Foundation is a 501(c)3 non-profit dedicated to the importance of the National Parks of the U.S. by creating dynamic opportunities for artworks that are based in our National Parks, National Monuments and World Heritage Sites NPAF National Park projects are supported by partnerships and generous donations.

For more information on how you can support NPAF arts programs nationwide contact:
Phone Number : (202) 838- 6098

We invite donors to help support art in the Parks through National Parks Arts Foundation, on our website.

Cecilia Wainright
National Parks Arts Foundation
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