Night Skies Arts Academy

Come discover the night sky on this artistic journey in the Southwest! We are excited to announce this NEW Global Explorers program in collaboration with the National Park Service. Thanks to our partnership with the National Park Service Night Skies Program, we are offering two group scholarships for a 9-day wilderness adventure focused on artistic expression of the dark night sky. Participants in this program will produce artwork that is inspired by experiencing the dark night sky and informed by learning about it as a threatened natural resource. More than just a cool trip, the program involves destination-specific curriculum meetings in the spring and a follow up campaign aimed at spreading awareness of the dark night sky in the following fall.

The stunning scenery of the Southwestern U.S. never fails to awe and inspire those who take the time to discover its glory. As a testament to the unique combination of natural and cultural history in the region, the Colorado Plateau boasts the country’s highest concentration of National Parks and Monuments. Raft the San Juan River, explore Flagstaff, AZ, the first International Dark Night Sky City, and visit the Navajo Nation, the largest American Indian reservation in the country. There is no better place to contemplate your place in the universe and gain inspiration for your art than under the desert sky’s magnificent canvas of stars.  Learn more about the program here!

2014 Participants: 

The participants in this year's Night Skies Arts Academy are educator Su Hudson and 15 film students from the Public Academy for Performing Arts in Albuquerque, NM

Program Overview

Group Make-up and Process

Each year, the selected Group Leader will then select 15 students (open to 9th-11th grade students) from their respective region to participate in the program. The whole group will be comprised of 15 students, one Group Leader and be lead by a team of guides and scientists from Global Explorers, Grand Canyon Youth and the NPS Night Skies program


The program starts and ends in Flagstaff, AZ.  The first half of the program takes place in Canyon de Chelly and the second half of the program is comprised of a rafting portion on the San Juan River.

2014 Dates

June 23 - July 1, 2014



We seek educators with a passion for travel, a commitment to teaching students about responsible global citizenship, and a proven track record for success as an educator in and out of the classroom. 


Eligible students are current 8th through 11th grade students who demonstrate leadership potential, have some outdoor experience, and have a clear affinity for the arts.

How to Apply

The application period for the 2014 Night Skies Arts Academy has passed. For more information regarding this program, or to be informed of other GEx opportunities, contact Julia Breul at

Questions? Please contact Julia Breul at