Late last week, I arrived at the Verde Valley School in Sedona, Arizona to participate in the first Sedona Summer Colony - a residency program for creative people and cultural producers. Joining me on this adventure are fellow Radiant Hallers Seth Clark, Studio Director at Lawrenceville and Blaine Seigel, Studio Director at Susquehanna.
Shortly after arriving, we met up with fellow Radiant Hall artist, Bob Kubiak, who landed several days before. We were greeted by Carol Holyoake, an Ausie who has worked all over the world as a cultural producer. She is what you would call "the glue"; she holds the place together by overseeing all the details at the Sedona Summer Colony.
Once we settled into our rooms, we walked over to the Dining Hall, where we shared great meal (chicken stir-fry) with other Sedona residents. We were also introduced to one of the brains behind the Sedona residency, Eric Holowacz. He was exactly as described: engaging, committed, and very approachable.
I am really looking forward to the next two weeks and will try to send brief updates on what our Pittsburgh cohort is up to in Sedona. Again, a special thanks to Kathryn Heidemann, Assistant Dean of Arts and Entertainment Management at Heinz College and the College of Fine Arts at CMU and our Board member, Jessica Bowser, Assistant Director, Heinz College Career Services, for connecting Radiant Hall to the Sedona Arts Center folks, and Eric Holowacz, Executive Director at the Sedona Arts Center and Paul Amadio, Head of the Verde Valley School, for envisioning and implementing such a beautiful experience!
- Ryan Lammie, Executive Director, Radiant Hall