Project overview: Help visitors connect with Yosemite through creative expression: Coordinate 30 weeks of outdoor art classes and broaden the Conservancy art programs’ reach with initiatives, such as free workshops and pop-up art activities.

How your support helps: Yosemite Conservancy’s long-running art programs have helped thousands of people connect with their surroundings through creative expression. In 2022, the Conservancy art team is coordinating 30 weeks of outdoor workshops based in Yosemite Village and at Happy Isles Art & Nature Center. The four-hour workshops, which are led by professional artists, emphasize the experience of immersion in the natural world. Participants spend an informative, rewarding few hours capturing observations, scenery and sensations through watercolor, pastels, charcoal, and other media.

With your support this year, the team also plans to introduce new programming that will broaden the reach of our art offerings and make park-based art more accessible to more people. Initiatives could include popup art activities in Yosemite Valley, as well as free art classes offered in collaboration with community partners.

Your support enables us to connect visitors with top-notch instructors, provide supplies, and invest in new ideas to help even more people find inspiration and connection in Yosemite through art.

Learn more about our art programs and browse our 2021 class schedule.

Project partner: Yosemite National Park