Scout Residency

About the HDTS Scout Residency

Launched in 2012, the Scout Residency is dedicated to learning about the people and places that make up our diverse and ever-evolving high desert community.  Unlike many residencies, where an outside artist is brought into a new environment to create new work, the Scout program is all about learning more about the people and places that already exist in the community–with the belief that an artist from outside Joshua Tree can offer new insight and perspectives of the places and people that we interact with on a daily basis and may think we already know well. 

Scout activities have included map-making and rag-rug braiding community-building workshops, the Scout’s Book Club, Art in the Environment for Desert Kids classes, and casual conversations, site visits and field trips around town–all shared in each Scout’s blog, documenting his or her personal accounts getting to know the spaces, places, people, and plants that make up this special region.

HDTS Scouts:
2012-2013  Katie Bachler
2014  Katherine Ball


The Scout Residency is supported by a grant from the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts.