Artists Off-Grid in Dry Tortugas National Park


This episode of Big Blend Radio’s Toast to The Arts & Parks Show features a reunion conversation with artists who spent a month off-grid on Loggerhead Key in Dry Tortugas National Park, through the National Parks Arts Foundation’s unique artist residency program. Listen here in the YouTube player or download the podcast on PodBean or SoundCloud.

Featured guests:
– Tanya Ortega – Founder of the National Parks Arts Foundation
– Anna Glynn – Award-winning contemporary, multi-media Australian artist
– Carter McCormick & Paula Sprenger – Filmmakers and founders of Habitat Productions
– Matthew & Julie Chase-Daniel – Santa Fe based husband-wife visual and literary artist team
– Denesa Chan – Filmmaker and photographer; and Gavin Mulvay – Wind flight engineer
– Shannon Torrence – Florida based painter, the Flyting Tortuga Brothers duo

Featured music is “Underwater, Above Water” from the album “A Hawai’i Interlude” by slack key guitarist Makana.

Dry Tortugas National Park is located almost 70 miles (113 km) west of Key West. The 100 square mile park is mostly open water with seven small islands. Accessible only by boat or seaplane, the park is known the world over as the home of magnificent Fort Jefferson, picturesque blue waters, superlative coral reefs and marine life, and the vast assortment of birdlife that frequent the area. Visitors enjoy camping, snorkeling, bird watching, fishing or just enjoying a view from the top of massive Fort Jefferson. Fort Jefferson is the largest all-masonry fort in the United States, built between 1846 and 1875 to protect the nation’s gateway to the Gulf of Mexico. More at

National Parks Arts Foundation is a non-profit 501c3 charitable foundation. The AIR Program is made possible through the philanthropic support of donors of all sorts ranging from corporate sponsors, small business, and art patrons and friends groups of the Parks. More at

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