The mission of The Mesa is to foster significant life-enhancing work in the visual arts and humanities by providing an uninterrupted working environment for writers and artists in an inspiring, conducive setting, free from distraction.


The Mesa is a 501(c)(3) organization building an Arts and Humanities retreat-residency center where eight writers, scholars, and visual artists can work on designated projects for two weeks to two months. The center will provide residents uninterrupted time away from the noise and clutter of every day life, in a place of tranquility and beauty that will inspire the creative process. 

The program is designed to further works in progress by writers in the literary arts and humanities, and allow the creation of new works by visual artists. By sharing the product or process of their experience through public programs, exhibits, demonstrations, and readings, the residents will enhance community life in the region. 

The duplex studio apartments where the residents will live and work will be located on top of a mesa-like formation above the town of Springdale, Utah, and surrounded by the superb cliffs of Zion National Park.

Supporters have provided money for the purchase of the land, initial infrastructure, the Commons, and the duplex housing. The town of Springdale has worked cooperatively with The Mesa in planning and utility installation. The UNLV Design Build program is currently working on the structures and will be delivering them spring 2019.


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The Mesa is a tax-exempt corporation under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986.