With unrestrained enthusiasm I endorse The Mesa in Springdale, Utah. My association with such centers has been beneficial--in fact life-altering. Always my time has been fruitful and my life enriched by the amazing experience of living among others of the same urgencies and dearth of time, and willingness to work.
- Emma Lou Thayne - Writer, Poet, Lecturer
Why this matters
Zion Canyon Mesa will help shape the future of the west by utilizing the creative energy of artists, writers and its communities. The splendid isolation of the desert southwest can become the seedbed from which the stories waiting to be told are given voice, and the artistic vision can find expression. The current intellectual environment of the west has made it a center for the exchange of ideas and a place where diverse cultures have learned to solve problems.
With the support of individuals, foundations and businesses, the dream of a retreat for writers and artists in southern Utah's red rock country is becoming a reality. With your support, Zion Canyon Mesa can become a place where the essence of the western experience can be brought forth and shared with the nation and the world.
The voice of the intermountain west
Zion Canyon Mesa is something that Utah, and the interior West generally, has painfully lacked, and I can think of nothing that would advance western literature faster or more surely.
- Wallace Stegner, Writer
Perhaps better than any other native son, Utah-born Wallace Stegner captured the soul of western America in his writing. Yet, even he recognized that much of what the West has to say to the nation and the world remains unsaid. Shortly before his death, he learned of the plans to create Zion Canyon Mesa, which is designed to lend support to writers and visual artists in the Yaddo and MacDowell Colony tradition: a retreat center for writers and visual artists to work uninterrupted. Although there are around seventy similar retreat centers throughout the United States, there is nothing like this in the intermountain west or Great Basin.
There is a vision and perspective that springs from the red rocks, mountains and desert country of the West. The landscape, with its history and traditions has given a western ethic to America through literature and arts. Yet, there are stories waiting to be told and artistic interpretations waiting to be created from the solitude and beauty of the red rock country of Utah. Zion Canyon Mesa will serve as a catalyst for this creative expression in the unequaled serenity and beauty of Zion’s National Park.
2017 Infrastructure (upgrading the access road to meet town code; utilities, parking; initial landscaping). Design and architect plans finalized for first two duplex living/working studios. These plans will be modified for the final two duplexes.
2018 Beginning Construction of two duplexes; Design and architect plans finalized for Commons.
2019 Construction of Commons begins summer. First two duplexes completed late fall.
2020: Begin accepting applications for first residents. Complete Construction of Commons. Begin second two duplexes. Design and architect plans finalized for Art Studio and Director's House. Begin partial programming with first four writers. Construction of Art Studio.
2021: Begin full programing with two visual artists and six writers in residence.
ZION CANYON MESA SUPPORTERS
Jess & Olivia Agraz * Polly Aird * Douglas & Elaine Alder * Gayle Allred * Irwin Altman * Laurel Andrew * Val Antezak * Dawn Aoki * Beryl Arbit * Bette Arial * Arizona Community Foundation * Cynthia Buckingham & Jim Bach * Paul Barber * Phyllis Barber * Keith Beagle * Fea Beck * Teresa Beck * Maureen Beecher * Sue Bennett * Theodore & Margaret Benson * Millie & Ken Black * Steven Black * Ann Blanchard * Judy Maryon & Kirk Boman * Albert & Elaine Borchard Foundation * Martha Bradley-Evans * John & Annie Brewer * Paul & Maureen Brinkman * John Browne * Marcy Brownson * Joseph Cannon * Teresa Jordan & Hal Cannon * Katherine Chaddock * Charitable Gift Fund * Melodie & Bob Charles * Dolores Chase * Joyce Chesnut * James Clayton * Nancy Coates * Lisa Coffman * Beth Ann & Boyd Cole * Joy Cooney * Cooper/Roberts Architects * Courts & Co. * Frederick Coville * Creveling Memorial * Lorna Creveling * Ian & Annette Cumming * Dolores Darden * Karen Darner * Jean Cheney & Chuck Davidson * Michael Delfino * C. Brooklynn & Jill Mulvay Derr * Theresa Desmond * Dixie State University * David Driggs * Lawson Drinkard * Kathryn & Ezekiel Dumke, Jr. Foundation * George & Christine Durham * Abbie Eremich & David Eccles Foundation * George S. & Dolores Doré Eccles Foundation * Pete & Elizabeth Ellison * Leif & Sharon Erickson * Fred Esplin * Don & Carol Falvey * Martha Byam & Gary Fincke * Ann Whitney Floor * Daniel Foster * Barbara Fox * Richard Fox * Betsy & Dick Frank * Gayle Freeman * Dewey & Sandra Garner * Shirley Gee * Lloyd & LaPreal George * Bob Goldberg * Elaine & Burton Gordon * Kolene Granger * Deborah Grebenar * Janet & Doug Hacking * Kate & Ken Handley * Richard Haynie * Bob & Dixie Heufner * Patsy Hinchey * Robert Hinckley, Jr. * Earl & Edy Hindley * David Hitz Family Foundation * Chris Newell & Bob Hoffa * Lila Louise Hoffa * Walter Hoffman * James R. Holbrook * Jeff & Pat Holland * Polly Hough * James Houghey * Intermountain Health Care * Jay Jacobson * John Jarman * Boyer Jarvis * Roger & Frances Kennedy * Edward Keonjian * Kathryn Kilgore * Joan C. Kimball * Faith F. King * Julia Kleinschmiddt * Louise Knauer * James & Kathleen Knight * John S & James L Knight Foundation * Michael & Jennifer Knowles * Kenneth & Charlene Kotoku * Glen & Marijane Lambert * Carl Laurella * James B. Lee * Ed Leuders * Kathryn Lindquist * Robery & Polly List * Lael Littke * Hank Louis * Carol & Gordon Madsen * Ed & Betsy Marston * Pete & Carlin Masterson * Michael Mattsson * Edward McAniff * Cam Ferenbach & Mary Frances McCarthy * Keith McKeown * Lindsay McMurtry * Thomas McMurtry * Eugene & Dorothy Mills * Tony & Mary Ann Morgan * Alvin Moscow * Michael & Welthy Murphy * Susan Neff * Eric Newell * Heather Newell * Linda & Jack Newell * Claudia Norton * Owen Olpin * June & Brooks Pace * Pacificorp * Ted & Kay Packard * The Cissy Patterson Foundation * Elbert Peck * Dorothy & Vern Penner * Mary Leone Peters * Louise Excell & David Pettit * The Pincus Family Fund * Edwin Pister * Geoffrey Pope * Laurence Preble * David Prichard * The Redford Foundation * Allen Roberts * Alan Robertson * Rocky Mountain Power * Phyllis Rose * Rosenberg Engineering * David & Eugenia Ruegg * Dawn Sandberg * Glenn Schaeffer * The Sego Gallery * Gary & Lauren Shepherd * Gerald Sherratt * Simmons Family Foundation * Sam Sleiman * Gibbs & Catherine Smith * Joan W. Smith * Douglas & Susan Snow * Steven E. Snow * Town of Springdale * Diane Stewart * Nicholas Stonnington * Michael P. Stryker & Barbara L. Poetter * Michelle Sweet * Arthur Swindle * Barbara Tanner * Grace Tanner * O.C. Tanner Co. * Carolyn Tanner Irish * Glenn Taylor * Linda Thatcher * Melvin & Emma Lou Thayne * Adele M. Thomas Charitable Foundation * Beth & John Thomas * Parry Thomas * Chuck Thompson * Gregory Thorpe * Trudy Todd * Sylvia Torti * Jim Trees/Trees Ranch * Trueblood Studios * United Way * The State of Utah * Utah Arts Council * Utah Humanities Council * Video West * Milton Voight * William Weyher * Dale & Marge Whitman * Carles & Lenette Wilde * Brooke & Terry Tempest Williams * Terry Wood * The Wooden Nickel Foundation * Helen Wu * Catherine Wyler * Kenn Wynn * James Yates & Alba Ortiz * Susan Zakin * B.J. & Patsy Zimmerman * Zion Pizza & Noodle * Zions Bank