Young artist Payton Hurley is a paper-maker and emerging cultural manager with huge aspirations. She will graduate from Florida State University this summer and is spending her July at the Sedona Summer Colony working as an artist-intern for the Peace Paper Project. She is working closely with director Drew Matott and using the papermaking process as a form of social engagement, advocacy, therapy, and community building. Matott—who has shared his art form wiht communities in India, Germany, United Kingdom, France, Turkey, Spain, Kosovo, Ukraine, and Poland—has returned to Sedona and set up a studio as part of Sedona Summer Colony.
“The projects I work on build appreciation between artists, businesses and the community,” says Payton, “through events and creative experiences that encourage social interaction and new connections.”