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Howard Hughes Merriweather District Artist-in-Residence Program

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The Howard Hughes Corporation, (HHC), in collaboration with the Howard County Arts Council is seeking artists for the 2019 Merriweather District Artist-in-Residence (MD AIR) program in Downtown Columbia, MD. Up to three individual artists or teams will be selected from submitted entries and provided with a stipend of $10,000 per each artist or team to spend six (6) weeks, from May 13 – June 24, 2019, creating a work of art in a medium of their choosing. The highest priority will be given to artists who intend to produce works that reflect innovative approaches, new media and interdisciplinary art forms.

The MD AIR program is an integral part of the creation of an urban core in Downtown Columbia. HHC, as the master developer for this new Downtown, understands the role that creativity, innovation and the arts play in defining the personality of a community. The projects that will be selected for the 2019 MD AIR program should relate to the advancement of HHC’s goals for this new urban center. More specifically, the projects should:
• Define and advance the identity of the Merriweather District as a Center of Culture and Commerce;
• Build meaningful engagement between the artists and the community;
• Expand the public’s understanding of the importance of vision, creativity and innovation in evoking a sense of place and community, culture and commerce; and
• Build a community of artists involved in the evolution of and connected to the Merriweather District.

The selected artists (Artist) will be required to spend at least four (4) weeks in the studio space to be provided by HHC (Studio). Artist will be able to gain access to Studio from May 1-13 to set up their space prior to beginning their project on May 13. Artist will have from June 24-28 to breakdown their space and vacate Studio.
HHC will designate a residence for the use of Artist during the period of time from May 1 – June 28. One private bedroom within a shared apartment will be provided to each Artist for their use during this period of time. If Artist is working with a team, HHC cannot guarantee that it can provide additional residential space to accommodate team members. Additional information about the residence will be provided to the selected Artist.

Download the Call for Entries here:

Download the application here.

Download FAQ sheet here.

• Michele Whelley, MD AIR Program Manager,


Columbia, Maryland: United States

Columbia, MD, is situated in the middle of the Baltimore-Washington region, within commuting distance to jobs in these major cities and elsewhere in the corridor, as well as access to nationally recognized arts and educational institutions. It is an area distinguished by strong population and income growth and highly educated residents. A development of The Howard Hughes Corporation, Downtown Columbia is located at the center of Columbia, MD, one of the first master planned communities in the U.S. founded by legendary developer James W. Rouse in 1967. Columbia is comprised of 14,000 acres, including ten completed residential villages with a population of 102,000. In 2016, Columbia was named the best place to live in America by Money magazine. The city’s core was left underdeveloped until the adoption of the Downtown Columbia Plan in 2010, when The Howard Hughes Corporation assumed ownership of the 391-acre redevelopment site.

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