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The Howard Hughes Corporation®, is now accepting applications for its third annual 2020 Merriweather District Artists-in-Residence (MD AIR) program in Downtown Columbia, MD. In partnership with the Howard County Arts Council (HCAC), the Downtown Columbia Arts and Culture Commission (DCACC), and Soulful Symphony, four artists will be selected from submitted entries and each provided a $12,000 stipend, studio space, and housing to spend up to two months in residence, from May 18, 2020 to June 30, 2020. Artists are encouraged to focus on the relationship between art and technology in responding to the MD AIR Call for Entry, which is being disseminated nation-wide.

The 2020 MD AIR program will include residencies in the following areas:

Contemporary Art x Technology Artist (3 Artists):

The MD AIR program will select up to three artists who specifically produce work that integrate art, innovation and technology. The highest priority will be given to artists who work within this medium.

Music x Technology Artist (1 Artist):

MD AIR has expanded the program for 2020 to include a new and fourth residency position, sponsored by the Downtown Columbia Arts and Culture Commission (DCACC) and Soulful Symphony. The selected artist will have studio space with the other three artists, as well as the opportunity for mentorship and collaboration with Darin Atwater, the Artistic Director of DCACC and founder of Soulful Symphony.

Studio space will be provided at 6100 Merriweather, a new office building in Downtown Columbia’s Merriweather District. Residential accommodations will be provided within walking distance at Juniper, the District’s newest residential building.

The MD AIR program is in its third year of what will be an annual program providing an opportunity for artists to spend two months in the midst of an evolving urban center at the vanguard of walkable communities that both nurture and catalyze creativity, vibrancy, and equity.

Artists are encouraged to focus on the relationship between art and technology in responding to the MD AIR Call for Entry. MD AIR applications will remain open until Tuesday, January 21, 2020. For further information and to apply, visit

Howard County Arts Council

The Howard Hughes Corporation is collaborating with the Howard County Arts Council to present the MD AIR program. The Howard County Arts Council is a model multi-purpose arts agency that supports a wide variety of programs and opportunities that advance artistic development in Howard County. In addition to providing expertise and advice, the Arts Council will have a representative on the artist selection panel, administer the on-line selection process and assist with MD AIR open studio activities. For more information, visit

About The Howard Hughes Corporation

The Howard Hughes Corporation owns, manages and develops commercial, residential and mixed-use real estate in 14 states, including Maryland, where it is developing Downtown Columbia. For more information, visit


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