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Studios and Rentals

Incubator for the Arts

In order to encourage and maintain a lively arts community, the Howard County Center for the Arts offers affordable studio, teaching, and meeting space to local artists and community-focused arts groups. The Center is currently home to over 25 artists and arts organizations through its Resident and Arts Advancement programs.

As a community arts venue, the Center also serves as an incubator for the arts. Several initiatives are in place that offer artists and arts groups opportunities to establish themselves and grow.

Resident Artist Studio Program

The studio program provides affordable workspace in a supportive, nurturing environment to practicing visual artists. Center resident artists exhibit their work annually and participate in a variety of open studio events. Resident artists have 24-hour access to their studio space. Studios feature abundant natural light, a convivial community atmosphere, and access to water. Artists working in a variety of styles and media are encouraged to apply, although the studio spaces are best suited to artists working in 2-D media. Current Resident Artists: James Adkins, painting; Joan Bevelaqua, painting; Michael Brown, painting; Myungsook Ryu Kim, painting; Art Landerman, illustration; Diana Marta, painting; Amanda Gordon Miller, woodblock printing; Joyce Ritter, fiber art; Jereme Scott, painting; Alice St. Germain-Gray, art glass beads; Andrei Trach, painting; Jamie Travers, mixed media; Mary Jo Tydlacka, painting, and David Zuccarini, painting.

Resident Arts Organization Program

Like the studio program, the Resident Arts Organization program provides much-needed stable and affordable community arts space, this time for non-profit organizations actively involved in the production and promotion of the arts in one or more disciplines. Organizations may have office, studio, rehearsal, and/or performance space at the Center.  The current Resident Arts Organizations are: Chesapeake Shakespeare Company; Columbia Orchestra; and Howard County Ballet.

The Arts Council is currently seeking applications from non-profit arts organizations to fill one available resident arts organization studio space at the Howard County Center for the Arts. The studio is approximately 750 square feet and rents for $522.50 per month.

NOTE – NEW DEADLINE: Interested organizations should review the Request for Proposals below and submit a completed application by 5pm on Monday, September 15, 2014.

For additional information, please contact Amanda Harvey, Information & Visitor Services, at 410-313-2787.

Resident Arts Organization Studio RFP

Arts Advancement Program

The Arts Advancement program provides volunteer-run, non-profit arts organizations with low-cost space in which to meet, present public programs and establish a base of operations. For a nominal annual fee, selected organizations receive up to ten meeting dates and a mailing address at the Howard County Center for the Arts Center.  Current Arts Advancement participants: Ballet Mobile; Baltimore Appliqué Society; Baltimore Bead Society; Baltimore Watercolor Society; Black Eyed Susan Button Club; Embroiderers Guild of America, Constellation Chapter; Greater Maryland Decorative Artisans; Howard County Music Teachers Association; Maryland Art League; Maryland Professional Photographer's Association; and the Weavers Guild of Greater Baltimore.

Arts Advancement Application


Artists and arts groups also have an opportunity to rent space at the Art Center on a one-time, occasional or regular basis to create their own programs.


The Center’s three multipurpose classrooms are great places to hold lessons, workshops, rehearsals, or other arts activities for up to 25 people. The spaces are working studio classrooms with sinks, worktables, and flexible seating. A limited number of easels are available. There is no short or long-term storage available; program supplies must be provided by the renter.

Conference Room

The Center’s conference room is ideal for casual art-related meetings and gatherings. Lined on one side by windows and on the opposite by glass display cases, this room has flexible table and seating options and, depending on the configuration, can accommodate up to 100 people.  A portable room divider can be used for breakout sessions or to create a more intimate space.

Dance Studio

The Center’s 918 sq ft dance studio features a sprung wood floor and marley, a mirrored wall, dance barres, and windows and skylights for ample natural light. The studio is available for dance classes and rehearsals, as well as compatible arts activities. Capacity varies by use.

NOTE: New dance studio rental rates will go into effect July 1, 2014.

Black Box Theatre

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