Howard County Arts Council 

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Howard County Arts Council seeks applicants for teaching artist positions for its upcoming Winter & Spring 2022 Class Sessions during the following dates.

Winter 2022 Class Dates: January 24 - March 20, 2022

Proposals due November 1, 2021

Spring 2022 Class Dates: March 27 - May 15, 2022

Proposals due February 1, 2022

Qualified individuals are invited to submit proposals for youth and/or adult courses and workshops in any performing or visual arts discipline.

Howard County Arts Council (HCAC) strives to offer students of all ages, backgrounds, and abilities quality arts experiences and a chance to discover their unique creative talents. HCAC is seeking qualified arts instructors to propose classes and workshops for the upcoming session. Priority will be given to proposals addressing the fundamentals of visual and performing arts. Classes/Workshops may be scheduled anytime during normal building hours, from one to four hours, during the designated session dates. Classes/Workshops are canceled if enrollment is fewer than five students.

Tentative Winter & Spring building hours at the Howard County Center for the Arts are: Monday – Thursday, 9am – 10pm; Friday, 9am – 8pm; Saturday, 10am – 4pm; Sunday, 12 – 4pm.

Teaching artists create a safe and supportive learning environment where students can feel comfortable taking risks and engaging in creative challenges. Individual attention and small class sizes encourage participation and dialogue.

HCAC Staff is regularly updating the current best practices and recommendations from trusted organizations and our local health departments to make decisions regarding camp safety precautions. All plans will be approved by the Maryland State Department of Health before the beginning of classes.


  • Develop age-appropriate curricula in cooperation with the Deputy Director.
  • Relate needs for supplies and equipment to the Deputy Director by the assigned deadline.
  • Attend required meetings.
  • Prepare studio/classroom and collect supplies for class use/ return studio/classroom to its previous condition when class is dismissed.
  • Keep Deputy Director informed of any incidents, concerns, or issues regarding students, equipment, or space.


HCAC employs teaching artists as independent contractors.  Contract teachers are paid according to the number of registrations per class.

Classes can be 2-3 hours each and run for up to 8 weeks. Contract rates for classes are as follows (half payable halfway into the term and the remaining half payable at the end of the term):   $25/hr for 5-11 students enrolled in the class, $30/hr for 12-16, and $35/hr for 17+.  A supply budget for up to $100 is provided for youth classes.

Workshops can be 2-4 hours each and should run only once per session cycle. Contract rates for workshops are as follows: $35/hr for 6-15 students enrolled in the workshop, $40/hr for 16+.  Supply budgets and workshop pricing are decided on a case-by-case basis by the Deputy Director. 

If you have any questions, please contact

Creative Howard Grant Program Guidelines
FY22 Application Calendar
Grant period ends June 30
Grant activities must take place within this grant period;   projects are not funded retroactively, please plan ahead. See earliest start date below.
September 1
Rolling deadline based on funds available; applications due 60  days prior to proposed project start date.
November 1
Earliest project start date for projects.
 Applications submitted by 11:59 PM EST on the first day of the month will be reviewed that month; applications received after that will be reviewed the following month.
April 1
Last deadline for FYE June 30.
Final Report Due within 15 business days of project  completion.
Creative Howard Overview
The purpose of the Creative Howard grant program is to strengthen the vitality of the Howard County arts community and recognize the role of small nonprofit arts organizations and arts businesses in Howard County’s creative eco-system.
The goals for Creative Howard are:
· To increase access to the process of requesting grants to arts organizations and support needs in the arts community that may fall outside of the eligibility requirements of HCAC’s Community Arts Development grant program.
· To provide small non-profit 501c3- designated arts organizations with a foundation to apply for future Community Arts Development grants.
Creative Howard supports eligible activities of small arts organizations (both 501c3 nonprofit arts organizations and for- and nonprofit arts businesses) with grants up to $1000. There is no  matching fund requirement for Creative Howard grants. Applicants may receive funding for only one application per fiscal year (July 1-June 30).
The deadline for Creative Howard is rolling. The deadline to submit the application is the first day of each month at 11:59PM.  Applications will be reviewed monthly and Creative Howard grants will be awarded throughout the fiscal year until total funding allocated for the program is awarded.
HCAC will begin accepting applications on September 1, 2021 for the FY22 application cycle. The grant period for FY22 ends June 30, 2022. Funded activities must occur within the grant period. HCAC does not fund projects in progress or completed before the grant application deadline.  Applications must be submitted at least 60 days before the proposed activities occur.
The application process will be closed once funding allocated for the program is fully awarded and will only be reopened should new funding become available.
Nonprofit arts organizations and arts businesses (see definitions below) located and operating in Howard County for at least one year prior to the application’s submission and throughout the funded project with an operating revenue of $100,000 or less (see application process below) are eligible to apply.
Not eligible to apply are current FY22 HCAC grant recipients, Howard County governmental agencies, and organizations that receive direct funding from Howard County, such as, Howard County Public Schools, Howard County Recreation and Parks, Howard Community College.
· Applicant must maintain their primary physical office and conduct at least 50% of all business operations, programs and activities in Howard County (i.e.: 50% of rehearsals, 50% of Board and committee meetings, 50% of performances, workshops, etc.). Corporate papers, such as the 990 and Personal Property Tax forms, letterhead, website, and program materials submitted must show primary office is located in the County.
· Applicant must have one fully completed and documented fiscal year of operations as of the date of the application submission.
· Applicant must produce or present arts programs, services or projects that are accessible to the public and relevant to its community (demonstrate need).

  • Applicant may receive funding for one Creative Howard grant per fiscal year; the program may consist of a one-time activity or a series of related activities.
  • A program is eligible for funding through Creative Howard if it supports an arts and/or cultural activity that is presented at a location in Howard County.
  • Program activities must be open to the public with or without an admission fee, virtual programming is eligible.
  • Program activities may include, but are not limited to, dance, design, folk and traditional arts, history exhibit  or historic reenactment, lectures or seminars, literature, media arts, music, theater, visual arts, and workshops. This list is not exhaustive and applicants are encouraged to think creatively about their programs.
  • Program budget must be based on cash income and expense only.
  • Program  expenses must be directly related to the artistic activities described in the application.

Submission of an application constitutes an understanding and agreement of the conditions set forth in these guidelines.
Please read the full guidelines, before starting the application. Only successfully submitted, complete, on-line applications will be accepted and reviewed. Incomplete or hard copy applications will be disqualified. 

Arts Council staff is available to assist applicants with any questions about completing this application by mailing

The Arts Council is currently seeking applications from artists to fill artist studio spaces at Long Reach Village Center. The available studios are 68 & 187 square feet and rent for $56.69 & $138.41/month, respectively. Please contact to arrange a studio tour.

Applications for this studio are currently being accepted. Applications will be reviewed by the HCAC Center Committee on the following criteria: artistic discipline, artistic merit, and commitment, as well as the appropriateness of activities for the available space.

Please download and review the RFP before submitting your application:

Please note: at this time we are unable to process applications for artists using materials that are not water-soluble.   

The Long Reach Artist Studio Program will host studio space for artists representing a variety of disciplines. Artists have 24-hour access, easy access to water, and a night security guard on the premises. Heat & utilities are included. Studio furniture is not included. The studios are located on the second floor of the Long Reach Office Suites. There is no elevator on the premises.

The Long Reach Artist Studio Program Objectives

To provide individual artists with a space in which they may pursue the production of fine arts. The fine arts include traditional and emerging art forms within, but not limited to, the visual arts, performing arts, and literary arts.

To support a diverse community of artists working in a variety of fine arts media and disciplines. 


General benefits include: private and semi-private studios (shared entry access), 24-hour access to designated studio, physical mailing address, affordable monthly rental rate, and prime location as a part of Howard County’s Long Reach Rising Revitalization Project. 
Studio Artists will also have an opportunity to showcase their work in pop-up galleries and other special events on the premises.


The Studio Program is open to practicing artists who demonstrate a central commitment to the production or performance of fine arts. Emerging Artists are also encouraged to apply. 

HCAC Board of Directors, full-time staff, HCAC Center Committee, and their immediate family are ineligible to apply.


To apply for consideration as a Studio Artist, submit an application with the following attachments:

  • Letter of Intent: In one page or less, provide a brief description of your work or project to be completed while in residence, your career direction, and why you should be awarded an Artist Studio at Long Reach Village Center. 
  • Up-to-date Resume: Three pages or less, listing education, background, exhibitions, awards, and/or publications.
  • Artist Statement: In one page or less, concisely describe your creative work, process, technique, and conceptual development.
  • Three Letters of Recommendation: Include references with the ability to speak to your character, responsibility, and contribution to community.
  • Up to 20 Images Created within the Last Two Years that represent your work: Include at least one video recording if applying for performance art or video work. Videos must not exceed five minutes in duration.
  • Image List

If available, include examples of printed materials such as articles, brochures, programs,

and reviews.


To hold a studio space at the Village Center, artists must, at a minimum, submit to the following:

  • Artists must use their studios a minimum of eight hours per week (annual average). Those eight hours must be used for the development and production of their art and not for other unrelated employment or activities. Teaching in The Long Reach Artist Studios is not permitted.  
  • Artists must pay the studio rent within five working days of the first of each month.
  • Artists must maintain a $2,000,000 general liability insurance policy for their studio as well as coverage for the contents of their studio. 
  • Artists must maintain a safe working environment in their studios. No hazardous materials may be used in The Long Reach Artist Studios. Artists must provide (and keep current) a list of materials they plan to use in their studios. Furthermore, they are expected to practice a “good neighbor” policy, being mindful of both materials and sounds that might disrupt the health and safety of the Village Center community. 
  • Artists must maintain annual membership with HCAC.
  • Any changes to the studio must be approved by the HCAC Center Committee and artists must return the studio to its original condition when vacating. 


Complete applications will be forwarded to the selection panel for consideration. Please do not staple hard-copy materials or put them in binders or plastic sheets. Handwritten statements will not be accepted.

All application materials must. be submitted online. Faxed, emailed, mailed or hand-delivered applications will not be accepted.

For full information, please see RFP here.

Head StART in ART: Program Description 

The Howard County Arts Council (HCAC) partners with the Ellicott City and Old Cedar Lane Head Start Centers on artist- in-residence programs for children ages 3-5 enrolled in Head Start.  This partnership, Head StART in ART, provides these children with an in-depth, hands-on artistic experience and ensures access to the arts that they might not otherwise have. The program will include 6-8 artists of different disciplines, offering a wide variety of new experiences for the children. The opportunity for such experiences during these formative years can have a direct impact on a child's development, as well as future appreciation of and involvement in the arts. HCAC coordinates, administers, and funds the project. HCAC begins by selecting an artist who is experienced in conducting school residency programs, particularly for young children, and then works closely with the artist and the Head Start staff to create a thematic program that is both enriching and developmentally appropriate.  The children work with the artist and create something of which they, their parents, and teachers can be proud. 


Teaching artists in a variety of arts disciplines are sought for residencies in support of Pre-K curriculum in the Ellicott City and Old Cedar Lane Head Start Centers (ages 3-5).   

Selected artist(s)/residencies: 

  • Serve between 3-6 classes, 20-25 students per class, possibly over an extended period of time
  •  May be scheduled with the Center anytime between October-May during the school year
  •  Culminate with a performance (for performing arts) or exhibit (for visual arts) that parents may attend


Selected artists must have previous experience working with children, Pre-K preferred. 

If selected artists have not been fingerprinted and have background checks on file, they should be prepared to do so. 

For the 2020/2021 school year, artists are required to provide a virtual option. Please outline how your residency can be held virtually in your proposal. 

To Apply

Please submit:

1) Your proposed residency, including timeline, unit plan, materials list, perceived outcomes and goals as related to MSDE standards for Pre-K.

2) Resume

3) Three references

4) Samples of student work

5) Fee structure

The Howard County Arts Council (HCAC) is seeking up to 12 artists to participate in its Eleventh Annual Juried Public Art Competition for a temporary outdoor exhibit from August 2022-July 2023. HCAC’s goal is to make art more accessible to the entire community by placing sculpture at sites throughout Howard County. The sculpture will serve as major visual anchor points that will enhance and activate community spaces and generate interest in public art.

HCAC will administer the selection process and provide an identification plaque for each work and promotional support for the exhibit. HCAC staff will serve as the liaison with site administrators. Sale of artwork will be encouraged; a 20% commission of work sold as a result of the exhibit will go to HCAC. Work must remain on view for the duration of the entire exhibit.

Grant Awards:
HCAC will provide up to 12 artists with a $3,000 grant to cover the temporary loan, insurance, installation, de-installation, and repairs to the sculpture. If multiple pieces are selected from one artist, a separate grant will be awarded for each piece. Selected artists will receive two grant payments: one after the contract is signed and the sculpture is installed, and the other after the sculpture is de-installed and the site is returned to its original condition. Artist fee is contingent upon HCAC receiving full funding for ARTsites 2022 from Howard County.

The competition is open to all professional visual artists, aged 18 and older, with public art experience commensurate with this project's scope. HCAC board, staff, and their immediate family members, and selection panelists and their immediate family members are not eligible to participate. In addition to finished pieces, proposed work will also be considered (based on previous examples of public work).

For full details, please read the entire RFP found here:
All application materials should be submitted online or delivered to Howard County Arts Council by 11:59PM, February 24, 2022.

The Howard County Arts Council (HCAC) is seeking up to 12 publicly accessible sites to host sculpture for a temporary outdoor exhibit from August 2022–July 2023 as part of ARTsites, HCAC’s annual juried public art competition. Selected sites can be public or privately owned, and will choose and display one sculpture each. HCAC’s goal is to make art more accessible to the entire community by placing sculpture at sites throughout Howard County. The sculpture will serve as major visual anchor points that will enhance and activate community spaces and generate interest in public art.   A selection panel made up of HCAC representatives, public art professionals, and at least one professional with expertise in planning and zoning, architecture and design, or construction, will be convened to review the applications and select artist finalists and sites. The panel will provide a pool of selected sculptures to representatives from participating sites; those representatives will choose the sculptures for their sites from the pool.  

 The competition is open to all professional artists, aged 18 and older, with public art experience that is commensurate with this project’s scope. HCAC will provide a grant to each selected artist to cover the temporary loan, installation and de-installation of the sculpture.   HCAC will provide a name plaque for each work and publicity materials. HCAC staff will serve as a liaison with artists and site administrators. Sale of installed works will be encouraged; a 20% commission of work sold as a result of the exhibit will go to HCAC. Work must remain on view for the entire duration of the exhibit. 


  • All community, commercial and public sites in Howard County are eligible; HCAC’s goal is to place sculpture at sites throughout the county.
  • Sites that experience high levels of pedestrian traffic are recommended.
  • Sites must be visible and accessible to the public.
  • Sites that have courtyards or other paved pedestrian spaces conducive to the display of outdoor sculpture or sites willing to install a concrete pad will be given preference; some work may be appropriate to place on lawns.
  • Sites should be publicly accessible 24 hours per day or, if they are sited in a park or similar site, be accessible during normal hours of that site’s operation.
  • Sites that contain commercial or political advertising (other than the name and location of the business), or would impede pedestrian traffic, or create a safety or traffic issue will not be considered.

Site Responsibilities:

  • Privately owned sites must carry General Liability Insurance in the amount of $2,000,000, personal property insurance covering vandalism or theft, and provide proof thereof.
  • Appoint a site administrator who will provide logistical and administrative support during installation, de-installation, and the duration of the exhibit.
  • Monitor the work and notify HCAC immediately of any damages or vandalism.
  • Install a concrete pad or other anchoring construction if the sculpture the site selects requires it.
  • Install the name plaque provided by HCAC in the area that the sculpture is sited.
  • Enter into an agreement with HCAC regarding these requirements and willingness to host the sculpture for the duration of the exhibit.
  • Have representatives available to attend meetings as necessary and be available for publicity purposes.

Guidelines for Sites to Consider:

Public art should ideally

  • Be placed at a site where it will enhance and activate the space or at least not detract from it (e.g. creating a “blind” spot).
  • Be sited where it will be highly visible, in a location that experiences high levels of  pedestrian traffic, or creates a place to congregate.
  • Be placed at a site where it is not overwhelmed by, nor competing with, the scale of the site or adjacent architecture, large retail signage, billboards, etc.
  • Not block windows or entrance ways, nor obstruct normal pedestrian circulation in and out of a building, nor be a safety hazard.
  • Not be placed at a site if the landscaping and maintenance requirements of that site cannot be met.

Artist Responsibilities:

Artists selected to exhibit their sculpture will be responsible for:

  • Signing a contract with HCAC and site.
  • Transportation and installation of the sculpture.
  • Maintaining general liability insurance during the installation process and any applicable insurance limits for themselves or any subcontractors including, but not limited to, worker’s compensation, automobile, etc. during the installation of the artwork.
  • Being available for public information, interviews, etc.
  • Removing work promptly at the end of the exhibit.


Participating artists retain sole ownership and copyright of the artwork, but must agree to grant HCAC and participating site a royalty-free, worldwide perpetual license to use any depictions of the work for educational, documentary, and non-commercial promotional purposes.


 Artist and Site RFPs posted December 2021

 Proposals due at HCAC February 24, 2022

 Sites notified March 2022 

 Artwork selection meeting March 2022* 

 Artists notified April 2022 

 Contracts due May 2022

 Artwork installed August 1-15, 2022

 Artwork de-installed July 15-30, 2023

  *This meeting date will be set by HCAC and all sites will be notified of the date and time after the proposal deadline. Accepted sites will need to send a representative to this meeting to select the artwork for their site. 


 HCAC reserves the right to refuse any or all submissions, sites, and any finalists; to waive informalities in proposals or procedures; to withhold the selection award should it be determined that the site or submissions are not adequate, or for any other reason prior to a written contractual arrangement. HCAC also reserves the right to re-issue the call for entry, which may revise selection timeline, or ask sites to submit proposals for review. HCAC reserves the right to accept or reject, at any time, any or all proposals or any part thereof submitted in connection with this call for entry, to waive any defect or technicality, and to advertise for new proposals, where the acceptance, rejection, waiver or advertisement would be in the best interest of HCAC, or to terminate the selection process at any time for any project. If, regardless of the reason, the contract for the project is not executed within thirty days after submittal to the site, HCAC reserves the right to withdraw the selection of the site. HCAC reserves the right to negotiate unacceptable provisions incorporated within an otherwise acceptable proposal. A proposal which is late, incomplete, unclear, conditional or which contains irregularities of any kind, may be rejected without evaluation. Submission of an application constitutes an understanding and agreement of the conditions set forth herein. 


Complete applications will be forwarded to the selection panel for consideration. Handwritten statements will not be accepted.     Sites interested in applying for the project must submit the following:

  • Attached Submission Form, filled in completely. If submitting for multiple sites, fill out a separate form for each site.
  • Photograph(s) and/or scale drawing of each proposed site.

Complete RFP for private sites can be found here

Complete RFP for public agency sites can be found here

All application materials must be submitted by 11:59PM February 24, 2022

Howard County Arts Council