PAAC and Anacostia Trails Heritage Area Inc. (ATHA) invites artists to submit multi or interdisciplinary projects that combine the arts with the rich history and natural resources unique to the Anacostia Trails Heritage Area. Artists will be encouraged to use resources from local historical groups/museums and find ways to bring nature, trails, and/or cycling into works of art. The project idea can employ an array of disciplines - whether it is a cartographic exploration of the trails or the area’s flora and fauna, a map of time that looks at how the area has evolved, a set of paintings, drawings, prints, sculptures, books or a combination that investigate the soul of the Anacostia Trails Heritage Area, or a study of past and/or present - so that it resonates with the ideas of history, place/ memory, nature and art. The project could also employ sound, video or performance as a medium. Site specific installations are also welcome.


Maryland Milestones/Anacostia Trails Heritage Area is the regional Heritage Area program – part of a system of Certified Maryland Heritage Areas – for northern Prince Georges’ County and the Washington D.C. Metro area encompassing approximately 84 square miles.


Two project examples:


Eligibility: Open to artists in all stages of their career, but not currently enrolled full time students. Artist working in the disciplines of painting, drawing, printmaking, papermaking, sculpture, book arts, mixed-media, installation, video or performance.


Pyramid Atlantic Studios: We have a fully equipped printshop, a book bindery, a typeshop, a paper studio and hollander beater. For full studio descriptions, click here.


Selected artists will receive:

  • Key to PAAC studios and 24 hour access

  • Storage space and flat file for tools and materials

  • Use of standard shop supplies

  • $500 stipend to be used for travel, housing, materials, etc.

  • 10 hours of technical assistance


Each applicant will be judged on the artistic merit of his/her work, interest and potential in printmaking, paper arts and book arts (or combination thereof), as well as the quality and clarity of his/her plan for the residency. Although previous experience in a PAAC discipline may be helpful to a successful applicant, such experience is not necessary or expected. Artists are also asked to give a brief gallery talk about their work during their residency and to have a selected piece available on the Maryland Milestones Gallery Wall.


Residency Length:

Minimum 2 weeks, maximum 1 month (specify amount of time in application)for the month of September, October or November.


Selection Process:

A panel of professionals including historians, artists, curators, and arts administrators will jury each round of applications.


Application requirements:

  • A one page letter of intent explaining your project and your connection to local history, the studios you would like to work in, and your level of experience

  • Resume

  • 10 images of recent work

Pyramid Atlantic is grateful for the support of:


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