The residency is open to applicants 18+ who are residents of Franklin County. Visual artist, muscians, writers, performers, dancers, and actors are encouraged to apply. The City of Columbus is an inclusive entity and this program is open to all. Employees of the City of Columbus are not eligible.


AiR is a 16 week, non-live-in, studio residency in one of Columbus’s premier arts institutions, the Priscilla R. Tyson Cultural Arts Center and Columbus Performing Arts Center. Artists are chosen by a panel of juried applicants and awarded an unrestricted use $2000.00 stipend. The goal is for AiR to become part of the CAC or CPAC community by engaging regularly with and educating students attending classes, visitors, and tour groups. The focus is for AiR to develop a body of work in the artist’s discipline and share it through talks, demos, programs, workshops, outreach at CRPD community centers and an exhibition. At the successful completion of AiR, the artist has an opportunity to become a panelist for future AiR awards. AiR is expected to commit to the entire 16 week residency dates. No partial residency commitment will be accepted.


To provide studio space, financial, inspirational, and network support to any artist seeking opportunity and exploring new directions or projects in their art making process.

CAC Amenities for Visual Artists

760 sq. ft., downtown studio space with windows and natural light, large sink, free parking, access to studios may be arranged with AiR coordinator. AiR may enroll in a CAC class at no cost. Select art supplies are available through the city warehouse. See list. Studio is close to bus line, access to student and professional network, Wi-Fi, & CREATED art shop.

CPAC Amenities for Performing Artists

Shedd Theatre stage for workshops, approximately 20’ x 20’ with dance marlie floor. Speaker with IPhone plug in. Piano. Please note: due to safety concerns, no audience seating is available for spectators in this space.

Van Fleet Theatre for final performance. 175 seat space with sound, lighting and dressing rooms.



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The CAC’s Artist in Residence program is made possible with support from the Ohio Arts Council.