The studios are below-market value work space for artists in the local Virginia and Washington, DC metro area. The program provides an opportunity for collaboration between artists and their community. This includes, but is not limited to, exhibition space, retail space, performance space, educational programs, and other ways to contribute to the cultural vibrancy of Arlington, VA. Artists that will be a good fit for this residency are those who are community-minded and understand the importance of the arts in a sustainable and vibrant society. Studios do not include living quarters, only studio/work space.  

The ARC3409 Arts Studios are owned and operated by the homeowners of ARC 3409 Unit Owners Association. We are community members who live, work, and are invested in the success of our neighborhood. This includes the arts as part of that community ecosystem. Prior to transitioning ownership to the unit owners association, the building was owned by a developer who opened up the art studios to local artists based on a Site Plan requirement. We continue this mission and want to provide the opportunity to artists who can create their work and interact with the community.

The artists that are selected are invited to engage with both the residents of ARC 3409. as well as the local surrounding community and partners. We are closely located to the Arlington Arts Center, The Gallery at Clarendon, George Mason University and are excited to be a part of this growing Arlington arts community. Artists will use work space as a platform to bring the arts into the community in a visible and accessible format.

We offers four private work spaces that range in square feet from 245 - 329 ft. The studio fees range from $460.00 - $610.00 per month, depending on the square footage. The studio fees include water, electricity, and heating and air conditioning. There is a shared restroom that is accessible through a separate entrance. All studios have excellent natural light and working sinks. Artists have 24 hour access, 365 days a year to their studios. Artists who are selected will have access to create gallery exhibitions in the gallery space.

All artistic disciplines will be considered, including cross-disciplinary work. All artists in the Virginia, Maryland, and Washington, DC Metro area are eligible to apply for a three-year term in one of our subsidized studios. Artists can renew once, limiting the total lease term to six years. This is done to allow as many artists as possible to benefit from this program.

Preference will be given to emerging artists who we define as the principal creators of new work who take risks and embrace challenges; develop voices revealing significant potential; are rigorous in their approach to creation and production; have some evidence of professional achievement but not a substantial record of accomplishment; and are not recognized as established artists by other artists, curators, producers, critics, and arts administrators.