Artists Take To The Air

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A new project called Air AIR (Artists in Residence) is inviting artists to apply for a chance to spend time in the air and create art inspired by their experience aloft. Such programs are well-established in national parks, Amtrak and other venues, but this appears to be the first of its kind that takes place aboard commercial aircraft. The project launched last year and held its first Air AIR Artists’ Exhibition in Atlanta, Georgia, in March. Applications are now being accepted for this year’s residencies.

The round-trip flights will take three artists to their destination locations and back, all within 24 hours. Once the artists are back on the ground, the residency culminates in a one-night pop-up exhibition. Air AIR aims to encourage visual artists, composers, writers and other cultural workers to create under the constraints of limited space, limited materials and sensory deprivation while in flight. All applicants must have a valid driver's license or passport and be willing to participate in a 10- to 12-hour flight (including layover time) launching from Atlanta. They also will participate in an exhibition in the Atlanta area. The deadline to apply is Friday, July 21.

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