Call for Artist-in-Residence at Indianapolis City Market

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Call for Artist-in-Residence at Indianapolis City Market


INDIANAPOLIS CITY MARKET 2018 artist-in-residence call

Call Summary
Spark City Market, a partnership between Indianapolis City Market and Big Car Collaborative’s Spark Placemaking program — with funding from a Southwest Airlines Heart of the Community grant — seeks an artist-in-residence to develop, facilitate, and engage in place-based programming. This will happen over five months in the remainder of 2018 at City Market with a start in August. The artist in-residence will work to bring engaging, interactive art experiences to people at this public place and further the partnership’s focus on social cohesion and community resiliency. Some of this work will happen in connection with social services partners such as Horizon House, the Coalition for Homelessness Intervention and Prevention (CHIP), and the YMCA at City Market.

Project Description
Spark City Market – Heart of the Community is a placemaking effort for public spaces in downtown Indianapolis, supported by Southwest Airlines and Project for Public Spaces in partnership with Indianapolis City Market. In 2016, Spark Placemaking partnered with City Market to plan and test ways to revitalize the market’s East Plaza into active public space. In 2017, they began implementing a plan that includes free games, various community and artist-led art activities, and multiple successful public events. This year, Big Car and City Market are continuing efforts to make Indianapolis City Market an even more active and inclusive space. The artist-in-residence will join in making this happen.

Project Goals & Criteria
The City Market Artist-in-residence will be expected to spend 10-15 hours per week (mostly on-site) for 20 weeks developing and facilitating ongoing programs or one-time events related to Indianapolis City Market. This work may focus on things like food, international cultural experiences, and community meals that bring diverse people together. Successful projects and programs should achieve some (if not all) of the following:

  • Connect people of all backgrounds and involve them in art and creativity
  • Add aspects of art and culture to existing events such as the weekly Farmer’s Market
  • Establish deeper social connections with and between the wide variety of citizens who
    utilize City Market and form its community
  • Strengthen relationships/develop programming with immigrants and refugees,
    underserved low-income residents, and the homeless population
  • Build and foster relationships with Downtown neighbors in the area

Indianapolis City Market (222 E Market St) interior and exterior spaces.

  • Artist Eligibility
  • An Indianapolis-based artist is preferred, but it is not required.
  • Open to artists of all mediums and practices.
  • Open to artist teams and solo artists.
  • Open to professional artists and students.
  • Artists who have experience interacting with diverse communities are encouraged to apply.
  • Artists with an interest in socially engaged approaches and social practice art are encouraged to apply.

$5,000 + materials/supplies budget and staff assistance/support

Proposal Requirements
Please submit (1) a statement of interest, (2) resume or short biography, (3) any audio or visual representations of your art practice, and (4) a description of a proposed project/activity to Elizabeth Nash at ​by 5 pm on Friday, Aug. 10.

Project Timeline
Application Deadline: August 10 at 5 pm
Artist Selection/Notification: August 17, 2018
Project Start Date: August 2018
Project End Date: January 2018
Hours per Week: 10-15