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Downtown Holiday Market on the Circle Seeks Artist/Artisan Vendors

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Downtown Holiday Market on the Circle Seeks Artist/Artisan Vendors


Call to Artists – Downtown Holiday Market on The Circle, downtown Indianapolis

Downtown Indy, Inc. in partnership with the Arts Council of Indianapolis, Indianapolis City Market, and Yelp! is hosting Downtown Holiday Market on Circle to help boost the vibrancy of our Downtown while adhering to all appropriate safety and health precautions.  Based upon similar events on the Circle, the event being held on a Saturday, and the number of vendors for this holiday market, we expect between 600 and 800 guests at the event.

Location:  South half of Monument Circle

Event Organizer: Downtown Indy, Inc.

Event Partners: Arts Council of Indianapolis, Indianapolis City Market and Yelp!

Number of vendors:  50-70

Vendor fee: $25

Parking:  parking spot provided per vendor (further direction given closer to date)

Insurance:  A certificate of insurance is required at the vendor’s cost. A link will be provided upon confirmation of vendor acceptance and is approximately $50. Insurance limitations/parameters and additional insureds will also be provided to vendors at that time. If you do not have the proper liability insurance coverage, visit for temporary insurance coverage. We recognize most of these commercial vendors will likely all have event insurance coverage.

Artist Requirements:

  • Artists must provide their own setup (which could include a 10×10 tent, table, chairs, signage, etc.)
  • Face masks must be worn at all times
  • Hand sanitizer for use by patrons and artists must be available at each booth
  • Proof of liability insurance naming Downtown Indy, Inc.,The Consolidated City of Indianapolis, the Arts Council of Indianapolis, Indianapolis City Market, and Yelp! will be required after acceptance.
  • A signed Services Agreement that Downtown Indy, Inc. will need returned at least 48 hours prior to event

Downtown Indy, Inc. will provide:

  • 1- (12×12) space along the curb lane or the inner part of the SW quad of The Circle
  • Access to electrical outlet for $10 fee (limited number available)
  • Security & COVID-19 precautions:Overall logistics/event management
  • Police officers to close the SW quad of the Circle
  • Bike rack enclosing the space and running down the middle of space to allow for one way in, one way out pedestrian traffic
  • On-site security to help with ingress and egress of patrons and enforcement of face masks/coverings and monitor the numbers of patrons within the space to comply with current safety guidance
  • Signage encouraging social distancing and requiring the use of face masks/coverings
  • Temperature check of all artists, volunteers, and staff before entry
  • Port-o-lets and hand-washing stations
  • 1 parking space per artist
  • Marketing and promotion of event
  • Music from Indy-based artists playing on the overhead sound system throughout


The Downtown Holiday Market on the Circle is open to all individual artists and artisans over 18 years of age living in central Indiana, but preference will be given to those living in downtown Indianapolis. All artwork must be original art or fine craft and made by the artist/s and/or artisan/s present at the event. We define “fine craft” as functional objects such as unique one of a kind ceramics, jewelry, etc. and also include creative functional non-art objects such as artisan made soaps, clothing, etc.  Imported or commercially made objects will not be accepted.

Due to the nature and timing of the event, it is recommended that all items are offered in an accessible size and priced ranging from the low end of $5 to a median $50 and higher end between $150 and $250.

Selection Process:

Artists/Artisans will be selected based upon the quality and uniqueness of their work as well as its appropriateness for a variety of downtown audiences.

1.      Fill out Submission Form here.

This form will take 5-10 minutes to fill out if you have your upload materials ready. Via the online form, applicants are required to submit 5 images depicting examples of the artwork/fine craft they intend to sell at the Arts Market as well as an (optional) photo of their booth set up. After you have submitted your form, you will receive a confirmation email.


November 20th: Applications due

November 25th: Artists/artisans will be notified whether or not they have been accepted into the art market. Those accepted will receive further instruction on load in that they have been chosen and will be given further instruction on load-in and parking.

December 10: All forms and insurance documents must be returned.

Event Date:  Saturday, December 12, 2020, 3-7 p.m.

Rain Date: Saturday, December 19th (In case of a weather event/reschedule, the event will take place on Saturday, December 19. If you sign up for the event, the expectation is that you are available and committing to both dates.)

For more information about Downtown Indy, Inc., visit

For specific questions, please contact Courtney Howell Rissman at




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