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Spark Placemaking 2018 Call for Artists

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Spark Placemaking 2018 Call for Artists



Spark Placemaking, the public programming wing of Big Car Collaborative, is seeking artists to create, facilitate, and engage in arts-based activities and performances during the summer, fall, and winter months at Indianapolis City Market​, Garfield Park​, and Lockerbie Marketplace​. They are seeking artists for paid, short-term activities/projects/performances that are non-commercial/non-sales in nature. This means that they are free for the audience/public.

COMPENSATION:  $100-$200 for a 1-2 hour engagement.  Materials and supplies plus staff support are also provided.

DEADLINE:  Applications will be taken on a rolling basis from July through November 2018 with engagements scheduled for a date shortly after application.

Project Description
The Spark team collaborates with communities who invite Spark in to work with them to test and implement approaches for people-focused public places and streets. Led by artists, planners, and active citizens, Spark works to foster connectivity, community, culture, and creativity through engagement-based arts activities. This year, Spark continues its efforts to make Indianapolis public places more active and inclusive.

Activity Goals & Criteria
A successful arts-based activity/performance — which can be one-time or a series — does not need to include all of these goals, but should include some.

  • Connect people of all backgrounds and involve them in art and creativity
  • Add aspects of art and culture to existing events
  • Involve learning and story/knowledge sharing and gathering
  • Be family friendly/all ages, but not watered down or for kids only
  • Establish deeper social connections with and between the wide variety of citizens who utilize these public spaces
  • Strengthen relationships/develop programming with immigrants and refugees, underserved orlow-income residents, and the homeless population
  • Build and foster relationships with Downtown neighbors in the area
  • Be inexpensive to produce

These artist-led activities are focused on, but not limited to, Indianapolis City Market (222 E Market St), Garfield Park (2432 Conservatory Dr), and/or Lockerbie Marketplace (333 N Alabama St).

Artist Eligibility

  • Artists can be from all genres including performance, craft, etc.
  • Indianapolis-based artists are preferred, but it is not required.
  • Open to professional artists and students.
  • Open to artist teams, bands, solo performers, and solo artists. (teams will be paid at the higher rate for the team)
  • Artists who have experience interacting with community are encouraged to apply.
  • Open to all art mediums and practices.
  • 18 years or older, or with permission of a parent or guardian.

Proposal Requirements
Please submit (1) a statement of interest, (2) resume or short biography, (3) any audio or visual representations of your art practice, (4) a description of your proposed project/activity, and (5) a simple project budget to Elizabeth Nash at

Proposals will be considered on a rolling basis (July through November of 2018). Spark staff will work with you to identify a specific time and space for your project, if accepted. Expect to receive a reply from Spark staff within five days. Communication will be via email.



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