Proposals Sought for Temporary Art at Riverside Ad...

Proposals Sought for Temporary Art at Riverside Ad...

 Indianapolis, IN, Unknown

Indy Parks and Recreation and project team members, Green3 Studio, V3 and Groundwork Indy, are requesting proposals from artists or artist teams who are interested in creating temporary outdoor public artwork to be included in this early phase of activating the site and design development for an adventure park at Riverside Park in Indianapolis, Indiana.

BUDGET:  $5,000 per installation (all inclusive)

ELIGIBILITY:  Professional artists over 18 living in the United States (artists living within 300 mile of Indianapolis will be given preference)

DEADLINE:  Monday, August 3, at 11:59 p.m.

In 2017 Indy Parks completed a master plan for the 800-acre Riverside Regional Park, which will guide the development of the park over the next 20 years. While the plan will have a long lifespan, there will be projects identified that can allow improvements to begin as soon as possible. Indy Parks is ready to begin a project which is focused on furthering the transformation of the former Riverside Golf Course into an adventure park at Riverside Park. This 200-acre section of the Riverside Park is located within the area of White River Pkwy to the east, Cold Spring Road to the west, I-65 on the north, and 30th Street on the south. This project will be an opportunity to transform this area from a single use into a park that serves a larger community with a wide variety of activities and uses.

Applicants are highly encouraged to visit the location and to learn about the history and context of the site and neighborhood. You can find out more by reviewing the Riverside Regional Park Master Plan.


The purpose of the temporary art installations is to demonstrate the potential of art on the site to the community during the conceptual design phase of the parks redesign process. Artworks will be on display free of charge to the public during park hours from September 12 – December 1, 2020. Unless artwork has been approved for a longer exhibition period, the artwork must be removed from the site beginning December 2, 2020.


  • Indy Parks and Recreation provides parks, greenspaces, trails, and recreation opportunities for Marion County residents and visitors. The agency offers 212 parks, 11,258 acres of greenspace, 136 playgrounds, 155 sports fields, 136 miles of trails, 23 recreation and nature centers, 19 aquatic centers, 21 spray grounds, 13 golf courses, and four dog parks. It also provides a range of sports, art, education, and recreation programs and more than 3,000 programs throughout the year.
  • Green3 Studio, the prime consultant, is an environmental planning and design company. The firm’s work focuses on placemaking, community building, and the protection and preservation of natural resources and cultural heritage.
  • V3 Companies is leading design of the project and is a multidisciplinary firm offering landscape architecture, civil engineering, contracting, environmental, planning and surveying services.
  • Groundwork Indy is leading community engagement and outreach and the coordination of artists’ installations. GWI is a non-profit that changes places and changes lives by engaging youth in community-based projects.


The project timeline is strict and is as follows:

  • Submission Deadline: Proposals must be received by 11:59pm (EDT), Monday August 3rd
  • Notification: August 14th.
  • Install: August 31-September 10, 2020. Installation activities can take place when the park is open, which is from dawn to dusk.
  • Community Event / Art Opening: Saturday, September 12, 2020
  • De-Install: December 2-15, 2020. De-installation activities can take place from dawn to dusk. Work not removed by December 15, 2020 will be considered abandoned and disposed of at the discretion of Indy Parks and Recreation. Exceptions to this timetable may be made based on the nature of the work.

Proposal will be selected based upon the following criteria:

  • Site specificity: ability of the work to engage the site itself and to engage art audiences and the general public with the location using elements of surprise, humor, imagery, design, beauty, etc.
  • Suitability of materials for an outdoor application over a 3-month period. If materials are not intended to be outside for that duration, please indicate how the piece is intended to weather or transform over that period of time. If materials are intended or can withstand additional duration in an outdoor setting, please indicate.
  • Quality of the proposal and prior work
  • Feasibility of the proposal
  • Originality and timeliness
  • Safety of visitors and passersby
  • Work of the highest caliber and effective execution
  • Experience of working within program guidelines
  • Ability to complete work within the specified timeframe and budget
  • Visual impact work has on the park and community
  • Proposal displays an awareness of/sensitivity to community residents, businesses, as well as other landmarks and monuments in the immediate area of the chosen site
  • Artwork should be appropriate for all audiences

Artists must submit the following information in TWO PDF DOCUMENTS in the following order:

  1. Applicant Information: Name, Address, Phone, Email and Websites.
  2. A Statement of Proposal: This letter should be no longer than one typed letter-sized page using 12-point font and 1-inch margins on all sides. Briefly outline key concepts and materials that you would incorporate into the artwork. If desired, indicate a proposed location for the artwork in the park. Review the walking route, which highlights key locations along walking path.
  3. Professional Resume or CV: No longer than 3 pages
  4. General Budget: Please include a line item budget outlining all costs involved with the creation of your artwork.
  5. Work Sample List (Name, date of completion, materials and location). You may include supplemental information about each project at a maximum of 150 words.
  6. Work Sample Images:  up to 10 images, numbered and with the artwork title and completion date above each image.
  7. Mockup image(s) of proposed artwork.

Name your documentation file (items 1-5) according to the following format: File 1_Last Name_Documentation
Name your proposal image file (items 6-7) according to the following format: File 2_Last Name_Images


Please email your proposal (2 files) to  Subject line must read as follows: Last Name, First Name – RAP Proposal

QUESTIONS?  Contact LaShawnda Crowe Storm,