Community Collaborations

What is a community collaboration?

We're thrilled to bring outside practitioners in a variety of creative fields to Muncie and provide them with dedicated time and space to pursue their own work. We also understand the tremendous influence creatives can have on a community and want to ensure Muncie is also benefiting in real ways from their time spent with us.

PlySpace is different from most artist-in-residence programs because, in addition to the personal time and space afforded by the program, each resident will also be partnered with a "Community Collaborator" for the duration of their residency. Those collaborators will be local groups or non-profit organizations who value the opportunity to work alongside a visiting creative professional and are interested in new or interdisciplinary approaches to problem solving and public programming. In joining these two elements as a comprehensive residency concept, we want the community collaboration to benefit both the artist and the community collaborator.

How does it work?

The PlySpace staff will work directly with the artist and community collaborator as a liaison in order to facilitate a productive partnership. We ask applicants to select the particular sectors of society (listed below) they would be interested in working with. We will present community collaborator options to the accepted residents based on their proposal and selection.

Our collaborators fall into the categories below:

Arts, Culture and Humanities

  • Humanities and Historical Societies
  • Media
  • Museums
  • Performing Arts
  • Service and Other

Human Services

  • Agriculture, Food, and Nutrition
  • Crime and Legal Related
  • Employment and Occupations
  • General Human Services
  • Housing
  • Public Safety, Disaster Preparedness, and Relief
  • Recreation and Sports
  • Youth Development

Education and Research

  • Higher Education
  • Elementary and Secondary
  • Libraries
  • Research Institutes
  • After School and Community
  • Vocational, Technical, and Adult
  • Promotion of International Understanding

Public, Societal Benefit

  • Civil Rights and Liberties
  • Community Improvement
  • Philanthropy, Voluntarism, and Public Benefit
  • Religion
  • Voter Education and Registration

Environment and Animals

  • Animal Protection, Welfare and Services
  • Beautification and Horticulture
  • Conservation and Environmental Education
  • Pollution


  • Addiction and Substance Abuse
  • Diseases and Disease Research
  • Health Care Facilities and Programs
  • Medical Disciplines and Specialty Research
  • Mental Health and Crisis Services


Your organization is interested in becoming a community collaborator:

We are always interested in hearing your organization's story. To learn more about the process of being a PlySpace Community Collaborator, take a look at The Community Collaborator Guidelines.

Then, please let us know about your organization!

Step 1: Join the PlySpace newsletter.


Step 2: Attend the PlySpace Community Collaborator Info Session.

Info sessions will offer an overview of the nuts and bolts of being a Community Collaborator. Interested partners can ask questions about the program and get personalized information about how the collaboration could work for their specific organization. Info Sessions will be offered in advance of each residency term, Spring, Summer, and Fall.

Info sessions for Summer 2018 will occur before April 1. Notifications about upcoming sessions will go out to all PlySpace newsletter list subscribers.

Step 3: Submit a short letter of interest by email to

Letters can be submitted at any time. After the PlySpace coordinator receives a letter of interest, we will keep the letter and project details on file in order to match the organization with a resident. We will also hold orientation sessions prior to each term for the community organizations that are matched with a resident. If your organization’s interests or needs change before you are connected with a resident, just let us know by submitting an updated letter.

Take a look at this Sample Letter Form that lists the information we need from you.  Feel free to submit the form as your letter.