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?
All applicants submit a community collaborative proposal that explains what they want to do in the community of Muncie, and why Muncie is an important place for their project. Sometimes this is the same project as the applicant’s personal work proposal, and sometimes it is a stand-alone project.
PlySpace evaluates all proposals for their appropriateness to the Muncie community, the quality and thoughtfulness of the proposal, the uniqueness and feasibility of the project, and the resources required to make the proposal a success. The staff then makes connections between applicants with awesome proposals and local organizations that can help facilitate the project. The applicant doesn’t need to be familiar with the organizations in Muncie to apply, though a little research is always welcome. We ask applicants to select the particular sectors of society (listed below) they would be interested in working with to help the staff pinpoint the best collaborative partner. Once the connection is made, the PlySpace staff will work directly with the artist and Community Collaborator as a liaison in order to facilitate a productive partnership.
Looking for examples of good collaborative projects? Check out what our alumni have done!
We try to rotate projects around the city so every neighborhood or interested community partner has a chance to collaborate with a PlySpace resident. Interested community groups should take a look at this page to learn more about the process of becoming a Community Collaborator.
Our collaborators fall into the categories below:
Arts, Culture and Humanities
Humanities and Historical Societies
Service and Other
Agriculture, Food, and Nutrition
Crime and Legal Related
Employment and Occupations
General Human Services
Public Safety, Disaster Preparedness, and Relief
Recreation and Sports
Education and Research
Elementary and Secondary
After School and Community
Vocational, Technical, and Adult
Promotion of International Understanding
Public, Societal Benefit
Civil Rights and Liberties
Philanthropy, Voluntarism, and Public Benefit
Voter Education and Registration
Environment and Animals
Animal Protection, Welfare and Services
Beautification and Horticulture
Conservation and Environmental Education
Addiction and Substance Abuse
Diseases and Disease Research
Health Care Facilities and Programs
Medical Disciplines and Specialty Research
Mental Health and Crisis Services