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?

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

  • 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