About the Residency

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About the Residency Program

PlySpace is an artist-in-residence program dedicated to offering visual artists, writers, performers, designers, and other creative individuals time and space to investigate and pursue their own practices. Additionally, it serves as a platform for experimentation and provocation by catalyzing conversation and collaboration with various Muncie communities. PlySpace facilitates various opportunities for residents to engage with the public through partnership and programming that is tailored to their area of interest.

Each resident will propose a personal project as well as a project to be completed in partnership with a community collaborator. PlySpace will work with both parties to encourage a successful and fulfilling collaboration. For more information on community partners and collaborations, take a look at the Community Collaborators page.


Types of Resident

Selected residents will be offered one of two types of residency. The type of residency offered will be determined by the Admissions Panel and Final Selection Committee during the admissions process. All residencies include living space in PlySpace and studio space across the street at Madjax, a center for innovation and design. 

PlySpace Residents will be offered living quarters, studio amenities, and will be paired with a community collaborator based on their personal and collaborative project proposals and interests. Residents are expected to complete a public talk about their work and complete a project in partnership with their Community Collaborator. Resident Artists will have full access to the PlySpace studio spaces at Madjax as well as limited access to the School of Art (SOA) facilities at Ball State University. They will receive a $500 travel stipend and a $500 food stipend for their residency period, between 4 and 12 weeks.

PlySpace Resident Fellows will be offered living quarters, studio amenities, and will be paired with the Ball State University School of Art as their community collaborator. Resident Fellows are expected to conduct multiple public programs connected to their practice through their partnership with the SOA. Resident Fellows will have access to the SOA facilities necessary to complete their projects as well as the PlySpace studio spaces. Resident Fellows will receive a $1500 stipend provided by PlySpace to be used for travel and living expenses and up to $1000 in funding toward their proposed collaborative project and supplies. Resident Fellows must plan a 9 to 12 week residency stay.

Three individual or collective applicants will be accepted for each residency term (one PlySpace Resident Fellow and two PlySpace Residents).


Disciplines

PlySpace is pleased to support practitioners in a variety of creative fields and facilitate access to a wide range of media-specific equipment and facility accommodations for individuals and teams working in areas including but not limited to painting, sculpture, drawing, printmaking, glass, metals, ceramics, performance, photography, video/film, time-based media, writing, poetry, theatre, non-object based practice, and social practice. Please see the Application Guidelines and FAQs for more information on work/studio spaces and equipment usage.

At this time, access to these facilities is made possible through our organizing partnerships with Ball State University School of Art and Sustainable Muncie Corporation, Inc. and may vary term to term. Please review the program guidelines for any term-specific limitations. The PlySpace Final Selection Committee will award residencies to applicants whose work samples and project proposals align with the Community Collaborators for each residency term.


Community Collaborations

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PlySpace is unique in that part of its mission as a residency program is to connect residents with community partners in order to facilitate collaborative projects that benefit the citizens of Muncie, as well as the residents. There is no better way to do this than to harness the creative disciplines brought to the community by PlySpace residents. Residency applicants should submit a proposal outlining what they might like to do as part of a community collaboration. The proposed collaboration should be something that can be completed within the residency term and will require a minimum commitment of 5-10 hours of time per week during each residency period.

Some residents may have a clear vision of their project, while others may have a loose idea that can come to fruition while in residence. PlySpace will assist the residents in refining their collaboration ideas and connecting them with an appropriate community organization. Please see our Community Collaborations page for more information about the community sectors we work with. The community collaboration can be part of the resident's studio or professional practice, or can be a stand alone project. We are interested in ideas that create conversations, initiate social contemplation or change, and are accessible to the public.

Community collaboration proposals should include at least 2 sector categories selected from the Community Collaborations page that the applicant would be interested in working with for the collaboration. For example, if the applicant wants to work with "humanities and historical societies" or "youth development" organizations, they will indicate this in their proposal. PlySpace will find an appropriate collaboration for the accepted proposals and will work with the resident to connect them to the organization.

Applicants who are selected as PlySpace Resident Fellows will be automatically paired with Ball State University School of Art as their community partner.


Living Space

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All residents and fellows will be provided with accommodations on the second floor of PlySpace, a post-victorian house built in 1916, in the Emily Kimbrough Historic District of downtown Muncie, Indiana. The living quarters will include a private bedroom, private or shared bath, a shared living space, shared laundry facilities, and a shared full kitchen. Meals are not provided as part of the residency, though there will be a group dinner once a month hosted by a PlySpace affiliate. 

The lower level of PlySpace is home to the offices for the Muncie Arts and Culture Council as well as PlySpace project and exhibition space. The living quarters have a private entrance which is separate from the public areas and designed to offer artists quiet, personal space within a vibrant artist environment. All spaces have both air conditioning and heating. PlySpace is within walking or biking distance of numerous bars, restaurants, cafes, stores, outdoor parks, recreational trails, and Ball State University.


Studio Spaces

Residents are offered a “white-box”, lockable, semi-private studio space on the second floor of Madjax, a makers' center for innovation and design. Madjax is a converted industrial Cintas (uniform) factory located across the street from PlySpace. The individual studios are roughly 200 sq ft with 8 ft tall partition walls, a lockable door, a window, drop-down outlets, basic lighting, heating, and will be furnished with a work-surface and chair. There is a community sink that is used by all MadJax studios. The spaces do not have air conditioning, but have large windows with a nice cross breeze in the summer. 

The studio spaces allow artists to pursue their own work in a clean, quiet space while also offering the opportunity for collaboration, discussion, and critique. There are other working artists, designers, and creative professionals in the building.

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Cost and Stipend

There is no cost for lodging and studio space with the PlySpace Residency Program. Residents are expected to arrange their own travel and provide their own meals, supplies, and other personal expenses. There is a $25 non-refundable application fee for each application submitted for review. This must be paid via credit card or debit card during the online application process for every application. Other forms of payment (cash or check) will not be accepted.

All PlySpace Residents and Fellows will receive a $500 stipend to help offset the cost of travel, as well as a $500 food stipend. This is a flat stipend, regardless of length of stay. 

PlySpace Resident Fellows will receive an additional $1000 stipend for materials and living expenses. They will also receive up to $1000 in funding toward  their community collaborative project. 

All stipends will be paid half at the start of the residency and half at the end of the residency. Residents must complete the entire residency term in order to receive the stipend.


Eligibility

PlySpace welcomes both emerging and established artists and creatives from a variety of disciplines. Applicants should be dedicated practitioners in their field and able to work safely and independently for the entire residency period to which they are assigned. Applicants should not be enrolled in a degree-granting program at the time of application and must be over 21 years of age. In order to expand and complement the creative resources available within the city of Muncie, Indiana, admission preference will be given to applicants who live and work outside of Delaware County, Indiana. Applicants can submit one application per term.

PlySpace encourages artists and creatives of all backgrounds to apply for admission. PlySpace does not discriminate in its programs and activities against anyone on the basis of race, creed, color, religion, national origin, gender, age, sexual orientation, marital status, ancestry, disability, HIV status, or veteran status.

Collective Teams

Collective teams of 2-3 individuals can be accommodated and are encouraged to apply. Please submit a combined application and portfolio detailing work that you have produced as a team. PlySpace can admit one collective group for any single residency term. If you require anything other than separate living space and shared studio space, you should indicate this in your proposal. We will assume that collaborative groups will need separate spaces for living. Unfortunately, we can only offer one studio space per application, so collective groups will need to share a single studio. 

International Applicants

International applicants are welcome to apply; however, please be aware that all programming is conducted in English and will not have a translator. Applicants must be able to communicate in English with enough fluency to complete their community collaborative projects. International applicants must be able to make their own travel plans to and from Muncie, Indiana, and obtain all necessary Visas and travel documentation as required by their home country and the U.S. The $500 travel stipend is not available for travel outside of the U.S. PlySpace cannot waive application fees for international applicants and does not have additional funding to provide international applicants outside of the stipend amounts listed above.

Applicants with Disabilities or Service Animals

Applicants with disabilities should contact PlySpace at hello@plyspace.org to discuss accommodation options prior to submitting an application.


Terms and Length of Stay

Residency terms are considered as blocks of time in which a resident can be present. 

Spring Term:  Residents may arrive after February 1 and depart before April 30.

Summer Term:  Residents may arrive after May 15 and depart before August 31.

Fall Term:  Residents may arrive after September 15 and depart before November 30.

The length of individual residencies can range from a minimum of 4 weeks to a maximum of 12 weeks for the entire term. Resident Fellows must plan a stay of no fewer than 9 weeks. Residents are free to negotiate their length of stay, start dates, and end dates within this block of time with the PlySpace Program Coordinator. 

Applicants must be prepared to commit to the entire proposed period, as indicated in their application before arriving at PlySpace. Once the residency offer has been accepted, residents are required to complete their entire proposed residency period. Unfortunately, applications cannot be postponed to a future term after submission, and residency cannot be postponed after acceptance. 


Visitors, Children, and Pets

Partnered couples may share accommodations and studio spaces if they apply as a collective. Please describe your collective in your proposal or artist statement. All collectives must show a collaborative portfolio. We will assume that collective groups require separate living spaces unless it is indicated otherwise on the application.

At this time, PlySpace can only provide one studio space per accepted application. If partnered couples both apply separately and are accepted separately, then they may both attend PlySpace as residents with full resident amenities.

Unfortunately, PlySpace is not equipped to accommodate family members, children, or pets at this time (other than service animals). Your family or partner is welcome to visit, but may not stay at PlySpace or work in the resident studios due to limited space. Please make alternate arrangements for your families (furry and otherwise).