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Updated: Sep 24, 2019

Deadline to Submit: September 27, 2019 3:00PM Eastern

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Fishers Arts Council is reprising our Small Business Saturday and Winter Wonderland events from 2018 thanks to a grant we received this year. The purpose of these events is to provide artistic demonstrations to the public so that they can learn about and create their own visual art. By showcasing the Artists' talents while they demonstrate/perform their skills, we hope this inspires community members to create their own art and experiment in various mediums. We are looking for Artists/Artisans who work in all mediums and genres, including, but not limited to, woodworking, glassblowing, printmaking, quilting, cooking, painting, drawing, pottery making, metalsmith/jewelry, and small-scale sculpting. The most important aspect is that the artist’s medium must be able to be demonstrated, in some fashion, while indoors at an 8’ table (or in the same relative space).

DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION: By 3:00PM EST on Friday, September 27, 2019

ELIGIBILITY: To be eligible to submit for this opportunity, artists must:

· Be able to meet all of the project requirements (see below)

· Be age 16 or over

· Be willing to meet all contractual obligations


· Artist’s medium must be able to be demonstrated live at City Hall in the space provided

· Artist must interact, engage, and communicate clearly with the patrons while demonstrating

· Artist must create a one-page sheet explaining their craft and how they create for those who cannot hear (printing will be provided by Fishers Arts Council)

· The medium must be able to be tactile (in some way) for those who have a visual impairment


Artists will be permitted to sell their works during the event, however the focus must be on demonstration and interaction with the public. Each artist will be paid $100 for their demonstration, which equates to $20 per hour for five (5) hours during the event. Fishers Arts Council shall take no commission for any works sold during these specific events.


Artists must submit their qualifications by 3:00PM EST on Friday, September 27, 2019. Representatives from Fishers Arts Council will review submitted qualifications and select 15 artists/artisans per event.

Note: While this is the intended selection process, in an effort to provide the most diverse array of artistic mediums for the public to experience, Fishers Arts Council reserves the right to invite an artist to apply, should their medium be lacking representation from the current applicants.

SELECTION CRITERIA: Artists/Artisans will be selected based upon the following criteria:

Technical Ability: Artist’s history of work indicates professionalism, skill with materials and techniques, and indicates the capacity to meet the requirements of this project

Artistic Quality: Artist’s past work is appropriate to its medium, represents it well, and shows personal creativity

Additional Criteria:

· Quality of proposal submitted

· Demonstrated capability for proposal to be inclusive

· Clear understanding of requirements to work while engaging and interacting

· Demonstrated capability for proposal to be engaging/interactive

· Fishers residents receive priority (if necessary)


This timeline represents the project as it now appears. Changes may be necessary as the project progresses:

· Release Request for Qualifications: September 4, 2019

· Deadline for Submissions: 3:00PM EST on Friday, September 27, 2019

· Notification of Selection: on/by Friday, October 11, 2019

· Submission of ADA Materials: on/by Monday, October 28, 2019

· Event Dates: November 30, 2019 and December 7, 2019

HOW TO APPLY: Artists must submit the following information to (please note: materials will not be returned).

1. Applicant information: Please include the following information in your cover letter:

· Artist name

· Full mailing address

· Phone number

· Email address

· Website (if applicable)

2. Cover Letter: In addition to the above contact information, please include:

· A statement about your interest in this project

· A synopsis of what you will demonstrate at the event

· How you will address the ADA requirements for your demonstration

· A statement about how your past experiences qualify you for this opportunity

· Availability for the events:

- November 30, 2019 12pm-5pm arriving by 11am for prep

- December 7, 2019 3pm-8pm, arriving at 2pm for prep

3. Examples of previous artwork: Submit two to ten digital images in .jpg or .pdf format of past work. Please limit the file size of each image to 2MB or less. If possible, include images of at least one previous project that is appropriate to the conditions of these events. (Do no embed images in your email.)

4. Image information: Provide the following information about each submitted project: title, date completed, and a brief (one to two sentences) description of the project or piece at is relates to this project. Include a directory of which image titles you have submitted are associated with each project (ex: for an artist named Jones: PROJECT A: Images Jones 1, Jones 2, Jones 3; PROJECT B: Jones 4, Jones 5). Submit this sheet in .doc, .docx or .pdf format.

DELIVERY OF SUBMISSIONS: Submissions may be emailed to, shared via Dropbox/Google Drive, or mailed to Fishers Arts Council.

Mailed or delivered submissions must be loaded on a single USB drive. CDs, DVDs, or printed items cannot be accepted. USB drives must arrive at Fishers City Hall (to be placed in the Fishers Arts Council mailbox) no later than 3:00PM EST on Friday, September 27, 2019. A Dropbox share request must be time-stamped by 3:00PM EST on Friday, September 27, 2019 – and all items must be included in the shared folder by that time. Any item that is time-stamped as being uploaded after 3:00PM will be disqualified from consideration.

The Delivery Address is:

ATTN: Year-End Events Fishers Arts Council

1 Municipal Drive Fishers, IN 46038


Fishers Arts Council via email at

These events are made possible by the Indiana Arts Commission and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.

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