Big Car Seeks Paid SPARK Field Artists

Deadline: 05/31/2024
 Title: SPARK Field Artist

Point of Contact: Big Car SPARK mgmt

Status: W9 seasonal contract

up to 30 hours/week (flexible)

Timing: June 1-November 3, 2024

Pay: $20 per hour paid every two weeks after invoice from contract artist

Position Summary: The SPARK on the Circle Field Artist and Public Space Activator is a creative, friendly, observant, and detail-oriented person who will work to create, maintain, and activate an engaging, comfortable, artful, and welcoming public space on Monument Circle. This location on the southwest quadrant of the Circle will be closed to motorized traffic as a partnership between the City of Indianapolis, Downtown Indy, Big Car Collaborative, and others. Open from 10 am until dark daily from June until November 3, 2024, the SPARK on the Circle pop-up park is designed to be a restorative public place where people of all walks of life can relax, play, socialize, and engage with art and artists in the heart of our city.

The SPARK Field Artist, who will also have support from cleaning and security staff employed by Downtown Indy, will be stationed outdoors during open hours — based out of our welcome trailer.


Field Artists will: 

• As applicable, set up, take down, and keep the space clean, organized and inviting. This includes walking the space, setting up games, light cleanup, and noticing and taking care of or reporting any issues that require additional support.

• Greet and interact positively with visitors, answering questions as a sort of a city concierge. From the welcome trailer, check out games, suggest creative activities like our postcard project.

• Help facilitate creative, social and cultural activities — including their own ideas and projects.

• Support — as time is available on site — our ongoing data tracking and surveying of visitors and partners, documentation, and promotion of the project and events on the Circle.

• Help keep track of stock of supplies in the welcome trailer and track

• Communicate on Slack at the start, middle and end of each shift.

• Attend paid training (about 4-8 hours) on April 23 & 24.


Preferred experience/interests 

    • Customer service of any kind
    • Creativity and interest in community and participatory art
    • Familiarity with nonprofit and/or arts programming
    • Social media and photography skills a plus

Required Skills and Abilities:

    • Friendly attitude; comfort interacting with the general public
    • Observation, listening and learning skills
    • Flexibility and adaptability in a dynamic work environment
    • Ability to anticipate tasks


Physical Demands and Work Environment

    • Must be able to lift at least 25 lbs.
    • Must be comfortable working outdoors in various weather conditions


About us: Big Car Collaborative is a 20-year-old nonprofit organization working across Indianapolis and beyond to support people-focused public places through socially engaged arts approaches. Co-led by artists and active citizens, we work to foster connectivity, community, culture, and creativity. And we collaborate with artists (including those in our long-term residency program) and other neighbors and leaders to support livable, inclusive, and equitable communities. Our mission statement: Big Car brings art to people and people to art, sparking creativity in lives to support communities. We have been working in various ways on Monument Circle since the first Spark partnership with the City of Indianapolis (funded by an NEA Our Town grant) in 2015.


Physical Demands of Work Environment 

The physical demands and work environment characteristics described here are representative of that that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of the job.

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


Physical demands: While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools, or controls; reach with hands and arms; climb stairs; balance; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl; talk or hear; taste or smell. The employee must occasionally lift and/ or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.

Work environment: The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of the position. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

Big Car provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.

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