History Train – Artist in Residence Proposal (Indiana Historical Society)

General Information
The Indiana Historical Society is issuing a call for proposals for a fall 2013 four-week community art project in conjunction with the Indiana Bicentennial History Train. The project will be created, added to and executed on-site at the train stops in an unheated, outdoor 30×30 tent and should encourage community involvement.

The Indiana History Train is comprised of an exhibit on three renovated boxcars, hands-on activities tent, a first-person interpreter tent and a community art space tent. The Train will run for four weeks each fall for four years and will celebrate Indiana’s bicentennial through the theme “Next Indiana.” In 2013, the Train will travel to four sites in northern Indiana: Kokomo, Delphi, Wabash and Fort Wayne. The Train is free to the public and will be open Thursdays–Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at each location. This proposal is only applicable to the 2013 History Train sites.

Graduate and undergraduate students and emerging professionals in the fields of art, design, architecture and performing arts are encouraged to apply to create community-centered art.

A chosen applicant/s will be awarded a stipend to cover materials for the project and travel expenses to each site. The artist will have the opportunity to document their project through the use of a blog and other social media. Please see the attached Educator’s Guide from the 2008 History Train to see how the event has worked in the past. The Educator’s Guide will be updated for 2013 once more information on the exhibit and activities is available.

• Graduate and undergraduate students and emerging professionals in the fields of art, design, architecture and performing arts are encouraged to apply to create community-centered art while involving members of those communities.
• The artist(s) should submit a resume and letter of recommendation, along with images of the type of work he or she does. Applications should include contact information, including e-mail and a phone number.
• A budget outline will need to be submitted to IHS by June 30, 2013, along with a maximum of 15 sketches or photographs of the work in progress.
• The artist(s) will be responsible for the design, customization and fabrication of the project inside the tent. The project should be portable, durable, and able to be set up in 90 minutes. Tables and chairs can be provided if so desired. The project (or a version of it) should be able to accommodate up to 60 students at a time during school visit hours.
• The project proposal should be one that train visitors can collectively add to during the Train’s visit in their community. Takeaway components, especially for school groups with limited time, are desirable but not necessary.
• The project proposal should connect to the “Next Indiana” theme by encouraging participants to use the past in order to envision their community’s future. Projects should encourage 1)local pride, 2)an appreciation of history and 3)civic engagement.
• The artist(s) is expected to communicate their experiences to a larger audience through social networking platforms.
• The History Train usually sees 12–15,000 visitors. There is an expectation that there will be some level of interaction with general public visitors and more structured interaction with school groups.

• Artists are provided with a budget of $2,000 to purchase materials for fabrication and creation. All materials purchased with this budget are property of the Indiana Historical Society. A personal stipend of $1,500 is also awarded.
• The IHS will reimburse mileage costs to each site for one artist.
• Artists will be loaned a Macbook laptop to use for blogging/social media for the duration of the residency.
• This commission is a large time commitment. It would be ideal for students participating to earn credits at their university for their work, but this must be negotiated by the student/resident with his or her school.

Project Considerations
• Proposed project must be able to be implemented in outdoor conditions. The tent protects from rain, but not cold, humidity, and outside noise (the Train is often near working rail lines.)
• Electrical capacity is limited to one generator.

Hours & Accommodations
• The History Train is open to the public from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays for four weeks. Wednesdays, from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. is set up time. School groups will visit the Train on Thursdays and Fridays, usually between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. with general public visitation making up the majority of Saturday’s attendance.
• Hotel accommodations will be provided for the artist at each site.

Important Dates
• Application Due Date: Friday, February 1, 2013
• Notification of Finalists Date: Friday, March 1, 2013
• Finalists interviews: March 4-15, 2013
• Final selection: March 22, 2013
• Budget Outline Due Date: June 30, 2013
• Sketches and/or photographs of the work in progress Due Date: June 30, 2013

• Please submit all questions to Becca Beck at: bbeck@indianahistory.org