Art at the Market is a series of monthly arts activities and performances at Urbana's Market at the Square. All programs are free, open to all ages, and require no registration to participate. The workshops and performances are held on Walnut Street, near the City of Urbana tent, at the northwest entrance to the Market at the Square. The available dates for 2016 are May 14, June 11, July 9, August 13, September 10, and October 8.
The Public Arts Program is currently seeking six (6) performers and six (6) art instructors to be a part of the 2016 Art at the Market. Selected artists will be compensated for their time.
TO APPLY: E-mail the Public Arts Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org by February 12, 2016, expressing your interest in performing or leading an arts activity at the market. In your e-mail, include the following information:
1. Artist Bio (1-2 paragraphs) 2. Description of Proposed Performance/Activity (1-2 paragraphs) 3. Up to three (3) work samples (links are preferred for audio/video samples; digital files in .jpg or .pdf format are preferred for pictures) 4. Availability (select at least one of the 2016 Art at the Market dates: May 14, June 11, July 9, August 13, September 10, October 8)
Important information for all applicants:
Due to limited funding, not all applicants can be accommodated. Art activities are from 8:00am to 12:00pm. Performances are from 9:30am to11:30pm.
Honorarium for each artist or artist group is $400.
Amplification is not allowed. Proposed performances that are not acoustic will not be approved.
The City will provide a tent, chairs, and tables. Art supplies, materials, and instruments will be the responsibility of each artist, and will not be provided by the City.
Need ideas? In 2015, performers included Djibril Camara & Ballet Allah Tantou, Bones Jugs N Harmony, C4A String Band, Rebecca Rego & the Trainmen, and Sam Payne & Claire Johnson. Activities included a plant pots decorating party, a jewelry-making workshop using recycled materials, a vegetable stamping booth, and a Make Your Own Hula-Hoop station.
Market at the Square has been a mainstay of Urbana's summer months for the past 35 years, and is home to an average of 70 vendors every week, all of whom grow or make their own fresh produce, plants, and flowers; farm products such as meat, cheeses, eggs, and honey; and fresh baked goods and other prepared foods. There also is a wide variety of arts and crafts for sale, as well as of local food trucks dishing out everything from popsicles to burritos.