Open Scene Consultancy

An “open scene” is an exercise in which two actors interpret a loosely structured script and create a unique story together.

Communities that attended From the Ground Up were eligible to apply for a 50 hour consultancy that supports the next step in their creative placemaking process. Applications were reviewed and matched to experienced creative placemaker consultants with the appropriate skills and capacity for the project. Consultants are encouraged to provide feedback to communities to strengthen the proposed project. The community and consultant work together collaboratively. Strong partnerships with everyone involved is the foundation of a successful creative placemaking process.  

The consultant will spend the majority of his or her time on site in the community to support the project.

Meet the Consultants

Communities Selected for Consultancies

Read the consultancy announcement press release here.

  • Anderson
  • Batesville
  • Burns Harbor
  • Greenfield
  • Logansport
  • Muncie
  • Nashville
  • Plymouth
  • Rising Sun
  • Rockville
  • Rushville
  • South Bend 
  • Terre Haute


Communities: Applicant must be a local municipality, but should include at least one other local partner (e.g. artists, organization, nonprofit). Communities are eligible if they had at least one representative attend From the Ground Up: A Creative Placemaking Workshop. Workshop attendees must be part of the proposal. A municipality may submit one application. 

Consultants are invited by the IAC to participate.

Projects: Consultant time can go to a variety of work based on the needs, strengths and unique qualities of the community. Possible consultancies could include:

  • A consultant helps with the community input process like facilitating group discussion, designing an online feedback platform, inviting people to participate in the project, or coordinating volunteers.
  • With stakeholder and community input, the consultant writes a plan for the creative placemaking process.
  • A consultant assists with a plan for funding for the project like preparing a plan for fundraising or crowdfunding campaign.
  • A consultant plans and manages an event like a mural unveiling, an inaugural craft festival, or yarn bombing.
  • A consultant facilitates key partnerships with developers, city officials, and artists.

Consultant work can begin at any point within the project period as outlined in the timeline below.  


Consultancy September 18, 2017–June 29, 2018
Application opens June 19, 2017
Application deadline

July 31, 2017 at 4:30 p.m. 
Deadline has been extended to August 11, 2017 at 4:30 p.m.

Application review August 30, 2017
Consultancy awards announced September 18, 2017
Final reports due July 26, 2018, 4:30 p.m. ET

Key Elements of a Successful Creative Placemaking Process

Strong applications will draw on lessons learned during From the Ground Up. Communities should keep the following ideas in mind when seeking support for their creative placemaking process. The IAC seeks projects that exemplify the following:

  • Outcomes: The creative placemaking process logically contributes to a desired outcome that is relevant to the community.
  • Feasibility: The community puts forth the next step is for the community’s creative placemaking process. The next step is chronologically appropriate and manageable with the help of a 50-hour consultancy. If other funding will be required, sources are identified.
  • Creative Assets: The community’s creative people, arts activities, arts organizations and performing arts/arts creation spaces are the foundation of and are interwoven throughout the placemaking process.
  • Community Input and Involvement: The creative placemaking team has pursued (or has plans to pursue) and received input from the people who live, work and identify with the spaces involved in the creative placemaking process. Their feedback has been knitted into the project design and they are involved in a meaningful way.

Explore the full From the Ground Up Creative Placemaking Toolkit for more help.

Contact information

Contact Anna Tragesser at or call (317) 232-1281 for more information.