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Public Spaces Fellowship Program

Full fellowship description / Application details

We’re thrilled to announce our first Public Space Fellowship cohort! Be a part of this inaugural group and help set the stage for this program.

The overarching goal of the fellowship is to more deeply understand what Indianapolis residents want to experience in their public spaces. The fellows will have the opportunity to research best practices from public spaces around the globe and design a plan for activating these public spaces, all while listening to our community’s needs and interests. They will be able to think creatively, test ideas, try and fail, and ultimately enliven our public spaces through public engagement.

The Indianapolis Cultural Trail is searching for two enthusiastic and motivated Public Space Fellows who will work alongside the Cultural Trail team for six months to create equitable, attractive, and lively public spaces in downtown Indianapolis. The Fellows will primarily focus on developing activities and partnerships in Lugar Plaza, the Downtown Canal, and Georgia Street, while working to make downtown Indianapolis and the Cultural Trail more interactive, inclusive, and accessible to all.


Indianapolis Cultural Trail is committed to creating opportunities for Black, Latinx and other underrepresented communities that are frequently left out of civic dialogue and city-building.

Our hope with the Public Space Fellowship is to build capacity in the next generation of diverse leaders that will steward the future of public space in downtown Indianapolis while ensuring inclusion and equitable access.


The Fellowship will include work on one or more of the following areas:  

  • Data and Evaluation
  • Public Space Programming
  • Community Engagement 

Applications must be submitted by May 23, 2021.

Full fellowship description / Application details

Fellowship Virtual Information Session

Monday, 5/10
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Wednesday, 5/18
5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

We recognize and appreciate a wide range of experiences and expertise, both traditional and applied. We encourage applications from individuals who are undertaking relevant community initiatives to engage in city-building processes of critical importance in maintaining or regaining the strength and resilience of cities.

Priority will be given to individuals from historically marginalized communities, who have valuable professional and/or lived experience.