Spark Placemaking made a vibrant presence this year at The Indiana State Fair by providing a pop up public space to visitors. This space, located in the middle of main street across from the Coliseum and next to the grandstands, offered a fun and free space for children and adults to engage in games, art, and comfortable seating. See photos from the project here.
We had a blast during the 18-day duration of the State Fair. At least one of our staff members was on site each day to supervise the space and help facilitate activities around our recently refreshed Wagon of Wonders. Two favorite activities among our guests were the mini soccer field and the postcard project. The postcard project offers people a free opportunity to fill out and send out a postcard anywhere in the world. Inspired by our awesome neighbors, Pineapple Whip (see animation from Wagon of Wonders), Ball State intern Julia Voigt sketched a postcard featuring the the Pineapple Whip stand. Other activities offered included a ping pong, cornhole, foosball, coloring pages and the wagon itself as a small, mobile contemporary art museum. The mini soccer field, a partnership with our own Indy City Futbol program, was constantly used (see video clip) and featured straw bales on the edge of artificial turf.
Visitors (500 to 1,000+ per day to the space) certainly enjoyed the free activities in our pop-up public space as well as the programming our local PBS and NPR station, WFYI, offered in our tented seating area. We also enjoyed our partnership with Western Governors University, sponsor of the space.