Open Call for 2017 Programming Ideas!

***The submissions period for 2017 is now closed. Thank you to all who applied!***

We’re excited to announce that our open call for In the Square programming submissions is live for the 2017 season!  We will accept submissions until midnight on Tuesday, January 31st. Please complete the form below to apply. 

If you have an idea for an event or activity in 2017, we want to hear from you! We’re looking to present a diverse mix of programming next year – from music, films and theatre to dances, engaging art interactions, and sing-alongs. They can be one-time only events, weekly activities or something in between. In February, our Programming Committee will review the submissions and select the line-up for FoCSP’s 2017 In The Square series which will run from May through October.  

Submissions will be selected based on the following criteria:

  • Event discipline: Our goal is to present a wide variety of events & activities during our season.
  • Target audience & engagement: We strive to reach varied audiences, increase engagement with the arts, and provide opportunities for discovery, play and expression.
  • Professionalism and ability to expand park users: We appreciate programming partners who can introduce their communities to our community through their own promotional channels.
  • Mix of emerging and established artists: From first time performer to seasoned performer, our goal is to foster and support local artists at all stages of their careers.

Please note: Congress Square Park is a public space, so if you prefer not to be sponsored by FoCSP under our In the Square event series, you are always welcome to apply for an event permit directly from the City of Portland Event Office at But, submitting an idea through our open call gives you the potential to be part of our event series and, if selected, to receive a stipend and be part of FoCSP’s event promotions.

  • Please assign one person to be the contact for the organization or group
  • If selected, this description will be used on our website calendar and FB event page.
  • Drop files here or
    Accepted file types: jpg.
    Please attach a jpeg of your group or event that would be used for online promotions if selected.
  • To help us evaluate your idea, you are welcome to provide links to your website or social media with clips of your music or samples or information of past projects for other disciplines.
  • How do you currently promote your events? FoCSP will promote its events, but asks all performers to also promote the event to increase attendance.
  • Events will be programmed May through October, please let us know if there are specific dates you are available (or not available)

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