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Christy Landrigan

Christy Landrigan

This project is inspired by the late Christy Landrigan. Christy was passionate about improving the walkability and overall experience of Fort Wayne, Indiana. Her fellow Lincoln Financial Group employees collected money to do something to honor her memory. Keeping in mind Christy’s love for art and her community, the Fort Wayne Downtown Economic Improvement District worked as a liaison between property owners, the artists, and Friends of Lincoln Financial to orchestrate the purchase, commission and installation of five pieces of public art in a pedestrian alleyway. Christy is the spark that brought about these public art installations, and The Art This Way Alley Activation project hopes to further expand on this non-traditional public art gallery.

Art This Way is a volunteer run organization. We operate under the umbrella of the Fort Wayne Downtown Economic Improvement District.  We are grateful that the FWDID chose to partner with local artists to develop this program! Art This Way works to raise funds and liaison between property owners and artists to bring large scale professional art installations into Fort Wayne. The current focus of the organization are the alleyways within a two block area of downtown, ‘double plus’ alleys that run between Washington, Wayne and Berry Streets and between Harrison and Calhoun Streets.  Over fifteen property owners within a two block area of downtown Fort Wayne have signed agreements to participate in Art This Way. All of these projects are on private property, and we are grateful to the local business owners who have encouraged us and allowed our program to thrive.

We chose alleyways, not because the art should be hidden away, but rather for the purposes of activation, bringing people into these spaces and changing the way the spaces are used. Quality inter-connectivity defines an urban experience and the overall livability and identity of downtown. These spaces can have an active and dynamic role in our city’s urban fabric IF we reinvent their purpose and maximize on their potential! We hope to do just that!

In 2018 we installed four murals. Our 2018 artists were Tim Parsley (with help from his USF SOCA students), Matthew Plett, Bryan Ballinger, and Tammy Davis. Public art engenders a distinct identity, fosters pride of place, and generates economic growth. The overarching purpose of this program is to inspire interest from adjoining property owners, businesses and residents to create high quality urban spaces that encourage active use and engagement to enhance public life in Fort Wayne, IN.

Our projects are funded by grants, corporate sponsorships, our annual Art Crawl and community donations. We are grateful to the Lincoln Financial Foundation Collection, Design Collaborative, the Fort Wayne Downtown Economic Improvement District and the Fort Wayne Chamber of Commerce Foundation for supporting these public art installations. Our volunteer-run 2017 & 2018 Art Crawl supports these projects. In 2019 we will install a mural made possible in part by Arts United of Greater Fort Wayne and 3 Rivers Credit Union. We are further grateful to the community of Fort Wayne for their grassroots support of our program. Thank you!
The project includes privately owned properties located within a two block area of downtown Fort Wayne. We hope to saturate these alleyways with public art. Our target zone includes alleyways, running parallel: Berry St, Wayne St, and Washington Blvd, and running perpendicular: Harrison and Calhoun Streets. The property owners have agreed to allow the installation of artwork on their building facades. These areas are always open to the public. View the Fort Wayne Public Art map.

The Art This Way Art Crawl is an essential component of the success of the Art This Way art installation program. Our late September fundraiser increases awareness of the project, educates the community, raises funds for our program and exposes the public to the arts! The 2018 Art Crawl raised over $10,000 for our public art program. We are thankful to Signature Sponsor: Design Collaborative, Gold Sponsor: Aptera Software, Silver Sponsors: Sweetwater (Chuck & Lisa Surack) & ARC Document Solutions, & Bronze Sponsor: University of Saint Francis SOCA. We are grateful to the local restaurants and businesses who donated to our event. We are thankful to Hall’s Restaurants, Caliente Cuban Cafe, Proximo, & Park Place on Main, SVN Parke Group, Atrium a project of Start Fort Wayne, and the City Exchange Shops.

The Art This Way program announces a 2019 Artist Call for Entry. The Art This Way Alleyway Activation Project is building an outdoor art gallery in the alleys and pedestrian corridors in downtown Fort Wayne, IN. The FWDID and Art This Way have installed nine projects within the alleyway network. The goal of this program is to further activate these spaces by saturating the target zone with artwork.

The selected mural design will be installed on the west and north wall of 840 S Calhoun St., Fort Wayne, IN 46802. The mural design is expected to account for the scale and scope of the passage. This project is meant to make use of the west wall and the design should wrap around to the north wall. Extra consideration will be given to designs that best utilize the space. Artist application deadline is May 1, 2019. The design will be chosen through a blind jury process. Selected artist will receive a stipend, and they will install their work in summer or fall of 2019. This is a worldwide artist call. Further eligibility information is available on the prospectus.


View the Prospectus for 840 S. Calhoun Street


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Art This Way

2018 Projects


Bryan Ballinger

“I love the art scene in Fort Wayne and the opportunity to contribute to it in this way is really exciting!”

Ambassador Enterprises Mural
Mural location: 927 Harrison Street, Fort Wayne, IN 46802

Tammy Davis

“I am so excited to be chosen to do this mural as a part of the revitalization of Downtown Fort Wayne, Indiana. It means so much to me to actually be able to be a part of this amazing project, to be able to leave my art, and will hopefully make people smile.”

Star Financial Bank
Mural location: 127 West Berry Street, Fort Wayne, IN 46802

Matthew Plett

“I’m honored and excited that my design was selected for the Midtowne Crossing mural.  There is a large amount of personal significance in this piece and I truly hope it will bring a community and individual significance to others when they encounter it.”

Midtowne Crossing Owners Association Mural
Mural location: 112 W. Wayne Street, Fort Wayne, IN 46802

Tim Parsley

“What excites me most about this project is the unique opportunity for our art students at the University of Saint Francis to participate in the real-world application of their creative skills.  As both an artist and an art educator, I am proud to be a part of the Art This Way Alley Activation Project.”

SOCA (University of Saint Francis School of Creative Arts) Mural
Mural location: 128 W. Wayne Street, Fort Wayne, IN 46802

View the Fort Wayne Public Art map

Previous Art this Way Installment Projects: 2016 – 2017

Art This Way 2018 – Alley Activation Sponsors

Downtown Improvement District, Fort Wayne Chamber of Commerce Foundation
Lincoln Financial Foundation, Design Collaborative


Art This Way 2018 – Art Crawl Sponsors

Signature Sponsor: Design Collaborative

Gold Sponsor: Aptera Software

Silver Sponsor: Arc Document Solutions
Sweetwater Sound (Chuck and Lisa Surack)

Bronze Sponsor: School of Creative Arts at USF


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