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Christy Landrigan

Christy Landrigan

Art This Way is a public art program operating under the umbrella of the Fort Wayne Downtown Economic Improvement District. 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. The property owners within these two blocks have generously signed agreements to participate in this program. In the spring and summer of 2018 we are installing four new murals within this target area!

This project was 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.

It is our pleasure to report that the 2017 Art This Way Art Crawl was a success! The event raised money for the Art this Way Alley Activation Program, and exposed this program and its benefits to the public. Public art engenders a distinct identity, fosters pride of place & generates economic growth, and community participation in the Art This Way Art Crawl helped to fund more public art in Fort Wayne. Please stayed tuned for updates regarding the 2018 Art Crawl! View the Art Crawl photos!
The project includes privately owned properties located within a two block area of downtown Fort Wayne. The area includes pedestrian alleyways, running parallel: Berry St, Wayne St, and Washington Blvd, and running perpendicular: Harrison and Calhoun Streets. Property owners have agreed to allow the installation of artwork on their building facades. These areas are always open to the public. Artwork already located in this area includes the murals on the side of Pint N’Slice, the metal guitar on the side of MKM Architecture, and the four artwork panels installed in windows along the side of the Thirsty Camel. View the Fort Wayne Public Art map.
The September 21, 2018, Art This Way Art Crawl will be held from 5 p.m. – 9 p.m. and is an essential component of the success of the Art This Way art installation program. The Art Crawl will be held in five downtown locations. Each location will feature a live band, an artist performing live, free appetizers, a cash bar, and a gallery show. The Art Crawl increases awareness of the project, educates the community, and exposes the public to the arts, and this event cannot happen without community support! We are capping the attendance again this year. Tickets will go on sale in the summer of 2018!

2018 Art This Way Art Crawl Tickets

If you would like to help make this event a success, join our volunteer team.

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2018 Muralists

 

Bryan Ballinger
breadwig.com

“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

Matthew Plett
cargocollective.com/matthewplett

“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
timparsley.com

“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

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2018 Art Crawl

The September 21, 2018, Art This Way Art Crawl will be held from 5 p.m. – 9 p.m. and is an essential component of the success of the Art This Way art installation program. The Art Crawl will be held in five downtown locations. Each location will feature a live band, an artist performing live, free appetizers, a cash bar, and a gallery show. The Art Crawl increases awareness of the project, educates the community, and exposes the public to the arts, and this event cannot happen without community support! We are capping the attendance again this year. Tickets will go on sale in the summer of 2018!

2018 Art This Way Art Crawl Tickets

If you would like to help make this event a success, join our volunteer team.

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: TBA

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

Bronze Sponsor: School of Creative Arts at USF

 

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