Art Crawl
September 23, 2017 | 5pm – 10pm
5 speakeasy locations in Downtown Fort Wayne
free appetizers | cash bar
$25 each or $40 for two (early bird ticket)

Live painting: Jared Applegate | Terry Ratliff | Theoplis Smith

Live body painting: Kay Allday  Live drawing: Frank Louis Allen

Appetizers: Caliente | Casa | Hall’s | JK O’Donnell’s | WOW Factor Catering

Live Music: Soul35 | Paul Stephens | Todd Harrold | Fort Wayne Funk Orchestra
Bloody Tambourine and the Musical Mafia | O’ Sister, Brother | Chilly Addams

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Christy Landrigan

Christy Landrigan

What is the project?

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.

How is the Alley Activation Project being funded?

The Fort Wayne Downtown Economic Improvement District , and the Chamber of Commerce Foundation, Inc. have generously contributed to funding the expansion of the Art This Way Alley Activation Project. A September 23, 2017 “Art This Way Art Crawl” event will raise more funds for public art and increase awareness of the project. Private donations are also helping to fund this art gallery.

Where is the Alley Activation Project located?

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.

How will artwork be chosen?

Each installation will have a separate call for entry, and the entire art community, both local and national, are welcome to apply. The University of St. Francis School of Creative Arts will offer professional services in development of calls for entry and selection of art installations. Our donors, local artists and local organizations will also be involved in the selection of art work.


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