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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.

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.

If you are interested in joining the project committee or the art crawl committee, please contact ArtThisWayFW@gmail.com.

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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