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!
Art Crawl Committee Members (past and present): Rachael Driscoll, Katrina Peaslee, Brett Frauhiger, Dave West, Frances Brooks, Katie O’Muireagain, Cassidy Hodges, Liz Boren, Lauren Coxen, Lyndy Bazile, Reagan Cook, Marsi Lawson, Kari Wegmann, Sandi Freeman, Alex Hall, Erica Tun, and Donna Kaiser.
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. In 2019 we will install a mural made possible in part by an Amplify Art! grant made possible 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!
Our volunteer-run Art Crawl helps to fund these projects and raise awareness of the program. A huge thank you to the past and present Art Crawl committee members that make the Art Crawl possible: Rachael Driscoll, Katrina Peaslee, Brett Frauhiger, Dave West, Frances Brooks, Katie O’Muireagain, Cassidy Hodges, Liz Boren, Lauren Coxen, Lyndy Bazile, Reagan Cook, Marsi Lawson, Kari Wegmann, Sandi Freeman, Alex Hall, Erica Tun, & Donna Kaiser. Dozens of volunteers help during the Crawl, and we are grateful for their support!
2018 Art This Way Art Crawl Sponsors:
Signature Sponsor: Design Collaborative
Gold Sponsor: Aptera Software
Silver Sponsors: Sweetwater Sound, ARC Document Solutions, Park Place on Main, Halls Restaurants, Caliente Cuban Café
Bronze Sponsors: JK O’Donnells, SVN Parke Group, Atrium a project of Start Fort Wayne, USF SOCA, The City Exchange Shops, WANE TV, Fort Wayne Downtown Improvement District
Art This Way facilitates the installation of public art on privately owned properties located in alleyways and pedestrian corridors within a two block area of downtown Fort Wayne. These corridors are always open and accessible to the public. The following Art This Way projects are listed with their corresponding location.
‘Arouse! for you must justify me.’ Walt Whitman mural; designed by Tim Parsley, and installed by Tim Parsley & USF SOCA students (128 W. Wayne Street – north wall of building)
‘Breathe’ mural by Matthew Plett (113 W. Washington Blvd. – west wall of building)
‘Guitar Experiment’ by Alexandra Hall & Alex Mendez (119 W. Wayne Street – east wall of building)
‘Panda Oops’ by Tammy Davis (127 W. Berry Street – south wall of building)
Prints by Diane Groenert (120 W. Washington Blvd. – east wall of building)
‘The Blue Birds’ mural by Bryan Ballinger (927 Harrison Street – north wall of building)
‘Untitled’ mural by 1010 | @1010zzz (918 S. Calhoun Street – north wall of building)
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.
Friday, September 20, 2019 from 5 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Tickets go on sale in July, 2019
Our musical acts include: James and the Drifters | Todd Harrold Band/Duo | My Dog Junior | The Goat’s Beards | Exterminate All Rational Thought | Jess Flame Thrower | Erie Guardless and Renz Brothers!
Our Featured Artists: Jake Patten | Julie Wall The HEDGE | Dannon Schroeder Circadian Fine Arts | Jeff Pilkinton Art | Stephanie Burton Love, Lucine | Barbara Ganey-Shown | Lyndy Bazile AfroPlump Art | Melanie Cooper Pennington and more!
Other Art Crawl Features: Your wristband allows you to access all of the above, and this year we’ve added a sixth location! We have partnered with Fort Wayne Heart of the City & the ASPCA to allow Art Crawl attendees free admittance to the ASPCA benefit event on Main St. Event maps will indicate the exact location of the HOTC/ASPCA event!
Our September 20, 2019 fundraiser increases awareness of the project, educates the community, raises funds for our program and exposes the public to the arts! Each location along the crawl features a local artist, a gallery show, live music, free appetizers and a cash bar hosted by a local restaurant.
The 2018 Art Crawl raised over $10,000 for our public art program. We are thankful to our 2018 sponsors! Signature Sponsor: Design Collaborative, Gold Sponsor: Aptera Software, Silver Sponsors: Sweetwater (Chuck & Lisa Surack) & ARC Document Solutions, & Bronze Sponsor: University of Saint Francis SOCA. Local restaurants and businesses donated their products or venues for use during the 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. All proceeds go to funding more public art!
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Art This Way Projects
“I want to play and push boundaries… to see how people interact with art. It’s not passive. It activates people.”
Lebamoff Law Offices
Mural location: 918 S. Calhoun Street, Fort Wayne, IN 46802
“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
“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
“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
“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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