WHY IS PUBLIC ART IMPORTANT TO US?

Public art helps us celebrate our heritage, communicate our direction, and characterize our sense of place.

Public art can be used to activate space and invigorate our economy across all demographics. Thoughtfully implemented art can define Fort Wayne and our neighborhoods and convey our spirit and competitive advantages to visitors and investors.

WHY DOES FORT WAYNE NEED A
PUBLIC ART PLAN?

The Fort Wayne Public Art Master Plan can help integrate and unite our city together through defining and projecting our signature to the world. Our plan will set the standard for how we begin to implement and enjoy public art while also celebrating our community’s ingenuity and artistic expressions.

HOW CAN PUBLIC ART TRANSFORM A CITY?

Art in public places provides meaning to our public spaces, reflects the history of our city, adds uniqueness to our neighborhoods, and humanizes our built environment. Public art provides the intersection between our past, present, and future, and also has the power to transform our city because our neighborhoods gain social, economic, and cultural value through public art.

•Social Value: When people see themselves reflected in their civic spaces, they have a sense of attachment that allows them to feel ownership and respect.

•Economic Value: Enhancing the identity and character of Fort Wayne through public art directly supports cultural tourism and economic development strategies, which can attract and retain residents.

•Cultural Value: Public Art has the power to create uniqueness through the reflection of the local history and culture which gives communities a sense of place and identity.  Public art provides a visual mechanism for understanding other cultures and perspectives, creating social cohesion and encouraging civic engagement. Though the reinforcement of culture, public art acts as a catalyst for unity and social engagement.

HOW WILL THIS IMPACT THE PLACEMAKING EFFORTS THROUGHOUT FORT WAYNE?

Creative placemaking is a process that places arts at the center of shaping the character and vitality of neighborhoods, cities, towns, and regions. It is an innovative approach to advancing objectives of livability and equity. Creative placemaking occurs when people from all throughout the community come together to deliberately integrate art and culture into community revitalization work- placing arts at the table with land use, transportation, economic development, education, housing, infrastructure, and public safety strategies.

Anyone who lives, works, or invests in the City of Fort Wayne is encouraged to be involved in shaping the Public Art Master Plan. Here’s how:

  1. Take the survey. Take our Essence of Fort Wayne survey at the link on this page, and tell us what makes Fort Wayne unique and special.
  2. Get creative. Think about what makes Fort Wayne interesting, unique, a great place to visit or a great place to call home… then send us those thoughts via photos, rendering, sketches, essays, short stories, ideas, tall tales and one-liners. Just use the “Submit Image or Idea” button below.
  3. Go social. Photograph Fort Wayne, and share your images on Instagram using the hashtag #FWPublicArt. Use the description section to tell us how your image represents the unique aspects of Fort Wayne – how are we different from our neighbors, and what do we share with them? What reflects our history? What illustrates our future?
  4. Email us. Contact us anytime using the contact method below. Click here to go there now.
Submit Image or Idea
Take Survey

WHAT IS THE TIMELINE FOR THE PUBLIC ART PLANNING PROCESS?

December 2018 - February 2019: Information Gathering and Research, Project Planning

March - May 2019: Community Input Gathering

April - June 2019: Master Plan Writing

July 2019: Community Review of Recommendations

August 2019: Fort Wayne Public Art Master Plan Adoption

UPCOMING EVENTS

PECHA KUCHA FOR PUBLIC ART

Don't miss Fort Wayne's very first Public Art PechaKucha Night at the Ian Rolland Gallery of the Arts United Center at Arts Campus Fort Wayne. Light hors d’oeuvres will be available along with a cash bar.

What is Public Art PechaKucha? The Fort Wayne Public Art Commission and Arts United are hosting this event to kick off the planning process for the Fort Wayne Public Art Master Plan. The spirit of this event is about celebrating the power of public art in an approachable, casual, and super fun way.

Presenters include Local Artists: Rena Bradley, Alexandra Hall, Tim Parsley, Sayaka Ganz, Adrian Curry, and Jim Merz.
Marc Pally will be the keynote speaker.

This is a family friendly event.

WHEN

Tuesday, March 26th, 2019
5:30pm: Happy Hour
6:00 - 8:00pm: Pecha Kucha Event

WHERE

Arts United Campus

SHARE WITH US

HOW TO SHARE

  1. Navigate to area in Fort Wayne to drop a pin.
  2. Click the Green selection button in the top left corner.
  3. Drop pin where you'd like to mark your selection.
  4. Choose a type of pin and share a description of it.

COLOR KEY

Orange: Special Stories

Yellow: Special Places

Red: Special People

Blue: Special Art Pieces

Black: Where Public Art Currently Exists

Lavender: Where Public Art Should Exist

RESOURCES

DOWNLOAD STAKEHOLDER REPORT
EMAIL PROJECT TEAM

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