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Fort Wayne unveils 'Art For All' master plan

The City of Fort Wayne Public Art Commission invited residents to check out the completed public art master plan, called "Art for All" Wednesday night.

Posted: Jan 29, 2020 4:56 PM
Updated: May 29, 2020 9:38 AM

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) — The City of Fort Wayne Public Art Commission invited residents to check out the completed public art master plan, called "Art for All" Wednesday night at the Arts United Center on Main Street.

The plan details nine “big” ideas for advancing the community’s public art program over the next decade.

The project ideas include:

  1. Open Walls: Fort Wayne.
    1. This would allow street artists a legal opportunity to create murals throughout the community on walls owned by the City.
  2. Arts and Culture Corridor Fort Wayne.
    1. An Arts and Culture Corridor could be developed along Rudisill Boulevard from Foster Park and the RiverGreenway to McMillen Park. 
  3. Faces of the Fort.
    1. This project shares large-scale murals of local faces throughout the community to elevate the stories of civil rights and social justice leaders as well as new Americans who have moved to Fort Wayne.
  4. Topographic Light.
    1. This project features artist-designed light installations that showcase important architecture, such as the Lincoln Tower, Louis Kahn building and even underpasses and bridges.
  5. Neighborhood Gateways and Gathering Spaces.
    1. This project enhances neighborhood identity through the use of murals, small sculptures and signs strategically placed at key locations in the City’s many neighborhoods.
  6. Riverfront Public Art Trail.
    1. Riverfront Fort Wayne is driving investment downtown and providing opportunities for gathering and recreation for all residents and visitors. 
  7. Discovery Walk.
    1. Discovery Walk is a unique concept that allows families to explore downtown while searching for small- and medium-sized icons.
  8. Grand Wayne Monumental Sculpture.
    1. Cities throughout the world have used large-scale public art installations to attract visitors and increase tourism. 
  9. Fort Wayne Gateways.
    1. This concept builds on the ideas presented in the Front Door Fort Wayne Plan, the City’s plan to enhance and improve primary gateways and commercial corridors.

The city says these projects are proposed as inspiration and conceptual in nature and would be developed only if funding is available.

The celebration took place at the Arts United Center in the Ian Rolland Gallery and included a brief presentation and an opportunity for residents to visit nine interactive stations detailing the nine conceptual projects.

“I am excited by the innovative and diverse project ideas presented in Art for All!” said Fort Wayne Mayor Tom Henry. “As Fort Wayne continues to grow, public art will play an even larger role in creating a welcoming environment, boosting tourism and contributing to economic growth in the region.”

The proposed projects offer a variety of ideas for the types of public art, and the locations in which they can be located, such as neighborhoods, on major corridors or downtown.

The City of Fort Wayne Public Art Commission and Arts United hosted this event to wrap up the year-long planning process for the Fort Wayne Public Art Master Plan.

Mayor Henry and the Fort Wayne City Council created the Public Art Program and Public Art Commission in March 2018.

The city says the primary purpose of the Fort Wayne Public Art Program is to enliven and enhance the city through the promotion and integration of artworks into the public realm and assist with city-led beautification efforts.

To learn more about Art For All click here.

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