The Make It Your Own Mural Festival will be the first of its kind.
“Nobody is doing a regional festival,” said John Sampson, Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership CEO. “You can do it in a couple of blocks and that's an effort… A real effort is to do it in 11 counties over 11 days in one specific period of time. We think that is powerful in terms of national public view.”
Sampson said the mural festival serves as a transformational initiative to accelerate the region’s population growth.
The mural festival begins on Tuesday, Sept. 8, and runs until Friday, Sept. 18, throughout Northeast Indiana’s 11 counties including Adams, Allen, DeKalb, Huntington, Kosciusko, LaGrange, Noble, Steuben, Wabash, Wells and Whitley.
“Art is something that you don’t just look at, it's something you feel,” said Ryan Daniel, Columbia City Mayor. “It's an emotional connection that people will typically have. When you have those sorts of emotional connections people plant roots.”
Each county in Northeast Indiana is participating in the inaugural event.
“We are speaking with one voice who we are as a region to those who may be considering a move or a business relocation here,” said Susan Mendenhall, Arts United of Greater Fort Wayne President.
Locations in each county are determined through a community-led selection committee process with a combination of regional and local input.
“We don’t have the presence of a mural fest the way Detroit, Los Angeles or Miami do,” said Alex Hall, Owner of AH Public Spaces Consulting. “This gives us the opportunity to rise and really bring each artist up throughout the region.”
Starting in March, artist applications will be available, and regional, national and international artists will be invited to provide proposals.
To access the artist application or to learn more about the Make It Your Own Mural Festival click here.