Calling All Artists: Fort Wayne Public Art Commission Seeking Artists

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FORT WAYNE,Ind. (WANE) – The Fort Wayne Public Art Commission is asking artists to submit their qualifications to design and paint one of two murals that depict local stories of civil rights and social justice.

Art for All Public Art Master Plan creates murals for the Faces of the Fort project. This project is inspired by Atlanta’s “Off The Wall” project which honors people who have made significant contributions to the advancement of civil rights. This includes: race, gender, sexual orientation and immigration status.

Faces of the Fort will include murals throughout the city and will focus on using storytelling to share and preserve the cultural heritage of Fort Wayne’s diverse neighborhoods.

“Faces of the Fort aims to increase awareness of community stories by fostering understanding, interaction and a stronger culture of civic engagement,” said Réna Bradley, Chair of the Faces of the Fort Committee. “Faces of the Fort celebrates the rich history of the people of Fort Wayne and their unique journeys, stories and perspectives.”

Artists can submit their qualifications and will be selected by a committee. The selection committee includes: two members of the Fort Wayne Public Art Commission, one nominee from Arts United, one nominee from the Fort Wayne Museum of Art, residents from each of the city’s four quadrants, two art professionals, a representative of the Africa/African-American Historical Society, a representative of Amani Family Services and a representative of the LGBTQ community.

The selection committee will select artists based on their technical expertise, successful implementation of similar artistic projects, ability to execute a public art project in a culturally rich and complex region, and interest in creating artwork for Faces of the Fort.

Two artists will be selected and will have a budget of $10,000 each to design and create their murals. The murals will be located in southeast and northeast Fort Wayne. Final locations have not been determined. The chosen artists will create their creations after participating in a series of community conversations with local residents.

The deadline for artists to submit their qualifications is July 5. More information can be found at: www.fwcommunitydevelopment.org/artprojects.

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