Jan 23

AUTHOR: Jasmine Bejar
CATEGORY: Arts United News
Stories of Impact


Arts United Announces Grants and Kicks off 2017 Annual Fund Drive

Arts United awards more than $680,000 in grants to nonprofit arts and culture organizations in northeast Indiana and kicks off the 2017 Annual Fund Drive.

Arts United fuels the momentum of more than 70 arts, culture and quality of life organizations and initiatives in 12 counties each year. Arts United’s strategic investments help local arts and culture organizations achieve higher levels of excellence and quality, improve access to arts activities for all community members, and support regional priorities for growth and development. Arts United does this through:
Arts Advocacy and Promotion
Arts Campus Management and Development
Higher Capacity for Creativity
Creative Community Development

Arts United is the third oldest united arts fund in the country and the largest organization in the state of Indiana to host an annual community campaign for the arts. Arts United proudly presents the following grant recipients:

Operating Support Grant Allocations
Made possible by 2,490 donors to the 2016 Annual Fund Drive
$614,925 awarded for FY2017
Cinema Center
Fort Wayne Ballet
Fort Wayne Civic Theatre
Fort Wayne Dance Collective
Fort Wayne Museum of Art
Fort Wayne Philharmonic
Fort Wayne Youtheatre
The History Center
Unity Performing Arts Foundation

Nonprofit Arts Internship Initiative
Made possible by the Lincoln Financial Foundation
$30,000 awarded for FY2017
ARCH – Historic Preservation Specialist
Artlink – Education and Outreach Internship
Fort Wayne Cinema Center – Graphic Design Internship
Fort Wayne Civic Theatre – Technical Production Internship
Fort Wayne Dance Collective – Arts Administration and
Event Production Internship
FAME – FAME Festival Internship
Fort Wayne Youtheatre – Administration Internship
Arts United – Graphic Design Internship
Arts United – Technical Production Internship
The History Center – Historical Collection/Education Program Internship
Fort Wayne Museum of Art – Pre K-12 Internship
Fort Wayne Museum of Art – Curatorial Internship

Amplify Art!
Made possible by the Knight Foundation, the Community Foundation of Greater Fort Wayne, and community donors
$38,203 awarded for CY2016
African/African American History Museum – History of Hip-Hop
Artlink – North Anthony Mural
Fort Wayne Free Art Collective – The Brass Rail Mural
Fort Wayne Sister Cities – Taizhou Opera
Fort4Fitness – Art on the Run
Riverfront Fort Wayne – Faces of the Fort
Riverfront Fort Wayne – Water Trail Maps
Riverfront Fort Wayne, Cinema Center and Living Fort
Wayne – Surprise Cinema
YLNI Foundation – Weather the Fort
“Arts United is uniquely qualified to serve as a fulcrum, tipping ideas toward executable and collaborative strategies,” said Susan Mendenhall, President of Arts United. “Together with our donors, we’re elevating the quality of life for all individuals in northeast Indiana.” The goal for the 2017 Annual Fund Drive is 1.1 Million Dollars.

Arts United’s 2016 Annual Report is now available online at

Learn more about Arts United, its initiatives and donor benefits or make a donation to the Annual Fund Drive at

Arts United of Greater Fort Wayne, Inc. is a non-profit united arts fund and local arts agency that serves the communities of northeast Indiana by fueling the momentum of more than 70 arts, culture and quality of life initiatives each year. Arts United’s strategic investments position arts and culture organizations to achieve higher levels of excellence and quality, to improve access to the arts for all community members and to support regional priorities for growth and development.