Amplify Art!

Amplify Art! is a crowdfunding platform designed to turn up the volume on art projects you want to see in Northeast Indiana.

Here’s how it works: Organizations and individuals submit ideas for arts-related projects in our region. Then a special Amplify Art! committee chooses which projects to feature on this website, and people like you amplify those ideas with funding gifts and social media awareness until the session ends.

Hip-Hop: From the Root to the Fruit
$2,502 of $3,500
DETAILS: The African/African American Historical Society Museum’s Hip-Hop: From the Root to the Fruit will be an interactive & retrospective event about how hip-hop started, and how it has achieved its globally influential status. The event will cover hip-hop fashion, art, dance, equipment, lyrics, and the music itself. Hip-hop dancers, spoken word artists and other artists will do their thing LIVE. Attendees can create music on a mobile (homemade) turntable. Materials produced for event will be incorporated into the AAAHSM’s exhibition rotation. The initial fundraising goal of $2500 will be used for the equipment & facility rentals, and radio spots. Additional funds, if our initial goal is exceeded, will cover DJs and other miscellaneous costs.
North Anthony Boulevard Mural
$4,003 of $5,000
DETAILS: Artlink and the North Anthony Corridor Group have joined together to paint a mural on the south side of 3511 North Anthony Blvd., the building in which Firefly Coffee House, Health Food Shoppe, and Studio Seva reside. Local professional artist Jerrod Tobias will lead the creation of the mural with help painting from several volunteer artists and community members in summer 2016. The North Anthony Corridor Group is working toward enhancing their already vibrant hub in the 46805 Northside Neighborhood. The area brings local merchants together with a diverse community creating a thriving neighborhood, a place for innovation in the arts, a center of entrepreneurial activity and exceptional schools.
Art on the Run
$2,140 of $5,000
DETAILS: “Art on the Run” will place local art and artists on the Fort4Fitness Fall Festival running courses. It will combine physical fitness and art appreciation in a way which supports health and wellness in a unique way. “Art on the Run” will connect our vibrant art organizations with runners, spectators and volunteers to encourage participation in our local arts community.
Fort Wayne Ballet
The Nutcracker Christmas Tree
$2,620 of $6,000
DETAILS: Fort Wayne Ballet's Amplify Art! project will specifically help fund a portion of the rebuild of The Nutcracker Christmas Tree for the 2016 season. The new Christmas tree in Act 1 of The Nutcracker will be designed and constructed using engineering that can elevate and lower the tree to “make it grow” during the show. Donors at certain levels will have the opportunity to have their names placed on ornaments as recognition. Wouldn't it be fun to know your name is on our new tree while you watch the show!
Fort Wayne Museum of Art
"Meet Me" Portable Gallery Stools
$4,030 of $5,000
DETAILS: The Fort Wayne Museum of Art has recently launched the "Meet Me at FWMoA" Alzheimer’s tour program, a monthly tour series especially for people with early stage Alzheimer's disease, but they don’t have the comfortable, portable seating that is essential to participants flourishing in the program. Without gallery seating, the tour participants will become fatigued and disengaged, seriously limiting their participation in the program. The Meet Me at FWMoA Alzheimer’s Tour program is designed to improve quality of life for individuals with Alzheimer’s disease and include these adults in the arts.

Amplify Art!

The Simple Five-Step Process

Organizations or individuals submit ideas for projects.


The Amplify Art! committee selects projects from the submissions and recommends them to the Arts United board for approval.


The campaign session begins when approved projects are posted on the Amplify Art! website.


During the 30-day session, Arts United leverages community connections to encourage support from corporate and private donors.


After 30 days, the campaign session ends, and artists receive a check for the money they raised, as well as a list of donors for their records.

Submitting a Project

Any organization or individual in Northeast Indiana can submit a project to be considered for Amplify Art!

The Amplify Art! committee reviews applications for campaigns twice a year and recommends projects to the Board of Directors for each session.

Priority will be given to projects that:

  • Amplify participation in local arts and culture.
  • Exemplify entrepreneurial, innovative or transformational spirit.
  • Involve organizations with established networks and social media followings.
  • Can be completed by organizations with a track record of success and accountability.

Read full grant guidelines

For questions or information on how to submit a project for Amplify Art!, contact the Arts United Director of Development Rena Burden at or at 260-424-0646 ext. 2004.

Have questions about applying?

Next campaign session: May 1st, 2016 - May 31st, 2016

Applications due: March 1st, 2016

Thank you to these Amplify Art! sponsors.