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.

Hobnobben Film Festival
$2,310 of $5,000
DETAILS: Help support Blocknobben! a free, community block party held on the plaza of the Arts United Center, as part of the Hobnobben Film Festival. This June 16th, See & Be Seen with filmmakers from all over the country, chat about your favorite movies from the festival and enjoy offerings from several local breweries, food trucks, and the music from Sankofa, Belle & the Strange, and James and the Drifters. Want to see how a movie is made? We are excited to unleash filmmakers on the plaza, transforming it into a movie set for our Film the Fort project! Once sun goes down, things get really dark when we screen the Coen brothers classic "No Country for Old Men," with a live score provided by local musicians Ben Larson and Bryce Wiseman. Celebrate the artistry of film with the rest of Fort Wayne at this year's Blocknobben!
Vincent Village
Art Lab
$2,430 of $5,000
DETAILS: Art Lab will provide positive art experiences to homeless families that participate in Vincent Village's programs, giving them the opportunity to create, explore and express themselves through the arts in a safe and enriching environment.
Middle Waves
$2,950 of $5,000
DETAILS: Help us transform Headwaters Park into a magical, musical wonderland filled with large-scale art installations, interactive artwork and experiences to dazzle fans of all ages and all backgrounds! Last year, the Middle Waves Music Festival Vibe Team only skimmed the surface of our imaginations, and this year—with your help—we’re cooking up even weirder and wilder projects. We’re building giant, plexiglass walls, so you can roll up your sleeves and make your mark! Sit back, relax and marvel at our Seven-Magic-Mountain-inspired rock towers, or learn something new while watching graffiti demonstrations throughout the park. Walk through the Middle Waves main entrance, into the rows of giant paint tube gardens, and you’ll forget you’re in your own hometown. Let’s make this place even more amazing than it already is! Good Vibes Only. xo

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 Dan Ross at or at 260-424-0646.

Have questions about applying?

Next campaign session: May 1, 2017 - May 31, 2017

Applications due: March 1, 2017

Thank you to these Amplify Art! sponsors.