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.

Weather the Fort
Winter Festival
$2,660 of $5,000
DETAILS: Weather the Fort is a winter festival in downtown Fort Wayne. Its mission is to embrace the Fort Wayne winter, foster community pride and promote cultural engagement. Weather the Fort will take place on February 11, 2017 at Freimann Square.
Fort Wayne Sister Cities
Taizhou Opera
$3,760 of $5,000
DETAILS: Fort Wayne Sister Cities International needs your help in hosting China’s Taizhou Luantan Opera, as they travel to the United States for the very first time to perform here in Fort Wayne. Taizhou, China has been a Sister City with Fort Wayne since 2012, and together they participate in educational, economic, and cultural exchanges. From March 16- 25, 2017, the famous Taizhou Luantan Opera will share traditional (dating back over 400 years) Chinese Opera with dramatic song, colorful costume and acrobatic dance as they entertain local school children as well as a grand performance for the community at the Embassy Theatre on March 19. Those who make a donation will be notified of a pre-sale before the tickets go on sale to the public. Donations will be matched $1 for $1 up to $5,000 by the Knight Foundation and an anonymous supporter of the arts!
Fort Wayne Free Art Collective
The Brass Rail Mural
$3,420 of $5,000
DETAILS: Fort Wayne Free Art Collective (FWFAC) has partnered with the Brass Rail, Artlink, and the downtown Fort Wayne community to bring public art to downtown Fort Wayne. Artist Jerrod Tobias has begun and the proceeds of this fundraiser go to ensuring that the mural finishes this year and that the artist is fairly compensated.

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 Office Manager, Jasmine Bejar at or at 260-424-0646.

Have questions about applying?

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

Applications due: August 1st, 2016

Thank you to these Amplify Art! sponsors.