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Dec 30

Arts United and YLNI partner to bring the Creative Class to emerging professionals in Greater Fort Wayne

Emerging leaders are encouraged to participate in sessions offered year-round dedicated to educating and engaging young professionals in the nonprofit arts community in Fort Wayne.

Fort Wayne, Indiana, December 30, 2014: To better connect, educate and engage emerging leaders with the major arts and culture nonprofit organizations in our community, Arts United and YLNI have partnered to bring the Creative Class Series to Greater Fort Wayne. Every second Tuesday of the month during 2015, young professionals are encouraged to spend their lunch hour learning about the 12 Principal Partner organizations that Arts United supports— ARCH, Artlink, Cinema Center, FAME, 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, and the Unity Performing Arts Foundation.  Each session runs from 12:00-1:00 and takes place in the unique spaces each organization uses to serve their patrons. Participants are encouraged to bring their own lunch to each session.


“The Creative Class series was developed by a nine member steering committee made up of young professionals from a variety of different industries,” said Rena Burden, Arts United Director of Development. “We identified that there is no lack of interest in the arts, but people are unsure of how to take the first steps to becoming more involved. We’ve found that emerging leaders in our community with a passion for the arts are ready to move from the audience seats to a service role.”


Executive Directors and business leaders from Arts United’s 12 Principal Partner organizations will give a brief overview of their organization and professional careers. They will also describe their role within the organization and how young professionals can become involved, ranging from volunteer opportunities to becoming an active board member. Arts United and YLNI designed this series to help emerging leaders have a better understanding of the impact that arts organizations have in our community, and how they, as emerging leaders, can impact our community’s major nonprofit arts organizations.


“As a nonprofit arts organization in Fort Wayne, Artlink and its staff are excited to participate in this new series. We are always looking for ways to engage young leaders and this will help us connect with them and share our mission.” Says Amber Recker, Executive Director of Artlink.




Kourtney Teegardin, Grant Coordinator at the Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership and Creative Class steering committee member, said, “As Northeast Indiana attracts talent that isn’t native to the area, having an outlet to learn more about community nonprofit organizations and ways to become involved will strengthen their attachment to the region.”


Below is the Creative Class schedule for 2015. Each session is from 12:00-1:00pm.


  • January 13, 2015- Fort Wayne Civic Theatre at the Arts United Center
  • February 10, 2015- Cinema Center at the Hall Community Arts Center
  • March 10, 2015- Dance Collective at the Hall Community Arts Center
  • April 14, 2015- The History Center at The History Center, Shield’s Room
  • May 12, 2015- Fort Wayne Youtheatre at the Parkview Physician’s Group ArtsLab
  • June 9, 2015- Artlink at the Auer Center, Artlink Galley
  • July 14, 2015- Fort Wayne Museum of Art at the Fort Wayne Museum of Art Auditorium
  • August 11, 2015- Fine Arts and Music Education (F.A.M.E) at the Parkview Physician’s Group ArtsLab
  • September 8, 2015- Fort Wayne Ballet at the Auer Center, Ballet Studio A
  • October 13, 2015- ARCH at the Parkview Physician’s Group ArtsLab
  • November 10, 2015- Fort Wayne Philharmonic at the Ian Rolland Gallery at the Arts United Center
  • December 8, 2015- Unity Performing Arts Foundation at the Parkview Physician’s Group ArtsLab


Those who are interested in participating in Arts United and YLNI’s Creative Class series can visit and review the Creative Class page for Eventbrite registration information. You can also follow the Creative Class by visiting Arts United’s Facebook Page or follow them on Twitter @Arts_United and look for the hashtag #AUCC15.


For more information about the Creative Class series, contact Rena Burden, Director of Development, at (260) 424-0646 or


Arts United’s mission is to develop, coordinate and support arts and cultural efforts in northeast Indiana.  To learn more about arts United, visit



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