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Sep 27

Four projects chosen for Amplify Art! Grant Initiative

Fort Wayne, IN: Artlink’s crosswalk murals, Cinema Center’s portable outdoor movie screen, the Embassy Theatre’s Summer Nights at the Embassy and the Civic Theatre’s Operation Science Theatre were the four projects chosen for Arts United’s new Amplify Art! platform. Amplify Art! is a social media based crowdfunding program that mobilizes community support for and awareness of diverse creative projects happening in Northeast Indiana. Amplify Art! is made possible with support from the Community Foundation of Greater Fort Wayne and the Knight Foundation.

Community members can support the four selected projects through a month-long mini-campaign during October through social media advocacy and donating online at Selected arts and cultural projects will automatically receive seed funding of $1,000 from Arts United. Gifts from individuals in the community will be matched dollar for dollar up to $1,500 with support from the Knight Foundation. By leveraging the seed funding and matching incentive to raise broad community support, participating organizations can receive $4,000 or more for arts projects.

“Programs like Amplify Art! appeal to individuals who want to advance the cause of arts, culture and quality of life. Crowdfunding technology will mobilize more community support, awareness and visibility for non-profit organizations who are doing remarkable, creative projects to enhance the vibrancy of Northeast Indiana,” according to Rena Burden, Arts United Director of Development.

Artlink, with local artists Adam Garland and Nate Utesch, will design and install two crosswalk murals on the downtown arts campus.  Both artists will receive a stipend to design a crosswalk this fall. Next summer the artists will help Artlink paint their designs on the driveways of the arts campus.

The Cinema Center will bring classic, independent (and sometimes edgy) films to the whole community through the Cinema Center Road Tour, a series of cool, outdoor screenings next summer. Donations from the community will allow Cinema Center to legally purchase the rights to the films, staff the screenings and purchase an inflatable, outdoor screen.

Starting May 25, 2016, the Embassy Theatre will host Summer Nights at the Embassy with food, beverages and entertainment on the Embassy’s new Rooftop Patio and Ballroom. There will be 16 events with a variety of performers, musicians, dancers and buskers.

The Civic Theatre collaborates with Science Central to bring the magic of live theatre and the world of science together.  Presented as a gift to local veterans, active duty and reserve military and their families, Operation Science Theatre includes free tickets to a special matinee of the musical A Christmas Story paired with interactive displays that illustrate the science behind what you see on stage.  The tongue stuck to the flagpole, washing Ralphie’s mouth out with soap, how a BB gun works and more.

Trends in philanthropy point toward growth in online giving, and more specifically, crowdfunding. Amplify Art! is powered by an enhanced fundraising platform that allows donors to learn about and support nonprofit arts organizations and projects in Northeast Indiana.

“A volunteer steering committee of young professionals reviewed and selected four projects for the fall fundraising cycle,” shares Amplify Art! Committee chair Kourtney Teegardin. “Through Amplify Art!, young professionals are being empowered to give as well as to make funding decisions. We are the next generation of arts leaders, donors, and patrons. I’m thrilled to be involved with the Amplify Art!, and I’m excited to see the community’s response to these fantastic projects.

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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