Fort Wayne Cultural District

Platform For Action

Public Market

Fresh Food

Local Growers

Gathering Space

Creative Business Incubator


Start-up Support

Creative Business Planning

Creative Storefront Development

Shops & Restaurants

Artist Studios & Galleries

Live/work Spaces

Culinary Incubator

Culinary Exploration

Commercial Kitchen


Public Art

Murals & Sculptures


Hands-on Art

Telling our Story

Smartphone App

Social Media

Marketing & Branding


Last Saturdays


Tours & Crawls


Green space & Streetscapes

Maps & Signage

Sneaker & Bike-friendly paths

The Fort Wayne Cultural District is creating an arts-centric neighborhood in the heart of our region that will advance downtown vibrancy, citizen vitality, and cultural growth. The Fort Wayne Cultural District is an initiative of City of Fort Wayne, Arts United, Visit Fort Wayne, and Downtown Improvement District. The FWCD received official designation from the Fort Wayne City Council on July 13, 2010.


Our mission is to mobilize our artistic, cultural, and social capital to create a vibrant urban core.


An eclectic, active, inclusive, and authentic neighborhood

A place to “be” with an identity and magnetism that draws people

A vibrant place filled with galleries, public art, unique creative businesses, and experiential activities


Support downtown as a destination

Develop, coordinate, and support diverse cultural district programming activities

Develop a collaborative cultural district brand identity and marketing plan

Encourage creative industry development

Let us know what you think. Take the survey here.


Download the drafted Platform for Action


July 1, 2013 Fort Wayne Cultural District to host “pop UP” event- City of Fort Wayne

July 10, 2013 Fort Wayne Cultural District Announces Platform for Action- Arts United


June 14, 2010 Fort Wayne Cultural District Resolution



The Cultural District Advisory Council

  • Karl Bandemer, Deputy Mayor, City of Fort Wayne
  • Bill Brown, President, Downtown Improvement District
  • Rick Cartwright, Dean of the School of Creative Arts at the University of Saint Francis
  • Sharon Feasel, Community Development Manager, City of Fort Wayne
  • Matt Kelley, Owner, One Lucky Guitar
  • Dan O’Connell, President & CEO, Visit Fort Wayne
  • Dan Ross, Director of Community Development, Arts United of Greater Fort Wayne
  • Charles Shephard, Executive Director, Fort Wayne Museum of Art

For more information about the Cultural District contact Dan Ross, Director of Community Development, at or 260 424-0646.