Stories of resilience.

For our arts and culture community, 2020 has been a year of adaptation and resilience. As the restrictions caused by COVID severely hindered their programming capabilities, it became clear that the nonprofit organizations that form the foundation of our region’s thriving arts and culture ecosystem needed our community’s support more than ever. 

As part of our Arts & Culture Resilience Initiative, Arts United announced in August – in partnership with AWS Foundation, the Edward D. & Ione Auer Foundation, The James Foundation, the McMillen Foundation, Chuck and Lisa Surack and Sweetwater, and the Community Foundation of Greater Fort Wayne – the launch of the Arts & Culture Nonprofit Resilience Fund. 

To date, the Arts & Culture Nonprofit Resilience Fund has facilitated grants of more than $1.6 million to 18 nonprofit arts and culture organizations to help ensure a vibrant future for Fort Wayne and Northeast Indiana as they reopen and reimagine mission delivery in a world informed by the realities of COVID-19. Simply put, it helps ensure – and inspire – their resilience. 

Below, we’re capturing and sharing their stories of resilience, shining a light on the critical importance of arts and culture to our region’s quality of life.