Modern Day Tintype Portrait Sessions

Tintype photography is a lost art form from 1851 that captures a unique look through vintage lenses and equipment. For years, the process was used by many to make a permanent image and to preserve a person’s place in history. Relic Emporium, located in Angola, is pleased to present an opportunity to continue the tradition that dates back to the very beginning of portraits while discovering the methods of early development – right before your very eyes.

Promoting Future Plein Air Artists in Northeast Indiana

The Northern Indiana Plein Air Artists Association brings outdoor painting “in the open air” art events and workshops to communities across Indiana that might not otherwise have access to the arts. Donations will provide the opportunity for the community to learn how to paint and create landscapes on location “in the open air” and showcase competitively in front of, in many cases, large and small festivals.

Googly: A Sensory Theatre Experience

Gloria Minnich and Kitchen Sink Theatre are excited to create Googly, a sensory theatre show that embraces the diverse range of ways that humans can connect and communicate with each other. By using the senses of not only sight and sound, but also touch, smell, kinesthetic, and taste, audience participants will go on an immersive and interactive journey exploring the world of the legendary googly eyes. This show is created with the aim of reaching audience members with the most access barriers, including those with profound and multiple learning disabilities (PMLD) and/or those on the autism spectrum.

Free '05 Arts Classes

This summer, Fire & Light Productions will offer kids in the 46805 area a chance to take free arts classes in Improvisation, Broadway Dance, Small Group Singing, Tap Dance and Fight Choreography. These entertaining one-hour classes will take place Friday afternoons, from July 12-August 2, at LifeHouse Clinic, 2100 Kentucky Boulevard, and are taught by seasoned artists and teachers. Donations for this project will assist Fire & Light in compensating class teachers, paying for classroom supplies, and promoting the Free ‘05 Arts classes to households in this area.

East Allen Community Youth Band

This project will strengthen a newly established youth band serving East Allen University (EAU) students and the Southeast Fort Wayne community through operational funding. This ensemble (EACYB) provides band education to students who otherwise have no opportunity to play in a band after their 8th-grade year due to the high school they attend. Donations will provide the band with instruments, materials, and new music and help advertise on social media. Funding will allow local instructors, musicians, and clinicians to work with the ensemble to build toward two successful student performances in Spring 2025.

Amplify Art is a crowdfunding program that builds community support for and raises awareness of creative projects happening in Northeast Indiana. Amplify Art is made possible with support from PNC Bank.

Donors give online to support selected projects during a month-long campaign. All donations collected filter through Arts United, a 501(c)(3) non-profit, making them tax-deductible to the extent provided by law.

Here’s the breakdown:

  • Five (5) Amplify Art participants will be selected from eligible applications
  • Participants receive an automatic investment of $1,000 – thanks to PNC Bank
  • Arts United will set up and manage the online giving platform for your project – participants get every donation made to their campaign
  • All donations will be matched 1:1 (up to $1,000) – thanks to PNC Bank

Amplify Art is a competitive grant program. Due to available grant funding, a maximum of five projects will be selected per cycle. Eligible projects must meet one (1) of the following criteria:

  • New project
  • Reinvigoration of existing project/program
  • Project led by or involving BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) artists
  • Project located in underserved communities within Northeast Indiana

How to Apply

Interested applicants should review the full Guidelines, Application Packet, and Evaluation Criteria prior to submitting their request. Full submission details are outlined in these documents.

2024 Amplify Art Timeline

  • Application Opens: October 16, 2023
  • Applications Due: February 1, 2024
  • Award Notification: Week of March 4, 2024
  • Fundraising Begins: April 8, 2024
  • Fundraising Closes: May 7, 2024
  • Totals Announced: May 10, 2024


Contact Heather Closson at (260) 424-0646 ext. 2005 or