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2021: A year of artcentricity in review

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Courtesy Arts United
A few of the many artcentric offerings enjoyed by the community in 2021, clockwise from top left: FWMoA Chalkwalk in progress, happy Taste of the Arts Festival goers, Fort Wayne Youtheatre in rehearsal, Fort Wayne Dance Collectives Teen Ballet & Old Crown Brass Band practice.
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Courtesy Arts United
Dan Ross & Susan Mendenhall are proud of the community-wide support of the arts in Northeast Indiana

Fort Wayne’s art scene flourished nicely in 2021 as it continued to reinvent and energize itself amid continuing Covid-related challenges.

The community welcomed the return of live, in-person seasons and programs as well as an explosion of public art.

Cultural District designations were awarded by both the City Council and the State of Indiana while plans for the Arts United Center are being firmed up to make it fully accessible, technologically equipped and functional for the 21st century.

For highlights of these decidedly artcentric accomplishments, WBOI’s Julia Meek spoke with Susan Mendenhall & Dan Ross of Arts United.

You can connect, find more information and get involved at the Arts United website.

A Fort Wayne native, Julia is a radio host, graphic artist, and community volunteer, who has contributed to NIPR both on- and off-air for forty years. Besides being WBOI's arts & culture reporter, she currently co-produces and hosts Folktales and Meet the Music.