When COVID restrictions threatened to cancel this year's Taste of the Arts Festival, its host organization, Arts United, got busy and virtually reinvented the entire celebration.
Thanks to the generosity of Arcpoint Productions, the event's co-sponsor, many of the perennial activities were translated to concert-quality videos, including all of the music, dance and theater performances, which will take place on three virtual festival stages throughout the day.
Restaurant Row, Artlink's Art Market and NIPSCO's STEAM Park are also making their products virtually available to festival goers.
These will all be accessible from Arts United website, Facebook Live, and YouTube Live, with the ability to support participating artists directly.
Meanwhile, several partner organizations have planned to host safe and socially distanced events on site in cooperation with Taste of the Arts to preserve the traditional festival flavor of the day.
To learn what the event will look and sound like from this new online platform this weekend, WBOI's Julia Meek invited its technical director, Luke Holliger into the studio to discuss the scope of such a challenge, and what process his team devised to make it happen.
Fort Wayne Taste of the Arts Festival Online
Saturday, August 29th, 2020
11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.