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  • Arts United The AmplifyArt campaign runs through May.

Monday, May 01, 2017 9:40 am

Spotlight on AmplifyArt, May 2017

COREY MCMAKEN | The Journal Gazette

In May, three local organizations are looking to fund projects through Arts United's crowdfunding program, AmplifyArt. Each organization will get a seed investment of $1,000 from Arts United and will have donations from the public matched dollar for dollar up to $1,500 from the Knight Foundation.

Donations can be made through the end of the month at http://artsunited.org/amplify.

Representatives from the organizations explained more about their projects in separate emails to The Journal Gazette. Responses have been edited.

 

Vibe, Middle Waves

The project is hoping to raise a total of $5,000. Olivia Fabian of One Lucky Guitar says:

Q. Share some background on your project with our readers. Why do you want it and what exactly does it entail?

A. Our project is a series of static and interactive art installations and collaborative art experiences at the 2017 Middle Waves Music Festival. Middle Waves Music Festival is a two-day destination music festival in downtown Fort Wayne taking place Sept. 15 and 16. After just one year, the festival is already a signature event that embodies Fort Wayne's ever-more-vibrant music, arts and cultural renaissance. Middle Waves will offer a mix of static exhibits for fans to view, collaborative installations that allow fans to roll up their sleeves and add to the exhibits, along with art experiences designed to demonstrate and educate fans of all ages and backgrounds.

Q. How will money raised through the AmplifyArt campaign be used for the project?

A. Proposed static installations include a series of large colorful rock towers, a fence “painting” exhibit using flagging tape, a large event entryway, a hip approach to balloon art installations, an oversized paint tube of flowers and large quantities of everyday items grouped into a hanging exhibit. Interactive artwork includes large plexi glass walls and paints where fans are encouraged to make their own masterpiece; a graffiti village where fans can see real street artwork being made, a series of booths with various crafts and demos that encourage fans of all ages to create. In addition to experiencing art at the festival, in the weeks leading up to the event community members are invited to take part in The Middle Waves Workshop at Wunderkammer Gallery. The Middle Waves Workshop is an opportunity for patrons to view the works-in-progress or to get in on the action by learning how to create the installations themselves.

Q. How does this project serve the community?

A. Middle Waves promotes the message that Fort Wayne is cool enough and we should be proud to call this vibrant city our home. We believe that our city is filled with curious and creative people who are hungry for the opportunity for an experience that encourages them to let their hair down, experience something new and maybe even see a side of Fort Wayne they hadn't before… a weirder side perhaps. These Vibe projects don't just complement the mission of Middle Waves, they truly bring our mission to life. We see these projects as a way to include all types of community members and empower them to get involved in the arts. These projects are not just artwork for a festival, they are invitations for any and all to get a little paint on their hands and see how their small contribution to the art scene (when paired with many other hands working in tandem) can have a huge impact.

Q. Are you planning any special events or activities to promote this crowdfunding campaign?

A. We plan to interact with the community through social media throughout the campaign by showing inspiration behind the artwork, some behind-the-scenes progress and getting their feedback and input.

 

Art Lab, Vincent Village

The project is hoping to raise a total of $5,000. Denise Andorfer, executive director of Vincent Village, says:

Q. Share some background on your project with our readers. Why do you want it and what exactly does it entail?

A. The Vincent Village Art mobile art lab will bring local artists onto the agency campus which houses homeless families to create both permanent art on our campus as well as a community art exhibit. The purpose is to expose families to the beauty and appreciation of art in the midst of their daily struggles. Through therapeutic self-expression, both parents and children will find using their creativity to reduce anxiety and regain hope.

Q. How will money raised through the AmplifyArt campaign be used for the Art Lab project?

A. The fund will be used to bring local artists in for large projects such as a permanent mural, a tiled peace garden and to purchase art supplies for a mobile art lab.

Q. How does this project serve the community?

A. Vincent Village houses 100 homeless families each year on its campus in our two transitional housing programs, including 200 children. These families have experienced trauma and are in need of therapeutic activities in which to create hope and a sense of joyful self-expression. Community artists will be able to engage with families and the community at large will be able to enjoy the art exhibit which will be the culmination of the weekly art labs.

Q. Are you planning any special events or activities to promote this crowdfunding campaign?

A. We plan to use our Facebook page and Instagram to help promote the campaign. We also plan to do a contest for high school kids in which to design the mural that will be a permanent part of the Vincent Village campus.

 

Blocknobben, Hobnobben Film Festival

The project is hoping to raise a total of $5,200. Cinema Center executive director Jonah Crismore says:

Q. Share some background on the block party with our readers. Why do you want to do it and what exactly will it entail?

A. Blocknobben is the portion of the Hobnobben Film Festival that is completely free, and open to the community. It has grown quite a bit since last year when we debuted the festival. This year there will be seven local breweries, food trucks, and a whole market place of locally-themed vendors. Also, there will be artists doing live painting, bands performing all day long and after it gets dark, a free outdoor screening of "No Country for Old Men" with a score to the film performed by local musicians Ben Larson and Bryce Wiseman. What is really exciting, is that we are introducing our Film the Fort program, a flash-film project where we asked filmmakers to write, direct and edit a short film over the course of the festival, and they have been tasked with shooting a scene at Blocknobben, so the block party is essentially transforming into a movie set.

Q. How will money raised through Amplify Art campaign be used for the project?

A. The money raised through Amplify Art will be used to go toward the operational costs of such a large, free, community event. From cattle gate rentals, to port-a-potties, to booking bands, renting a stage and hiring professional audio-visual technicians for the outdoors screening, these things all have costs attached to them. We want to propel the momentum (of) Blocknobben so it is an event that can continue to grow year after year.

Q. How does this project serve the community?

A. A goal of Hobnobben Film Festival, as a whole, is to introduce and re-introduce the idea of experiencing film as a community. Bringing people together through food, drink and music is great, and then to treat them to an outdoor screening that is free is a great way to encourage people to spend time with strangers, and share one common experience. Another goal is related to Film the Fort – many people don't know all the hard work that goes into creating a film. By actually seeing a filmmaker block scenes, working with crowds and addressing her crew, we want to inspire everyone to pick up cameras and film their own stories.

Q. Are you planning any special events or activities to promote this crowdfunding campaign?

A. The preview party on May 11 is the biggest event we have to help promote this campaign. Remake III, the event where we ask local artists to design new movie posters for classic films is coming up May 18 and we will have a push to donate at that event, as well.

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