Second Chances Art Exhibit and Fundraiser
Mar29

Second Chances Art Exhibit and Fundraiser

The Second Chances Art Exhibit and Fundraiser features original art depicting local stories of giving and receiving grace, seizing second chances, and triumph over adversity.   Blue Jacket and the Fort Wayne Museum of Art (FWMoA) have collaborated to create this compelling event and the art at the center of it.  They commissioned thirteen local artists and paired them with Blue Jacket graduates. The graduates and the artists formed a relationship, and artists learned about the graduates’ life experiences.  Through various mediums, the artists have portrayed these stories of trials, failures, successes, and redemption.   These pieces are on exhibit at the FWMoA through March 31. At the Second Chances Art Exhibit and Fundraiser on March 31st from 6 p.m. – 9 p.m., the artwork will be auctioned.  Proceeds will benefit Blue Jacket’s Career Academy (a two-week training program that provides job-readiness training to disadvantaged adults seeking a second chance at employment).   In addition to the riveting art exhibit and auction, this event will include entertainment by Soul 35. Calhoun Street Soup, Salads, and Spirits (CS3) will provide heavy appetizers and a cash bar.  Tickets are $25 each, or $40 per pair, and can be purchased online here.   Blue Jacket is an established nonprofit whose mission is to provide education, training, and opportunities to any disadvantaged person who is striving to earn a second chance at gainful employment. For more information about Blue Jacket, visit their website and follow them on...

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Souped Up: Fort Wayne SOUP
Mar10

Souped Up: Fort Wayne SOUP

Note from event organizers – Due to overwhelming interest in our inaugural Fort Wayne SOUP event on March 30th we must change the location from One Lucky Guitar to the Summit located at 1025 West Rudisill Blvd. The new venue can accommodate up to 240 guests. In an effort to organize and plan for dinner appropriately we ask all attendees register for the inaugural event through Eventbrite. We are grateful to One Lucky Guitar and the community for all their support. Fort Wayne SOUP is served. Actual Soup?  The SOUP is a micro-grant dinner that fosters community and raises funds for creative projects that enhance Fort Wayne living.  (It’s easier than it sounds!) Here are the ingredients: Relationships. A shared meal.  Diversity. Critical dialogue. Community. Creativity. Collaboration. Democracy. Fun. Empowerment. Contribution. Action. Join the mix at the inaugural Fort Wayne SOUP on March 30, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. at the Summit.  The suggested minimum donation is $5.  Guests receive a meal, the opportunity to hear four vibrant ideas for projects that will transform Fort Wayne, and to cast a vote to fund their favorite project.  The deadline for submitting project proposals is March 16, 2017.     The Process Fort Wayne SOUP hosts a soup dinner (called a SOUP).  Several weeks before each SOUP, community members submit project proposals to the SOUP committee. The  projects must benefit the Fort Wayne community, but the field is otherwise open to all ideas, including art, urban agricultural, social entrepreneurship, education, technology, and more. Proposals must include a summary, proposed use of funds, an explanation of the project’s impact on Fort Wayne, and a timeline for implementation. The committee reviews and votes on four projects to be presented at the SOUP.  The selected community members work with Fort Wayne Confluence to create dynamic four-minute presentations to pitch their proposals. At the SOUP, attendees make an optional donation, suggested to be $5 or more, at the door. While enjoying soup, salad, and bread, they hear the four pre-selected project proposals. Each presenter fields four questions from the audience. SOUP attendees discuss and debate the benefits of each proposal.  Each attendee votes on the project they believe will most benefit the Fort Wayne community. The project with the most votes receives all of the money collected at the door, as seed money to fund their project.  Attendees do not obtain equity or ownership in the winning project.  Winners are expected to work diligently to bring their project to life, and to attend the next scheduled SOUP and discuss their progress.   The Inspiration SOUP arrived here via Detroit (and other SOUP’s hosted in communities worldwide), at the hands of a dedicated committee of young professionals.  After reading a magazine article about...

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Weather the Fort
Jan13

Weather the Fort

Winter weather is festive until New Year’s Day.  After that, it’s just cold.  The whole city seems to hibernate and complain until spring break. Ted Pappert and John Felts, members of Young Leaders of Northeast Indiana, decided to combat these winter blues and embrace the cold.  Last year, they created Weather the Fort, an outdoor winter festival to celebrate the beauty of the season in Northeast Indiana. While an outdoor festival in February may seem like an odd choice, the community gave it a warm welcome. So did Mother Nature, ironically.  The inaugural event last year drew a crowd of 2,500 on an unseasonable 60-degree day and raised over $1,500 for the Rescue Mission. Through this, a new downtown Fort Wayne tradition was born. Building on last year’s success, the second annual Weather the Fort is Saturday, February 11th from 4-10 p.m. at Freimann Square in downtown Fort Wayne.  Admission is free, but limited to adults over 21. This year’s event promises a merry cold-weather experience. Heated tents will house food vendors, beer stations, and coffee tastings. Also on the docket are live local bands, ice carving, a dance and fire performance by Pyroscope Entertainment, and a curling demonstration by the Fort Wayne Curling Club. Proceeds from food and beverage sales will support Fort Wayne Turners, a local non-profit dedicated to encouraging people of all ages to be active. Free parking is available at the parking lot of Barrett McNagny LLP and on the north side of the park by the viaducts. Weather the Fort is sponsored by YLNI, Lutheran Health Network, Downtown Improvement District, Alt 99.5, Design Collaborative, and Arts United. Follow them for updates on Facebook. Questions about Weather the Fort should be directed to Tim Pappert at...

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LFW Parenting: Tots in the Fort
Feb19

LFW Parenting: Tots in the Fort

Toddlers and a Midwest winter: some winter days, the thought of spending onemoresecond at home with my two [adorable, hilarious, but work-intensive] toddlers makes me want to climb the walls. And then, simultaneously, the very idea of wrestling them into winter coats is enough to discourage all nonessential travel. Everyday winter outings with my toddlers have to pass a “worth the coat” test, which, for me, requires the destination to meet most of the following criteria: Indoors; cheap/ low-investment (there’s a chance we’ll stay for three hours or just fifteen minutes); safe, but physically exhausting; not especially crowded; and tolerant of chaos. If you’re looking for toddler-friendly winter activities, here’s a few stops that appear “worth the coat.” YMCA The YMCA of Greater Fort Wayne boasts impressive amenities for families, from fitness facilities and group fitness classes for adults, to toddler-friendly classes and a great child watch program. Parents can get a break (and a workout) while kids play at child watch, participate in free swim or free play, or let the kids participate in programming specifically designed for toddlers. Check out www.fwymca.org for facilities, class schedules, and activities. Jefferson Pointe play area Offers a great, free place for toddlers and small children to run, climb, and let off steam. Kids and their supervising parent must wear socks. Bring a picnic (and hand sanitizer). Java Mama Fort Wayne Java Mama offers free or low-cost playtime for the kids, quality food and coffee, and a tribe of other parents who have also been awake since 5 a.m. Open Play is free from 1-4 p.m. Monday through Friday, and all day on Saturdays, with the purchase of a drink. There’s also a calendar of toddler-friendly classes, available for a fee. Allen County Public Library Most local branches of the ACPL include a weekday morning story time for babies and toddlers, with some including crafts or songs. More than Gymnastics Offers open gym for children under 5 on the first and third Fridays of every month, from noon-1:30 p.m., for $5 per child. Fort Wayne Parks and Recreation Offers programming for toddlers starting at 18 months. There’s a Jack and the Neverland Pirate-themed event with pirate games, craft, and a treat on February 26 from 9-9:45 a.m.  for $17. Register here Artlink Contemporary Gallery Offers Early Art Exploration on February 20, 2016 (and later dates in the Spring) from 10-11:30 a.m,, which provides art projects for children ages 2-5. All of the creativity with no clean up duty! Cost is $10 for Artlink Members, $15 for the general public, with an additional fee of $5 for same-family siblings. Tickets available...

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