LFW Member Spotlight – Leslie Snare
Apr26

LFW Member Spotlight – Leslie Snare

Have you ever wondered who the people behind Living Fort Wayne are? Or maybe you’re curious about the different things our team does every day that make Living Fort Wayne the go-to destination for all the great things happening in our city. In this new spotlight series, we’ll be featuring a few of our amazing volunteers who will share a bit about their contributions to Living Fort Wayne and what they do outside of their volunteer work with us. Today we are spotlighting Living Fort Wayne’s director-at-large, Leslie Snare! What is your role with Living Fort Wayne and why did you decide to volunteer for our blog? I am currently serving as the director-at-large for Living Fort Wayne, which means that I’m basically the liaison between Living Fort Wayne and Young Leaders Northeast Indiana (YLNI). I oversee the strategic direction of our website and social media presence. Tell us one thing about your life outside of Living Fort Wayne Besides LFW, you’ll probably find me running the trails or in a local race. I’ve got two goals for 2017—to qualify as an Ironrunner with the Fort Wayne Running Club and to complete my first full marathon at Fort4Fitness this fall. If you could live any other place in the world, besides Fort Wayne, where would you live and why? Oh, I’m definitely heading to southern California…I love the laid back vibes of San Diego, plus the mountains, the oceans, and the year round warm weather would keep my running shoes perpetually laced up! If you had a friend coming in from out of town, what is the one can’t miss thing you would show them or do with them in Fort Wayne? That’s a tough one, but I’d have to say I’d definitely take someone to Be a Tourist in Your Own Hometown. Visit Fort Wayne hosts this annual event where a lot of the downtown museums and attractions offer free admission, so it’s a great opportunity to check out the best of downtown, like the Botanical Gardens, the Embassy Theatre, and the historic Allen County Courthouse. If you were going to karaoke tonight, what song would you sing? I’ve never done karaoke, and have terrible stage fright, so it’s definitely not high on my priority list. That being said, you can often catch me singing along to Kings of Leon or car dancing to any number of hip hop or EDM songs. Don’t judge. Keep your eyes peeled for the next Spotlight with another one of Living Fort Wayne’s volunteers. If you’d like to learn more about opportunities to help out with our blog, send us an email at info@livingfortwayne.com...

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Wells Street Bridge to host RiverDrums
Jun15

Wells Street Bridge to host RiverDrums

It all comes back to our rivers. A celebration about the gateway to Fort Wayne is planned on the historic Wells Street Bridge this Sunday, June 19 from 12 to 9 pm. This free public event hosted by Three Rivers Art Center for Kids (TRACK) will feature artists, performers, speakers, and discussions on history, the rivers, and social issues. The theme of the day will be “we are one world, one people.” RiverDrums will also celebrate two important events: Father’s Day and freedom. June 19 is Juneteenth Independence Day or Freedom Day, which celebrates the abolition of slavery. RiverDrums will remember Kekionga, the capital of the Miami tribe, which was the last settlement of Native Americans in the area prior to the founding of Fort Wayne. “I’d like [attendees] to feel inspired,” said Terry Doran, co-organizer of RiverDrums. “We want to demonstrate the best of human nature.” As for “the best of human nature,” Doran sees all kinds of people coming together to freely share in both art and an appreciation for the river. The opening Ceremony will feature the poem “RiverDrums” by Patty Hunter with Cherokee artist Ken Noland on the flute. Abigail King of Save Maumee Grassroots Organization will be “sailing” down the St. Mary’s River. Fernando Zapari, publisher of El Mexicano Newspaper will lead the reflection, “Remembering Kekionga.” The rest of the day’s events are listed below. Performers and speakers Alicia Pyle and Trinell Armour – jazz music performance Ken Noland – flute performance The Chrome Cats – hip-hop performance Jain Young and the Fort Wayne Drum Circle – drumming Blind Uncle Harry – rock performance Fort Wayne Dance Collective – “Pineapple Project” dance performance Indianapolis Chinese Symphony Orchestra – Chinese and Western music performance Ken Noland and Teacher Ka – Native American music performance Kwan Hui – a short demo of traditional Chinese drumming by Shelley Septer – “Backpacks of Hope” discussion (on homelessness) Maleah Heck – “Surviving Child Abuse” discussion Group discussion – “On Being a Dad” Activities for children (and adults) Basche Martial Arts free mini classes Art projects with Peggy Tassler owner, SOZO Art Studio Create a RiverDrums mural with artist Frank Louis Allen Food will be available at the event from Food Not Bombs and King Arthur Trolley Food Truck. For more information, specific times, and updates to the event schedule, go to RiverDrums on Facebook. Make sure to bring a lawn chair or blankets, as the weather hopefully will be warm and sunny. RiverDrums is a presentation of Three Rivers Art Center for Kids (TRACK ), whose mission is to present public programs utilizing the power of art and community dialogue to raise awareness on subjects relating to abuse....

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Entrepreneurship Spotlight: Start Fort Wayne introduces Atrium
Jan29

Entrepreneurship Spotlight: Start Fort Wayne introduces Atrium

January 29, 2016: An Exciting Moment for Start Fort Wayne This Tuesday’s announcement of the development of Atrium by Start Fort Wayne is a major development in continued growth of entrepreneurship, startup, and small business activity in Fort Wayne. We at Living Fort Wayne have been keeping an eye on Start Fort Wayne for about six months, and we’ve been blown away by how quickly this nonprofit has grown from an idea to a small group of doers to a little bit larger group of shakers (see who they are). So let’s get to the heart of the matter – Atrium, a new, world-class coworking facility being built in downtown Fort Wayne at 111 W. Berry Street. I sat down with Start Fort Wayne President Dave Sanders at a coffee shop next his first coworking space, CoWork Fort Wayne to get his take on what role Atrium will play in the community. “We chose that name [Atrium], because it’s also part of the heart,” Sanders said.“It’s in the heart of Fort Wayne. It’s part of the heart of entrepreneurship in Fort Wayne.” With a target completion date of October 2016, Atrium by Start Fort Wayne aims to be a place “for entrepreneurs, small businesses, students, and startups to work, collaborate, meet, and thrive.” There will be three membership levels for coworking space users (check out the rates) and private office spaces for premium members. Take a look at Atrium by Start Fort Wayne Atrium is located in 5,500 square feet of space on the second floor the Hoch Associates Building. Hoch Associates will also serve as landlord and partner of Atrium, in addition to doing the design and architecture for the space. Here are some highlights of the space. Staffed check-in area Large conference and training room Two small conference rooms Stage Shared desks for general members Reserved desks for professional members Office spaces for premium members Casual area and kitchen Check out the Start Fort Wayne website for more details on amenities, membership options, and more. After Atrium As nonprofit organization with an eye on the community, Start Fort Wayne wants to help entrepreneurs get educated and find the resources they need to build and grow their businesses in Fort Wayne. “It’s my personal goal, that over the course of two years, while we’re getting this place to profitability, that those [office spaces] have turned over twice, at least,” Sanders said. After businesses outgrow Atrium, Sanders wants to help these businesses find a home and continue to grow their companies in downtown Fort Wayne. “That’s good for everybody downtown,” Sanders said. “It adds more jobs. It adds growing companies downtown.” Get in touch and stay up-to-date...

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Hope Arthur presents The CORE
Jan22

Hope Arthur presents The CORE

Disconnect and immerse yourself in the complexity of the human spirit in downtown Fort Wayne this weekend. Local music artist Hope Arthur will be presenting The CORE in Collaboration with Mikautadze Dance Theatre, Hope Arthur Orchestra, Saitnkini of Austria, and Silbo Gomero on Saturday 8 pm at the Parkview Physicians Group Blackbox Theater. This weekend’s performance will consist of two parts – a vocal performance piece by The Hope Arthur Orchestra and “Schreimoment,” a collaborative effort featuring both local and Austrian artists. The performance will feature artistic projections by Alec Johnson, who has created shape-based pieces that will interact with The CORE. So immerse yourselves, Fort Wayne, as it should be be a one-of-a-kind performance, not likely to be performed again in the near future! The CORE, which stands for Cultivating Oneness Reinventing Expression, is a physical artistic performance structure Arthur has been developing since she was a student in an “Entrepreneurship through the Arts” course at IPFW. Local artists Jeremy Stroup and Gregor Roth helped Arthur design and build The CORE as a structure. The vision behind The CORE continued to evolve into what it is today during a residency Arthur completed at the local Wunderkammer Company art gallery. The structure is by no means complete and continues to evolve into a collaborative experience with Arthur and the local artistic community. “I think I wanted to make a physical structure of how I feel on the inside at least, like when I’m reflecting or when I’m sad or when I’m happy – the core of my being or my human spirit,” Arthur said. “I wanted to look at it, and perform on it, and explore it.” Part one on Saturday will feature The CORE with a 20-minute all-vocal performance piece by the Hope Arthur Orchestra. The vocal performers will also be performing the choreography for the piece. This will be followed by “Schreimoment,” an all-dance and music performance piece by Saitnkini, an Austrian artistic duo featuring Ulrich Schleicher and Andre Schwarzl. Saitnkini wrote the story and basic structure of Schriemoment, and then Silbo Gomero and Mikautadze brought it to life in Fort Wayne. The collaborative effort between artists from different artistic areas (and even different continents) has been impressive. Schleicher and Schwarzl collaborated via Skype with Arthur, musician/composer Kurt Roembke, and Elizabeth Mikautadze of the Mikautadze Dance Theatre to help make their detailed vision for the piece come to life. “So many collaborators and a lot of creative input!” said Mikautadze, who directed the choreography of the piece. “This is energizing to me and is the reason I do the work I do.” The piece features original contemporary-inspired choreography performed by the Mikautadze Dance Theatre and music composed by Silbo Gomero, a music collaboration between Arthur...

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Introducing our new “Entrepreneurship Spotlight” series
Dec08

Introducing our new “Entrepreneurship Spotlight” series

Last month we introduced our new Start Fort Wayne series with our post on the ongoing 1 Million Cups series. This month we are kicking off a new series of posts on local startups and entrepreneurs with our “Local Entrepreneur Spotlight” series as an addition to our partnership with Start Fort Wayne. This new series on entrepreneurs is for the following people: People who are currently entrepreneurs in the area, People in the process of starting a local venture, People who have ever dreamed of business ownership, Resource providers in the community who serve entrepreneurs, and People who are just simply fascinated by entrepreneurship and the creative climate in can foster. Join us every few weeks to get a sneak peak into the minds of our area’s up-and-coming business and community leaders as we ask them the following questions: What made you decide to open a business in Fort Wayne/Northeast Indiana? What resource in the community has helped you thrive in the community? What is the biggest challenge you have worked to overcome in starting your business? What person has helped you the most in your journey? What is some advice you would have for new entrepreneurs? What would be the best thing Fort Wayne could do for entrepreneurs in your opinion? We have an exciting list of newer businesses and entrepreneurs we’ll be spotlighting in our series, but we need more folks to tell their stories of success (or challenges). If you or your business would be interested in being spotlighted in this series to share what it took for you to be successful building and growing your business in Northeast Indiana, please email us at info@livingfortwayne.com. Let’s join together to build a strong community of entrepreneurs in Northeast Indiana. For more information on Start Fort Wayne, please visit...

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