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LFW Weekly Fun File

Posted by on August 17, 2017 | 0 comments

LFW Weekly Fun File

Looking for fun things to do in Fort Wayne? Living Fort Wayne compiles a list of events and activities happening every week! This is by no means an exhaustive list, and if you don’t quite see what you’re looking for, check out our events calendar. If you’d like to see your event featured in the Weekly Fun File, or added to our events calendar, let us know! Email us at info@livingfortwayne.com or you can submit your event to our calendar! Click on the event for more information about times, locations, cost, etc. Chris Cross the Nation Thursday, August 17 at 5:30 p.m. Chris Miller, a Fort Wayne native, is running from NYC to California to change the dialogue surrounding addiction. Hear his story at this event. Shindigz National Soccer Festival Thursday, August 17 through Saturday, August 19 Soccer, soccer, and more soccer! August Hot Spot: Meet the Board Thursday, August 1 at 5:30 p.m. It’s that time again — time for our monthly hot spot! This event, we’ll be introducing the new board. Join us! Riverfront Fort Wayne Film Series: Mean Girls Thursday, August 1 at 8 p.m. It’s a free showing of “Mean Girls” in Lawton Park. Just in time for the beginning of the school year. Railroad Open House Friday, August 18 through Sunday, August 20 Free admission and $5 train rides! Learn all about trains and their important role throughout history. Bring the kids! Community Fun Fair Saturday, August 19 at 11 a.m. Food, giveaways, and free family fun! Love Wins: A Free Concert Saturday, August 19 at 4 p.m. Celebrate our community at an event designed to bring us together. Local talent abounds in this free performance. Embody Dance Sunday, August 20 at 10:50 a.m. This event is open to all, you don’t have to have dance experience to join! Come try something new that’s good for body and soul. Inaugural Dog Days of Summer 5k Run/Walk Sunday, August 20 at 6:30 p.m. All proceeds go to benefit the Allen County SPCA and H.O.P.E. for Animals. August Splash-In Movie Sunday, August 20 at 7:30 p.m. It’s the end of summer celebration that’s fun for the whole family. 2017 Solar Eclipse at ACPL Monday, August 21 at 12 p.m. Surely by now you’ve heard about the solar eclipse, right?! You can watch it anywhere, obviously, but check out this special event. We just did a feature about it. Remember, this isn’t all Fort Wayne has to offer. Get out and enjoy this weekend! We can’t wait to see you around our...

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LFW Weekly Fun File

Posted by on August 10, 2017 | 0 comments

LFW Weekly Fun File

Looking for fun things to do in Fort Wayne? Living Fort Wayne compiles a list of events and activities happening every week! This is by no means an exhaustive list, and if you don’t quite see what you’re looking for, check out our events calendar. If you’d like to see your event featured in the Weekly Fun File, or added to our events calendar, let us know! Email us at info@livingfortwayne.com or you can submit your event to our calendar! Click on the event for more information about times, locations, cost, etc. ThinkGeek Grand Opening in Fort Wayne! Friday, August 11 at 10 a.m. It’s your one stop shop for all things geek, and now they’re opening in Fort Wayne with a day full of giveaways! Stop by and see what they have to offer. Opening Reception Middle Waves Poster Show + Rachel Von Friday, August 11 at 6 p.m. Check out the designs of local artists and hit up the CS3 cash bar. Fleet Feet Sports Vintage 5K Saturday, August 12 at 8 a.m. It’s Fleet Feet’s Birthday! Help them celebrate, Old School style! Pufferbelly 5K and Kids Fun Run Saturday, August 12 at 8 a.m. Another fun run on Saturday, head out to Salomon Farm Trail where there will be plenty of things for the whole family to do! Arts United Center and Exhibition Tour Saturday, August 12 at 2 p.m. It’s a combined tour of the exhibits you don’t want to miss! Environmental Advocate Training – Fort Wayne Saturday, August 12 at 2 p.m. Learn how to effectively advocate for our environment. Bands On The Banks 2017 Saturday, August 12 at 5 p.m. Food, brew, and bands. In the spirit of things, choose a form of transportation to the event that’s not a car. Murder Mystery Scavenger Hunt – Fort Wayne Sunday, August 13 at 1 p.m. Use your detective skills to solve a murder mystery, all during a fun scavenger hunt! Facebook Live: Dermatology Monday, August 14 at 6 p.m. Parkview will be taking your skincare questions live. Watch and interact straight from your living room, and have all your skincare questions answered. Eclipse Info and Safety Tips Tuesday, August 15 at 7:30 p.m. Learn how to safely observe the eclipse and how to make a DIY pin hole projector. Remember, this isn’t all Fort Wayne has to offer. Get out and enjoy this weekend! We can’t wait to see you around our...

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Guild of Allusion: Building an Industry with Creativity

Posted by on August 7, 2017 | Comments Off on Guild of Allusion: Building an Industry with Creativity

Guild of Allusion: Building an Industry with Creativity

One month ago, Guild of Allusion opened its doors to nobles, lords, and royals alike. This kingdom of art and creativity, led by owners Larry and Abraham, is the latest build guild to hit the market. Fort Wayne has a pretty small competition of this company type, so they are optimistic. They have even attracted two world-renowned artists into their workspace! When you walk in the door, you are hit with space. You have space to move, space to work, and space to be creative. Common tools line the shelves around the room. Many of these tools I didn’t even know the names of. As they were describing the lathe, compound sliding saw, 3D printers, drill press, kiln, table saw, surger, sewing machines, sprayers, and welding tools, I couldn’t help but be overwhelmed. What else could you need? Larry then said, “Look at the shelves and tell me what you see.” As a stereotypical female, I said “stuff that I don’t know how to use.” He replied, “Space and empty shelves.” They have empty shelves so the clients can tell them what they need. While they don’t provide the supplies for a project, they help provide the space and the tools. You see much more than shelves and tools in the Guild of Allusion. You could look around and see projects being built from nothing. I saw a costume, a 3D printer and a clear bookshelf. People had already bead-blasted appliances, made furniture, made a dance pole and so much more. My first thought was about the creativity that goes into the projects. I was corrected. Larry said, “It isn’t about the creativity, it is about the time. You can have creativity, but if you don’t put time into it, you’ll never accomplish anything.” This business is the same way. It is a little bit of creativity and a lot of time. This is a unique concept of a business for this area. They are frequently trying to accommodate not only their schedules, but the schedules of the members. Royal members are offered 24 hour access. Other membership levels have varying prices and access levels. As is the theme of the business, they reward loyalty. The first 20 members will receive 50% off, the second 20 members will receive 25% off. Guild of Allusion is located at 1025 Goshen Avenue in Fort Wayne. They are open Monday through Thursday 1:00 PM-10:00 PM, Friday 1:00 PM-12:00 AM, Saturday and Sunday 10:00 AM-12:00 AM. Professional artists, students, and people looking for hobby space are all welcome. For more information, visit...

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LFW Weekly Fun File

Posted by on August 3, 2017 | Comments Off on LFW Weekly Fun File

LFW Weekly Fun File

Looking for fun things to do in Fort Wayne? Living Fort Wayne compiles a list of events and activities happening every week! This is by no means an exhaustive list, and if you don’t quite see what you’re looking for, check out our events calendar. If you’d like to see your event featured in the Weekly Fun File, or added to our events calendar, let us know! Email us at info@livingfortwayne.com or you can submit your event to our calendar! Click on the event for more information about times, locations, cost, etc. The Beach Boys- Foellinger Theater Concert Series Thursday, August 3 at 7 p.m. What a fun concert! Spend your Thursday night rocking out at Foellinger Theatre! Cinema Center: A Ghost Story Thursday, August 3 at 3 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. I think it’s time to start getting into the Halloween spirit, don’t you? Summer Party Friday, August 4 at 7 p.m. It’s that time again! Get your quarterly party on! Arena Dinner Theatre: Blood Brothers August 4 through August 19 A woman with numerous children to support surrenders one of her newborn twins to a childless woman. The boys grow up streets apart, never learning the truth but becoming firm friends and eventually falling in love with the same girl. Jurassic Quest Xl Saturday, August 5 at 9 a.m. Spend a day experiencing every dinosaur — from lifelike animatronics to crafts, snacks, and games for the kids, this has it all. Jefferson Pointe Car Show Saturday, August 5 at 12 p.m. Take a look at some cool cars and have a chance to meet celebrity Judge Tyler Dale from American Restoration on The History Channel. Middle Waves Vibe Workshop Sunday, August 6 at 9 a.m. Help make the art installations that will be on-site at Middle Waves! Back To School Fashion Event Monday, August 7 at 1 p.m. Check out all the latest styles before you head into this fall season! From clothes and hair to school supplies, don’t miss your look at the latest trends! FWN Job Fair Tuesday, August 8 at 11:30 a.m. There will be representatives from all sorts of different fields, if you’re job hunting, stop by and check it out! Comedy Pizza Mic featuring TV Tuesday, August 8 at 8 p.m. Hang out at Pint & Slice for this free comedy show! Remember, this isn’t all Fort Wayne has to offer. Get out and enjoy this weekend! We can’t wait to see you around our...

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#IGersFortWayne: Creating a Community for Imagemakers

Posted by on July 31, 2017 | Comments Off on #IGersFortWayne: Creating a Community for Imagemakers

#IGersFortWayne: Creating a Community for Imagemakers

A picture is worth a thousand words. Instagram makes it so easy now to see beautiful images taken by photographers of all skill levels. Because of geotags and hashtags, you can see pictures taken around your area. If you’ve seen the hashtag #IGersFortWayne, you can view beautiful images taken by image makers in Fort Wayne. Good morning Fort Wayne! If you didn’t see the sunset last night, check out this incredible photo by @the_kirbster001 of the Fort Wayne skyline last night! Keep using the #IGersFortWayne tag and enjoy the weekend! // @scornfulcow A post shared by IGersFortWayne (@igersfortwayne) on Feb 11, 2017 at 7:23am PST   IGersFortWayne’s mission is to curate a creative community of image makers in the Fort Wayne area. Through team members Megan Hevel, Sean O’Leary, Danielle Doepke, and Mollie Shutt, the group is paving the way to a strong community with a big following, image makers and non-image makers alike. Megan said, “It’s an Instagram page that is meant to facilitate community for image makers in the Fort Wayne area. We are seeking to bring like-minded people together, to make connections, inspire one another, and experience Fort Wayne in new ways through photography.”     With the redevelopment of Fort Wayne and the ease of access to the images of Instagram, IGersFortWayne is reframing the way people view the city. Everyone who shares an image shares a different perspective, changing how others see Fort Wayne. “It promotes growth, builds a stronger creative community, and seeks to capture the best parts of our ever-evolving city. As we support and encourage one another, we become better and are able to contribute more to the community we love,” said Megan.     But you don’t have to consider yourself a professional or even a photographer to submit an image to IGersFortWayne. By using the term imagemaker, the community is welcoming to all kinds of imagery creators, from those pursuing a career in photography to those who shoot photos on their phone. IGersFortWayne is an inclusive community, and the more creativity contributed, the more inspiration ignites.   I mean, how could anyone say no to a classic like @fwconeyisland?! 🌭@olivia_eve_ captured this Fort Wayne staple so beautifully, it’s no wonder it was chosen to be featured in a Food Network article! That depth of field, that color and composition 👌🏽 #igersfortwayne + @meganhevel A post shared by IGersFortWayne (@igersfortwayne) on May 16, 2017 at 3:47pm PDT     Each of the team members contributes to the group by posting features on the IGersFortWayne Instagram feed during the week. As a team, they collaborate to come up with new ideas for image cultivation and organizing instameets. An instameet is an event where image makers are invited to gather to explore the Fort Wayne area and photograph together.     Megan said, “Through these meet-ups, we are able to encourage and push one another creatively, develop friendships, and grow the creative community. An instameet can be as simple as walking around downtown looking for new, interesting ways to capture the city. It can also be more specific and unique, like the instameet we did at The Clyde Theater. We have partnered with other organizations, like Visit Fort Wayne, the Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo, Middle Waves, and the Arts United Center to...

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LFW Weekly Fun File

Posted by on July 27, 2017 | Comments Off on LFW Weekly Fun File

LFW Weekly Fun File

Looking for fun things to do in Fort Wayne? Living Fort Wayne compiles a list of events and activities happening every week! This is by no means an exhaustive list, and if you don’t quite see what you’re looking for, check out our events calendar. If you’d like to see your event featured in the Weekly Fun File, or added to our events calendar, let us know! Email us at info@livingfortwayne.com or you can submit your event to our calendar! Click on the event for more information about times, locations, cost, etc. 2017 Allen County Fair Tuesday, July 25 through Sunday, July 30 Animals, food, rides and fun. Don’t miss the fair this week! Botanical Roots Concert Series: The Kinsey Report (Blues) Friday, July 28 at 7:30 p.m. Bring a chair and enjoy some great food and music! Summer Fest at Black Pine Saturday, July 29 at 10 a.m. Explore the sanctuary, enjoy some great vendors and experience a day at Black Pine! Storytime Live! – Hang Out with Curious George Saturday, July 29 at 10 a.m. Take your kiddos to meet Curious George. Food Fest at Headwaters Saturday, July 29 at 11 a.m. Bring the family and enjoy all the food options at Food Fest this Saturday! Electric Summer 2017 Saturday, July 29 at 7 p.m. It’s that time again! Head out to Electric Summer to hear a mashup of your favorite music! Riverfront Fort Wayne Film Series: The Breakfast Club Saturday, July 29 at 8 p.m. Enjoy an iconic film and dinner from CS3 at a great price this weekend! DOGust Day Birthday Party! Tuesday, August 1 at 7 p.m. DOGust Day is the universal birthday for shelter pets whose birthdays are unknown, so Pedal City is throwing a birthday bash for all these sweeties! Remember, this isn’t all Fort Wayne has to offer. Get out and enjoy this weekend! We can’t wait to see you around our...

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LFW Weekly Fun File

Posted by on July 20, 2017 | Comments Off on LFW Weekly Fun File

LFW Weekly Fun File

Looking for fun things to do in Fort Wayne? Living Fort Wayne compiles a list of events and activities happening every week! This is by no means an exhaustive list, and if you don’t quite see what you’re looking for, check out our events calendar. If you’d like to see your event featured in the Weekly Fun File, or added to our events calendar, let us know! Email us at info@livingfortwayne.com or you can submit your event to our calendar! Click on the event for more information about times, locations, cost, etc. I Wanna Be A Zookeeper Day Thursday, July 20, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. This career exploration day is for the kiddos, but to be honest, there’s a strong possibility I’m going to be taking off work to see if I want to be a zookeeper, too! July Hot Spot Thursday, July 20 at 5:30 p.m. YLNI’s next social networking event will be at Rudy’s Shop! Meet new people at this fun event! Meet The Distillery Night Thursday, July 20 at 6 p.m. The founders of Hotel Tango Artisan Distillery in Indy will be at HT2. Go enjoy some off-menu cocktails and more! Fort Wayne Pride 2017 Friday and Saturday, July 21 and 22 It’s Pride weekend in Fort Wayne. Check out  www.fwpride.org for all the details. 3rd Year Celebration Under the Stars Friday and Saturday, July 21 and 22 We’ve been enjoying Hideout 125 for three whole years! Celebrate! July Splash-In Movie: Moana Saturday, July 22 at 7:30 p.m. This event at the splash park is free and open to the public! Stop by and watch Moana while enjoying complimentary hot dogs, fruit, lemonade and popcorn! Free Outdoor Showing of Jurassic Park! Saturday, July 22 at 7:45 p.m. If Moana isn’t really your speed, have no fear! Sweets So Geek is showing Jurassic Park! Beauty and the Beast Saturday, July 22 through Sunday, August 6 It’s finally here! The Civic Theatre is putting on “Beauty and the Beast” and I heard it’s a wonderful show. 2017 Broadway Street Stroll Sunday, July 23 at 1 p.m. This is one of my favorite events of the entire year. Take a stroll down Broadway to discover what the corridor has to offer while perusing art booths and enjoying local music. It’s beautiful and wonderful in every way. Become a Digital Sherlock Tuesday, July 25 at 6:30 p.m. Is anyone else getting tired of never knowing what to believe on the internet? From politics to Netflix shows, you can’t take anything at face value anymore! Learn from some local experts how to spot truth on the web. Remember, this isn’t all Fort Wayne has to offer. Get out and enjoy this weekend! We can’t wait to see you around our...

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LFW Weekly Fun File

Posted by on July 13, 2017 | Comments Off on LFW Weekly Fun File

LFW Weekly Fun File

Looking for fun things to do in Fort Wayne? Living Fort Wayne compiles a list of events and activities happening every week! This is by no means an exhaustive list, and if you don’t quite see what you’re looking for, check out our events calendar. If you’d like to see your event featured in the Weekly Fun File, or added to our events calendar, let us know! Email us at info@livingfortwayne.com or you can submit your event to our calendar! Click on the event for more information about times, locations, cost, etc. 2nd Thursday: Glassblowing Demonstration Thursday, July 13 at 5 p.m. Fort Wayne glass artist Eran Park will demonstrate the techniques of glassblowing. Such a cool thing to watch! Shark Awareness Day Friday, July 14 at 10 a.m. Man people love sharks! Spend a day learning about some of the coolest creatures in the sea. Cyber Safety Saturday, July 15 at 11 a.m. This free workshop helps kids and parents stay safe online. The Indiana State Police Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force is supporting the program, and it’s definitely something worth learning about. Shop Local at The Deck Saturday, July 15 at 1 p.m. Fabulous food + local business + awesome location = happiness. Brew Review Saturday, July 15 at 1 p.m. It’s the Fourth Annual Brew Review at Three Rivers! Taste some beer, enjoy food and some music! Game of Thrones Trivia Saturday, July 15 at 9 p.m. Are you on top of your Game of Thrones trivia? Find out at Trubble this week. Cause for Paws Monday, July 17 at 6 p.m. This wonderful yoga event benefits the Allen County SPCA. It’s a great time full of great people. The Tempest by William Shakespeare Sunday, July 16 at 2 p.m. The final performance by Pheonix Productions/Shakespeare from the Heart. Don’t miss seeing “The Tempest” at Franke Park for free! Summer Nights: Us Together Wednesday, July 19 at 5 p.m. As part of the Summer Nights at the Embassy, Members of Leadership Fort Wayne will moderate a discussion on topics of community and diversity. Bravas will have food and there will be a cash bar.   Remember, this isn’t all Fort Wayne has to offer. Get out and enjoy this weekend! We can’t wait to see you around our...

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12 Three Rivers Festival Events You Won’t Want To Miss

Posted by on July 7, 2017 | Comments Off on 12 Three Rivers Festival Events You Won’t Want To Miss

12 Three Rivers Festival Events You Won’t Want To Miss

The Three Rivers Festival is back for their 49th year! You may have received your booklet and are probably overwhelmed by just how many events are taking place in just one week of the festival. Fort Wayne is so spoiled by the amount of fun we get to have during this festival that we’ve decided to make a list of events that are worth visiting. There’s something for everyone this year, including new events. Check out Living Fort Wayne’s picks for the Three Rivers Festival events you won’t want to miss!   Downtown Midway (July 7–15 at 11 a.m.–11 p.m.) The Three Rivers Festival provides multiple rides for the Fort Wayne community to enjoy every year! There will also be classic carnival games, face painting, kids’ rides and so much more. You can get your wristbands for the rides in advance here.   The Emporium (July 7 at 4 p.m.–10 p.m., July 8–9 at 11 p.m.–1o p.m., July 10–12 at 5 p.m.–9 p.m., July 13–15 at 11 a.m.–10 p.m.) Located in Headwaters Park West, this area will be home to local artists to sell their merchandise and services. unique gifts, handcrafted jewelry, soaps, and clothes will be available to buy. The Emporium is featuring local food favorites this year including Tucanos, Audrey’s Cake Rolls and the Cupbearer Cafe. If you love shopping and supporting local, this is the place to be!   Junk Food Alley (July 7–15) Forget your diet plans this week and gorge yourself on the loads of food options to choose from at Junk Food Alley! Elephant ears, chicken-on-a-stick, fried watermelon, and fresh lemon shake-ups are just among the hundreds of things to try here. Don’t forget about $2 Tuesdays at Junk Food Alley! Also, be sure to get your lunch time junk food fix by hopping aboard the FREE Lunch Time Trolley Monday to Friday. Schedule and stops listed here.   Three Rivers Parade (July 8 at 10 a.m.) Marching bands, floats, free stuff, oh my! The annual Three Rivers Parade is a staple, and this year’s theme is “Superheroes!” Parade route can be found here. You can also catch it live on Channel 21 if crowds just aren’t your thing.   Chalk Walk (July 8 and 9) Located on Main Street in front of the Fort Wayne Museum of Art, this event features area artists turning a square of concrete into a piece of art. Watch the artistic process at work as people create masterpieces Downtown.   Art in the Park (July 8 at 11 a.m.–7 p.m., July 9, 11 a.m.–5 p.m.) This juried event will host over 100 different artists from across the country and Indiana! Art in the Park will take place in Freimann Square on Main Street, with something for everyone’s artistic taste.   Fort Wayne HeART of the City at the Three Rivers Festival (July 8 at 11 a.m.–5 p.m., July 9 at 10 a.m.–5 p.m.)   As a new addition to the Festival, Fort Wayne HeART of the City will also be hosting their first event for Fort Wayne artists to showcase their work. Come see what artistic talent exists in our own backyard and support local art!   BedRace (July 12, 6:30 p.m.–8:30 p.m.) Every year, you can see Main Street lined up with a huge audience for the Three Rivers Festival...

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Fort Wayne HeART of the City Hosts First Event at Three Rivers Festival

Posted by on July 6, 2017 | Comments Off on Fort Wayne HeART of the City Hosts First Event at Three Rivers Festival

Fort Wayne HeART of the City Hosts First Event at Three Rivers Festival

The local art scene is alive, and it has a pulse. Fort Wayne HeART of the City is an artist-run initiative that collectively supports artists of all types, mediums, and skill levels in the greater Northeast Indiana area. The group hosts its first event at the Three Rivers Festival on July 8th and 9th in the Freimann Square parking lot, where festival-goers can check out an assortment local art, music, and food. To learn more about Fort Wayne HeART of the City and their upcoming event, I spoke with Daniel Church and Tricia Cavender, two of the founding artists who are involved with coordinating events and operations.     It all started when group of artist friends wanted to bring attention to other local artists. However, they noticed a divide in the community. “From what I’ve experienced in the local art scene here in Fort Wayne, there is a great disconnect. The established artists and galleries are on one end of the spectrum and the newer unestablished artists are on the other. I would love to see those two worlds come together and learn from each other,” said Tricia. To bridge that gap, Fort Wayne HeART of the City was born. Local artists are supporting other local artists through new events and an online database.     Emerging into the art scene can be daunting. Often, newer artists don’t know where to start, and there aren’t many opportunities to showcase their work. To resolve this issue, HeART of the City is connecting established artists with new artists. “We want to help them learn how to better promote their work and give them events that will provide opportunities for them to show their work,” Tricia said. “We want to make some super fun events without the pressure of meeting juried requirements and booth approval. We want artists to be able to be themselves and show the art the way they choose to in a creative and free way. I think that is what makes HeART of the City special.” The group also offers ways for artists to promote themselves online. Their website hosts a calendar of art events and maintains a local artist directory, where anyone can submit examples of their work and links to their social media and websites. “It’s a hub for local artists to support local artists and a way to connect with each other and our community,” said Daniel. “Due to information overload, things can get lost in the mix, and you don’t even know what’s in your own backyard.”     Though this weekend is their first event, HeART of the City is already seeing their efforts pay off. Tricia said, “I love how art is so embraced here in Fort Wayne. I think HeART of the City will play a role in advancing the future of art culture in this town. We are already seeing artists who were once intimidated to show their work that are now participating in the upcoming HeART of the City at the Three Rivers Festival. It’s so encouraging to see that and spurs us forward to work even harder at helping local artists succeed.” So, what can we expect next from HeART of the City?  Daniel said, “We see bigger connections with the community, art shows, pow wows, ‘classes’, and anything else we can...

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