SPRING CYCLE OF AMPLIFY ART! DEPENDS ON COMMUNITY SUPPORT
May01

SPRING CYCLE OF AMPLIFY ART! DEPENDS ON COMMUNITY SUPPORT

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 1, 2018 SPRING CYCLE OF AMPLIFY ART! DEPENDS ON COMMUNITY SUPPORT FORT WAYNE, IN – Arts United is pleased to present three projects selected for the 2018 Spring Cycle of Amplify Art!, a crowdfunding campaign platform designed to support arts and culture projects in northeast Indiana. Amplify Art! relies on support from the community through social media advocacy and small contributions from a large number of donors. The projects are: • Blocknobben Block Party Blocknobben is Hobnobben Film Festival’s free and family-friendly block party at the Arts United Center Plaza. Cinema Center brings film, food, artists, vendors and music together as a public celebration of film and Fort Wayne. Blocknobben will kick off the 2018 Hobnobben Festival in June. • Theatre Arts Day Fort Wayne Civic Theatre will host a full-day workshop for anyone 14 and older who wants to learn more about theatre. Break-out sessions include auditioning, dance, costuming, scenic building, and backstage work. The day concludes with a panel discussion and Q&A with a NYC-based professional actor. • Fort Wayne Children’s Choir Clinician and Composition Fort Wayne Children’s Choir will commission James Mulholland, composer and Professor of Music at Butler University, to write a new piece of music for five area high school and university choirs to perform at the Three Rivers Choral Festival. He will work with each choir individually before the performance this fall. Amplify Art! is a crowdfunding program that mobilizes community support for and awareness of diverse creative projects. Each Amplify Art! campaign takes place over one month; this month’s campaign will run from May 1-31. Donations can be made at www.artsunited.org/amplify. Each project is seeded with $1,000 from Arts United. Donations from community members to each project are matched dollar for dollar up to a total of $1,500 by 3Rivers Federal Credit Union. “3Rivers is thrilled to partner with Arts United to mobilize community support and visibility for these incredible arts projects. We’re proud to support our thriving and vibrant arts community.” said Melissa Shaw, Marketing Director at 3Rivers Federal Credit Union. Through the Amplify Art! program, Arts United proactively increases the community’s access to diverse, innovative, and compelling creative experiences. Arts United provides the fundraising technology and promotional support to help make these projects a reality. Please contact the respective representatives to learn more about each project: Blocknobben Block Party Margaret Reeder Cinema Center mreeder@cinemacenter.org Theatre Arts Day Elise Ramel Fort Wayne Civic Theatre eramel@fwcivic.org Fort Wayne Children’s Choir Clinician and Composition Jonathan Busarow Fort Wayne Children’s Choir jbusarow@fwcchoir.org Amplify Art! is made possible with support from the Community Foundation of Greater Fort Wayne and 3River Federal...

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Amplify Art!: A New Way to Support Arts and Culture in NEI
Oct09

Amplify Art!: A New Way to Support Arts and Culture in NEI

Hi. Can I just say something? I love Fort Wayne (this is my favorite picture I’ve ever taken).   If you know me, you already knew that. In fact, if you know only ONE THING about me, it’s probably that. Since I moved here in 2011, it’s continued to grow on me. One of the reasons I’m so passionate about our city is that I’ve seen and experienced a sense of community that I hadn’t experienced in my hometown. This may be due to what I call the “hometown epidemic,” you know, the whole “I can’t wait to get out of this town” that most adolescents experience. But my “hometown epidemic” blinders are off, and I’m here to stay in Fort Wayne. Fort Wayne is rich in so many different communities. But we’re here to talk about my favorite: arts and culture. This month, Arts United launched a new crowdfunding platform called Amplify Art! So, what exactly is a crowdfunding platform, and why did Arts United create it? Well… Crowdfunding is a new approach to raising money – and it’s directed at all of us Internet users that care about the place we live. Instead of chasing those hundreds of thousands of dollars from big corporations or foundations, someone one day stopped and said, “Hey… We have this tool that lets us reach millions of people in a matter of seconds. Why don’t we not only use this tool to raise money, but let those people who have an investment in what we do have a voice?” And thus, crowdfunding was born. Arts United created Amplify Art! as a way to help our local arts and culture organizations ramp up the amount of projects that are done in our community and to get the people of the community involved, giving you the opportunity to help make projects that otherwise might not happen HAPPEN! Here’s how projects were chosen and what the process is for this crowdfunding campaign: 1. Arts United invited arts and culture organizations in Fort Wayne to submit project proposals for their Amplify Art! program. 2. A group of super cool talented people got together and reviewed all of the applications and chose four for this Fall campaign cycle. The four projects chosen were automatically given a grant of $1,000 toward their project. 3. Arts United built the online platform on their website where you can actually go online and donate. 4. The four projects were announced to the community at the final Living Fort Wayne Film Series on September 26. The organizations whose projects were chosen are channeling social media to spread the word about their projects –...

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