Mandie Kolkman and Art to Heart: Bringing Artists’ Pizzazz to the Public
Dec21

Mandie Kolkman and Art to Heart: Bringing Artists’ Pizzazz to the Public

Mandie Kolkman has been a part of our Fort Wayne community for 3 years, and her passion for the local art scene has us inspired. Mandie was first introduced to the art community in Fort Wayne through her internship with Fort Wayne Ballet. She was instantly hooked. Since then, she’s been teaching, subbing, and volunteering for the Fort Wayne Ballet, and her degree in Dance and Arts Administration has led her to careers with the Fort Wayne Dance Collective and the Philmore on Broadway. Her position as Event Director with the Philmore on Broadway gives her the opportunity to work with musicians and other performing artists, as does her involvement with dAnce Kontemporary, and their collaborations with Wunderkammer Co. and the Philharmonic. All this to say, Mandie knows her way around the local art scene. Her involvement in the arts has allowed her to meet many artists in our community and make many friends who are passionate about their art. Mandie wanted a way to share their stories and their talents with the rest of the community, and she wanted everyone in the greater Fort Wayne area to get to know the talent we have here. These goals gave her the idea to launch Art to Heart, a podcast showcasing local artists and their art, and encouraging listeners to tap into their own creative minds. Mandie has high hopes for Art to Heart, which launched in September. “I am hoping more artists will emerge in our community as a bi-product of listening to my podcast,” she says. “Hearing the stories of fellow artists may have the power to urge aspiring creatives to get out there and do what they love.” The podcast is great for artists and non-artists alike. It’s fun to hear the stories and the hearts of the people producing such amazing work locally, and listeners always walk away encouraged to pursue their passions, whatever those passions may be. Mandie’s passion for art extends beyond the art and artists themselves, but on bettering the community. “Art is what unifies a community and spurs creative thought, therefore art is a vital part of the growth of Fort Wayne. The creative thought process is what helps both progress and growth. Art attracts creative minds and is an integral part of what drives young people to want to stay in an area.” This is important. With Northeast Indiana recently receiving $42 million from the Regional Cities Initiative, and Fort Wayne being named one of the top up-and-coming cities for college graduates, our focus on art is going to be more important now than ever before. For those who aren’t yet involved in the...

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Cinema Center and Artlink Contemporary Gallery Partner to Present Artament
Nov16

Cinema Center and Artlink Contemporary Gallery Partner to Present Artament

Looking for something fun to do this weekend? Artament is back for its 11th annual season, and as always, it’s worth checking out! We’re extra excited this year, because Artlink Contemporary Gallery and Cinema Center are working together to co-host this spectacular event full of food, fun, and art. Proceeds will go to both organizations, and we could not be more stoked to participate in a fun night that benefits two great leaders in local art! Guests will begin their evening at Artlink Contemporary Gallery, enjoying hanging art from local artists. There will be live bidding on locally designed hanging ornaments, along with a photo booth, yummy food and a cash bar courtesy of JK O’Donnell’s, and live music from Hope Arthur. After the event, guests can head over to Cinema Center and enjoy a special film screening. Film, food, photo booth, art, and an auction; seriously, there’s something for everyone. Even if you’re not an expert in local art — or any kind of art — it’s a great place to get your feet wet. The laid back, fun atmosphere Artament provides is the perfect opportunity for newbies to involve themselves in the local art community. Amber Foster, Executive Director at Artlink, encourages everyone to attend, especially if you’re looking to broaden your experience with local art. “Artament is the perfect event for those new to the art scene. Attendees will witness a diverse representation of our local art scene, as well as mingle with veterans and newbies to the art scene alike. There is definitely something for everyone at this event, and of course, it supports two amazing organizations.” The partnership between Artlink and Cinema Center for this fundraising event is an exciting indication of the direction the local art community is taking. Support for local art is gaining momentum in Fort Wayne, a result of the shift in thought by community leaders, who now recognize art’s central role in in both the quality of life and placemaking in our city, says Foster. Both Amber Foster and Jonah Crismore, Executive Director of Cinema Center, agree that the collaboration between organizations in the art community should be more of a rule than an exception. “I hope Cinema Center’s partnership with Artlink on Artament proves to be the model and rule, not the exception, and more arts organizations collaborate on fundraising effort,” says Crismore. “Through cooperation and planning, the events are strengthened, the organizations are strengthened, and most importantly, the greater community is strengthened.”  The event takes place this Saturday, November 21, from 6 – 9 p.m. Tickets may be purchased through Cinema Center 260.426.3456, at Artlink, 260.424.7195, or online. Tickets are $20...

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