Broadway Street Stroll Returns in 2017
Jun21

Broadway Street Stroll Returns in 2017

From the  Broadway Street Stroll A post shared by Living Fort Wayne (@livingfortwayne) on Jul 3, 2016 at 1:49pm PDT Broadway Street Stroll returns for a second year of art, music, food and brew on Broadway Street in Fort Wayne on Sunday, July 23 from 1:00 to 6:00 pm. Broadway Street Stroll showcases the art, cuisine, breweries, retail businesses and event venues along Broadway. The stroll includes live music from local bands and vendor booths from the Fort Wayne area. Broadway Street Stroll made its debut in 2016, led by co-chairs Mandie Kolkman and Brent Drake. “The 2016 Broadway Street Stroll was a huge success! The first time festival was really well received. This gave the committee and I the momentum to elevate the experience for attendees this year,” said Kolkman in a prepared statement. Locations along Broadway that are participating in this year’s street stroll include The Philmore on Broadway, The Brass Rail, The Phoenix, Mad Anthony Brewing, Trubble Brewing, Terry Ratliff Fine Art Gallery, Fancy & Staple, The Hedge, and more to be announced. Live music will be at these locations. The performing bands include The Meat Flowers, The Snarks, My Apollo, Hales Corner, Rosalind & The Way, The Harlequins, Metavari, Heaven’s Gateway Drugs, Some Trainhoppers and more to be announced. Schedules will be announced closer to the event. Ticket information can be found here. Broadway Street Stroll is made possible by support from Strahm Building Solutions, Fort Wayne Airport Authority, Downtown Improvement District, The CW Fort Wayne, Atrium (A Program of Start Fort Wayne), WCYT 91.1 FM The Point, Paint the Town Graphics and Doctor Feelgood’s Inc.​ Additional Links Broadway Street Stroll page on Facebook Broadway Street Stroll event on Facebook Get...

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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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