FWFAC Turns Art Appreciation into an Adventure
Jul18

FWFAC Turns Art Appreciation into an Adventure

Sometimes you have an idea that lets you combine your most cherished passions and share them with friends. At the very least, that’s a recipe for a great pastime. But if you’re really lucky, the right idea catches on, growing into a fledgling community organization with hundreds of followers. That’s exactly what’s happened for the Fort Wayne Free Art Collective (or FWFAC). Jon and Lissa Brown initially established the organization as a simple Facebook group with a few dozen followers and a mission to make local art more accessible. To connect people with local art, they give it away, dropping donated pieces every few days in various spots throughout Fort Wayne. Once found, the art is free to any follower or passing stranger who discovers it. Each FWFAC drop is like a guerilla-style gallery opening. First, each art piece gets wrapped into an art bundle with a note explaining the mission of the FWFAC. Then Jon and Lissa choose a spot to do the “drop,” typically on the side of a building. After securing the package with blue painter’s tape, they take a photo and post it on Facebook, without revealing the drop location. Followers must use visual clues to find the art, as long as it hasn’t already been found by a lucky stranger. Each drop takes place in a new location, giving Jon and Lissa the chance to highlight unique local landmarks, historic buildings or tucked-away neighborhood spots. The unpredictability of the FWFAC process makes it exciting for everyone. “Every time we see the post from the person who makes the find, we think that it can’t possibly get more exciting or gratifying,” says Lissa. “But – it does.” As busy parents and artists themselves, Jon and Lissa describe the FWFAC as their “artistic love child.” The organization’s mission and purpose grew out of the couple’s belief that an accessible local arts scene has the power to unite our community. “We have always been passionate about the arts,” says Lissa. “When we decided to open our hearts and share that with our community, it seemed natural to share our artwork too. When others started to follow our lead, we saw that it was something that Fort Wayne was craving. So we just answered the call.” To accommodate the growing interest, the FWFAC page recently expanded from a Facebook Group into a Public Page. The influx of members means that the biggest challenge may be finding ways to let more people experience the fun of found art. “People are now starting to recognize our signature blue tape, and are looking for us on the streets,” Lissa says. “We have to be very stealthy and quick about our drops. Most...

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Music and Comedy Fall in Love on the Transcontinental Tour in Fort Wayne
Jan04

Music and Comedy Fall in Love on the Transcontinental Tour in Fort Wayne

Musician Liss Victory and Comedian Krish Mohan are an interracial, cross-genre, mixed media couple. With their talents combined, they set up “Transcontinental Variety Shows” bringing together music and comedy in cities from coast-to-coast of the United States. On January 8, 2016 they perform at The Brass Rail in Ft Wayne. “We work together using two different forms of art to share new ideas with people and generate conversation,” says Victory. Mohan adds, “Humor is a great way to get the audience comfortable with social issues.” The couple both utilize performance as a vehicle for positive change. Mohan’s standup adds his distinct comedic flair to hot-button topics like race, religion, and immigration, sharing his perspective as an immigrant from India. Meanwhile, Victory writes protest songs driven by acoustic guitar rhythms. The lyrics reflect her white, middle-class upbringing in the States: surrounded by a failing manufacturing industry set against a backdrop of the longest war in U.S. history. They differ in race, ethnicity, religion, and even citizenship. Yet, they’re still very much in love. And they share the same goal: to change the world. Join them on the journey for just $6 at...

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LFW’s Top Picks for Best Dive Bars
Nov09

LFW’s Top Picks for Best Dive Bars

We have all had those night outings where just one drink turns into ten drinks and a few Snakebite shots. For this installment, your friends at LFW have compiled a list of the best dive bars to venture out to on those unexpected wild nights. These are your famous local “hole-in-the-wall” bars that you may stumble into after midnight. Let LFW guide you to having the best night you can remember for a lifetime…hopefully.   Wendy Englehart – Committee Co-Chair If you’re looking for a hole-in-the-wall Cheers bar with cheap drinks, a great jukebox, and longtime friends –have a seat. The Shady Nook is an addicting local favorite for young and old.   Lynn Altevogt – Editorial Chair Little by little, O’Sullivans, or O’s, as we affectionately call it, has become sort of like Cheers for me and my group of friends. We know most, if not all, of the bartenders and often they know our favorite drink before we even order it. It’s the sort of atmosphere where you can have a fun night out partying Saturday night or a casual drink during the Colts game Sunday afternoon. I wouldn’t necessarily call O’s my favorite dive bar- I’d just call it my favorite bar.   Becca Bell – Editorial Contributor On Fridays, I like Curly’s Village Inn for Karaoke – or as I like to call it, “Curlyoke”. But of course, The Brass Rail will always hold a special place in my heart, my wallet, and my music collection.   Tim Zink – Committee Co-Chair More of a friendly, neighborhood bar, the Trion Tavern is one of the oldest bars in Allen County, according to its website. The Trion has an awesome mahogany main bar with a selection of imported and domestic drafts and craft beers on tap. Browse the Trion’s interactive daily tap list while checking out their awesome burgers and cracker crust pizza. As someone who only occasionally partakes in alcohol, I’ve always been comfortable with the atmosphere here at this friendly bar in New Haven.   Courtney Bell – Technology Chair My top dive bar is Arena Bar and Grill. It is located on the corner of Dupont and Lima so it is a convenient stop after a dinner or movie up north, and features great karaoke on Thursday nights. This bar is packed Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights and has pretty decent food. Be sure to try the bacon cheese fries and pizza!   Sarah Pine – Social Media Assistant Deer Park Irish Pub is by far one of my favorite dive bars in town! It is an eclectic little “hole in the wall” pub...

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