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Celebration of Frida Kahlo at downtown library

Also news from Museum of Art, Waynedale, Foellinger Theatre, Summit City Music Theatre

The downtown Allen County Public Library will host a Frida event on Sept. 17.

Jen Poiry Prough

Whatzup Features Writer

Published September 14, 2022

On Saturday, Sept. 17, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Mexica-Arts is partnering with Sophia’s Portico, a creative feminine spirituality center, to host a Frida for All event for National Hispanic Heritage Month at the downtown Allen County Public Library. 

The free event will celebrate Latino culture and arts, women in the arts, and artists with physical disabilities. There will be storytelling about Mexican painter Frida Kahlo, her physical disability, and art practice. There will also be traditional Mexican crafts, a Frida-look-alike show with prizes, a Frida selfie station, collaborative painting for people of all ages and abilities, and demonstrations by local artists. 

Canterbury senior named Young Hero

Edward Sun, a senior at Canterbury High School, is one of 10 selected winners of the Young Hero Awards by Philadelphia’s National Liberty Museum and TD Bank.

The Young Heroes Award recognizes young individuals who have taken action to make positive social change in their schools and communities.

 Sun was recognized for his achievement of using his love of music to found Second Strings, a charity project committed to keeping the music community strung together by recycling, reusing, and rescuing musical equipment. 

Since its start, Second Strings has donated more than $10,000 dollars in strings collected from across the Midwest and Canada.

Welcoming Week comes to art museum

Since 2012, Welcoming Week has served as the annual campaign and celebration led by Welcoming America to showcase the growing movement of communities striving to be more welcoming places for all, including immigrants. 

As part of the week, Fort Wayne Museum of Art is hosting one-hour bilingual tours in both Burmese and Spanish on Saturday, Sept. 17, from 1-2 p.m.

By fostering mutual respect and cooperation between new and longtime residents, Welcoming Week brings together people across lines of difference toward greater prosperity for all. This year, Amani Family Services’ Welcoming Week is Sept. 10-17. 

Through virtual and in-person events across the U.S. and around the world, local communities celebrate diversity and inclusion by bringing people together and furthering a welcoming spirit. 

Waynedale museum opens for limited time

More than 100 Waynedale photos, documents, and artifacts will be on display during the Historic Waynedale pop-up museum until Friday, Oct. 7, at The Waynedale News Office, 2505 Lower Huntington Road.

The Waynedale News is celebrating its 90th year and is using the museum to display many of the items it has collected over the years.

Jurassic Park at Foellinger Theatre

On Saturday, Sept. 17, at 7:30 p.m., conductor Caleb Young will lead the Fort Wayne Philharmonic in a live symphonic performance of John Williams’ iconic Jurassic Park score, set to the film projected in high-definition at Foellinger Theatre, 3411 Sherman Blvd.

Summit City Music Theatre events

Summit City Music Theatre will hold a fundraiser for the 5-year-old company Saturday, Sept. 17, from 7-10 p.m. with a cash bar, karaoke (with accompaniment by Rolin Mains, so bring your own sheet music), and the announcement of the company’s 2023 season. Summit City Music Theatre is a nonprofit 501(C)(3) and will be equipped to take donations at the event.

The following day, auditions for a new production of A Christmas Carol, written by Gavin Thomas Drew and Chapman Shields, with arrangements and original music by Benjamin Kambs, will be held in the East Room at The Charles on Carroll Road. 

Auditions will begin 2 p.m. and callbacks will be that evening at 7 p.m. Rehearsals begin Oct. 23. Performances will be held in the Old Barn at Salomon Farm Park, Dec. 1-11. 

Roles are open to all genders, sizes, abilities, and ethnicities, but actors must be at least 5 years old. Auditioners should prepare a Christmas carol to sing, either a capella or with sheet music for the accompanist. Be prepared to cold read from the script if asked. 

If you would like to audition for the choir only, please note this upon sign up. To sign up for an audition slot, go to summitcitymt.com/auditions.

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