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Cinema Center hosts Black filmmakers panel

Covington Art Fair seeks artists; Museum of Art honors teens; Neat Neat Neat damaged

Cinema Center will host a Black Filmmaker Showcase on Friday, Feb. 10.

Jen Poiry Prough

Whatzup Features Writer

Published February 8, 2023

Cinema Center will present a Black filmmakers panel on Friday, Feb. 10, hosted by Kelsey Martin, which will include the screening of several shorts that highlight Black filmmakers previously presented at Hobnobben Film Festivals. 

The screening starts at 7 p.m. and will be followed by a panel with a few of the filmmakers. 

Among the films to be screened will be Glucose by Jeron Braxton, Tinderbox by Rickey Larke, Sonnie by Sam Mirpoorian, Afro by Jenn Shaw, and 4th & Goal by Mykal McEldowney.

You can also catch screenings of these films Feb. 11-12.

Display your work at Covington Art Fair

Artists are called to apply for booth space at the 31st annual Covington Art Fair, which will be held June 24-25 at Covington Shopping Plaza. 

Applications are limited to 100 juried fine artists. The jury fee is $25 and the booth fee is $250 for a 10-foot-by-10-foot booth (double booths are also available). Applications are due March 3. Artists will be notified by April 14. The booth fee is due May 12. 

For more details, artist’s prospectus, and application, visit Email inquiries to Glenda Brown at or call (800) 900-7031 or (260) 424-3373. 

Community Arts Academy director hired

Molly Papier has joined the Purdue University-Fort Wayne staff as director of the Community Arts Academy and assistant to the dean for community engagement. 

Papier has served as a public school art teacher at Fort Wayne Community Schools, Southwest Allen County Schools, and Seattle Public Schools. She spent 15 years working in marketing communications as a print and web designer and project manager for PFW, Overture Center for the Arts in Madison, Wisconsin, and as a freelance designer with her main client being Frank Lloyd Wright Preservation Trust in Oak Park, Illinois.

Museum of Art awards area teenagers 

Fort Wayne Museum of Art has announced the regional award winners of the 100th Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, the country’s longest running and most prestigious scholarship and recognition program for creative students in grades 7-12.

This year, nearly 100,000 teens from across the United States and Canada submitted their best art and writing.

Among the local recipients of a Gold Key and American Visions Nomination for their artwork were: Autumn Elkins-Lepper, Grade 8, Center for Academic Success at Nebraska; Aristotle Hackbush, Grade 12, North Side High School; Dallas Storey, Grade 11, Carroll High School; and Jillian Yoder, Grade 12, Carroll High School. 

In celebration of this year’s regional award winners, Fort Wayne Museum of Art will host an open house on Sunday, Feb. 19, from noon-5 p.m. with free admission. The museum will also host a Scholastic Centennial Celebration as part of the FWMoA Second Thursdays. Enjoy free admission, cash bar, “mocktails,” and light appetizers on March 9, from 5-8 p.m. 

The exhibition of awarded work will be on display from Feb. 11-April 8 at the museum, 311 E. Main St.

Neat Neat Neat Records sustains damage

Neat Neat Neat Records, 1836 S. Calhoun St., posted on their Facebook page Monday that they will be closed following a fire in the apartment above the store.

While there were no injuries, Neat Neat Neat sustained heavy water damage. 

“We will then be closed for the time being while things get sorted out,” the post reads.

Sign up Fort Wayne Youtheatre summer camps

Fort Wayne Youtheatre is accepting registrations for their summer theater camps, including:

Rising Stars: Musical Theatre Camp (Grades 5-12), June 12-16 and June 19-23. Students will rotate through musical theatre performance, choreography, and vocal performance in a one-week or two-week camp.

Rising Stars: Acting Camp (5th-12th grade), July 10-14 and July 17-21. Students are grouped by age and rotate daily through a series of labs on acting, movement, improv, script reading, creating characters, and more as students rehearse, memorize, and perform their own short scenes and one acts on the final day.

Let’s Put On a Show! Camp: Disney’s 101 Dalmatian Kids! (Grades 2-5), June 12-23. In collaboration with Embassy Theatre, participants audition for roles, rehearse, and perform Disney’s 101 Dalmatians KIDS.

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