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Downtown sculpture to celebrate Ukraine

Also news from Museum of Art, Conservatory, Science Central, Humane Fort Wayne

A sculpture will go up in downtown Fort Wayne to honor Ukraine.

Jen Poiry Prough

Whatzup Features Writer

Published October 5, 2022

Art This Way, a program of Downtown Fort Wayne, has partnered with the Public Art Commission, the city of Fort Wayne, Arts United, and Fort Wayne Sister Cities International to bring a new public art installation to downtown. 

Designer Torey Dunn of ReVolt Design with Midwest Metals will manufacture the sculpture using metal with the help of local artist and designer Lena Balger of Arts United. 

This art installation is intended to celebrate the country of Ukraine and will add diversity to the evolving urban landscape of downtown.

For more information and to follow along with updates on this project, please go online to

Fall kickoff party at Fort Wayne Museum of Art

Fort Wayne Museum of Art will celebrate fall with exhibitions like Día de los Muertos, Susan Janow: If I were a Queen, and The National: Best Contemporary Photography 2022

A kickoff party will be held Friday, Oct. 7, at 5:30 p.m. with a cash bar, appetizers by Catablu, and live music. 

Tickets are $15 for members and $20 for non-members. Silver members and above receive two complimentary tickets and should RSVP to Emily Uphoff at (260) 422-6467. 

For more information or tickets, go to and click “events.”

Drinks brewing at Conservatory event

Foellinger-Freimann Botanical Conservatory will host a Botanical Brew on Friday, Oct. 7, from 4-10 p.m. 

Local vendors will serve coffee, tea, cider, craft beer, and wine. Food trucks and entertainers will also be on hand. 

All ages are welcome. Admission is $10, and members receive complimentary admission. For more information, go to

Sci-Fi Central returns to Science Central

Sci-Fi Central is Science Central’s annual celebration of science-fiction and pop culture. This year’s event is set for Saturday, Oct. 8, from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. The event will feature a cosplay contest and exhibitor booths. The cost is general admission to Science Central.

Dogs hit catwalk for Pawject Runway

Humane Fort Wayne will host its eighth annual fundraiser, Pawject Runway, on Saturday, Oct. 8, from 6-10 p.m. at Memorial Coliseum. 

Groomers will transform canine models into works or art and rock the runway in the area’s only creative grooming showcase. 

Guests will also be treated to hors d’oeuvres, cash bar, live and silent auctions. All proceeds will benefit pets (and people) in need through Humane Fort Wayne’s lifesaving programs. 

For tickets or more information, visit

Three Rivers Music presents Simply Sondheim

On Friday, Oct. 7, and Saturday, Oct. 8, at 8 p.m., Three Rivers Music Theatre will celebrate the life and legacy of the most prolific creator in musical theater history:  Stephen Sondheim. 

Conceived and directed by Andy Planck with music direction by Peter Klopfenstein and lighting design by Brock Eastom, a cast of local singers will walk you through his storied and acclaimed career. 

Into the Woods, Sweeney Todd, A Little Night Music, and Sunday in the Park with George will be featured. 

Performances will be at Parkview Physicians Group ArtsLab, 300 E. Main St. Tickets are $20 for floor seating and $16 for balcony seating.

Arts United Center set for modernization

Arts United Center was designed nearly 50 years ago by prominent U.S. architect Louis Kahn and is about to undergo extensive renovations.

The auditorium is encased in concrete inside the building, which made it like a “violin inside a violin case,” for acoustic purposes. 

Updates to the theater’s technology and lighting, orchestra pit, scenic stage traps, and wing space will increase the types of staging and effects the theater can provide. The addition of handrails, elevators, and a hearing loop system to improve accessibility are also planned, as well as concession areas and additional restrooms. 

The project is expected to cost $42.3 million, and fundraising is expected to be complete in 2024.

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