Applications are being accepted for the 2024 cycle of Amplify Art, a crowdfunding-based grant program from Arts United designed to support arts and culture projects in northeast Indiana. 

Amplify Art relies on support from the community through social media advocacy and donations. The sponsor of the program, PNC Bank, will match every gift made through the monthlong campaign dollar for dollar up to $1,000 per project.

Applications for the 2024 cycle are due Feb. 1 and selected projects will be announced the week of March 4. The crowdfunding campaign will begin April 8 and conclude May 7.

Amplify Art is a competitive grant program. Eligible applicants include nonprofit organizations, collectives, groups, and individual artists. 

A maximum of five projects will be selected for the 2024 cycle.

Priority will be given to the following:

  • New projects
  • Projects led by or involving BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and people of color) artists
  • Projects located in underserved communities within northeast Indiana
  • Projects with a total budget less than $5,000

Through the Amplify Art program, Arts United proactively increases the community’s access to diverse, innovative, and compelling creative experiences. Arts United provides fundraising technology and promotional support to help make these projects a reality. 

Learn more about Amplify Art at or fill out an application.

PFW hosting Halloween concert Oct. 30

The PFW School of Music will hold a Halloween concert conducted by Dr. Kevin McMahon on Monday, Oct. 30, at 7:30 p.m. at Auer Performance Hall. 

The concert features music of Saint-Saëns, Rachmaninoff, Bolcolm, Dvořák, and Berlioz. The featured soloist is PFW’s own Dr. Jonathan Young performing on the piano. 

Admission is free for PFW students, $8 for adults, $7 for seniors (60 and older), and $5 non-PFW students. 

For information about the School of Music go online to

Hallowqueer Market supports Lexi’s Voice

The Sassy Vegan will host a Hallowqueer Market at Foellinger-Freimann Botanical Conservatory from noon-4 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 29.

This event is free entry to shop, although garden admission is not included. There will be vegan and gluten- free trick-or-treating hosted by 25 local vendors. 

Because October is Domestic Violence Awareness month, proceeds will support Lexi’s Voice, the only nonprofit organization in the Greater Fort Wayne area that provides free animal therapy services specifically designed to support youth who are recovering from abuse, neglect, and/or other traumas.

Patrons who bring a monetary donation or individual beverages, water bottles, snack bags of chips or cookies, or bunny or horse treats will be entered into a raffle featuring several prizes from vendors. 

Health fair at McMillan Community Center

Fort Wayne Parks and Recreation in partnership with the Aging and Disability Vaccination Collaborative and other local organizations will host a vaccination clinic and health fair for those age 18 and above on Thursday, Oct. 26, at McMillan Park Community Center.

A number of immunizations will be available including shingles, pneumonia, flu, and COVID-19. 

No registration is necessary, but participants are asked to bring an I.D. and insurance card. If transportation is needed, call (260) 427-2420.

Dance Collective works with national group

Fort Wayne Dance Collective is set to work with the esteemed Mark Morris Dance Group for a professional development opportunity Nov. 4-5.

MMDG, based in New York and internationally recognized for its outstanding contributions to modern dance, will share its educational expertise with FWDC’s staff, artists, and staff from community partner sites, including representatives from Arts United, AWS Foundation, University of Saint Francis Jesters, and Turnstone. 

“FWDC is very excited to host this continuing education opportunity for our staff, artists, and some of our community partners,” said Ashley Benninghoff, FWDC’s program director.

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