Residents invited to share ideas about public art

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FORT WAYNE — The Fort Wayne Public Art Commission is inviting area residents to share their opinions about public art at one of five pop-up meetings scheduled throughout May.

Two meetings are scheduled from 5:30-7:30 p.m. May 13. One will take place at Bridge of Grace Church, 5100 Gaywood Drive. The other will take place in Franklin School Park’s pavilion, 1901-1999 St. Marys Ave.

Two meetings are scheduled from 5:30-7:30 p.m. May 14. One is scheduled for Wunderkammer, 3402 Fairfield Ave. and the other will take place at Old Crown Coffee, 3417 N. Anthony Blvd.

The final pop-up meeting is set for 5:30- 7:30 p.m. May 15 in the alley adjacent to Pint & Slice, 816 S. Calhoun St.

All ages are welcome to attend all of the pop-up meetings; free popsicles will be shared during the events. In addition to discussing public art, residents will also have the opportunity to take part in painting a temporary art display of the word Ke-Ki-On-Ga.

Consultants from Designing Local of Columbus, Ohio will use the input provided by residents, as well as information collected through the website and one-on-one conversations, to create the Fort Wayne Public Art Master Plan. The plan is being developed for the Public Art Commission in partnership with the City of Fort Wayne Community Development Division and Arts United of Greater Fort Wayne.

The master plan will lay out a comprehensive vision for public artworks, such as murals and sculptures, now and in the future, and will help define locations and projects appropriate for Fort Wayne and its neighborhoods. The plan will identify guiding principles for developing and sustaining Fort Wayne’s collection of public artwork in a way that supports collaboration, diversity, economic vitality and the highest levels of creativity. Learn more about the public art master planning process at www.FortWaynePublicArt.com.