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 (Photo: Atlanta.net - "Atlanta Strong" by Ernest Shaw)

Faces of the Fort is a project that shares faces of the community through a series of large-scale murals. This project seeks to elevate civil rights and social justice stories as well as new Americans who have moved to Fort Wayne. The purpose of elevating these community members is to showcase their stories and ideas for a more equitable future for all residents. Once artists are selected for the commissions, community conversations could be held to develop the stories the murals will tell. These murals will be installed throughout the city, and residents of the neighborhoods in which they will appear, have an opportunity to tell their story to inspire the artist. 

The Committee:

The Fort Wayne Public Art Commission created a committee in February 2020 to begin the selection and community engagement process. The Faces of the Fort Committee is comprised of members from the Fort Wayne Public Art Commission, local arts organizations, neighborhood groups from all four quadrants of the city, the African/African-American Historical Society, the immigrant and refugee community and the LGBTQ community who will work together to select the artists to paint the murals. The murals will be designed based in part on the stories submitted by residents. 

The Theme: 

Our theme for Faces of the Fort 2020, is “Hometown Heroes.” We’re looking for submissions about people, living or historic, who have contributed- in ways large or small- to improving lives in Fort Wayne. Your hometown hero can be:

  • a person, a group of people, or an organization
  • someone you know or someone you know of,
  • you! 

You could tell us about people who have broken barriers, advocated for civil rights, served in perilous times, or lended a helping hand to someone in need. You could highlight someone who is “Fort Wayne famous” or a  neighbor, friend, or local youth. It’s up to you!

Just keep in mind that stories including themes of civil rights, social justice, and migration to NE Indiana are strongly encouraged.