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DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. MEMORIAL

The City of Fort Wayne's Public Art Commission is looking for sculptural artists to create a public art installation commemorating the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The display will include quotes from King's 1963 speech given in Fort Wayne at the Scottish Rite Auditorium (currently the University of Saint Francis Performing Arts Center). The speech was arranged by a group of church and civic leaders in Fort Wayne led by the African American Frontiers Club. This speech is significant in that it was just two months before his historic "I Have a Dream" speech in Washington D.C.

We are currently in the Request for Qualifications Phase which will be open until March 21, 2021. If you are interested in submitting your qualifications, please do so using this link. Submission must include the following:  

  • Statement of Interest (250 words max)
  • Statement of the Impact of Dr. King's Work (250 words max)
  • Artist's Statement (250 words max)
  • Resume or CV (2 pages max)
  • References
  • Work Sample List

Download the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial RFQ and provide your submission no later than March 21, 2021.

Download EXHIBIT A, a partial reconstruction of the speech delivered by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. assembled by the Fort Wayne History Center.

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FACES OF THE FORT

The Fort Wayne Public Art Commission is inviting artists to submit their qualifications to design and paint one of two murals that portray local stories of civil rights and social justice. 

Faces of the Fort is inspired by the successful Atlanta “Off The Wall” project, which honors individuals who have made significant contributions to the advancement of civil rights including, but not limited to, race, gender, sexual orientation, and immigration status. Faces of the Fort will include murals throughout the city and will focus on storytelling as a way to amplify and preserve the cultural legacy of Fort Wayne’s diverse neighborhoods.

Artists are invited to submit their qualifications and will be selected by a committee comprised of two members of the Fort Wayne Public Art Commission, a designee from Arts United, a designee from the Fort Wayne Museum of Art, residents of each of the City’s four quadrants, two art professionals, a representative from the African/African-American Historical Society, a representative from Amani Family Services and a representative from the LGBTQ Community.

Artists will be selected based on their technical expertise, demonstrated successful implementation of similar art projects, ability to execute a public art project in a culturally rich and complex area, and interest in creating artwork for Faces of the Fort. The two artists who are selected will have a budget of $10,000 each to design and create their murals, which will be located in Northwest and Downtown Fort Wayne. This is the second phase of the mural installation which is currently working on installing locations in Southeast, Southwest, and Northeast Fort Wayne by Summer 2021. 

Artists should carefully read the Request for Qualifications and submit their forms no later than APRIL 9, 2021

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FIVE POINTS PUBLIC ART

In partnership with the Public Works Division, the City of Fort Wayne Public Art Commission is working to develop a new gateway sculpture at Five Points. Additional details to come soon.


PENDING PROJECTS

CALHOUN STREET MURAL

The City of Fort Wayne Public Art Commission is looking to install the Calhoun Street Mural in 2020. Look here for further information. 

BOTANICAL CONSERVATORY

The City of Fort Wayne Parks & Recreation Department, with technical support from the Fort Wayne Public Art Commission, is installing a sculpture at the Botanical Conservatory. 

FACES OF THE FORT

The City of Fort Wayne Public Art Commission is working to install several murals in neighborhoods across the City over the next couple of years that seek to elevate historic and present-day civil rights and social justice narratives. 


APPROVED & COMPLETED PROJECTS

The City of Fort Wayne Public Art Commission has voted to approve the following Public Art Projects. 

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77 Steps Overhead Sculpture
Downtown Fort Wayne Improvement District
113-123 West Berry Street
Public Art Commission provided project review and approval and owns the sculpture

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The Johnny Appleseed Sculpture
Hampton Inn and Suites
223 West Jefferson Blvd. 
Public Art Commission provided project review and approval

West Central Traffic Box 2

West Central Traffic Control Boxes
West Central Neighborhood Association
West Jefferson / West Washington
Public Art Commission provided project review and approval

BetterTogether

Better Together Neighborhood Mural
Historic Fairmont Neighborhood Association
4302 Fairfield Avenue
Public Art Commission provided project review and approval

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Historic Wells Street Corridor Mural
Bloomingdale Neighborhood Association
1436 North Wells Street
Public Art Commission provided project review and approval

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I Can, We Can, You Can Mural
Windrose Urban Farm 
1325 Lafayette Street
Public Art Commission provided project review and approval

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Historic South Wayne Mural
Growing Minds LLC
3320 Fairfield Avenue
Public Art Commission provided project review and approval

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Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership - Mural Fest
Art This Way & Downtown Improvement District
201 West Wayne Street
Public Art Commission provided financial support