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Faces of the Fort is a multi-faceted initiative that seeks to elevate historic and present-day civil rights and social justice narratives of Fort Wayne residents. The first project selected from the recently released Art For All public art master plan, the project aims to increase awareness of community stories, promoting understanding, interaction, and a more robust culture of civic engagement. Faces of the Fort celebrates the rich history of Fort Wayne’s residents and their unique backgrounds, stories, and perspectives.
FEE (to artist): $10,000 per mural (2 murals total / 2 different artists or artist teams)
ELIGIBILITY: Age 18 or older
DEADLINE: July 5, 2020
Faces of the Fort is a project designed to share faces of the community through large-scale murals strategically located across Fort Wayne. The project seeks to elevate civil rights and social justice stories as well as the stories of new Americans who have moved to Fort Wayne in the recent past. The purpose of elevating these members of our community is to showcase their stories and ideas for a more equitable and
inclusive future for all City residents. We believe this project is important in aiding the community in celebrating their uniqueness through unifying murals and exposing and honoring stories of different backgrounds of fellow residents.
The project is inspired by the successful Atlanta ‘Off The Wall’ project which is designed to honor the city’s role in the Civil Rights Movement and address modern civil rights issues – including but not limited to race, gender, sexual orientation, and immigration status. The project will focus on community storytelling as a way to amplify and preserve the cultural legacy of Fort Wayne’s diverse neighborhoods.
Once artists are selected for the mural commission, we anticipate a series of community conversations that will help develop the stories in which the community will tell. We expect that the community conversations will emerge around the following themes: overcoming, convergence, strength, justice, rights and humanity.
About the Sites
This project consists of two different sites (neighborhoods) in Fort Wayne. One artist will be selected for Project Site A while a separate artist will be selected for Project Site B. In total, there will be two selected artists and each will be required to meet with a curated panel of residents, civic leaders and business owners in their specified project neighborhoods in Fort Wayne. The location of the walls will be determined
in June 2020 and the artist will be introduced to the site after they are selected.
After the submission deadline, all entries are evaluated by our selection committee based on the submission’s response. Two artists will be selected and announced on July 23rd, 2020, as the selected artists. The two selected artists will be asked to sign an agreement with the Fort Wayne Public Art Commission. After the final artists are selected, the artist(s) will participate in a series of community conversations that will help develop the stories in which the community want to express through the project. The artist will use this community engagement to guide their vision for their mural concepts. The artist will submit concepts to the selection committee who will approve one concept for installation on the pre-determined wall.
What to Submit
How to Submit
Applications must be submitted via e-mail to BOTH Réna Bradley, Faces of the Fort Committee Chair at email@example.com and Dan Baisden, City of Fort Wayne Public Art Manager at firstname.lastname@example.org on or before July 5, 2020 at 11:59 P.M EST.
QUESTIONS? All questions must be submitted by e-mail to both Réna Bradley, email@example.com and Dan Baisden, firstname.lastname@example.org no later than June 26, 2020. Questions will be answered as a separate PDF form available on Monday, June 29th at http://www.fwcommunitydevelopment.org.
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