Civic Theatre's All-female Production of "1776" A Revolutionary Adventure

An all-female cast is presenting the musical 1776 to salute the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment, which gave women the right to vote. The show, a Civic Theatre production directed by Leslie Beauchamp, opens this Saturday at the Foellinger Outdoor Theatre. Besides being a grand venue equal to the grand story being told, Leslie explains, the spacious outdoor structure provides a very safe and socially distanced platform for cast and audience, all of whom will be masked. To get a sneak peek at what this will look and sound like, WBOI's Julia Meek sat down with Beauchamp and Amy Ross, who plays the role of John Adams, to discuss the many facets of the show's significance. WBOI Artcentric is brought to you by WBOI's own Julia Meek and Ben Clemmer. Our theme music is "Me voy pal campo" by KelsiCote. Our administrative assistants are Olivia Fletter and Brittany Smith. Our production assistants are Monica Blankenship and Mikaela Veltum.

Civic Theatre's All-female Production of "1776" A Revolutionary Adventure

Tuning In To The Untouchables' Television Legacy

Fort Wayne filmmaker Kelly Lynch is celebrating the 60th anniversary of the television crime drama, The Untouchables, with an online retrospective. Lynch got hooked on this groundbreaking show thanks to his father, Dan, a nationally syndicated editorial cartoonist whose career included work for the Kansas City Times and the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette. WBOI's Julia Meek sat down with Lynch to discuss the passion he inherited from his dad, their combined efforts in this project and where the journey continues to take him. WBOI Artcentric is brought to you by WBOI's own Julia Meek and Ben Clemmer. Our theme music is "Me voy pal campo" by KelsiCote. Our administrative assistants are Olivia Fletter and Brittany Smith. Our production assistants are Monica Blankenship and Mikaela Veltum.

From Our Land to Our Tables: Celebrating Local Food Week

The Northeast Indiana Local Food Network is celebrating local food culture and entrepreneurship in our region with its first-ever Local Food Week which begins on September 11th. The Network comprises an eleven county initiative: Adams, Allen, DeKalb, Huntington, Kosciusko, LaGrange, Nobel, Steuben, Wabash, Wells and Whitley. And this celebration of the local food from "Our Land to our Tables" is being hosted by nearly twenty different farms, markets and restaurants across our region. Each tour, event or dining experience is unique and is designed to fit the current COVID-19 social-distancing guidelines. For a taste of what's in store, WBOI's Julia Meek invited its Founding Director, Janet Katz, and participating urban farmer Marissa Renz into the studio to discuss the importance of eating local, what's available here in Northeast Indiana and the impact these connections make on our community. WBOI Artcentric is brought to you by WBOI's own Julia Meek and Ben Clemmer. Our theme music is "Me voy pal campo" by KelsiCote. Our administrative assistants are Olivia Fletter and Brittany Smith. Our production assistants are Monica Blankenship and Mikaela Veltum.

Youtheatre Making Magic With Frozen Jr. Premiere

Fort Wayne Youtheatre will be presenting the local premiere of Frozen Jr., December 6th, at First Presbterian Theater. As one of the largest productions the group has undertaken in many years, it features 36 young actors from across northeast Indiana, as well as original puppet creations by Youtheatre's Executive Director, Todd Espeland. WBOI's Julia Meek sat down with the play's director, Christopher Murphy and one of the lead actors, Emmy Conner, to discuss the particulars of putting together this production and the timeless appeal of the story itself. WBOI Artcentric is brought to you by WBOI's own Julia Meek and Ben Clemmer. Our theme music is "Me voy pal campo" by KelsiCote. Our administrative assistants are Olivia Fletter and Brittany Smith. Our production assistants are Monica Blankenship and Mikaela Veltum.

New Women's Fund Set To Help Entire Community Thrive

Following a year and a half long study, the Community Foundation of Greater Fort Wayne has unveiled its Women's Fund to the public. Led by the belief that families and communities truly thrive when women are economically and physically secure, safe and healthy, the project, as its subtitle indicates is working to "move what matters." WBOI's Julia Meek sat down with Greater Fort Wayne's Vice President of Philanthropic Services and project coordinator, Alison Gerardot, to discuss the fund's major points, how COVID drove its formulation and the impact it will have on the entire community. WBOI Artcentric is brought to you by WBOI's own Julia Meek and Ben Clemmer. Our theme music is "Me voy pal campo" by KelsiCote. Our administrative assistants are Olivia Fletter and Brittany Smith. Our production assistants are Monica Blankenship and Mikaela Veltum.

To Nigeria's Lady C It's All About Storytelling

Cordelia Okpei is a public broadcasting producer and host in Nigeria. A recent exploration of our city's assets and opportunities led Okpei directly to the Allen County Public Library, and that led to an offer from the WELT radio team of her own show. And when she returns home to Nigeria, she plans to continue the show remotely. Meanwhile, when an unannounced visit to our station brought her together with WBOI's Julia Meek, Cordelia was invited back to "talk shop" in the studio about her insatiable passion for storytelling, and the adventures that craft has afforded her. WBOI Artcentric is brought to you by WBOI's own Julia Meek and Ben Clemmer. Our theme music is "Me voy pal campo" by KelsiCote. Our administrative assistants are Olivia Fletter and Brittany Smith. Our production assistants are Monica Blankenship and Mikaela Veltum.

Taste of the Arts 2020: A Virtual Celebration on the Horizon

When COVID restrictions threatened to cancel this year's Taste of the Arts Festival, its host organization, Arts United, got busy and virtually reinvented the entire celebration. Thanks to the generosity of Arcpoint Productions, the event's co-sponsor, many of the perennial activities were translated to concert-quality videos, including all of the music, dance and theater performances, which will take place on three virtual festival stages throughout the day. Restaurant Row, Artlink's Art Market and NIPSCO's STEAM Park are also making their products virtually available to festival goers. These will all be accessible from Arts United website, Facebook Live, and YouTube Live, with the ability to support participating artists directly. Meanwhile, several partner organizations have planned to host safe and socially distanced events on site in cooperation with Taste of the Arts to preserve the traditional festival flavor of the day. To learn what the event will look and sound like from this new online platform this weekend, WBOI's Julia Meek invited its technical director, Luke Holliger into the studio to discuss the scope of such a challenge, and what process his team devised to make it happen. WBOI Artcentric is brought to you by WBOI's own Julia Meek and Ben Clemmer. Our theme music is "Me voy pal campo" by KelsiCote. Our administrative assistants are Olivia Fletter and Brittany Smith. Our production assistants are Monica Blankenship and Mikaela Veltum.

Celebrating the International Year of Indigenous Languages

The world's native languages are disappearing at an alarming rate, and Purdue Fort Wayne's Indigenous Language Center is working hard on a solution to this problem. As part of Unesco's International Year of Indigenous Languages celebration, PFW hosted the 2019: Perspectives Conference in November, which featured a variety of cultural activities and connections for participants from around the world. WBOI's Julia Meek sat down with PFW faculty members Mary Encabo and Shannon Bischoff to discuss the situation, its cultural impact, and how our community can affect a change on a local as well as global platform. WBOI Artcentric is brought to you by WBOI's own Julia Meek and Ben Clemmer. Our theme music is "Me voy pal campo" by KelsiCote. Our administrative assistants are Keegan Lee and Brittany Smith. Our production assistants are Monica Blankenship and Mikaela Veltum.

New Weekly Multi-platform Series Promises Great Conversation & Good Company

Fort Wayne's professional conversationalist Sara Fiedelholtz has launched a weekly, multi-platform program through Access Fort Wayne featuring one on one, in-depth discussions with a wide variety of Northeast Indiana residents. The show, which is called & Good Company, features an equally varied assortment of topics and issues as well, including science, politics, art, business, technology, public service and more. For a look behind the scenes WBOI's Julia Meek sat down with Fiedelholtz to discuss how the show is put together, the multi-platform advantage and what this different kind of experience will afford its listeners. WBOI Artcentric is brought to you by WBOI's own Julia Meek and Ben Clemmer. Our theme music is "Me voy pal campo" by KelsiCote. Our administrative assistants are Keegan Lee and Brittany Smith. Our production assistants are Monica Blankenship and Mikaela Veltum.

New Weekly Multi-platform Series Promises Great Conversation & Good Company

Mayor Henry Reflects On City's Arts Scene

As the city's cultural skyline continues to blossom, 2019 proved to be another busy year on the Fort Wayne arts scene. With a new year and a new decade on the horizon, WBOI's Julia Meek decided to take her annual look at the state of the city's arts with Mayor Tom Henry himself. For the occasion, she coaxed Mayor Henry away from his office and into the studio to reflect on the various forms of artistic expression the community enjoys, and how it affects our quality of life. WBOI Artcentric is brought to you by WBOI's own Julia Meek and Ben Clemmer. Our theme music is "Me voy pal campo" by KelsiCote. Our administrative assistants are Keegan Lee and Brittany Smith. Our production assistants are Monica Blankenship and Mikaela Veltum.

Still Doing Battle For Civil Rights: Dee McKinley On The Legacy Of John Lewis

Representative John Lewis passed away last month at the age of eighty. Lewis was known for his work as a Civil Rights activist in the 1960's, and continued to champion issues of racial justice until the end of his life. Delois "Dee" McKinley, the host of W89.1 WBOI's Gospel Flight, was fifteen years old when she started volunteering for the Voters League in her home town of Bessemer, Alabama. By March of 1963 she joined the ranks of students who were participating in demonstrations for Civil Rights in neighboring Alabama cities, following the messages and examples of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., James Bevels and other leaders of that day. This momentum would lead McKinley to march with the young and determined activist John Lewis, and she continued to follow his example when she came to Fort Wayne in 1969. For an in-depth look at this remarkable journey, and the impact it would have on the dedicated change-maker as well as the community she served, WBOI'S Julia Meek invited Dee into the studio to discuss the path of social justice she set out on after learning it under, as she calls it, "the tutelage of John Lewis." This conversation all begins with McKinley's recollections of the historic demonstrations that began in 1963, leading up to the infamous Selma to Montgomery March in 1965, known as Bloody Sunday. WBOI Artcentric is brought to you by WBOI's own Julia Meek and Ben Clemmer. Our theme music is "Me voy pal campo" by KelsiCote. Our administrative assistants are Keegan Lee and Brittany Smith. Our production assistants are Monica Blankenship and Mikaela Veltum.

Still Doing Battle For Civil Rights: Dee McKinley On The Legacy Of John Lewis

Traveling Musician Joins In Local Humanitarian Cause

Claire Bates is an itinerant folksinger and social advocate heading to Fort Wayne to take part in The Friends of the Third World's Refugee Benefit Concert this Monday, January 6th, at the downtown public library. No stranger to communicating needs for change, Bates wants everyone to experience peace and dignity, and has spent the last six years assisting others in clarifying conflicts since becoming a social worker. WBOI's Julia Meek contacted Bates by phone to talk about the combined passions driving her creativity. WBOI Artcentric is brought to you by WBOI's own Julia Meek and Ben Clemmer. Our theme music is "Me voy pal campo" by KelsiCote. Our administrative assistants are Keegan Lee and Brittany Smith. Our production assistants are Monica Blankenship and Mikaela Veltum.

Community-led Journalism On The Ground In Southeast Fort Wayne

The weekly online magazine Input Fort Wayne is literally hitting the street this week with a new two-month series called "On the Ground Southeast." From August through September of this year, Input will be seeking Southeast Fort Wayne-based writers and photographers to produce weekly stories that generate conversations around assets, challenges and opportunities in their neighborhoods, as determined by the residents themselves. On the eve of this week's launch date, WBOI's Julia Meek sat down with its editors, Kara Hackett and Britney Breidenstein, to discuss the neighborhood being served and what this two month, community-led journalism project will look like. WBOI Artcentric is brought to you by WBOI's own Julia Meek and Ben Clemmer. Our theme music is "Me voy pal campo" by KelsiCote. Our administrative assistants are Keegan Lee and Brittany Smith. Our production assistants are Monica Blankenship and Mikaela Veltum.

Teen Novel Speaks to Love, Loss and Letting Go

With her second young adult novel, Six Goodbyes We Never Said, Indiana native Candace Ganger has delivered a riveting story about two teenagers each dealing with the loss of their parents that will resonate with readers of all ages. Now living in Ohio, Ganger still connects with her Hoosier roots and will be in town later this month to participate in the Park Department's Sundays on the Riverfront program. The fictional town of Ivy Springs, Indiana is the setting for her novels. WBOI's Julia Meek met with Ganger to discuss the motivation for this compelling story of recovering from loss, and the author's connection to her audience. WBOI Artcentric is brought to you by WBOI's own Julia Meek and Ben Clemmer. Our theme music is "Me voy pal campo" by KelsiCote. Our administrative assistants are Keegan Lee and Brittany Smith. Our production assistants are Monica Blankenship and Mikaela Veltum.

Organization Provides Wellspring Of Hope And Food Security

Although COVID-19 forced Wellspring Interfaith Social Services to suspend all non-essential programs, the organization has been working non-stop to lend a hand to those in need and keep its population's food insecurity at bay. Located at 1316 Broadway in Fort Wayne's historic West Central Neighborhood, Wellspring has been actively providing assistance and support city-wide for 52 years. For a look at what this entails, WBOI's Julia Meek sat down with Wellspring's executive director, Melissa Rinehart, to discuss the rising needs this year's excessive challenges have created and the resulting community effort. WBOI Artcentric is brought to you by WBOI's own Julia Meek and Ben Clemmer. Our theme music is "Me voy pal campo" by KelsiCote. Our administrative assistants are Keegan Lee and Brittany Smith. Our production assistants are Monica Blankenship and Mikaela Veltum.

Fort Wayne Says Cheers To Opera On Tap

Fort Wayne is raising a glass to a new form of entertainment here in Indiana with the launch of Opera on Tap this Wednesday, January 22nd, at Hop River Brewing Company. This local chapter is part of the largest network of operatic artists in the US, and chapters are now opening in Europe as well. WBOI's Julia Meek sat down with one of its co-founders, Elaina Robbins, to talk about the fine points of this immersive opera project. WBOI Artcentric is brought to you by WBOI's own Julia Meek and Ben Clemmer. Our theme music is "Me voy pal campo" by KelsiCote. Our administrative assistants are Keegan Lee and Brittany Smith. Our production assistants are Monica Blankenship and Mikaela Veltum.

Picture This: City Will Enjoy 20th Annual Chalk Walk--Virtually

Although most community celebrations had to be cancelled or put on hold this summer due to COVID-19, the Fort Wayne Museum of Art is partnering with Arts United to carry off its 20th annual Chalk Walk, normally a signature Three Rivers Festival event--virtually. For a close up perspective on the project, WBOI's Julia Meek sat down with museum director Charles Shepard and Dan Ross from Arts United to discuss the importance of this decision and what the event is going to look like. She also took this opportunity to learn how the Museum fared during the worst of the COVID-19 stay-home restrictions, the role that #ArtStartsHere has played in the community since its formation in March and what new practices both organizations are developing as the year continues to unfold. WBOI Artcentric is brought to you by WBOI's own Julia Meek and Ben Clemmer. Our theme music is "Me voy pal campo" by KelsiCote. Our administrative assistants are Keegan Lee and Brittany Smith. Our production assistants are Monica Blankenship and Mikaela Veltum.

Warming Up To Winter At Promenade Park

Despite the weather, there's no shortage of things to do on Fort Wayne's downtown riverfront, thanks to Promenade Park's new weeknight activity series. From now through February, the Park Foundation Pavillion will provide a warm and welcoming space for old fashioned family games, dance promenading and a variety of musical and spoken word entertainment. Meanwhile, the park will also be hosting a special Winter Cozy as part of this year's Winterval celebration. Earlier this week, WBOI's Julia Meek sat down with the park's event coordinator, Jen Brown, to talk about the fun to be had in these cold and snowy winter months. WBOI Artcentric is brought to you by WBOI's own Julia Meek and Ben Clemmer. Our theme music is "Me voy pal campo" by KelsiCote. Our administrative assistants are Keegan Lee and Brittany Smith. Our production assistants are Monica Blankenship and Mikaela Veltum.

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City's Master Plan Promises Art For All

After a solid year of fact finding, research and community engagement, Fort Wayne's Public Art Master was officially revealed on Wednesday evening at the Arts United Center on the downtown Arts Campus. From neighborhood murals and topographic light displays to a wide variety of sculptures, downtown discovery walks and public art trails, seemingly every avenue of expression is being discussed. Yesterday WBOI's Julia Meek sat down with the city's Public Art Program Manager, Dan Baisden, to discuss how the plan, called Art for All, will live up to its name. WBOI Artcentric is brought to you by WBOI's own Julia Meek and Ben Clemmer. Our theme music is "Me voy pal campo" by KelsiCote. Our administrative assistants are Keegan Lee and Brittany Smith. Our production assistants are Monica Blankenship and Mikaela Veltum.

Family & Friends Fund Sets Up Southeast Businesses For Generational Prosperity

Community activists Kristin Giant and Ty Simmons have joined forces to champion business owners and entrepreneurs on the city's south side. The project, called Family & Friends Fund for the World, is set to launch this August. Its aim is to work within existing systems to redistribute power and wealth to unlock generational prosperity for Black communities, indigenous communities and any community of color. The spirit and solidarity of the movement is evident not only in its scope and targeted population, but in its fundraising efforts as well. Directly living up to its name, "family and friends," the organization's start-up campaign has been fueled by bake sales, lemonade stands and word of mouth donations solicited by individuals throughout the city. For a look at how things are coming together, WBOI's Julia Meek invited Giant and Simmons into the studio to discuss the mission, its grassroots foundation and and the impact it will have on the entire community. WBOI Artcentric is brought to you by WBOI's own Julia Meek and Ben Clemmer. Our theme music is "Me voy pal campo" by KelsiCote. Our administrative assistants are Keegan Lee and Brittany Smith. Our production assistants are Monica Blankenship and Mikaela Veltum.

Family & Friends Fund Sets Up Southeast Businesses For Generational Prosperity

Youtheatre Honors MLK Jr. With World Premiere

Fort Wayne Youtheatre is celebrating Black History Month with the world premiere of Building the Dream: MLK Jr this Friday evening, February 7th. The play, directed by Gregory Stieber, is another original production in Youtheatre's Young Heroes of Conscience Series, co-authored by Stieber and the group's executive director, Todd Espeland. WBOI's Julia Meek sat down with Espeland, and lead actor Ennis Brown to discuss the play's perspective and the impact it, as well as the other plays in the series have on our community. WBOI Artcentric is brought to you by WBOI's own Julia Meek and Ben Clemmer. Our theme music is "Me voy pal campo" by KelsiCote. Our administrative assistants are Keegan Lee and Brittany Smith. Our production assistants are Monica Blankenship and Mikaela Veltum.

Local Advocate Reaches Out To Cultivate Community Of Nonviolence

Reverend Angelo Mante, pastor of Peace and Justice at Faith United Methodist Church in the city's southeast quadrant, is also the founder and executive director of Alive Community Outreach. From that platform as well as the pulpit, Mante hopes to cultivate a community of nonviolence through relationships and education. To learn what this combined focus entails, WBOI's Julia Meek sat down with him to discuss the motivations for his outreach work, the obstacles needing to be addressed and how this will impact the entire community. WBOI Artcentric is brought to you by WBOI's own Julia Meek and Ben Clemmer. Our theme music is "Me voy pal campo" by KelsiCote. Our administrative assistants are Keegan Lee and Brittany Smith. Our production assistants are Monica Blankenship and Mikaela Veltum.

Doc West On Rocking The Local Music Scene

96.3XKE's legendary Doc West has been rocking Fort Wayne's music scene since 1979 and promises never to stop. Though the industry and its platforms continue to change over the decades, the one thing that is certain, he maintains, is that everyone has a musical story to tell. His goal is to hear them all. For his take on how things have shaped up over the decades and what direction the scene is heading these days, WBOI's Julia Meek invited West into the studio to share his perspectives and the secret of his passion. WBOI Artcentric is brought to you by WBOI's own Julia Meek and Ben Clemmer. Our theme music is "Me voy pal campo" by KelsiCote. Our administrative assistants are Keegan Lee and Brittany Smith. Our production assistants are Monica Blankenship and Mikaela Veltum.