Taste of the Arts schedule announced – 8/29/2009

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Press release from Arts United:

Arts United Announces Taste of the Arts Entertainment Schedule

Arts United of Greater Fort Wayne is pleased to present three stages of entertainment for the upcoming festival Taste of the Arts. The festival will be held in downtown Fort Wayne on August 29th from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., followed by “Dessert” – a showcase of local bands.


Arts United Center stage, 303 E Main Street:

  • Fort Wayne Maennerchor/Damenchor
  • Fort Wayne Youtheatre
  • Fort Wayne Philharmonic – Strings Ensemble
  • Y-Girls
  • Fort Wayne Ballet
  • Towns of Harmony
  • Fort Wayne Philharmonic – Brass Ensemble
  • SheeKriStyle Academy
  • Fort Wayne Civic Theatre
  • Old Fort YMCA dancers

Arts United Center plaza:

  • Fort Wayne Philharmonic – Strings Ensemble
  • World Fusion Dancers
  • IPFW Dancin’ Dons
  • Audiences Unlimited Music Duo
  • Fort Wayne Taiko
  • Fort Wayne Dance Collective
  • FWWB radKIDS Self-Empowerment
  • Fort Wayne Philharmonic – Brass Ensemble
  • Urban Mimes

The Hall Community Arts Center, 11 am to 4 pm
at the corner of Clay and Berry will have an outdoor stage in the adjacent parking lot. Local high-school age musicians are scheduled as follows:

  • Tone Deaf
  • DET (Damaging Everyone’s Thinking)
  • Rocknophobia
  • Distorted Truth
  • Alex & Chris
  • 77 Times
  • Buckley’s #1 Trampoline
  • Alex & Justin
  • Cadenza Mimi Burns Band

Dessert at the Hall Community Arts Center Outdoor Stage, 4:30 to 10 pm
adjacent to Artlink/Cinema Center

  • Lee Miles & The Illegitimate Sons (Americana)
  • Flamingo Nosebleed (Punk)
  • Sankofa (Hip-Hop)
  • Metavari (Post-Rock)
  • The B-Sharps (Garage)
  • Bookhaus Boys (DJ Set)

The Taste of the Arts entertainment is free and focused on building awareness of the wide variety of art and cultural opportunities in the greater Fort Wayne area. Great food will be a highlight of the festival with 19 local restaurants serving samples from their menu. Tickets for food and beverages will be $1 each, with most items ranging from 1 to 4 tickets.

The activities cover three areas:

  1. Freimann Square and the Arts United Center plaza where over 40 non-profit organizations will offer hands-on activities and information about their different arts programs and a handful of artists will be selling their works.
  2. The History Center, also free during the festival, will offer demonstrations on candle-making, basket weaving, spinning and take-home crafts. ARCH will offer hourly historic downtown walking tours from the Barr Street Market during the festival.
  3. Hall Community Arts Center will have an outside stage, food and beverage vendors and activities inside the building provided by the four arts organizations housed there.

Arts United will use this event as an annual catalyst to fund new projects. This year, proceeds from food, beverage sales and goodwill donations will be used to start a new grant fund for schools to pay for field trip costs or artist-in-residence programs.

Free bus service will be available throughout the city during the festival. Citilink will be reimbursed for uncollected fares by Arts United’s Art as a Catalyst: Diversity Initiative, which is funded by a grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. The free service begins at 8 a.m. and the last bus leaves downtown at 5:15 p.m. Free shuttle service will carry patrons between venues during the festival.

Taste of the Arts organizers are busy pulling the final details together to make the event accessible to everyone who wants to sample some of Fort Wayne’s food and artistic treasures. Our websites are regularly updated. For daytime activities and the evening band showcase.

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