News release from the City of Fort Wayne:
Community invited to Faces of the Fort celebration
(June 23, 2016) – Riverfront Fort Wayne is inviting all area residents to join the Faces of the Fort celebration on the Historic Wells Street Bridge, Thursday, June 30 from 6 to 8 p.m.
The event will celebrate the installation of Faces of the Fort, a community art project that involves more than 200 painted beach balls hung from four bridges and floated on the St. Marys River from the Historic Wells Street Bridge to the confluence. The party will include a brief presentation at 6 p.m., followed by music and food trucks. In the event of storms, the event will take place at Wunderkammer Company, 3402 Fairfield Ave. Fort Wayne, IN 46807.
Faces of the Fort is loosely modeled after a similar effort in Los Angeles last year. Three sizes of beach balls (eight feet, four feet and 20 inches) have been painted by area residents, including seniors, veterans, people with disabilities, and children living in underserved areas. Community artists led the art sessions and helped guide participants as they painted faces on the beach balls.
Faces of the Fort is supported in part by the AWS Foundation and Lutheran Health Network and is presented in partnership with Arts United Amplify Art!, Wunderkammer Company, Punch Films, BFA Commercial, Three Rivers Festival and Strebig Construction.
Riverfront Fort Wayne hosts regular programs and events as part of a three-part effort to build support for revitalizing the downtown riverfront. Programming, maintenance and development are all part of efforts to create a downtown riverfront that is a regional destination and source of pride for all of northeast Indiana. Partners in Riverfront Fort Wayne include the City of Fort Wayne, the Community Foundation of Greater Fort Wayne and the Capital Improvement Board. More information is available at www.riverfrontfw.org.