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Future Of Arts Campus Discussion At Arts United Awards

The future of the downtown Arts Campus will be discussed in a panel presentation by Master Planning Consultants at the Arts United Awards on January 19, 2017 at 5:30 PM in the Arts United Center. The Arts United Awards celebrate the individuals and organizations making significant contributions to communities in northeast Indiana through arts and culture.

The presenting panel includes:
• Paul Westlake, Westlake Reed Leskosky;
• Zach Benedict, MKM architecture + design;
• Matt Kelley, One Lucky Guitar; and
• Larry Rowland, Arts United Board Member
• Catherine Hill, PNC Bank, Moderator
Read the bios of the Master Planning Consultants here.

After a nationwide search, the Master Planning Consultants and their teams were selected to lead the project to create a new look for the Arts Campus, with an initial focus on the renovation of the Arts United Center, a facility designed by internationally important architect Louis Kahn.

Westlake Reed Leskosky, MKM architecture + design, MKSK and One Lucky Guitar will work together to create a plan to transform the Arts Campus into a boldly accessible, connected and welcoming regional destination that provides a margin for excellence for local nonprofit arts organizations, their patrons and the community.

The consultants begin the planning process with focus groups on January 18 and 19, 2017. “After two full days of focus groups, the Master Planning Team will have gathered input from approximately 100 key stakeholders, giving us an in-depth foundation on which we can start to plan,” said Madelane Elston, Arts Campus Master Planning Chair. “The Arts United Awards is the perfect opportunity to discuss the impact this project will have on the people of northeast Indiana.”

The Arts United Awards will take place on January 19, 2017 from 5:30-7:30 PM in the Arts United Center, located at 303 East Main Street.

Arts United of Greater Fort Wayne, Inc. is a non-profit united arts fund and local arts agency that serves the communities of northeast Indiana by fueling the momentum of more than 70 arts, culture and quality of life initiatives each year. Arts United’s strategic investments position arts and culture organizations to achieve higher levels of excellence and quality, to improve access to the arts for all community members and to support regional priorities for growth and development.