Arts Interview

Scott Maack/Memorial Park Middle School

This March marks the 30th anniversary of Music in Our Schools Month. While Fort Wayne has a great tradition of school music programs, tight budgets and other factors can make it difficult for teachers and students to keep the melodies coming.

Julia Meek

When Brazilian artist Carol Rossetti's engaging drawings of women and their self-empowerment stories went viral last year, no one was more surprised than she.

By now, her distinctive series of graphic renderings can be found in more than a dozen languages thanks to her "fan-translators," and are fueling a world-wide, solidarity. She says it's all based on a simple message: "be true to one's self."

Greg W. Locke

The same vision for promoting all things roots music that led Jonny Commorato to turn the Brass Rail into a performance mecca for those musical styles with his business partner, Corey Rader, now has Commorato undertaking a brand new outlet for his passion, which he calls Country! Punx! Reggae! Creative Studios.

Simon May

This weekend, Fort Wayne's first-ever show featuring work by artists with disabilities opens at Wunderkammer Company.

It's called the BIG show, and is part of the AWS Foundation's year-long celebration of the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Bonnie Tobey Manning

International Women's Day is held each year on March 8th to celebrate and encourage the achievements of women around the world.

It's a time for women of all ages to inspire--and be inspired--and here in Fort Wayne, festivities include a day of interactive artistic performances hosted by Creative Women of the World.

Courtesy/Frost Illustrated

Storytelling is a fine art, and some say a lost one. But right here in Fort Wayne, Condra Ridley has been plying that craft for nearly three decades, to the delight of young and old alike.

Getting her start while serving as assistant manager at the Pontiac Branch library, Ridley views sharing a story as an opportunity to pull people together for a journey, without even leaving the room.

Courtesy / Alex Smith

Back in 2012, Fort Wayne native DeAngelo Samuel took part in a collaborative music project called HipHop4theCity, writing and recording the chorus for the resulting song and music video.

Courtesy / Embassy Theatre

The Embassy Theatre's "Down the Line" concert series returns this Friday, and by popular demand, they're changing it up, doubling down, and making it a full two-night, ten-band music festival featuring "Locals Doing Legends."

Featuring covers of classic rock, country, funk, new age, alternative music and more, "Down the Line 9" promises something for everyone, and Marketing Director Barb Richards says the unexpected is just what to expect.

Courtesy/Crestwoods Gallery

Fort Wayne takes pride in its vibrant arts community, and this month, the works of two legendary artists, Betty Fishman and Sue McCullough are being celebrated at Crestwoods Gallery in Roanoke, in an exhibit appropriately titled "Ninety Years Young."

The show features paintings, drawings, prints, fiber arts and weavings from their personal collections.

Eager to learn what has fueled their artistic passions, WBOI's Julia Meek invited Fishman and McCullough into the Madge Rothschild studios to discuss their experiences.

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Courtesy / Steve Smeltzer

Cartooning is a tricky medium, and with fewer and fewer print outlets running daily strips, it’s a competitive one as well.

But for those with talent, drive, and a good sense of humor, cartooning can provide an outlet for comedy unlike any other.

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