Julia Meek

Education
6:03 pm
Wed June 10, 2015

"Sparks of Promise" Ignites Passion for Learning

Linda Shafer and Kathy Todoran with their "Little Sparks", gathered for an after school project at Wunderkammer Company.
Credit Courtesy/Sparks of Promise Foundation

The mission of Fort Wayne-based Sparks of Promise Foundation, is to provide enrichment for local low-income children who show creative and academic promise.

Founders Linda Shafer and Kathy Todoran call their young participants "Little Sparks," and they've just completed their first year of programming. So, they're ready to celebrate.

WBOI's Julia Meek met with Shafer and Todoran to learn more about the program and the excitement it has ignited.

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Arts & Culture
4:16 pm
Fri June 5, 2015

New Festival Celebrates Fort Wayne's Arab Culture and Heritage

On a recent trip to the Middle East, Sam Jarjour was photographed by a fellow traveler as he negotiated with a camel near Petra.
Credit Courtesy/Sam Jarjour

Fort Wayne's cultural diversity has generated quite an assortment of festivals honoring the city's history and heritage, and this weekend, there's a new celebration in the mix.

It's Arab Fest, hosted by the Indiana Center for Middle East Peace.

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Arts & Culture
2:14 pm
Fri May 29, 2015

Working in Silver: A Conversation with Karen Thompson and Stephen Perfect

Karen Thompson created this "three transformation" portrait of herself and Stephen Perfect for us, with a photo taken by Gabriel DeLobbe.
Credit Gabriel DeLobbe and Karen Thompson

Photography as a medium has been a perennial favorite among fine artists, amateurs and art enthusiasts alike.

And you might say it's seen a renaissance lately, now that just about everyone has a camera in their pocket.

Two veteran fine art photographers here in Fort Wayne, Stephen Perfect and Karen Thompson, learned their craft before digital took over.

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Arts & Culture
2:37 pm
Wed May 27, 2015

Artistic Expression Through Autism: An Interview with Frank Louis Allen

Indiana Tech acquired a dozen of Frank Louis Allen's original illustrations when it opened its new Academic Building on the Fort Wayne Campus.
Credit Courtesy / Frank Louis Allen

Fort Wayne-based artist Frank Louis Allen is gaining fame around the world for his distinctive illustrations.

Originally from England, Allen now calls Northeast Indiana home, and galleries and collectors alike have embraced the unpredictable grace of his abstract work.

Allen is also an artist with autism, a discovery he made relatively recently in life.

This weekend, he'll present an on-site demonstration at Artworks, the Galleria of Fine Art in Jefferson Pointe.

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Arts & Culture
1:05 pm
Fri May 22, 2015

Cooking Out is In: The Thrill of the Grill

Lacy Curry and Lee Albright agree that restaurant-style barbecuing like this can be adapted for home grilling.
Credit Courtesy/Lacy Curry

To many folks, barbecue is synonymous with outdoor celebrations and American holidays, and let's face it, there are about as many styles of barbecuing as there are opinions -- everyone's got their own!

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Arts & Culture
4:50 pm
Wed May 20, 2015

Despite Evolving Tech, Two Wheels Still Deliver Simple Pleasures

Service manager Tim Wegner and Event Coordinator James Holm on the job at Summit City Bicycles and Fitness.
Credit Summit City Bicycles and Fitness

Bicycles first hit the streets in the 19th century, and since then, the basics of the bike haven't changed that much. At its simplest, it's just a chain, crank, two wheels and some forward motion.

What has changed: taste and technology. Today's sophisticated machines are designed to fit any lifestyle -- sometimes with a price tag that rivals that of a small car.

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Arts & Culture
4:44 pm
Fri May 15, 2015

Volkswagen's Iconic Appeal Drives Old Fort VW Club

This unique Vokswagen Van collection is a real crowd pleaser at Old Fort VW Club Car Shows.
Credit Courtesy/Kyle Shepherd

Volkswagen has been going strong since 1937, maintaining a global presence on the road, as well as in the hearts of auto enthusiasts young and old.

Small Wonder? Well...yes.

When WBOI's Julia Meek learned about the hobbyist-driven Old Fort VW Club, she decided to meet with their president, Kyle Shepherd to discuss the car's iconic appeal right here in Fort Wayne.

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Arts & Culture
1:58 pm
Wed May 13, 2015

Mikautadze Dance Theatre Puts "Abstractions in Motion"

Mikautadze Dance Theatre's company readies for "Abstractions in Motion", a multi-media collaboration.
Credit Courtesy/MDT

Mikautadze Dance Theatre is celebrating its third full-length season as company-in-residence at IPFW's College of Visual and Performing Arts this year.

The group's latest show, Abstractions in Motion, features collaborations across artistic elements, individual artists, and genres.

WBOI's Julia Meek met with MDT directors Elizabeth and David Mikautadze, to discuss the finer points of translating abstraction in the art of dance.

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Arts & Culture
4:55 pm
Fri May 1, 2015

"Shakespeare at Pendleton" Brings the Bard to Life Behind Bars

"Shakespeare at Pendleton" actors presenting a prison group premiere of "Coriolanus" to fellow inmates.
Credit Courtesy/Jack Heller

The study of William Shakespeare and his plays is making its way into more prisons each year, thanks, in part, to people like Huntington University professor Dr. Jack Heller.

Heller launched his Shakespeare at Pendleton program back in the fall of 2013. Last week, his eighteen inmate actors staged a "prison group premiere" of their interpretation of Coriolanus.

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News
7:00 am
Tue April 21, 2015

Student-Run Radio Station Makes a "Point" in Fort Wayne

WCYT station manager Andy Dunn instructs Homestead High School students in the art of radio broadcasting.
Credit Matt Hamilton

Wednesday is National High School Radio Day, and one of Fort Wayne's best kept radio secrets just might be WCYT, the student-run station at Homestead High School.

The Point 91FM, as they're known around town, has been operating since 1995, and they're determined to broadcast that message loud and clear.

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