The Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership and Arts United of Greater Fort Wayne Inc. have established Make It Your Own Mural Fest, an initiative to engage the region and boost tourism. The 11-day event calls for regional, national and international artists who will create 11 murals, one in each of the 11 counties of northeast Indiana.
The mural festival, which officials are calling the first of its kind, kicks off September 8, and runs through Sept. 18 in Adams, Allen, DeKalb, Huntington, Kosciusko, LaGrange, Noble, Steuben, Wabash, Wells and Whitley counties.
The murals will be unveiled on the same day, with special events scheduled throughout the duration of the festival to recognize the artists and the communities. Each county in Northeast Indiana is participating in the inaugural event, and specific mural locations are slated to be released soon.
“It was only a year ago when we launched the Make It Your Own brand for talent, and we’ve seen outstanding adoption from regional business leaders. Now, in addition to business leaders and our economic development partners, we are working closely with state and regional tourism partners to enhance the brand and align and maximize our efforts to attract visitors and potential residents. The Mural Fest will set our community apart on the national stage and tell Northeast Indiana’s story in a unique and authentic way,” said John Sampson, president and chief executive officer of the Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership..
A call for artists is set to go live next month.