Date(s) & Time(s)::
August 29, 2015 at 11:00 AM until 11:55 PM
Location: Arts United Center/Main Street, 303 E. Main St.
Phone: Tena Woenker, (260) 424-0646
Spend Saturday, August 29, 2015 at TASTE of the ARTS in Downtown Fort Wayne.
This FREE Festival is FUN for all ages!
Over 30 Restaurants
10 Performance Stages
Live Music Throughout the Festival
Hands-On Activities for All Ages
Art For Sale by Area Artists - Fort Artisan
A Great Day of Building Community
Bring the Entire Family to Taste of the Arts!
2015 Participating Restaurants
Many restaurants will have beverages available too
•CS3 - Calhoun Street Soups, Salads, & Spirits
•Subway on Coliseum
•Sweets So Geek
•B. Antonio's Pizza
•Rack and Helen's / JW Anderson's Events and Catering
•O'Reilly's Irish Bar & Restaurant
•816 Pint and Slice
•Main Street Bistro
•Waiter on the Way
•Qdoba Mexican Grill
• The Venice Restaurant
•Black Canyon Restaurant
•Banh Mi Barista
•Don Hall’s Old Gas House
•Shigs in Pit BBQ
•Mad Anthony Brewing Co.
•Palmetto Poppers, Inc.
•Summit City Brewerks
•Noodles & Company
•Koze Thai Cuisine & Bar
•Biaggi's Ristorante Italiano
•Beet Street Juicery
•Purple Mountain Cheesecake
Make Some Art Your Very Own
Be sure to stroll through the Fort Artisan fine art fair on Main Street and the Art Market Place on Barr Street while you are at the Taste of the Arts. Many area artists will be there to display and sell their artwork. Almost every kind of art you can imagine will be on hand. Artist selection for Fort Artisan will be determined by the Taste of the Arts' Fort Artisan Committee to ensure quality of the fine artwork and diversity in media. So be prepared to purchase and take some art home with you!
Free admission to the History Center 9am-5pm. Take a selfie in the portable jail cell photo booth outside the History Center at Berry and Barr.
Also many vendors with the YLNI Barr Street Market will be staying open during the festival, learn more about the Barr Street Market by clicking on this link www.ylni.org/market.
The Fort Wayne Museum of Art will be free and offers exhibits and performances.
For a complete listing of the 2015 Stage Schedule, visit http://www.tasteoftheartsfortwayne.org/schedule.php
New Events Just Added to Taste 2015
Get your Tickets in Advance—Be a Friend of the Taste
Purchase your food and drink tickets early for friends, family, or employees. Select a Corporate or Individual Package, to avoid lines at the festival and get a free swag bag too. ‘Friends’ will be listed as Friends of the Taste at the Taste of the Arts Festival. Pre- sale ticket buyers will receive access to the Cool Zone sponsored by PNC Bank, an Arts United Swag Bag featuring cookies from Deli 620 and a free bottle of water at the festival. To purchase your tickets in advance visit http://www.artsunited.org/friendsofthetaste.
“Animation Projects” presented by College of Visual and Performing Arts. IPFW.
In the East side of the Arts United Center lobby enjoy the animation projects of the Department of Visual Communication and Design. Colorful stories, experimental undertakings, funny narratives, surreal landscapes in HD 3D, stop motion and traditional frame-by-frame techniques. See how students and faculty explore industry standard techniques of character animation. Appreciate the students’ creativity in the game design cinematic, augmented reality, and advanced multimedia projects.
BuskerFest Performers get a Second Chance
BuskerFest acts that were rained out earlier this summer will get their chance to shine on stage. The Downtown Improvement District and Arts United have partnered to provide a special stage located just East of the Auer Center for Arts and Culture on Main Street and promise a fantastic day of entertainment. BuskerFest performers including Rusty Ammerman’s Dimension of Illusion, Fort Wayne Taiko, the Thurgood Marshall Leadership Academy Steppers and many more will be sure to please.
In addition to programming a stage, buskers arranged by the Downtown Improvement District will mix and mingle among the forty activity-rich booths around Freimann Square. See street drummers, dancers, musicians, caricature artists, magicians, jugglers, stilt walkers, and more. Professional performers from T.A.G. Art will join in, as well as professional living statues “Country Boy Fountain” and “Marie Antoinette”. Interactive performers will include fortune tellers, balloon artists, and face painters. Finally, there will be a variety of buskers roaming the entire festival.
Artlink hosts Wet Paint
Every year, Artlink hosts a paint out/fundraiser called Wet Paint. This year, paint out will artists descend upon Arts United's Taste of the Arts Festival. Over 20 top local artists will be participating! Artists will have their easels set up and scattered throughout the festival grounds. Silent bids may be made all day in Artlink's gallery, but most of the bidding will take place after the artists bring their wet artwork to Artlink at 2PM. Bidding ends at 3PM, and winners can take their wet masterpieces home. All proceeds from the Wet Paint Auction support Artlink's programming.
What To Look For This Year
Eleven Stages of Entertainment
Nobody will be disappointed with the variety of performers at stages both indoors and outside alternating throughout the day. The addition of a Downtown Improvement District stage pushed the previous record of 10 stages to 11 this year. Where else will you find diverse theatrical performances, and a variety of dance, music and performance art all in one place? Only at the Taste of the Arts!
Artlink's Annual Member show, featuring over 200 works by local artists, is on display in the gallery through September 1. This is Artlink's most popular exhibit each eyar and is a great visual representation of our diverse artist community. M.Y.O. (My, Yours, Ours), an exhibit of photographs by Palermo Galindo will be displayed in the Betty Fishman Gallery. Galindo's exhibit explores the disparity of race perceptions and race relations through current national events that have touched our local community. An accomplished photographer, Galindo is the Community Liaison for the City of Fort Wayne under the Mayor’s Office and the current President of the Greater Fort Wayne Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.
FWMoA will have free admission to the main galleries, with optional access to the Summer of Glass for $5. Main Galleries include the exhibits: America’s Spirit: Evolution of a National Style, Steve Linn and Robert Schefman, Invisible College, Frogman’s Print Workshop, and Babette Bloch: Steel Garden. Summer of Glass exhibition includes: 43rdInternational Studio Glass Invitational Award Winners, Christina Bothwell: Spirit into Matter, and Chihuly: Legend and Legacy. More information about each exhibit can be found at www.fwmoa.org.
The History Center will also have free admission from 9am-5pm during Taste of the Arts with their portable jail cell outside the building as a fun selfie photo booth.
Fort Wayne Trails will offer Bike Valet service for the festival again this year near Freimann Square. Leave your bike in a safe place while you enjoy Taste of the Arts. The bike valet closes before dark.
Cinema Center will host a Lexicon of Sustainability pop-up event at 5pm with light local fare, desserts, beer and wine. This event will also include 2 screenings of the Janet Katz film "From Fencerows To Foodsheds", at 6 and 8 PM. Admission is $10.
EVENING ACTIVITIES DURING DESSERT, THE TASTE OF THE ARTS AFTER PARTY!
After 7 p.m., the festival transitions into an evening mode with a half dozen restaurants, along with food trucks Vietnummy, Who Cut the Cheese and others serving into the evening. Several stages continue too with the Old Crown Brass Band, Alicia Pyle Quartet, Kinetic Dance, Hope Arthur Orchestra and more in the Arts Campus. At the nearby Barr Street stage, WBOI’s Meet the Music live concert will be hosted by radio host Julia Meek featuring Secret Mezzanine, Soft and Heavy and the Sweetwater All-Stars. At 9 p.m., local fire dancing troup Pyroscope takes the stage for an exciting nightcap.
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