Fort Wayne Mayor Tom Henry proclaimed Sept. 18 as Make It Your Own Day in the City of Fort Wayne. The proclamation honors the final day of Make It Your Own Mural Fest.

Over 11 days, 11 artists installed 11 high-quality murals — one in each of northeast Indiana’s 11 counties. The event is designed to drive talent attraction, talent retention and tourism by investing in quality-of-place assets and public art, according to organizer Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership, in collaboration with Arts United of Greater Fort Wayne, Inc.

Mural Fest also featured participation from 12 aspiring artists as part of the Mentorship Program. The program provided hands-on learning and experience installing a large-scale mural project. From preparing materials to installation, each mentee helped his or her assigned artists with the mural installation.

Sponsorships or grants for Mural Fest came from 3Rivers Federal Credit Union, Ruoff Mortgage, Ambassador Enterprises, Flagstar Bank, NIPSCO and the NiSource Foundation, Farmers & Merchants State Bank, Cole Foundation, Fort Wayne Public Art Commission through the city of Fort Wayne, Canterbury School, Avangrid Foundation, MacAllister Rentals, Hagerman Construction, Downtown Improvement District and WPTA.

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