he site chosen for the Wabash County mural was the Selleck Building, 214 E. Main St., orth Manchester. 
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he site chosen for the Wabash County mural was the Selleck Building, 214 E. Main St., orth Manchester. Provided photo
Make It Your Own Mural Fest, organized by the Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership and Arts United of Greater Fort Wayne, is asking artists to apply for the Artist and Mentorship Programs as part of the 11-day mural festival scheduled for Sept. 8 to 18, according to Kate Virag, vice president of marketing and strategic communications.

Northeast Indiana Regional PartnershipMurals will be created throughout Northeast Indiana’s 11 counties, including Adams, Allen, DeKalb, Huntington, Kosciusko, LaGrange, Noble, Steuben, Wabash, Wells and Whitley.

In a statement to the Plain Dealer on Thursday, Brooke Vanderpool, president and CEO of Manchester Alive, stated she is the head of the steering committee for Wabash County.

In response to a Plain Dealer in February, Andrea Zwiebel, Wabash Marketplace executive director, stated Wabash County submitted three potential locations; two in North Manchester (the old firehouse and the Selleck Building) and one in Wabash (the wastewater treatment plant).

Vanderpool stated the site chosen for the Wabash County mural was the Selleck Building, 214 E. Main St., North Manchester.

Artists may apply for up to two locations or counties in Northeast Indiana. Artists are also asked to download an Artist Toolkit, one for each county, to study the county’s unique story, research the wall location specifications and submit up to two concepts that resonate with the county’s past, present and future.

Make It Your Own Mural Fest is also searching for volunteers for the Mentorship Program. Students, emerging artists and veteran artists are invited to apply for the Mentorship Program, a training component of Make It Your Own Mural Fest. The Mentorship Program will provide hands-on learning and valuable experience in installing a large-scale mural project. Up to five individuals per county will be selected as a volunteer and will work directly under the guidance of the selected muralist to install a mural in one of Northeast Indiana’s 11 counties.

Once applications are submitted, organizers will coordinate the artistic jury selection process. The jury is made up of appointed artists and experts selected by Mural Fest organizations and county representatives. The jury is responsible for selecting the individuals for the Artist and Mentorship Programs. Artists will be announced in summer 2020.

“Make It Your Own Mural Fest is an innovative, creative activation of the Make It Your Own brand intended to enhance the region’s efforts to drive talent attraction, talent retention and tourism. The regional mural festival concept, the first of its kind in the state, will build on the quality of place efforts accelerated by the Regional Cities Initiative, growing regional pride and garnering significant attention and exposure nationally,” stated Virag.

Over 11 days, regional, national and international artists will create 11 high-quality murals – one in each of the 11 counties of Northeast Indiana. The murals will all be unveiled on the same day, with celebrations and events taking place all over the region throughout the festival to recognize the artists and the communities.

Make It Your Own Mural Fest is supported through sponsorships from Parkview Health, 3Rivers Federal Credit Union, Ambassador Enterprises and Avangrid Foundation.

“While recent news about COVID-19 is affecting events around the world, Make It Your Own Mural Fest is currently still planned for September 2020. The final unveiling event for the Make It Your Own Mural Fest will be held in partnership with the Downtown Improvement District (DID) and Art This Way Fort Wayne at the Art Crawl event on Friday, Sept. 18, near The Landing and Promenade Park in downtown Fort Wayne,” stated Virag.
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