“What’s the best way to meet the loss of 1 we love? By knowing that when we truly love, it’s never lost. It’s only after death that the depth of the bond is truly felt…and our loved one becomes more a part of us than was possible in life.”—Ran across this on a friend’s Facebook page today. It’s just what I needed.
Are you an artist, musician, fashion designer, writer, curator, composer, film-maker, graphic designer, architect, or an individual who creates objects and experiences in Northeast Indiana? Then the Cultural District wants to hear from you!
In an attempt to create an artist directory for use in the distribution of information to artists (grants, workshops, etc) and the production of Last Saturdays events, The Cultural District has created this artist survey, a short, seven question survey, designed to collect contact information and descriptions of the artists work. It is designed to help get a better idea of what assets artists need to increase their production.
Please spread the word about this survey by sending it to your friends, co-workers, and organizations that might be interested in sharing it with artists with whom they work. Also, please fill out the survey if you are an artist! We are looking for visual artists, musicians, fashion designers, writers, curators, composers, film-makers, graphic designers, architects, educators who produce work, students, and anyone else who creates objects and experiences in Northeast Indiana. The goal is to create a comprehensive a list and account for the diversity within our creative community.
Save our trails, act now to stop the American Energy and Infrastructure Jobs Act
One of our community’s greatest assets is our over 68 miles of trails and right now there is legislation in the works to cut much-needed funding. I received a note from Fort Wayne Trails' Executive Director Lori Keys explaning how the bill would affect our community, and we cannot let it hinder our community's health, safety and quality of life.
Fort Wayne Trails’ (FWT) mission is to enhance our vibrant, healthy community through the development of an ever-expanding network of trails.
The bill on the table would eliminate a significant amount of matching government funding that allows FWT to leverage private donations to expand our biking and walking trails. Without these funds, we would be nowhere near the 68 miles of trails that we currently have. There are still many geographic areas we need to connect with the trails.
Tomorrow, the House Transportation Committee will vote on the American Energy and Infrastructure Jobs Act, a bill that eliminates crucial funds for biking and walking by eliminating the 2 largest programs that fund biking and walking infrastructure- Transportation Enhancements and Safe Routes to School. Without these programs, communities all over the country, including ours, will lose the resources to build sidewalks, crosswalks, and bikeways.
Learn more about the top 10 reasons why the House’s proposed transportation bill is terrible for biking and walking.
Okay, yes, I see that it has some comic value. But at the same time it’s terribly cynical and nasty. This certainly isn’t the worst example of the venom that’s celebrated in our society these days, but it does make me ponder why a belief like “the only reason people are nice is because they’re worried people are going to think they’re not nice,” a quote from one of the authors, exists in our society. This attitude is terrible. Really? How about those who are genuinely nice for no other reason that they just ARE?
I was venting about it and a good friend stated it so simply: art should contribute to society rather than take from it and that’s up to the artists and those who support it. The more people buy into the venom, the more power ill-minded artists have.
Of course, if you don’t believe that positiveness begets positiveness, then you don’t see an issue with this kind of snarky society bashing. I just don’t like it. I choose to surround myself with positive and genuinely nice people. I don’t like to feed negativity and rewarding it with a book deal just seems counterproductive. I truly believe in the hashtag #letsbepositive.
Okay, maybe I am oversensitive. I am glad I live in a society that allows freedom of expression. I wish more people would choose to express themselves positively. Well, that’d be utopia, full of sparkles and rainbows and who wants that? (Besides me, of course).