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How We Do It


In 1955, a small but mighty group of committed arts patrons boarded a bus for Fort Wayne. Going door to door, they collected loose change and small donations for local arts groups. Arts United was born.

Since its inception, Arts United has existed only because our donors believe in us — and that’s still true today. Our united fundraising efforts are the primary means by which we accomplish our mission. Indeed, art and culture is flourishing in Northeast Indiana thanks to the generosity of our donors.

Are you committed to seeing our region flourish with arts and cultural activity? Consider a donation to Arts United and join us in raising $1,000,000 for the arts this year. Together, we can invest in a more vibrant, connected and culturally enriched Northeast Indiana.

Over the past 55 years, Arts United and our supporters have raised over $40 million for our arts and cultural institutions in Northeast Indiana. Additionally, over $21 million has been invested in developing a downtown arts campus – a dream 40 years in the making.  Our success is a testament to the generosity of those in our community who are committed to building an active and vibrant Greater Fort Wayne.

Arts United has earned a reputation as the very best way to invest in building our community’s arts and cultural resources. In both good times and bad, Arts United consistently lands in the top twenty united arts funds in the country for per capita dollars raised annually, and we’ve finished in the black 17 of the last 18 years. This track record of financial success and fiscal responsibility is part of our dedication to the communities we serve. Our board of directors and staff are proud of this legacy and commit to maintaining your trust.

We’re incredibly grateful to the individuals, businesses, employees and foundations who join us in our belief that art and culture are of immense value to Greater Fort Wayne. Together, we’ve created an environment of arts patronage and support — an environment where arts thrive. And when arts thrive, the community prospers.