Fort Wayne Cultural District

Platform For Action

Public Market

    Fresh Food

    Local Growers

    Gathering Space

Creative Business Incubator


    Start-up Support

    Creative Business Planning

Creative Storefront Development

    Shops & Restaurants

    Artist Studios & Galleries

    Live/work Spaces

Culinary Incubator

    Culinary Exploration

    Commercial Kitchen


Public Art

    Murals & Sculptures


    Hands-on Art

Telling our Story

    Smartphone App

    Social Media

    Marketing & Branding


    Last Saturdays


    Tours & Crawls


    Green space & Streetscapes

    Maps & Signage

    Sneaker & Bike-friendly paths

The Fort Wayne Cultural District is creating an arts-centric neighborhood in the heart of our region that will advance downtown vibrancy, citizen vitality, and cultural growth. The Fort Wayne Cultural District is an initiative of City of Fort Wayne, Arts United, Visit Fort Wayne, and Downtown Improvement District. The FWCD received official designation from the Fort Wayne City Council on July 13, 2010.


Our mission is to mobilize our artistic, cultural, and social capital to create a vibrant urban core.


An eclectic, active, inclusive, and authentic neighborhood

A place to “be” with an identity and magnetism that draws people

A vibrant place filled with galleries, public art, unique creative businesses, and experiential activities


Support downtown as a destination

Develop, coordinate, and support diverse cultural district programming activities

Develop a collaborative cultural district brand identity and marketing plan

Encourage creative industry development

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Download the drafted Platform for Action


July 1, 2013 Fort Wayne Cultural District to host “pop UP” event- City of Fort Wayne 

July 10, 2013 Fort Wayne Cultural District Announces Platform for Action- Arts United


June 14, 2010 Fort Wayne Cultural District Resolution



    The Cultural District Advisory Council

  • Karl Bandemer, Deputy Mayor, City of Fort Wayne
  • Bill Brown, President, Downtown Improvement District
  • Rick Cartwright, Dean of the School of Creative Arts at the University of Saint Francis
  • Sharon Feasel, Community Development Manager, City of Fort Wayne
  • Matt Kelley, Owner, One Lucky Guitar
  • Dan O’Connell, President & CEO, Visit Fort Wayne
  • Dan Ross, Director of Community Development, Arts United of Greater Fort Wayne
  • Charles Shephard, Executive Director, Fort Wayne Museum of Art

For more information about the Cultural District contact Dan Ross, Director of Community Development, at or 260.424.0646.