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Feature Story Project Civics is a team of about 17 Allen County residents working to increase access to political information.

Meet Project Civics: Breaking down barriers to political participation in Allen County

“You shouldn’t have to have a degree in political science to effectively participate in government."


Special Report Maria Diaz and Amber Ramsey are Community Health Workers for Parkview's Safety PIN program in Southeast Fort Wayne.

Meet Southeast residents addressing the social determinants of health in their neighborhoods

“As Community Health Workers, we live here, so we know the struggles and concerns of the community, and we are able to help.”  

Feature Story The Family & Friends Fund for Southeast is raising $1 million for the Southeast community.

How will the Family & Friends Fund for Southeast be used? Here are the first recipients

The Family & Friends Fund for Southeast Fort Wayne announces its first recipients of more than $400,000 raised in grassroots support. 

Feature Story Family Friendly Friday

Attend Family Friendly Friday in Southeast: A ballet performance, free family portraits, and more!

Join us for a performance by the Fort Wayne Ballet, an outdoor gallery of portraits taken during our On the Ground Southeast series, as well as the opportunity to get a family portrait or headshot taken with Fort Wayne's own Blacklight Media, whose photography has graced the pages of TIME Magazine.

Special Report The theme of Key Detail’s mural is the confluence of the city's three rivers: the St. Joseph, the St. Marys, and the Maumee.

How the first Make It Your Own Mural Fest is making its mark on cities across the region

As 11 new, permanent murals enrich downtowns across the region, their impact is already being felt by artists and local leaders.

Feature Story Tim Parsley works on a mural in downtown Warsaw.

Video: Fort Wayne artist Tim Parsley is painting a mural to celebrate lake life in Warsaw

Tim Parsley, a muralist and professor of art at the University of Saint Francis, is adorning the Dennie Building in downtown Warsaw with a new mural that celebrates Kosciusko County's lake culture.  

Feature Story Shawn Dunwoody works on a mural in downtown Columbia City.

Video: Shawn Dunwoody's new mural in Columbia City pays homage to a local entrepreneur

Artist Shawn Dunwoody's mural in Columbia City pays tribute to Shinzo Ohki, a Japanese immigrant who moved to the city in the early 1900s and founded a local soy sauce business there.

Feature Story Key Detail works on a mural in downtown Fort Wayne.

Video: New York City muralist Key Detail is painting a new river-themed mural in downtown Fort Wayne

The theme of Key Detail’s mural is the confluence of the St. Joseph, St. Mary’s, and Maumee rivers in the city.

Feature Story Fort Wayne restaurants like Nawa offer patio seating during COVID-19.

Soak up the last bits of summer in Fort Wayne with these socially distant activities

Here are five things you can enjoy in Northeast Indiana despite COVID-19 this fall.


Feature Story Tobias Studios PeopleofNEI

#PeopleofNEI: Tobias Studios, creating places for people to interact

"Public art sets the stage for people to interact with others. It’s authentic and real just like northeast Indiana.”

Feature Story Members of the Oxford Community Association, from left to right, are Lee Wilson Jr., Cynthia McBride, Diane Rogers, Carolyn Worlds, Condra Ridley, and Derek Taylor.

Meet Diane Rogers: Building a legacy in the Oxford community with a change of pace

“A lot of people look at problems and say, ‘That’s not my problem; that can’t be fixed.' But I believe that anything that is broken can be fixed or replaced.”


Feature Story Mark Vachon styles Big Kess's hair at the new iMack Barber Lounge.

iMack Barber Lounge opens its second location inside Glenbrook Mall

From haircuts and beard lines to children’s haircuts and more, Mack V is expanding his six-year-old barber lounge with a second location.


Feature Story A mural by artist Theopolis Smith, aka Phresh Laundry, on the side of Wunderkammer Company.

Support BIPOC creatives and business owners at Wunderkammer's Mosaic Market

This Saturday, Wunderkammer Company and a team of organizations are hosting the first Mosaic Market in Fort Wayne.

Feature Story Junk Ditch is rolling out a limited-release of its new Hyper Local Pale Ale with cans designed by Black artists in Fort Wayne.

Beer for a better future: The story behind Junk Ditch's limited-release Hyper Local Pale Ale

“No one has to be lesser than the other; this is about truly unifying to create something great.”

Feature Story Fort Wayne OB-GYN Emmary Butler is one local professional working to reduce mother and infant mortality in Fort Wayne's Black community.

How trust and stress affect infant and maternal mortality in Southeast Fort Wayne

Regardless of social-economic status, Black women face health disparities at higher rates than most other populations.

Feature Story Faith in Indiana organizes spiritual leaders around causes that build families; increase voter participation; and promote social, economic, and racial justice.

A spiritual quest for racial justice: How a Huntington woman & Faith in Indiana confront inequality

“It’s amazing what people can do when they begin to believe in themselves and decide they will not keep letting others write them off."


Feature Story Amos Norman is the Executive Director (and newly appointed District Director) at the Renaissance Pointe YMCA in Fort Wayne.

Q&A with Amos Norman: How the Renaissance Pointe YMCA is navigating turbulent times

“The YMCA should be a place where you feel comfortable and accepted. We’ve put ourselves on the map as a place where you can feel that all groups are a viable part of our community.”

Feature Story The Make It Your Own Mural Fest Sept. 8-18, 2020, will bring 11 murals to 11 regional communities of Northeast Indiana.

What is Make It Your Own Mural Fest? Learn about 11 new murals coming to Northeast Indiana this fall

"We want the world to know this is a region where creators are wanted."

Feature Story The Center for Nonviolence is located at 235 Creighton Ave.

A Center for Nonviolence call to action to traditionally white institutions and organizations

"We ask that other agencies and individuals within the Fort Wayne community speak up, especially if you have yet to."

Feature Story Proximo

#PlacesofNEI: Proximo, creating what's 'next' in Fort Wayne

"Located in the heart of downtown, the outside dining area allows you to enjoy the view of foot traffic as well as endless bikes and scooters passing by as downtown continues to grow."

Feature Story Francisco Reyes sits outside his house in Southeast Fort Wayne where he's building a culture around Hip-Hop.

Meet a Fort Wayne artist building Hip-Hop culture in Southeast

Francisco Reyes is working to support his neighborhood with graffiti art and Hip-Hop culture.

Feature Story Gregg Smith-Causey is a father himself in Southeast Fort Wayne.

Infant mortality rates in Southeast reveal health gaps in Fort Wayne and inspire support for fathers

A Black father in Southeast Fort Wayne is heading up a new initiative by Healthier Moms & Babies to help families amidst broken systems.

Feature Story Roller Skate Black Women of Excellence

Rolling with it: Photos from a free Back to School Skate Night by Black Women of Excellence

In a particularly stressful Back to School season, Black Women of Excellence hosted a fun way for local families to roll into the new academic year.

Feature Story RoKo's Kitchen serves globally inspired cuisine.

Meet RoKo's Kitchen, a Fort Wayne food truck serving globally inspired cuisine with a powerful story

Offering specialties like sweet and spicy chicken, braised pork belly, vegetarian stir fry, and bubble tea, RoKo’s Kitchen is staying busy during COVID-19.

Feature Story Eddie Gill IV is taking a boating trip from White River, Indiana, to the Gulf of Mexico to spread awareness about equality in outdoor recreation.

‘The color of your skin has no bearing on what you love to do’

A Grace College student’s journey from Indiana to the Gulf of Mexico in the name of equality in outdoor recreation.  

Feature Story The 13-24 Drive In is a 1950s-era outdoor movie theater at 890 N, IN-13 in Wabash.

Northeast Indiana drive-ins share how they’re innovating during COVID-19 despite a lack of new films

Unlike trends across the U.S., attendance has been steady or spotty this summer at the 13-24 Drive-In in Wabash and the Auburn Garrett Drive-In Theatre. But they're still innovating.  

Partner Content Behind the scenes with Arcpoint Productions filming "Debutants."

Taste of the Arts is going virtual to provide a new type of festival experience during COVID-19

From the Art Market to the local concerts and Restaurant Row, there’s a new way to experience this iconic summer festival in 2020.

Feature Story Raul Perez

#PeopleofNEI: Raul, changing his fate

"I made my own clothing line inspired by how I grew up. When you’re from certain areas, you think your fate is already written."

Feature Story Kendra Smiley and her daughters Kendall and Kenyale as well as two of the children she cares for at her home-based daycare service.

Community Heroes: COVID-19 draws attention to child care providers and teachers serving Southeast

As the nation goes back-to-school amidst a pandemic, local child care providers, educators, and parents alike are feeling the strain.

Feature Story Hop River Brewing was founded by Paris McFarthing, left, and Ben Jackson, right.

What does it mean to be a 'community' space? Hop River Brewing shares what 2020 is teaching them

“This year, we have stretched ourselves in ways we never imagined, and we’re continuing to do that.”

Feature Story In 2019, Jon Rehwaldt launched The Workbench on the city’s Southeast side.

Need a prototype of your product? This Fort Wayne venture is helping others get started

Jon Rehwaldt of The Workbench shares how his makerspace is evolving during COVID-19 and inspiring innovation on the Southeast side.

News Banh Mi Pho Shop serves ramen noodles and other Vietnamese eats.

Carry out for a cause: Immigrant-owned restaurants in Allen County need your support during COVID-19

Amani Family Services is calling attention to the strain of the pandemic on Allen County's international eateries.

Feature Story One Ten Craft Meatery is located at 110 N Buffalo St. in Warsaw.

#PlacesofNEI: One Ten Craft Meatery in Warsaw

"They believe in supporting local communities and that fresh ingredients make the best food."

Feature Story The Human Agricultural Cooperative and the Family and Friends Fund in collaboration with Hyper Local Impact is hosting an old school telethon planned for August 14 and 15.

Get details on an 'old school' telethon to support Southeast Fort Wayne

"With the telethon approach, we are able to speak directly to the community while highlighting many of the great things that are already starting to take root."

Feature Story Jacqueline Redd has lived in the same house in Southeast Fort Wayne for 41 years.

What does living in Southeast Fort Wayne mean to you? Residents fill us in

Four residents share firsthand experiences living in the 46803 and 46806 zip codes.  

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