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Feature Story Kibwe Cooper, the host of 'Empower You Podcast', works on a podcast in his studio at home.

Meet 4 people starting conversations about culturally competent mental health care in Fort Wayne

For the past two years, the COVID-19 pandemic has forced many people to grapple with their mental healthcare in the same way they often do with their physical healthcare. Perhaps, as a result, more people in Fort Wayne are amplifying their voices and coping tools for working through mental health challenges.

Feature Story The former “Five Points” intersection has become a roundabout, providing for improved traffic flow, increased safety, and likely leading to lower annual costs.

Construction season is here: How do new developments affect traffic in Fort Wayne, and what’s next?

Looking to the future, what plans does Fort Wayne have to adapt to changing traffic patterns in the city? And what traffic alleviation methods might make sense?  

Feature Story Pave the Path graduates, Irasema Hernandez Trujillo and Sara Dayani Llopis-Guevara, co-founded the nonprofit Stronger Together Latinx, Inc.

Investing in people: This Fort Wayne program helps youth ‘Pave the Path’ to the future they want

This story is part of a series exploring what “investing in people” looks like, starting with a Fort Wayne program that helps youth expand their horizons by building personal brands.  

Partner Content Parkview Police Officer Htoo Doh works on an art piece.

From Burma to Fort Wayne: This Parkview police officer is a public servant and artist

“My road has not been easy. I have failed many times throughout this journey, but giving up was not an option. Failures break my heart, but they can’t break my spirit, and I am grateful for what I’ve accomplished in my life.”

Feature Story Kristen Guthrie, VP of Marketing and Communication at Visit Fort Wayne and Dan Ross of Arts United discuss the arts and culture scene in Fort Wayne.

10 minutes with Kristen Guthrie: Fort Wayne storyteller shares the vision to become a 'Music City'

"What's it mean to be a music city, and how do we pursue that?" 

Feature Story The Castle Gallery in West Central offers a unique experience with artwork in a historic setting.

#PlacesofNEI: The historic Castle Gallery in West Central

Built in 1905 and restored in 1983, the Castle Gallery offers a unique experience with artwork in a historic setting.

Feature Story Reusser web design agency has a four-day workweek and a hybrid schedule. They collaborate in their Downtown Roanoke office two days each week.

Hybrid work: What is it? Where is it happening in Fort Wayne, & how does it affect business culture?

A hybrid or flex model of work is emerging as the “new normal,” and it's changing how people interact with their offices—and their cities.

Feature Story Rachelle Reinking, Director Of Communications at Arts United, interviews artist Lyndy Bazile.

8 minutes with Lyndy Bazile: AfroPlump artist shares how she’s making space for People of Color

“Coming up in Fort Wayne, most of the art spaces I’ve been in have been majority white spaces…. I wanted to be very intentional about extending an invitation and making it a priority to invite People of Color to my art workshops.”

Feature Story Sisters Cecilia Dunifon and Olivia Perez work on a "blooming" mural on Wells Street.

Wells Street is 'blooming' with a new series of temporary storefront murals

"As Wells Street continues to blossom, thanks to ongoing investments from local business owners, residents, and Riverfront Fort Wayne, leaders are excited to help more people explore what the Corridor has to offer."

Feature Story Tokyo Steak House of Japan in Columbia City can be found next to the Ohki Alley.

#PlacesofNEI: Columbia City's Tokyo Steak House of Japan and Ohki Alley has art, cuisine, & history

"The alley is filled with colorful art, string lights, numerous places to sit, a greenery area, and it offers a beautiful view of the Whitley County Courthouse."

Feature Story The fifth course bears a toothsome wheat berry concoction in a pool of deeply savory broth.

Eating IN: Rune, multi-course, curated pop-up meals in Fort Wayne elevate local produce

Eating IN is a regular feature in Input Fort Wayne by food writer, Molly Conner, who spotlights local food and drink that will tempt you to dine within the Northeast IN region.

Feature Story Attendees shop for fresh fruits and veggies at the HEAL Market.

Healthy food for everyone: Fort Wayne organizations fight food insecurity with nutrition and equity

"It's not merely about making sure residents have access to food, but also making sure they have access to quality, nutritious foods that won't end up causing more challenges in the long run."

Feature Story Winona Lake is a hot spot for local art in Kosciusko County.

Find public art in Kosciusko County with the new All Things Art map

“By raising awareness of all of the different amenities that we have, we can help others find both careers and hobbies here as we build a diverse working community.”  

Feature Story Susan Mendenhall, Executive Director of Arts United, interviews Artist and Radio Personality Julia Meek as part of the Art Unites Us series.

5 minutes with Julia Meek: ‘Meet the Music’ legend reflects on 40 years of Fort Wayne art-centricity

“I simply wish that more people knew more about what was going on (in the arts), and then could spread that good word even more.”

Feature Story Located next to dining, shopping, parks, and Trine University, the Brokaw Movie House in Angola is accessible for locals and visitors.

#PlacesofNEI: Experience historical cinema at the Brokaw Movie House

"Catch a movie (cult classics to new blockbusters) while enjoying pizza, hot dogs, nachos, and more at the Brokaw Movie House in Angola."

Feature Story The Fort Wayne Media Collaborative is a group of Northeast Indiana media organizations and affiliated institutions.

Meet the Fort Wayne Media Collaborative: Local news orgs strengthen reporting on critical issues

A group of Northeast Indiana media organizations and affiliated institutions are pleased to announce the creation of the Fort Wayne Media Collaborative.

Feature Story Cultural Districts are mixed-use areas within cities, which have a dense cluster of authentic local art amenities and cultural identity.

What are Cultural Districts, and what is their value? Arts leaders in Wabash and Fort Wayne weigh in

Wabash and Fort Wayne are the first two regional communities representing Northeast Indiana among 12 recognized Cultural Districts statewide.

Partner Content Denise Porter listens to other members during a council meeting with members of the Mayor's Age-Friendly Council at Citizen's Square.

How is Fort Wayne becoming more livable for all ages? Meet the Mayor’s Age-Friendly Council

“All of us on the Council are here to serve and help in areas we see as important for better living conditions for all in Fort Wayne. I believe community involvement is critical to help with positive growth.”

Feature Story Sarah Thompson started Good Bread for All in 2022.

Good Bread for All: Meet the movement making fresh, small-batch bread accessible in Fort Wayne

“A quarter of our residents are food insecure. There is a real need for food assistance here, and I feel a need to do what I can to help."

Feature Story Complexions Contemporary Ballet is a globally renowned dance company, “reinventing” human movement from the ground up to integrate a mix of methods, styles, and cultures.

‘Transcending boundaries’ in the arts: Dance Collective hosts Complexions Contemporary Ballet

This year, as part of its annual Guest Artist Residency program, Dance Collective is hosting Complexions Contemporary Ballet, one of the most recognized, diverse, inclusive, and respected performing arts brands in the world.   

Feature Story Fort Wayne Outfitters & Bike Depot at 1004 Cass Street is on a mission to keep Fort Wayne unique by supporting active lifestyles, encouraging riverfront activities, and engaging in environmentally conscious business practices.

#PlacesofNEI: It's starting to feel like spring at Fort Wayne Outfitters & Bike Depot

"With rentals and services for bikes and kayaks, Fort Wayne Outfitters & Bike Depot is keeping Fort Wayne on the move."

Feature Story Just in time for Earth Day, Cassandra Braman shares tips for your houseplants and how her business is evolving.

Growing a green business: Honey Plant Owner shares her story, plant parent tips, and what’s next

Just in time for Earth Day, Cassandra Braman shares tips for your houseplants and how her business is evolving.

Feature Story Before COVID-19 began, Fort Wayne had the 13th highest eviction rate in the U.S. Now, the situation is growing more complex.

High rent, few options: Addressing poverty, profit, and disconnection in Fort Wayne’s housing system

“What’s missing in Fort Wayne isn’t more money to address these challenges. It’s more people willing to make connections.”

Feature Story Chickens on the Fox and Fodder Farm, located in New Haven, IN.

Reconnecting to rural roots: Uncertain times inspire more gardening and homesteading in Fort Wayne

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed people’s relationship with the land and the national supply chain, prompting some in Fort Wayne to try their hand at growing their own food or making products at home.

Feature Story Indiana Tech student Alexandra Forsythe, left, and Dr. Ying Shang, Dean of the College of Engineering and School of Computer Sciences work together on operational amplifier functions in the Zollner Engineering Center.

What’s it like to be a woman in STEM in Fort Wayne? Indiana Tech students weigh in

“It’s a struggle when everyone around you has spent their lives in coding camps and robotics clubs. Women aren’t afforded the same opportunities as men, and you end up entering college on an uneven playing field.”

Feature Story Portrait of Sachiko Janek, the creator behind Sachi Sometimes.

What is Holiday Hootenanny? Meet a vendor behind pop-up shops growing Fort Wayne’s vintage scene

Input Fort Wayne sat down with Sachiko Janek to learn more about the upcoming Holiday Hootenanny and Fort Wayne’s vintage scene.

Partner Content Parkview RN and artist Jason O’Connell, left, stands with one of his coworkers featured in his mural at Parkview Heart Institute.

Meet a Parkview RN who painted a mural, commemorating his coworkers’ experience during the pandemic

“As a nurse and as an artist, my role is to make someone feel better by standing by them when they need someone to be with them. As a nurse, I may be delivering medicine. As an artist, I’m delivering beauty. Either way, I’m delivering care.” 

Feature Story Tuesday, April 12, was opening night for the Tincaps's 2022 season.

#PlacesofNEI: The Tincaps are back at Parkview Field

"Enjoy the return of warm weather, great food and drinks, and a beautiful view of Downtown Fort Wayne."

Partner Content Branch Manager Christopher R. Wiljer helps Librarian Kristina Lay with the computer at the Allen County Public Library's Monroeville branch.

Bridging the digital divide: Indiana’s rural communities seek solutions to improve internet access

As more of the world goes digital during the pandemic, high-speed internet is becoming a basic need—one that rural Indiana is largely lacking.  

Feature Story Sasha Chaney, Master Barber and Owner of Legendary Barber Lounge works on giving fellow barber Marcus Chezem a high ball fade with a beard edge up.

‘Vibes for sale’: Fort Wayne barber Sasha Chaney discusses opening her own barbershop

"It was super inspiring to me to see barbers come to work and do what they loved while listening to music they loved and getting to laugh and joke amongst their peers and clients. The barbershop is the epicenter of the community. Now, I am the epicenter."

Feature Story From a restaurant Grease Cooperative to clean drain campaigns and cleanup days, here’s how Fort Wayne is becoming more eco-friendly—and how you can help.

Just in time for Earth Day, here are 8 ways Fort Wayne is becoming more sustainable

From a restaurant Grease Cooperative to clean drain campaigns and cleanup days, here’s how Fort Wayne is becoming more eco-friendly—and how you can help.

Feature Story The Mayor's Youth Engagement Council members and supervisor Karen Richards.

Meet Fort Wayne high school students addressing the mental health of their peers

The Mayor's Youth Engagement Council is hosting a mental health symposium for high schoolers on April 20 called Peace of Mind and Body.

Feature Story Matthew Booker and Evelyn Booker work together on an insurance account.

Think insurance is boring? This Fort Wayne entrepreneur says it offers accessible career advancement

Insurance might not be a “sexy” career. But it is one of Fort Wayne’s top industry sectors, and it offers a path to enjoy the freedoms of entrepreneurship without college debt.  

Feature Story Piano House Nutrition is located at 1202 West Main St.

#PlacesofNEI: Piano House Nutrition, home of healthy drinks, snacks, and music

"They also have two amateur nights a month where anyone can play their beautiful baby grand piano."

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