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Feature Story Cambry Hicks is Senior Curator at Cinema Center.

Celebrate Black History Month with films and events at Fort Wayne Cinema Center

"We don't tend to focus on the Black experience, as a whole. There's laughter; there's sadness; there are so many different layers to what that experience is, and who that experience is for."

Feature Story In 2022, the Bloomingdale Neighborhood Association won the AARP Community Challenge grant, which it used to improve Wells Street Park.

How are Fort Wayne neighborhoods becoming more livable? These projects are making a difference

“Neighbors weren’t coming out of their homes, and we weren’t doing community events. The Community Challenge grant was a huge catalyst to help us reengage our neighbors by activating public spaces and then hosting events in those public spaces.”

Feature Story Peppered Tuna from Twenty at the Charley Creek Inn.

Fort Wayne isn't the only city with culinary talent: Meet 5 chefs making great food in Wabash County

Here are five Wabash County chefs to watch and where to find them.

Feature Story “Na Krylah Nadi,” which translates to “On Wings Of Hope," is a fifteen foot wide art installation Downtown Fort Wayne.

#PlacesofNEI: Ukrainian inspired Art This Way installation unveiled in Downtown Fort Wayne

Art This Way partnered with the Public Art Commission, City of Fort Wayne, Arts United, and Fort Wayne Sister Cities International to unveil a new installation in Downtown Fort Wayne.

Feature Story Kara Hackett, Editor-At-Large, and Brittany Smith, Managing Editor

Letter from the Editors: A staff transition is underway at Input

Input Fort Wayne editors Kara Hackett and Brittany Smith share details of a new staff transition within Input.

Feature Story Christine Paul with quilting students.

Quilt makers in Wabash share how their craft can impact a community

 “I take scraps and one thing leads to another. Every quilt has a visual art to it, whether it’s today’s modern art or yesterday’s treasures. There’s always something that draws the eye in.”

Feature Story Students prepare to pitch their business plan for a chance to win $5,000.

Meet three rising student businesses in Northeast Indiana

Three student finalists from the Grace College Business Plan Competition share their entrepreneurial plans.

Feature Story Savor Fort Wayne continues until January 29.

#PlacesofNEI: Find delicious dining deals with Savor Fort Wayne

Enjoy special deals from participating restaurants in Fort Wayne until January 29.

Feature Story While there are many factors that contribute to Indiana’s poor health rankings, PATH4YOU is hoping to make an impact through free and accessible contraception for Hoosiers.

This program seeks to improve health outcomes by making contraceptives free & accessible in Indiana

“That grounds a lot of our work in the respect that we want to make sure that no matter whether you want to talk about natural family planning or an IUD that will last 10 years, you get the same amount of care, the same amount of attention, and it's all free. We make sure also that these decisions are patient-centered and led.”

Feature Story Tequila Mexican Restaurant & Cantina is located at 6328 W. Jefferson Boulevard inside Covington Plaza.

#PlacesofNEI: Taste the culinary creativity of the Velazquez brothers at Tequila Mexican Restaurant

Tequila Mexican Restaurant & Cantina is the creation of two brothers, Raúl and Benjamín Velazquez, who immigrated to the United States over two decades ago and have dedicated themselves to the food industry ever since.

Feature Story Philharmonic players and supporters strike in Downtown Fort Wayne. Image courtesy of the Facebook page for the Musicians of the Fort Wayne Philharmonic.

Care about Fort Wayne arts and culture? Here’s what to know about the Philharmonic strike

"If you care about the future of Fort Wayne arts and culture, there are a few reasons this strike should be one of the biggest stories on your radar."

Feature Story Caroline Braun, Clinical Programs Manager for Parkview Behavioral Health Institute, shows what a normal 1-1 therapy session would look like with a client during a mock session at Park Center, 2710 Lake Ave.

What is harm reduction? This approach to substance use treatment is improving outcomes in Indiana

“It’s easy, especially for people who don’t struggle with SUD, to think people should just be able to stop using drugs. But the success rate of an abstinence-based approach is really low.”

Feature Story The Courtyard is an apartment complex that houses young adults, usually between ages 18 and 24. Priority is given to those who’ve aged out of the foster care system or who have been, or are in danger of becoming, homeless.

Building a Future for Young Adults Aged out of Foster Care

“People who are already in poverty are vulnerable to others who simply don’t care about them. That’s what ends up being an issue for these kids and young adults, because what happens next?”

Feature Story Lisa D. Givan is Vice President of Institutional Diversity, Equity, and Belonging as well as Senior Diversity Officer at Indiana Tech.

Making your workplace more inclusive in 2023? You might consider this Indiana Tech course

“There are a lot of people who have gone through workshops that have given them ‘aha’ moments. We take those ‘aha’ moments and make them applicable.”  

Feature Story Tall Rabbit Cafe is located at 2001 S. Calhoun Street.

#PlacesofNEI: Tall Rabbit Cafe, Fort Wayne's newest cafe, is serving up coffee and opportunities

Tall Rabbit Cafe is a new enterprise from Blue Jacket Inc., which provides tools and opportunities to any adult with a barrier to employment to allow them to earn their chance at gainful employment.

Feature Story Fort Wayne residents from the Southwest Area Partnership (SWAP) collaborate on a community project.

Meet neighborhood leaders in Fort Wayne—and learn how you can get involved

“If you really want to impact change in your community, your neighborhood association and Area Partnership are the best places to start.”  

Partner Content Dan Baisden talks with residents during the Packard Area Planning Alliance retreat at the Boys and Girls Club on Fairfield Ave.

Want to advance your community? Meet 4 Neighborhood Planners in Fort Wayne who can help

Who are Fort Wayne's Neighborhood Planners, and what roles do they play in helping neighborhoods? We sat down with the team to find out.

Partner Content Representatives from Parkview Health, Indiana Tech, the Questa Foundation and Fort Wayne Community Schools gathered in October to celebrate the launch of the new Parkview Opportunity Scholars award.

How can Indiana increase its number of college grads? This Fort Wayne-based program could help

The goal of this program is to support students who may not have otherwise gone to college—whether they have financial need, are first-generation college students, are first-generation Americans, or may not have considered college due to other barriers.

Partner Content Students explore the Clark Gallery on a field trip.

Meet the Clark Gallery: Increasing access to creative culture and art in rural Indiana

“I really love the mission of bringing these experiences to people in rural communities who might not have easy access to it. Having these things closer to home is something that’s really special.”

Feature Story Reboot offers a great selection of S.T.E.M. toys and puzzles that will engage the minds of both kids and adults.

#PlacesofNEI: Fulfill your curiosity with learning activities for all ages at Reboot Labs

Reboot offers a great selection of S.T.E.M. toys and puzzles that will engage the minds of both kids and adults.

Partner Content In 2022, the Fort Wayne Civic Theatre brought back Elf the Musical.

Need some holiday cheer? Meet 7 OGs of Fort Wayne’s arts & culture scene who bring it every year

“It’s only fitting to pay our respects to these Fort Wayne establishments at this busy time of the year when they’re working overtime to make sure our holiday season is merry and bright.” 

Partner Content Design Collaborative's team worked with the Oxford Community Association in South East Fort Wayne to turn some underutilized land into a small resting place for residents.

How a new community resting park came to life in South East Fort Wayne’s Oxford neighborhood

“We have to learn how to live together and take care of where we’re at; that’s the whole assignment.”

Partner Content Regenia, Edward and daughter Lauryn Jones during the open house and ribbon cutting of Hands on Haven Inc.

How are American Rescue Plan Act Funds being spent in Fort Wayne? The City fills us in

“Because COVID disproportionately impacted certain sectors of the community, the (U.S.) Treasury really does want us pushing and prioritizing funding back into those disproportionately impacted areas. So, even with our grants, that was something we really looked for.”

Feature Story A guide (teacher), works with children on classroom activities.

What is Montessori Education? A new school is bringing the child-focused approach to Wabash

“I had no intention of becoming a teacher, but I believe so strongly that Montessori education needs to exist.”

Feature Story Union Street Market at Electric Works is home to the area’s first public market and food hall.

#PlacesofNEI: Step inside Union Street Market at the Electric Works campus

Union Street Market at Electric Works is Northeast Indiana’s first public market and food hall.

Feature Story Bastien Carel, Advanced Manufacturing Manager, right, works with Brad Peffley, Wire Drawer, using new technology that provides real-time & historical data via a web interface that collects data from 70-80 machines.

What’s the future of Northeast Indiana’s manufacturing sector? Leaders weigh in

While the desire to evolve for industry 4.0 isn’t lacking, the realities of adaptation and the infrastructure needed to support change can be complicated.  

Partner Content Data and graphics by the Indiana Department of Health and the Governor's Public Health Commission

Blog: Why public health funding might be Indiana's 'most important legislative issue' in 2023

“I was shocked to learn that despite all the good things Indiana has done over the last 25 years, our public health picture is pretty poor… If you have a good healthy community, good healthy workforce, this is so attractive to bring people and business to Indiana."

Partner Content Raine Augenstein is a cashier at the Health Food Shoppe.

How the Health Food Shoppe is making local, organic food more accessible in Fort Wayne

“I actually hear people in the aisle now, saying, 'Oh wow! These prices aren’t bad.’”  

Partner Content Honeywell team members gather for coffee and donuts during Honeywell Values Week.

Honeywell Arts & Entertainment shares how focusing on its employees has strengthened its mission

“It all begins and ends with the people who make this organization what it is."

Feature Story  Use the free pass to explore Fort Wayne’s most iconic holiday lights displays.

#PlacesofNEI: Explore all things merry and bright with the Fort Wayne Holiday Lights Challenge

Find some of Fort Wayne's best holiday light displays with Visit Fort Wayne's Holiday Lights Challenge.

Feature Story Holiday ornaments at the Find by local artist VimmAnnVigor.

10 places to find locally made gifts on your holiday shopping trip to Downtown Fort Wayne

Want to buy cool, locally made gifts this holiday season? Here's where you can find them.  

Feature Story Vendors prepare for the grand opening of the Union Street Market.

Must-know details for your first visit to the Union Street Market food hall at Electric Works

Learn what’s happening, who’s there, where to park, and other details for your first visit.  

Feature Story From right are Diane Hunter, Dani Tippmann, and Claudia Hedeen all of the Miami Tribe of Oklahoma during a foraging session on Miami tribal property in Fort Wayne.

Rethinking Thanksgiving: Restorative ways to process a complicated holiday in Fort Wayne

Thanksgiving offers us a reminder to reconsider how we consume multiple types of resources, what we offer in return, and how our decisions impact the broader community and world around us.

Feature Story Owner Raelyn Bever holds a finished ring from Still Remains Jewelry.

This Wabash business crafts keepsake jewelry from ashes, breastmilk, and flowers

“It means a lot to me that people are willing to send their loved ones to me, and I take good care of them while they’re with me.”

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

What makes a 'healthy' neighborhood? Attend the Fort Wayne Media Collaborative's upcoming panel

"The Fort Wayne Media Collaborative is excited to host its inaugural public event, a panel discussion on Healthy Neighborhoods."

Partner Content Parkview Noble Hospital co-workers await surveyors for Magnet re-accreditation this year. Magnet is a national recognition earned by nine of Parkview’s hospitals, including Parkview Noble and Parkview Huntington.

Five ways small hospitals are making a big difference in Northeast Indiana

Earlier this year, two rural hospitals in Northeast Indiana made national news for their high-quality care.”

Feature Story Lee Rainboth and Susan Mendenhall

10 minutes with Lee Rainboth: Creating more access to art and dance in Fort Wayne

Lee Rainboth, Executive Director of Fort Wayne Dance Collective, explains the organization's goal to create access to dance and the arts.

Feature Story The 2022 HolidayFest featuring the Night of Lights, presented by TriCore and Downtown Fort Wayne, returns from November 23 through December 31.

#PlacesofNEI: Visit the iconic lights at Fort Wayne's Holiday Fest

The Holiday Fest, featuring the Night of Lights, is a magical time when the Fort Wayne Community comes together to light up Downtown Fort Wayne with the iconic Santa and His Reindeer, Merry Christmas Wreath, and many more.

Feature Story Products designed by Sommer Letter Co.

How TikTok is helping local entrepreneurs take small businesses from Fort Wayne to worldwide

“I felt like an old woman walking into a very loud arcade. There were a lot of flashing things on the screen and the noises and the trends. I was not into the culture. I didn't use TikTok, so I felt very inadequate. But if I've learned anything as an entrepreneur, it's that you have to learn through like experimenting and through failure.”

Feature Story Urban Beginnings Choice Federal Credit Union is a certified CDFI. Chief Executive Officer Diane Starks is part of a small team serving more than 265 members.

Meet Urban Beginnings Choice FCU: A CDFI expanding social mobility in Fort Wayne

“As a CDFI, Urban Beginnings plays a critical role in removing barriers that have historically prevented many families from accessing capital and building wealth."

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