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Art This Way to Host a Free Public Art Dedication for the 122nd Fighter Wing Mural in Downtown Fort Wayne

Art This Way to Host a Free Public Art Dedication for the 122nd Fighter Wing Mural in Downtown Fort Wayne

 

Art This Way, a program of Downtown Fort Wayne, is excited to host a mural dedication event highlighting Warrior Breed Motorcycle Club’s contributions to the community and celebrating the proud history of Fort Wayne’s 122nd Fighter Wing.

This free-to-the-public mural dedication event is on July 1, 2022, from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. at the mural site, 135 West Main Street, Fort Wayne, IN 46802.

A street closure on Harrison Street will be in effect during these hours to allow for a block party-style dedication event, offering a cash bar, food, and live musical entertainment by local artists Debutants.

Speakers at the dedication will include:

· Gary Perkey, founder of Warrior Breed MC

· James Everidge (AKA Fridge), member of Warrior Breed MC

· A representative from the 122nd Fighter Wing

· Steve Shine, property owner

· Stephanie Crandall, Director of Intergovernmental Affairs for the City of Fort Wayne

· Mitchell Egly, muralist

· Alexandra Hall, Director of Art This Way

The mural dedication event will also be the ticket sale launch for the 2022 Art Crawl, Art This Way’s annual fundraiser. Tickets will be available from July 1 until the event date—or while supplies last. The Art Crawl will take place on September 23, 2022. More details to come!

The mural by local artist Mitchell Egly commemorates Fort Wayne’s 122nd Fighter Wing and the memorialized aircraft at Heritage Park.

This latest public art installation serves as a tribute to all veterans. It is meant to help further Warrior Breed MC’s mission to focus on veteran issues, including Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), and Veteran Suicide Prevention. Warrior Breed MC’s mission is to take care of those that sacrificed for our freedom.

“The Warrior Breed MC is proud to partner with Art This Way and Downtown Fort Wayne in this significant mission, honoring our military and veterans through art,” stated Perkey.

Funding for this project was generously provided by Warrior Breed MC and Downtown Fort Wayne.

For all interview questions, please contact Alexandra Hall, Director of Art This Way, at 260-417-5925 or Alex@DowntownFortWayne.com.