Community Partners are essential to the development and growth of our programs. The College of Visual and Performing Arts (VPA) is committed to collaborating with and supporting regional arts organizations.
- VPA faculty and staff are board members and patrons of regional arts group and provide leadership, collaboration and other opportunities for community arts organizations.
- IPFW supports the annual Arts United fundraising campaign in the university workplace.
- IPFW provides rehearsal, performance and office space for several regional arts groups who are “in-residence” at IPFW, including the Fort Wayne Children’s Choir, Greater Fort Wayne Area Community Band, Fort Wayne Youth Orchestra and Unity Performing Arts Foundation (UPAF).
- VPA supports Fort Wayne downtown development through concerts in downtown churches, at the Fort Wayne Museum of Art, and the Allen County Public Library (ACPL); and through student and faculty art exhibitions at Artlink, ACPL, and the Fort Wayne Museum of Art.
- VPA employs Fort Wayne Philharmonic (FWP) musicians as music faculty and partners with them on joint educational programming.
VPA also collaborates with a variety of non-arts related Community Partners to provide educational opportunities for our students while enhancing economic development and providing artistic services to the community.
- Internships of Visual Communication and Design students at the Allen County Economic Development Alliance, the History Center and Sweetwater Sound.
- Creative graphic design work by VPA students and faculty through the IPFW Center for Industrial Innovation and Design (CIID).
- IPFW Community Arts Academy year-round programming for at-risk students through United Hispanic Americans, Boys & Girls Clubs, Big Brothers/Big Sisters, and Twenty First Century Scholars.
- Workshops and presentations for teachers and students with K-12 regional schools.
To find out more about how you can become a Community Partner of the College of Visual and Performing Arts please call the VPA Dean’s Office at 260-481-6977.
John O'Connell, Dean
Fine Arts | Music | Theatre | Visual Communication and Design