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Art to Heart

Art to Heart delves in to the creative minds of the artists in the Fort Wayne area. Each episode sheds light on the thoughts, feelings, and backgrounds of the artisans who bring pizzazz to Fort Wayne. Tune in for tips on tapping into your creative soul and for information about upcoming events in the arts community. Check out new episodes once a month. Like what you hear or want to send in your feedback? Reach me at mandiekolkman@gmail.com

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Interview with Sachiko Janek

Thank you for tuning in to Art to Heart with our guest artist, Sachiko Janek. Sachiko is a visual artist and environmentalist who is passionate about community.

22mins

18 Nov 2019

Rank #1

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Interview with Ashley Benninghoff

Thank you for tuning in to Art to Heart with our guest artist, Ashley Benninghoff. Ashley is a professional dancer, choreographer, and dance instructor. She is an artist with Indy Convergence and the Artistic Coordinator of the Fort Wayne Dance Collective.

25mins

7 May 2018

Rank #2

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Opportunities for Artists in Indiana

This past April, a diverse group of artists gathered together during the Indiana Dance Festival for a panel discussion titled "Opportunities Available to Artists in Indiana!" This unique discussion is featured in the podcast episode. Tune in for insight on grant opportunities, continuing education, best practices for collaborations, getting started in your field, and more!Featured Speakers Include: Lauren Curry, Susan Koper, Caitlin Negron, Robert Negron, Dan Swartz, and Anna Tragesser 

1hr 6mins

27 Sep 2019

Rank #3

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Interview with Marie Heimann

Thank you for tuning in to Art to Heart with our guest artist, Marie Heimann. Marie is the owner and creator of Fawnly Prints, professional prints created from original watercolor and hand lettered inspirational paintings.

25mins

21 Apr 2020

Rank #4

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Tips For Being Your Best Creative Self

Thank you for tuning in to Art to Heart. This episode goes over tips and best practices for operating at your optimum creative self.

23mins

4 Sep 2018

Rank #5

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Interview with Billy Dawson

Thank you for tuning in to Art to Heart with our guest artist, Billy Dawson. Billy is a professional actor and vocalist. He is also the Co-Founder of Three Rivers Music Theatre and an On-Air Personality for the The CW.

29mins

9 Apr 2018

Rank #6

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Interview with Heather Closson

Thank you for tuning in to Art to Heart with our guest artist, Heather Closson. Heather is a local dancer, choreographer, and an arts advocate.

31mins

15 Mar 2019

Rank #7

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Interview with Ruth Yaro

Thank you for tuning in to Art to Heart with our guest artist, Ruth Yaro. Ruth is a professional photographer who resides in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

29mins

27 Dec 2019

Rank #8

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Interview with Alex Overby

Thank you for tuning in to Art to Heart with our guest artist, filmmaker, Alex Overby.

23mins

4 Apr 2019

Rank #9

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Interview with Rainee Perdue

Thank you for tuning in to Art to Heart with our guest artist, Rainee Purdue. Rainee is a bubbly and fun-loving singer-songwriter.

27mins

6 Aug 2018

Rank #10

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Interview with Leslee Hill

Thank you for tuning in to Art to Heart with our guest, Leslee Hill. Leslee is the Director of the Women's Entrepreneurial Opportunity Center.

36mins

2 Oct 2018

Rank #11

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Interview with Luke Holliger

Thank you for tuning in to Art to Heart with our guest artist, Luke Holliger. Luke is the Technical Director for Arts United and the Resident Lighting Designer for Three Rivers Music Theatre.

36mins

21 Jul 2019

Rank #12

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Interview with Rachelle Reinking

Thank you for tuning in to Art to Heart with our guest artist, Rachelle Reinking. Rachelle is a dancer, singer, podcaster, arts advocate, and yogi. She is also the Director of the Fort Wayne Bombshells.

51mins

13 Jun 2019

Rank #13

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Interview with Kurt Roembke

Thank you for tuning in to Art to Heart with our guest artist, Kurt Roembke. Kurt is a musician, composer, game developer, and videographer.

43mins

19 Feb 2019

Rank #14

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Interview with Kelsi Lee and Cote Godoy

Thank you for tuning in to Art to Heart with our guest artists, Kelsi Lee and Cote Godoy. Kelsi and Cote are the creators of the youth musical program, Musical Conexión. They also make up the band KelsiCoTe.

26mins

28 May 2018

Rank #15

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Interview with Elizabeth Mikautadze

Thank you for tuning in to Art to Heart with our guest artist, Elizabeth Mikautadze. Elizabeth is the Artistic Director of the professional modern dance company, Mikautadze Dance Theatre.

23mins

28 Jun 2018

Rank #16

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A Musical Moment with Rainee Perdue

The next Art to Heart interview will feature local singer and songwriter, Rainee Purdue. Get a small taste of her music by tuning into this episode.

5mins

28 Jul 2018

Rank #17

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Creative Collaboration Chatter

This past April, some of Fort Wayne's most influential artists gathered together during the Indiana Dance Festival for a panel discussion titled "Creative Collaboration Chatter." This unique discussion gives insight on how to work with artists in other fields and how to make the impossible a reality!Featured Speakers include: Karen Gibbons Brown, George Kalamaras, Elizabeth Mikautadze, Miriam Morgan, and Alex Overby

56mins

7 Aug 2019

Rank #18

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Creatives Respond to Corona

This episode of Art to Heart features unique responses to the current pandemic from Caleb Young, Jack Ellsworth, Christopher Murphy, Cassie Beer, AiJaye Crowder, Matt McClure, and Gregory Stieber.

12mins

23 Mar 2020

Rank #19

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Interview with Julia Guerin

Thank you for tuning in to Art to Heart with our guest artist, Julia Guerin. Julia is a Healing Artist with the Parkview Healing Arts Program and the creator of Frankenfuzzies. 

31mins

1 Dec 2018

Rank #20