Fort Wayne, Indiana is bursting with talent from our vibrant arts community! Keep reading to discover a list of Black fine artists, musicians, and photographers in Fort Wayne.
This blog is one in a series of posts celebrating and highlighting Black-owned restaurants, shops, and entertainment, as well as Black artists, musicians, and more in Fort Wayne. You can also find other Black-owned restaurants and businesses in this Facebook group.
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**Please Note: Art is subjective and some of the music and art included may not be suitable for all ages.
Black Artists, Musicians, and Photographers in Fort Wayne
Michael D. Johnson
Concept.Seven Art Lounge
Phresh Laundry (Theoplis Smith III)
Facebook | Instagram: @thatlaundry
Website | Shop
Love public art? Check out Phresh Laundry's "Better Together" mural in Fort Wayne! It's #19 on our Public Art Map.
William Bryant Rozier
Writer, photographer, illustrator, graphic designer, and so much more. He was also the first Managing Editor of Fort Wayne Ink Spot Newspaper — Fort Wayne's first Black-owned newspaper, telling regional and national stories about African Americans and other minority groups.
You may know her from her time on NBC's The Voice: Season 14! She made Fort Wayne proud and impressed judges and viewers with her voice. Christiana has been creating music since, and just released her latest single, Grow Up.
Facebook | Instagram: @christianadofficial
Principal Violist for the Fort Wayne Philharmonic. He's a member of the Fort Wayne Philharmonic Freimann Quartet, and often plays around town with Alicia Pyle Quartet (APQ).
Facebook | Instagram: @derek_reeves
Many weekends, you can catch her performing at different venues around Fort Wayne! Fatima Washington has collaborated with a number of artists here in Fort Wayne, and has also starred in several musicals in town.
Facebook | Instagram: @fatimawashington
Neo-soul vocal artist hailing from Fort Wayne with a style that is all her own! Her freshman EP "The Art of Love" is available on Amazon, Apple Music, and iTunes.
Facebook | Instagram: @melaninsoulest
Instagram: @andreportee (Note: This content may not be appropriate for all ages.)
Andre also works on a project called AbsorbALL, with a mission to bridge art and community by painting murals on basketball courts. The first court in Fort Wayne is almost complete! See the progress on Instagram by following @AbsorbALL.
@andreportee on Instagram
PinkPaisley Creative Design
Fort Wayne Comedy Club
Catch touring comedians in Fort Wayne, and enjoy great food and drinks, at this Black-owned comedy club! Fort Wayne Comedy Club shows take place at 1324 Minnich Rd. in New Haven, just a quick drive from downtown Fort Wayne.
This blog was originally published in June 2020 and has been updated. Last Updated: January 2021