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Some random thoughts and happenings with FAME


December 25, 2019

Happy Holidays from the FAME Board! Celebrating a little Christmas cheer together as we gear up for the FAME Festival in March. Thanks to all the FAME board members and volunteers for all you do to help FAME throughout the year! – “T” Irmscher, Executive Director

November 25, 2019

Thanks to all the FAME volunteers for decorating the FAME Tree at the Embassy Theatre’s Festival of Trees. As always the FAME tree looks amazing! We call it “FAME Fiesta Fun!” Thank you to Indiana Michigan Power for sponsoring the FAME Tree again this year! – “T” Irmscher, Executive Director


November 18, 2019

FAME Visiting Artist is Musical Conexion. Learn more at Visiting Artists.

November 14, 2019

FAME 2020 Fine Arts Summer Camp to be held at a new location,

Camp Lutherwald

2065 W. State Road 120
Howe, IN 46746
(260) 562-2102

Dates will be July 12-17, 2020. FAME camp cost is $430. Registration will start February 1,2020.

October 28, 2019

Tagging on to say we had a fantastic Composition Project this year, with 17 FAMEous Composers! Thank you so much David Crowe and Lauren Ettensohn, for working so expertly with the young composers. Thank you to Dorothy Kittaka for keeping David during the week. Thank you to T Irmscher for all of your help. Looking forward to a wonderful premiere at the Celebration Of Youth Concert on March 15!

-Wendy Bloom, FAME Board Member

September 13, 2019

What a fantastic night! Thanks to those who made it out to “Carnival” last night! Thanks to Club Soda, Grupo Bembe, Fort Wayne Ballroom Company, the FAME Fundraising Committee & all of our wonderful founders! Keep dancing!- “T” Irmscher, Executive Director


September 4, 2019


in a fabulous, once in a lifetime experience in music composition in the 2019-20 FAME Composition Project! Please select one talented Fourth Grade student composer (unless otherwise specified) to meet for project sessions on Oct. 21-24-19, from 4:00-6:00 P.M., at Haley Elementary School, in Fort Wayne, with FAME Composer-In-Residence, David Crowe, renowned composer and friend of FAME, along with Wendy Bloom, Project Coordinator, and Lauren Ettensohn, Fort Wayne Ballet Youth Company Director, to help create an original orchestral composition to be performed by the Fort Wayne Philharmonic Youth Symphony and Concert Orchestras, the Fort Wayne Ballet Youth Company, and the Fort Wayne Children’s Choir at the FAME Celebration of Youth Concert on Sunday, Mar. 15, 2020, at 3:00 P.M.

Please register by October 4, 2019. – “T” Irmscher, Executive Director

Register Online Here
More Information About Composition Project


August 30, 2019

Thank you to all the art and music teachers for coming out to the FAME Teachers Meeting last night. We hope you enjoyed the art workshops and the delicious El Azteca Taco Bar and music by Daniel Quinn! Thanks to Ann Gordon, Cindy Haggenjos, Dona Mossburg, Diane Barton, Wendy Bloom and Lisa Christman for their hard work and expertise on the workshops and thanks to Christine Thompson for helping to plan the event! – “T” Irmscher – Executive Director

Resources from the meeting can be found at Resources page

– including information about the new artboards, FAME Christmas tree ornaments, art projects, music projects, Visiting Artists, and Composition and Fusion Projects!

August 27, 2019

We had a great time at the Taste of the Arts (Saturday, August 24). Children had fun making hats and necklaces! Thanks to all the FAME volunteers who help “T” Irmscher to make the event a success.

Next up is the FAME Teachers Meeting on August 29 and “Come to the Carnival” fundraiser on September 12. Meet you there!


August 7, 2019

This year’s FAME Teachers’ Meeting will be held on August 29, 2019. You can learn more at FAME Teacher’s Meeting.

July 6, 2019

On a happier note, another successful FAME’s fine arts camp was completed today!

July 4, 2019

“It is with heavy heart that I inform you that FAME friend and board member, Sharon Ford, lost her battle with leukemia early this morning.

“She was a true believer of the arts, a dedicated music teacher to her students, a beloved wife and mother, a true friend to FAME for many many years, and so much more!” – Ann Gordon

Sharon’s Obituary

June 16, 2019

This Sunday’s Fort Wayne Journal Gazette article Finding Their Creative Space, is about local artists and their studios. The article features two former members of the FAME Board of Directors including Heather Miller (former Board President) and Julie Wall (former Board member), Check out the article!

May 29, 2019

Summer is almost here which means FAME Camp, June 30 -July 5!

We just completed a successful exhibit of the Mayor’s Choice Art at Citizens Square. The highlight event was the winning student artists and their families met Mayor Henry at the “Cookies and Punch Reception”.

The current FAME student exhibit is the Teacher’s Choice and the Fusion of Concert Color Art Exhibit at Rolland Art Gallery, University of Saint Francis. The art will be on display through June 10.

Student artwork does have an impact. Recently a grandparent came to pick up their grandchild’s artwork told us “My children had art displayed at FAME and now our grandchildren have their’s displayed. We have a wall in our house covered with their art and we called it the FAME Wall.”


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