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Briefs: Summer Symphony founder dies, dicsussions planned on children's museum

Thursday, October 11, 2012 - 12:01 am

Longtime local musician dies

Joseph M. Woods, who founded the Fort Wayne Summer Symphony, died Monday at Visiting Nurse & Hospice Home, his obituary said.

A Huntington native, Woods, 92, founded and directed the Summer Symphony, which performed its annual “Music Under the Stars” concert series at Foellinger Outdoor Theatre almost every summer from 1956 until 1992, the obituary said.

Woods also is well known for his musical work in the local Catholic community.

He was band, choral and orchestra director from 1946 to 1972 at Central Catholic High School. He then was band director from 1972 to 1980 at Bishop Dwenger High School.

He also used his musical talents at many local Catholic parishes.

Children's museum proposed

Theater for Ideas, with host and producer Terry Doran, plans two upcoming shows discussing opening a children's museum in Fort Wayne. Both programs will take place in Studio A at Access Fort Wayne in the downtown Allen County Public Library, 900 Library Plaza.

“The Healing Power of Art” will be at 10 a.m. Saturday and focus on art's help in healing children who have been abused or who live in poverty. The show will include the premiere of an original song on child abuse by local artists Chuy Hernandez and Hilaria Heredia.

Four mental-health therapists will discuss helping children heal on the program “Wrap Your Arms Around These Kids and Heal Their Pain” at 10 a.m. Nov. 17.

Proponents of a children's museum would like to see it located downtown near a river and hope it would emphasize use of volunteers sharing their time and talents.

Chicago theater festival via Web

You can enjoy the first “A Taste of Theater” Festival this Friday and Saturday at the historic Portage Theater on Chicago's north side.

Daytime class topics include scripts, staging, actors, costumes, funding, promotion/marketing, unions, business and touring, a news release said. Expert panelists will share their knowledge and experiences.

Evening performances showcase playwrights from around the country.

To view a webcast of the festival, go to to purchase access.

IPFW theatre department recognized

The National Association of Schools of Theatre has granted accreditation and membership to the Department of Theatre at IPFW and its bachelor of arts: theatre (acting, design/technology, directing). This is the first time the department has received accreditation.

Artlink seeks award nominations

Artlink, 300 E. Main St. is seeking nominations for Artlink Visual Arts Awards. The general public, including artists, art teacher and art students age 18 and over are invited to nominate their favorite artists of Northeast Indiana.

The nomination categories are ceramics, drawing, graphic art, jewelry/metal, mixed media, painting, photography, sculpture and outstanding visual arts educator. Winners will have the opportunity of having their artwork in the Artlink windows along Main Street for one year.

Nominations are due at Artlink by Oct. 31.

Artlink, in partnership with Fort Wayne Monthly magazine, will announce the winners in January. An opening celebratory reception will be held at 6-7 p.m. Jan. 25.