Northeast Fort Wayne’s North Anthony Corridor murals project surpasses its fundraising goal

This artist's rendering provides an example of what the murals will look like for the Mandala Murals Project at a building in the 3500 block of North Anthony Boulevard. The North Anthony Corridor Group has reached its crowdfunding goal of $13,000 to qualify for a matching grant to fund the project. (Courtesy of North Anthony Corridor Group)

The North Anthony Corridor Group has surpassed its goal in its online campaign to raise $13,000 to help pay for installation of murals on the north and west sides of a building in the 3500 block of North Anthony Boulevard.

As of 4:30 p.m. today, the Mandala Murals Project had raised $13,100 since May 1 through donations by 24 people, surpassing its goal by $100. The campaign was conducted on the Patronicity crowd-funding website.

Project organizers wanted to raise $13,000 by May 31 to receive a $13,000 matching grant from the Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority’s (IHCDA) CreatINg Places program. The combined total will pay for the murals project.

Donations are tax-deductible because the North Anthony Corridor Group is a nonprofit organization.

The murals will be painted by Jerrod Tobias of Tobias Studios as “an extension of the ongoing mission to make the corridor one of the most vibrant and welcoming neighborhoods in Fort Wayne,” the project crowd-funding page said.

Tobias also painted the large, colorful “Cardinals” mural on the south side of the building, which houses Studio Seva yoga studio, Health Food Shoppe and Firefly Coffee House.

The mural along the west, or back, side of the building would include five shapes, with a firefly in the shape at the north end and person in a yoga position in the shape at the south end, based on a rendering of the mural. The north wall mural would feature a giant owl with a variety of other smaller birds on each of its wings.

Tobias should be able to start painting work in early June, weather permitting, Allison Demaree-Coale, a North Anthony Corridor Group board member, said earlier this month. He expects it to take about eight weeks to finish both murals.