#NEIpride photo exhibition shows regional pride

September 18th, 2015


Friday, Sept. 18

#NEIpride photo exhibition shows regional pride

 FORT WAYNE, Ind. – The Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership, through its Millennial 2020 initiative, and Wunderkammer Company are collaborating on an upcoming art exhibit featuring photos from the Instagram photo contest held in April.

The gallery opens at 6 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 26 at Wunderkammer Company, 3402 Fairfield Ave., Fort Wayne, Ind. In addition to the #NEIpride exhibition, there will be three other openings including “Fortlandia,” featuring hipster culture; "Place & Time" by Cathy Blyth; and "Film Fatale,” which highlights photography by Fort Wayne women. There will also be snacks and a cash bar served until 9 p.m.

Northeast Indiana Millennials (roughly ages 17-29) submitted 121 photos on Instagram demonstrating why they are proud to call Northeast Indiana their home.

NEIPride photo contest"Collaborating with Wunderkammer Company provides a unique opportunity to showcase the photography of Millennials. The exhibit not only shows the authentic spirit of Northeast Indiana, but it provides an outlet for young talent to showcase their creativity and regional pride,” said Sonya Snellenberger, Millennial 2020 Specialist at the Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership.

The exhibition features photos from eight of the 10 counties in Northeast Indiana, and highlights the creative quality of life assets found in the region.

The first place photo, by Allyson Lepley of LaGrange County, will be featured in the exhibit. The romantic Midwestern setting features Lepley in her wedding dress sitting next to her husband on a red, vintage Ford truck.

"I submitted a photo from our wedding when we snuck off from the 600 guests at the ceremony to have a moment together. The pickup truck was my grandpas and my wedding dress was my late grandmother Susan's, who I unfortunately never met,” said Lepley.

To learn more about the upcoming exhibition, visit the Millennial 2020 Facebook event page.
About Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership and Millennial 2020
The Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership was formed in 2006 to help build a globally competitive economy in Northeast Indiana. It is a public-private partnership creating business investment by generating business leads, developing product and fostering regional collaboration. In 2010, the Partnership launched Vision 2020 to bring the region together around five key areas for economic growth: 21st Century Talent, Competitive Business Climate, Entrepreneurship, Infrastructure and Quality of Life. The 10 counties of Northeast Indiana include Adams, Allen, DeKalb, Huntington, LaGrange, Noble, Steuben, Wabash, Wells and Whitley. For more information, visit www.NEIndiana.com.

Millennial 2020 is an extension of Vision 2020 that gives Millennials an active voice and role in Vision 2020 and directly aligns with Vision 2020's mission for Northeast Indiana of developing, attracting, and retaining talent. For more information about Millennial 2020, visit www.millennial2020.com.
About Wunderkammer

Wunderkammer Company is a 501(c)3 independent non-profit contemporary art center located in the former Casa D'Angelo's restaurant building at 3402 Fairfield Ave in the heart of Fort Wayne's historic neighborhoods in the 46807 zip code. With the mission of revitalizing communities through contemporary art, Wunderkammer Company works with artists, civic-minded organizations, and the community at large, finding new strategies to communicate diverse and challenging ideas, while finding ways to build and share values between allparties involved. More information is available at www.wunderkammercompany.com.

Courtney Tritch
Vice President of Marketing
Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership