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AUI Welcomes New Board of Directors Members

By News and Updates

Audiences Unlimited, Inc. welcomes Deborah Beckman and Nancy Louraine, both of Fort Wayne, IN, as new members of the organization’s Board of Directors. They join the Board of Directors following a membership-wide election to replace retiring members.

Deborah Backman

Deborah Beckman, MSW, LSW, ACSW, Imagine More, LLC
Deborah is the owner and executive coach at Imagine More, LLC, where her work focuses on nonprofit consulting and professional and life coaching.
In addition, Deborah is an adjunct professor of social work at Indiana University School of Social Work and the University of Saint Francis. She retired from YWCA Northeast Indiana where she served as president and chief executive officer for over 10 years.
Debby graduated from Indiana University with an Associate of Science in Accounting, Bachelor of Arts in Sociology, and a Master of Social Work. She is a graduate of the Coaches Training Institute. She is a member of the Academy of Certified Social Workers and a Licensed Social Worker.

Nancy Louraine

Nancy Louraine
Nancy is the previous Chief Executive Officer of Turnstone, where she served for 25 years. Nancy also served as an administrator at the Fort Wayne State Developmental Center for 17 years and most recently spent 2 years as the part-time Development Director with the Embassy Theatre.
Nancy holds a bachelors’ degree in Supervision and a master’s degree in Public Administration. Since retiring from Turnstone, Nancy has dedicated time volunteering with; Audio Reading Service, Embassy Theatre, Turnstone and Neighborlink.
AUI congratulates the new members and looks forward to their leadership and vision in taking the organization to new heights.

Audiences Unlimited, Inc. 2019-2020 Officers and Members

  • Jennifer King of Lake City Bank Wealth Advisory Group, Board Chair
  • Katrina Boedeker of University of Saint Francis, Vice Chair
  • Mary Timm-Zimmerman of University of Saint Francis, Secretary
  • Rhiannon Buell of PNC Bank, Treasurer
  • Deborah Beckman of Imagine More
  • Kevin Grant of Tiffany & Company Studio of Dance
  • Claudia Johnson of Bowen Center
  • Nancy Louraine, retired from Turnstone
  • Metrice Smith, retired from American Electric Power Company
  • Steve Toor of The History Center
  • Gregory Troutner of ProFed Federal Credit Union

It’s a Beach Party!

By News and Updates, Special Event

Surf’s Up!

We’re back, bigger, and better! Audiences Unlimited and L.I.F.E. Adult Day Academy (L.A.D.A.) are hosting our second annual Music Enrichment performance on April 9, 2019. Join us in celebrating L.A.D.A. students’ talents at this beach-themed event.

This event is designed to make each student’s unique abilities shine. The choral ensemble is led by Heather Palmer, a Board-certified music therapist.  New this year, Fort Wayne Dance Collective has worked with a second group to present an adaptive dance performance. The two groups will perform back-to-back at the ArtsLab, bringing sun and surf to downtown Fort Wayne through music and dance.

Thanks to funding in part by AWS Foundation, this concert is free and open to the public, but tickets are required! Reserve your spot below. Some additional walk-up tickets may be available the day of the show.

LADA students perform classic Disney songs during the 2018 recital.

Funded in part by Arts United. Special thanks to Ian and Mimi Rolland Foundation, M. E. Raker Foundation, and Club Soda.

When: Tuesday, April 9 from 1 to 2 PM
Where: Parkview Physicians Group ArtsLab at the Auer Center for Arts & Culture
300 E. Main Street
Fort Wayne, IN 46802

Parking is available at the Auer Center for Arts & Culture. Additional parking is available across the street by the Fort Wayne Museum of Art and the Arts United Center.

Agen Family Trio Concert ft. Addison Agen

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Audiences Unlimited, Inc. (AUI) is pleased to announce the Agen Family Trio Concert, featuring Addison Agen. This benefit concert will be held on Saturday, June 24th at 6PM at the Arts United Center. The performance will celebrate music throughout the decades and highlight the inspiring service Addison Agen and her family provided to the community through Audiences Unlimited, a local nonprofit.

Before Addison Agen auditioned for The Voice, the young star’s early musical journey included singing for community members whose health was declining. Her mother, Tinea Agen, a certified music therapist, regularly performed with AUI and often brought her children along.  They designed performances to bring joy and spark memories for people whose health limited their ability to access Fort Wayne’s thriving arts scene.

“So much of Addison’s story is based from my work at Audiences Unlimited,” Tinea Agen wrote. “There were days when Addison would go to two to four nursing homes a day with me!”

“We’re thrilled to have been an early part of Addison’s musical journey and are honored that the family wants to continue to give back to us in this way,” Anna Ross, executive director of AUI, said.

Tickets go on sale May 4 at 12 P.M. Buy them at or by calling the Arts United box office at (260) 422-4226. Limited VIP meet-and-greet tickets cost $80. General admission tickets are $28-60.

Thanks to our sponsors, ProFed Federal Credit Union and KPC Media Group!

AUI Presents: Disney Mania!

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Audiences Unlimited and L.i.f.e. Adult Day Academy (L.A.D.A.) present their first Music Enrichment Choral Concert: Disney Mania. On April 6, 2018, come and experience the joy of performance featuring the adult students of L.A.D.A.

This event is designed to make each student’s unique abilities shine. As part of our Music Enrichment program, a student chorus has been working with Heather Palmer of It Is Music Time to put on a show for their classmates, families, and you! This event will feature two groups of singers performing Disney-themed music with the set designed by their classmates.

Funded by AWS Foundation, this concert is free and open to the public, but an RSVP is required.

When: Friday, April 6 from 1 to 2 PM
Where: Parkview Physicians Group ArtsLab at the Auer Center for Arts & Culture
300 E. Main Street
Fort Wayne, IN 46802

Parking is available at the Auer Center for Arts & Culture. Additional parking is available across the street by the Fort Wayne Museum of Art and the Arts United Center

RSVP: Call 260.424.1064 or email by April 2. In your RSVP, please include your name, the number of seats you are requesting, and if you will need wheelchair seating.

A choral celebration by L.I.F.E. Adult Day Academy students!


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Since 1972, Audiences Unlimited, Inc. (AUI) has served Northeast Indiana by presenting live music in area nursing homes. Now, for their 45th anniversary, the nonprofit organization is proud to announce the launch of “ME at L.A.D.A.”, a music enrichment program created in partnership with L.I.F.E. Adult Day Academy (L.A.D.A.) to serve the academy’s clients: adults in the Fort Wayne community with physical and developmental disabilities.
From the start, AUI has operated with a vision to make arts accessible. The founder’s vision to offer nursing home residents musical experiences has grown into nearly 3,000 annual arts performances that bring joy and enhance quality of life—all at a cost that care facilities can afford.
“While current programming will continue, we are thrilled to launch a new program reaching individuals who otherwise may not experience the arts,” says Anna Ross, Executive Director of AUI.
AUI expanded its mission statement four years ago to serve people of all ages who have limited access to the arts. The pilot program developed with L.A.D.A. is the first expression of the new mission, reaching an audience that faces barriers to arts experiences for reasons other than aging. With guidance from Heather Palmer, music therapist and owner of It Is Music Time LCC., the organization has designed the program to offer L.A.D.A.’s clients access to live professional performances that are tailored to their needs and musical preferences.
The program will feature three interactive performances over 18 weeks, a six-week choral class leading up to a performance and a social dance for clients and their loved ones. The music is expected to promote social, physical and emotional well-being.
“We are overjoyed and very thankful for what the Music Enrichment program will mean here at LADA. Music encourages our students to achieve their personal goals and maximizes their success. The positive effects it has on all student behavior by turning around anxiety and depression, specifically uplifting students’ spirits, is simply amazing,” says Lloyd Jones, CEO and Executive Director of L.I.F.E. Adult Day Academy.
The new program is made possible by a grant from the AWS Foundation.
Primarily funded by foundations and community donors, AUI currently serves as a liaison between 145 professional artists and 50 long-term care facilities in Allen, DeKalb, LaGrange, Noble, and Steuben Counties. Last year, AUI reached 16,740 individuals.

Benefit Auction for AUI

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Kingston Residence of Fort Wayne is throwing an event for us! Come check out the Quarter Auction: a fundraiser that’s half bidding, half raffle with a silent auction on the side. How does it work? We’re so glad you asked.

This is going to be fun time to get rid of some loose change and win awesome prizes, so bring plenty of quarters. Not only do you get to bid on items, but you can also do some shopping with featured brands like Mary Kay, Scentsy, Ivory Lotus Soaps, and more.

When? August 19th at 2 PM.
Where? Kingston Residence at 7515 Winchester Road
What should you bring? Quarters!

Don’t miss out. Call 415-7741 or email to RSPV. Check out their flier below.

Artist Spotlight: Guy Zimmerman

By Spotlight Feature

When Guy sold his guitar and music shop in 1997, he planned to enjoy a quiet retirement with his wife. Instead, he got a call from a friend and fellow musician, Jack. He wanted Guy to play some gigs with him in local nursing homes.

He said yes. And so began his “retirement”: performing regularly, learning new skills, and giving back to the community one song at a time.

Guy (left) and Jack perform for a room-bound resident.

Guy grew up listening to his older siblings singing with the radio. Finally, at age ten, he started music lessons.  “Once I picked up the guitar, I never put it down.” As soon as he graduated high school, he joined the American Federation of Musicians and played professionally in local venues, picking up skills in ukulele and banjo. It wasn’t long before he owned a guitar shop that offered up to 300 music lessons a week in peak seasons. His hard work as a business owner supported his family for 32 productive years.

So what would tempt him into an equally active retirement? A good friend and an opportunity to give back. “It’s given me energy,” he says.

As one of our longest-standing artists, Guy knows the secrets of the trade. What does it take to play for Audiences Unlimited? A broad repertoire, he says, and an ability to listen to your audience. Guy recalls experiencing major musical turning points, from Big Bands to the Beatles and onward. He credits this for his set list spanning multiple styles and genres: a resource that helps him meet requests of his varying audiences. Does he have a favorite? “I like to play them all! That’s the fun part. You can keep it fresh.”

Playing for aging audiences has its challenges, including communicating with people who are hearing impaired. He says the key to interaction is paying attention to the audience and adjusting accordingly—both volume and genre. “You have to pick up on what kind of patient you’re playing for. . . . We make quite a study of what will reach these people.”

Guy knows the value of his work and its impact.  “Nothing makes us happier than to see someone smile, sometimes when they can’t communicate.”

What does Guy have to say about his 20 years with AUI? “You’re really doing a good thing when you can bring a little joy, a little smile, to these people. It’s not about the money—you’re giving back.”

Guy Zimmerman will celebrate 20 years with us this fall.

Anna Ross Joins the Conversation on WBOI

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Today, our executive director is on the air! WBOI’s Julia Meek interviewed Anna Ross as well as Melissa Dessaigne of The Summit about the West Rudisill campus and all the community-minded partners who are onsite.

Tune in to WBOI to learn about what has been growing on the former Taylor University campus and how it helps nonprofits large and small to grow. The collaborative partnerships are meant to improve the ’07 neighborhood and the surrounding community as a whole.

The conversation airs this evening. You can also listen to the extended audio here.

Photo Op: DaVita Dialysis

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Last Friday, the residents at Woodview Assisted Living were prepared for their regular Audiences Unlimited program. Ken and Carol, our musical duo, set up their equipment for the midday performance in the dining room, and the seats around the tables began to fill up as residents walked or were wheeled in for the show.But AUI had planned a special addition, and Executive Director Anna Ross showed up for the event.

Representatives from DaVita Summit City Dialysis surprised the crowd by adding an awards ceremony to the show: they presented a check to Ms. Ross in support of music programming. After the gift presentation, the residents enjoyed Ken and Carol’s smooth music. Our volunteer photographer snapped some great shots of the event, showcasing the generosity in our community and its impact on our special audiences.

We’re grateful for DaVita’s gift and their effortsto  improve the physical and emotional wellness of people in Fort Wayne and the surrounding area. Their donation goes toward supporting our music and arts programming in residential and health care facilities.