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NEA Provides Funding for New Program with Challenge America Award

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Audiences Unlimited, in partnership with Fort Wayne Youtheatre, has been approved for a $10,000 Challenge America award to support an Adaptive Narrative Theatre Production, pairing neurodiverse and neurotypical youth. This project will offer youth with intellectual and developmental disabilities and neurotypical youth the opportunity to participate equally together in a live, staged theatre production. Audiences Unlimited’s project is among 168 projects across America that were selected to receive fiscal year 2022 funding totaling $1,680,000 in the Challenge America grant category.

“The National Endowment for the Arts is proud to support arts projects like this one from Audiences Unlimited that help support the community’s creative economy,” said NEA Acting Chair Ann Eilers. “Audiences Unlimited in Fort Wayne is among the organizations nationwide that are using the arts as a source of strength, a path to well-being, and providing access and opportunity for people to connect and find joy through the arts.”

“Audiences Unlimited is thrilled to partner with Fort Wayne Youtheatre to present this innovative program serving youth with diverse abilities,” said Anna Ross, Audiences Unlimited Executive Director. “These future leaders of our community will have a greater understanding of the skills, abilities, and potential of every individual and how we all can work together toward a common goal. They will be the next generation of advocates, all of whom have direct experiences in authentic inclusion.”

In collaboration with Fort Wayne Youtheatre, the project will offer middle and high school aged youth opportunities to participate as actors or technical support personnel in a traditional narrative theatre production at the Parkview Physicians Group ArtsLab in downtown Fort Wayne. Workshops, auditions, rehearsals, coaching and mentoring, and the final production series with talk-backs will allow for building self-confidence and skills. Relationships will be built through this process, creating a greater sense of understanding and comradery.

For more information on other projects included in the Arts Endowment grant announcement, visit arts.gov/news.

Audiences Unlimited, Inc. provides cultural experiences that enrich the lives of people with limited access to the arts.   For more information, visit audiencesunlimited.org or call Anna Ross at 260-424-1064 x2.

Presenting: The Jukebox at Lutheran Life Villages (From The Playfair Group)

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PLAYFAIR’S JUKEBOX-TO-GO GUARANTEES AUDIENCES UNLIMITED PATRONS AT LUTHERAN LIFE VILLAGES  SWEET MEMORIES AND JUMPIN’, JIVIN’ GOOD TIMES 

Fort Wayne, Indiana – Creating new opportunities for seniors and care facility residents to enjoy life to the fullest, Audiences Unlimited, Inc., and The Playfair Group continue their 22 year tradition with the “Jukebox Saturday Night” program. “Jukebox Saturday Night” makes a free-play, mobile, wheelchair-accessible jukebox available to care facilities for special entertainment programs. The program is free to facilities affiliated with Audiences Unlimited, and has been a part of their programming since 1999.

“The jukebox is great because it is mobile,” said Kevin Naber, Director of Marketing and Community Outreach at Lutheran Life Villages. “We have rolled it into several different areas to provide the soundtrack to Happy Hours, Ice Cream Socials, and even for a dance party on the front porch! It’s amazing to see how the songs the residents remember from their younger days always spark joy and get people up — moving and having a great time with their neighbors!”

Audiences Unlimited is a nonprofit organization that coordinates the arts, cultural, and entertainment resources of the community for the benefit of people who reside in long-term residential care facilities as well as individuals with cognitive and developmental disabilities at L.I.F.E. Adult Day Academy and other non-profit social service organizations. They have provided arts enrichment and entertainment to their audiences since 1972.

Playfair has built an unmatched heritage in the coin-operated amusement industry as purveyors of music and merriment for over 89 years. With jukeboxes, pinball machines, and other coin-operated amusement equipment, Playfair brings the good times home.

For additional information about Audiences Unlimited, Inc. contact Anna Ross, Executive Director at [email protected]. To reach The Playfair Group, contact Brian Crowl at [email protected].  See also: www.playfairgroup.com

POSTPONED: Sock Hop 2020

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Note: Due to health regulations and recommendations issued by the CDC and local bodies, this event has been postponed until further notice. Keep an eye out for future updates!

Let’s go, Daddy-O!

We’re back, bigger, and better! Audiences Unlimited and L.I.F.E. Adult Day Academy (L.A.D.A.) are hosting our third annual My Expressions performance. Join us in celebrating L.A.D.A. students’ talents at a fun sock-hop themed afternoon.

This event is designed to make each student’s unique abilities shine. The choral ensemble is led by Heather Rogers, a Board-certified music therapist. Gloria Minnich of Fort Wayne Dance Collective leads an adaptive dance group. New this year, a small theatre troupe will also perform, led by Shelby Lewis. The three groups will perform back-to-back at the ArtsLab, bringing doo-wop fun and poodle skirts to downtown Fort Wayne.

Thanks to funding in part by AWS Foundation, this concert is free and open to the public! Tickets may be reserved at ladasockhop.eventbrite.com.  Walk-in tickets may be available on a first come-first served basis.

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.

Special thanks to Flagstar Foundation, James Foundation, and M. E. Raker Foundation. Funded in part by Arts United.

Contact Audiences Unlimited at [email protected] or 260-424-1064 for more information.

ladasockhop.eventbrite.com
When
: TBA
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.

Eat for the Arts!

By News and Updates, Special Event

This month, you can dine out and help out at the same time!

When you go out to dinner at these area restaurants, they’ll donate part of their sales to AUI. That means you can enjoy a burger and support music and creative arts programs at the same time.

Here’s the details on when and where:

  • On Thursday, February 13th, Red Robin at Glenbrook Mall will donate a portion of their sales from 4-8 PM. (Make sure to mention us a checkout.)
  • On Tuesday, February 18th, Culver’s at 6527 W Jefferson Blvd will donate a portion of their sales from 4-10 PM.
We look forward to dining with you!

The Narrative Theatre Program

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Two years ago, Audiences Unlimited (AUI) and L.I.F.E. Adult Day Academy (L.A.D.A.) teamed up to bring music and movement to L.A.D.A.’s students. We called it Music Enrichment. Thanks to The James Foundation, we’re expanding it to include more of the arts with a new name: My Expressions.

We’re excited to announce the brand new Narrative Theatre Program as the expansion of My Expressions. AUI, L.A.D.A., and theatre director Shelby Lewis have created a one-of-a-kind opportunity for adults with disabilities to participate in narrative play production. Students will rehearse adaptations of popular scripts at the academy to perform for the public. The program is designed to give them confidence and experience with public speaking. Our intent is to empower students and create common ground among people of all abilities. Both students and audience members will learn something new from this enriching experience!

Students are already rehearsing for A Christmas Carol. They have two performances scheduled this December.
Want to find out more about the performance dates? Click here.

Presenting: A Christmas Carol

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Find you kindness. Change your fate.

Enjoy a timeless story from a new perspective. The adult students of L.I.F.E. Adult Day Academy are putting on a theatre performance of Charles Dickens’s classic tale, A Christmas Carol. The show is a narrative theatre production adapted for adults with disabilities to build confidence and public speaking skills. The production is in collaboration between Audiences Unlimited, L.I.F.E. Adult Day Academy, and theatre director Shelby Lewis. Both students and audience members will learn something new from this enriching experience.

Join us for two performances!

1 PM on Friday, December 13th
Trinity English Lutheran Church
Wagenhals Hall
450 W. Washington Blvd.
Fort Wayne, IN 46802-2916
Thanks to a grant from The James Foundation, this performance is free and open to the public.

1 PM on Friday, December 20th
L.I.F.E. Adult Day Academy
7515 Westfield Dr
Fort Wayne, IN 46825

This is a ticketed event. For more information, contact L.I.F.E. Adult Day Academy at (260) 436-5232.

To learn more about the NTP program, click here.

AUI Welcomes New Board of Directors Members

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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 Beckman

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 artstix.org 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!