Programs

Audiences Unlimited offers a broad range of programs for people in Allen County and Northeast Indiana. Each program is driven by our mission to create cultural experiences that enrich the lives of people with limited access to the arts. The people we serve are diverse in age and ability. The creative arts experiences we provide enhance their quality of life and cultural identity.

From live performances for care facilities residents to skill-building theatre and dance classes for adults with disabilities, we are making a difference in the lives of people in Fort Wayne and the surrounding region.

A more fulfilled life? The arts can do that.

Senior man claps along
For the aging and ill

When age and illness prevents you from doing what you used to love, we come to you.

Audiences Unlimited was founded with the purpose of bringing entertainment to health care facilities. Performances reduce boredom, increase quality of life, and create community experiences to share with peers. These programs enrich lives and spark memories.

Programs in Care Facilities

In the wake of COVID-19, we have restructured programs to make live music performances as safe as possible. We work with facilities to follow their protocols and match them with appropriate performers. Learn more about our COVID-19 Protocols.

In-Facility

We provide community-oriented performances where our audiences live and receive care. The program encourages interaction and participation through singing along, dancing, and clapping. Our wide variety of artists, groups, and ensembles perform at our partner facilities, bringing smiles and sweet memories everywhere they go. In partnership with The Playfair Group, we also offer a free jukebox that partner facilities can use on monthly rotations.

“Music takes the residents back in their time. The feeling of yesterday – joy, laughter, precious moments shared with loved ones – comes back.” – Facility Staff Member

Room-to-Room

We bring music directly to the bedsides of those who are room-bound. Our artists have recurring programs at the same facility, allowing them to build relationships with these patients. They learn residents’ favorite songs and encourage them to sing along. This personal interaction brings incredible joy to community members who cannot attend events.

“When an AUI artist visited one of our [bedfast] residents and started playing and singing, the resident opened her eyes, which were sparkling. She gave a smile, her foot began to move to the tune “You Are My Sunshine”, which the artist knew was her favorite. She knows that someone cares.” – Facility Activity Director

In-Community

We offer our partner facilities access to rich cultural events that take place throughout the community. Our residents can visit the botanical gardens, attend a ballet performance, and listen to a live orchestra. Local arts organizations provide complimentary tickets, and we provide transportation when needed. Some of our partners are Fort Wayne Philharmonic, Fort Wayne Civic Theater, Purdue University Fort Wayne, Embassy Theatre, and Fort Wayne Ballet.

“We have a resident that is severely impaired. She used to play cello for the Fort Wayne Philharmonic. She was out to hear the Phil today. She was smiling, and her foot was tapping.” – Facility Staff Member

Community members in our 50 participating residential and care facilities benefit from these live performances.
A resident who rarely leaves her room came out and brought two family members with her. She is nonverbal but mouthed some words and truly enjoyed the song selection. The performer kept engaging with her and encouraging her. It brought tears to the daughter's eyes and mine.

Summit City Nursing and Rehab

One resident who has been unable to speak much because of a stroke sang along pretty clearly to Silent Night at today's program.

Lutheran Live Villages at South Anthony

One lady, totally bedridden and very soft-spoken, was asked what song she would like. She smiled and said, "Ring of Fire!" Another, who sleeps a lot, opened his eyes and grinned when music was played. Music touches so many in such special ways!!

Kingston Care Center

Woman plays drum while listening to music
For adults with disabilities

At L.I.F.E. Adult Day Academy, we offer music enrichment and participation classes.

The My Expressions, or ME, program launched in 2017 to serve adults in the Fort Wayne community with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The academy’s students have access to music, theatre, dance, and rhythm opportunities that encourage skill development. The program promotes physical, emotional,  and social well-being. But most importantly, it’s fun for everyone involved!

My Expressions for Adults with Disabilities

Music Enrichment Performances

Daytime performances allows the academy’s students access to live, interactive music during their social hour. Performers encourage participation through shaker eggs, ribbons, and other rhythm instruments. Performances are designed to be completely accessible so that students of all levels of ability can join in the enriching experience of music-making.

Chorus

In partnership with It Is Music Time, a student group practices song and collaboration through an 8-week program. This component culminates in an annual live, public performance.

Dance Troupe

In partnership with Fort Wayne Dance Collective, students participate in an 8-week adaptive dance program designed to activate movement for people of all ability levels. They practice choreography and culminate with a public performance.

Narrative Theatre

Students rehearse and perform narrative theatre plays twice a year. They practice public speaking and build confidence, then perform for their family and the public.

In the wake of COVID-19, we have restructured programs to make performances and classes as safe as possible.  Learn more about our COVID-19 Protocols.

student performer in a wheelchair sings with a smile
Students do theatre class with COVID protocols
Students of L.I.F.E. Adult Day Academy perform for A Christmas Carol
Two silhoutted dancers onstage
Digital performances from local programs

Video Programs

In response to COVID-19 lockdowns, we launched digital arts programs.

From regular AUI musicians, to dancers, to visual artists, we have a over 60 hours of local talent recorded. Flash drives with these videos are mailed regularly with several setlist compilations. They feature classic oldies, original music, and themed and holiday music as well as other performing arts, such as Nutcracker performances and time-lapsed paintings.  These programs are free to all our participating partners.

Fort Wayne Youththeatre logo
Making Neurodiversity Onstage the Norm

Narrative Theatre for Teens

We’re partnering with Fort Wayne Youtheatre to redefine the stage. This program launches in January 2023. Check back soon for updates! In the meantime, learn about the NEA grant award for this project on our blog.

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