Who We Are

Audiences Unlimited, Inc. is a nonprofit serving Northeast Indiana with music and arts programming.

 

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Our Mission

Audiences Unlimited, Inc. creates cultural experiences that enrich the lives of people with limited access to the arts.

Our Vision

We inspire others to value a rich quality of life for all people.

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A woman selects a tune on a jukebox
Guy Zimmerman performs for a luau party
Two women in wheelchairs smile at a performance
Our work

What we do

Audiences Unlimited, Inc. provides live and digital arts experiences to Northeast Indiana. Our programs serve people in long-term care facilities as well as adults with disabilities.

We offer arts programs for all abilities, from traditional music performances to interactive classes for choral, theatre, and dance performances.  By partnering and contracting with local performers in Fort Wayne and the surrounding area, we make sure everyone, regardless of age or ability, has access to music and the arts.

Learn more about our wide range of programs below.

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Programs

In-Facility

Indoors and outdoors, we have a wide range of options tailored to each care facility's health protocols. Click the title above to learn more.

In-Community

Partners get complimentary access to events and destinations in Fort Wayne. Click the title above to learn more.

Virtual

We have a wide range of recorded performances to reach audiences that are isolated due to health protocols. Click the title above to learn more.

My Expressions: Music Participation

We offer live, interactive and participatory music time for adults with disabilities. Click the title above to learn more.

My Expressions: Narrative Theatre

In partnership with Gloria Minnich, we designed a theatre program designed to let actors of all abilities shine onstage. Click the title above to learn more.

My Expressions: Adaptive Dance

In partnership with Fort Wayne Dance Collective, we offer adaptive dance designed to let individuals of all abilities express themselves. Click the title above to learn more.

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Programs Each Month

65

Hours of Recorded Videos

3000

Individuals Reached Yearly
Who we serve and how.

By the Numbers

1200 Hour-Long Performances
47 Nursing, Rehabilitation, and Assisted Living Communities
16 Free In-Community Events
5 Counties

131 Music Participation Programs
80 Individuals
12 Dance classes
9 Theatre classes
2 Annual Student Performances

35 Solo Musicians
8 Groups
7 FW Phil Ensembles
2 Visual Artists
2 Board-Certified Music Therapist
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Our History

Creating the Spark

In 1972, founder Lillian C. Embick had a vision to bring joy and attention to people in nursing homes. With the support of her husband, Byron, she created a community-based non-profit arts organization that has reached more than 2.8 million audience members through music and the arts.

49 years later, her vision has blossomed into a nonprofit organization that serves Allen, DeKalb, Noble, LaGrange, and Steuben counties. From long-term care facilities to hospitals to day car centers, Audiences Unlimited, Inc. reaches those with diverse needs and abilities.

Board of Directors

Mary Timm-Zimmerman, Chair

Anti-Defamation League

Nancy Louraine, Vice Chair

Turnstone, retired

Rhiannon Buell, Secretary

PNC Bank

Deborah Beckman, Treasurer

Imagine More

Maureen Ciocca

Community Volunteer

Kevin Grant

Grant Training Program

 Jennifer King, ex officio Chair

Lake City Bank – Wealth Advisory Group

David McMahan

Health Facility Administrator

View our 2020-21 Impact Report.

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