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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.

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.

AUI Founder Receives Liddell Award

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On December 2nd, Lillian Embick received the Stanley H. Liddell award from whatzup magazine in honor of her significant and lasting impact on arts and culture in Allen County: founding Audiences Unlimited, Inc. and volunteering as executive director for over forty years. Without a doubt, we at AUI  owe our four decades of operation to her amazing vision and tireless work.

In addition to receiving the 28th award for the lasting impact of her tens of thousands of volunteer hours, Lillian also shared her amazing story in a full-length profile feature. From a childhood of loneliness to a life saturated by the joy of music and service, her unique life and legacy deserve recognition.

At Audiences Unlimited, we owe our continued existence to her passion and dedication. Thank you, Lillian, for bringing the arts to the elderly during your 43 years of tireless service!

Read the full article here: whatzup: Bringing Comfort and Joy

INFort Wayne Mini Documentary!

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This week, INFortWayne shines the spotlight on Audiences Unlimited. Their great video highlights the significant contribution our performers make in the lives of residents who live in healthcare and daycare facilities.  Hear from activity directors at Kingston Residence and Signature Health Care, and get a glimpse of what our daily programming looks like!