Community members in our 49 partnering residential and care facilities benefit from these live performances.
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 250 events each month at our partner facilities, bringing smiles and sweet memories everywhere they go.
“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
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 sing happy birthday. This personal interaction brings incredible joy to community members who cannot attend events. More than 300 programs are presented annually.
“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 Staff Member
We offer access to 60 rich cultural events that take place throughout the community. Our residents can visit the botanical gardens, go to the ballet, and tour the Festival of Gingerbread. Local arts organizations provide complimentary tickets, and we provides transportation when needed. Some of our partners are Fort Wayne Civic Theater, Fort Wayne Philharmonic, Fort Wayne Ballet, Embassy Theatre, and History Center.
“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