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Arts United

A Work of Art

Fort Wayne

Updates to the Arts United Center aim to provide further opportunities for community members to engage in the arts and to have an impact on the vibrant culture of the city it serves. The Arts United Center in Downtown Fort Wayne was originally designed by the world-renowned architect Louis Kahn. This historic venue features an intimate, 660-seat performing arts theatre that is the performing home of the Fort Wayne Ballet and Fort Wayne Civic Theatre, serving as a staple in the community since 1973. Arts United partnered with MKM in pursuit of renovations to modernize spaces to better serve all people, incorporating accessibility for people with disabilities. Also included in the project will be a 17,500 SF addition to the existing building. The project team worked to imagine how Kahn may have addressed the challenges of today, honoring the spirit of the campus design.

Improvements in accessibility, such as updated technology for the hearing impaired, handrails, wheelchair access to the stage, accessible seating, and elevators are incorporated. Orchestra access, modification of scenic stage traps and wing space, as well as concession areas and restrooms will improve the overall theater experience for staff, volunteers, and patrons alike.