FORT WAYNE – The Arts United Awards celebrate Northeast Indiana’s people, organizations and businesses that make significant contributions through arts and culture to communities throughout the 12-county region of Northeast Indiana that includes Adams, Allen, DeKalb, Huntington, Kosciusko, LaGrange, Miami, Noble, Steuben, Wabash, Wells and Whitley counties.

The 2023 Arts United Award nominees are:

• Adrian Mann

• Madelane Elston

• Alix Watson

• Michael Johnson

• Amy Ford

• Niyoki Chapman

• Delois McKinley-Eldridge

• Sigma Alpha Iota

• Derek Reeves

• Songs for a New World


• Spongebob: The Musical

• Fran Page

• Trevor Campbell

• Janice Furtner

• Wagon Wheel Center for the Arts

• Lakesha Green

• Yaro Carpenter

The 2023 Awards will highlight the following Areas of Recognition:

IDEA (Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Access) – Recognizing individuals, teams and organizations that demonstrate significant work in inclusion, diversity, equity, and access.

Innovation, Creativity, and/or Artistry – Recognizing individuals, teams and organizations that contribute to the communities of Northeast Indiana in ways that are especially innovative and/or creative, as well as those who demonstrate exceptional artistry within their medium of art.

Leadership – Recognizing individuals, teams, and/or organizations that demonstrate extraordinary leadership, advocacy, philanthropy or volunteerism.

Arts Education and Community Engagement – Recognizing individuals, teams and/or organizations that make an exceptional contribution to the people they serve through arts or cultural programming.

Follow Arts United on Facebook and Instagram as they feature nominees and their accomplishments leading up to the celebration on March 1. For more information about the Arts United Awards, visit

Arts United is a private, nonprofit local arts agency that serves Northeast Indiana through arts advocacy and promotion, fundraising and grantmaking, back-office business support, community and economic development, and Arts Campus Fort Wayne coordination. Arts United’s mission is to mobilize resources to develop, coordinate and support arts and culture, enhancing the quality of life and the economic vitality of Northeast Indiana.