The Michigan City Gateway Public Art Committee (MAC) has been formed to enrich the community through public art. Its purpose it to create an identity that celebrates Michigan City’s unique historical, cultural and natural resources.
To enhance the visibility of Michigan City
To use public art as a means to further the community’s sense of spirit and pride
Contribute to cultural tourism through public art
Promote distinctive and diverse artwork that will contribute to the texture of the community
Integrate public art concepts into the community
Give visual expression to cultural diversity
Ensure public art is accessible to all individuals including those with special needs
Commissioned Sculptures for Permanent Display at the Michigan City Farmer's Market
Charles R. Wescott Park located at US 12 and Michigan Boulevard is a 3 acre property dedicated to Mr. Westcott’s memory and leadership in the community. Charles R. Westcott was a role model, mentor and longtime director of the Elite Youth Center in Michigan City. The Charles R. Westcott Park represents the beginning of revitalization underway of the Trail Creek Tributary and Michigan City’s North End Redevelopment.
The Michigan City Public Art Committee provides artwork in the Park. Ceramic tiles, donated by Lubeznik Center for the Arts and created by local school children and by adults, were incorporated into the walls of the planters erected at the entrance. The Public Art Committee has placed sculptural pieces by professional artists. And, exhibits in the Horizon Bank art kiosk showcase children's artwork from various schools around LaPorte County. The Public Art Committee rotates the various works of art with selections which will demonstrate the history, natural features and diversity of the area and its people, and engage residents and visitors alike.
A portion of the MAC budget each year goes to scholarships for children from Michigan City to take art classes. Visual art classes or individual art instruction for qualified children between 5 and 18 years of age will be funded. The maximum grant request per individual is $200. Funds will be available for instruction in painting, drawing, printmaking, sculpture, ceramics, collage, crafts such as beading, mosaic work and weaving, art camps or any combination of these taught by a legitimate instructor. Continuing this year is the youth glassblowing workshop with artist and instructor Ian Osborne that will be given at Quality Beat in Michigan City. The committee will not fund music, writing, dance, or drama instruction. Applicants must show financial need and take instruction from an art provider located in the Michigan City city limits. The deadline for applying is at least 30 days before the instruction is scheduled to start. Applications are available at the Visit Michigan City LaPorte, Marquette Mall, 4073 S. Franklin St., Michigan City, IN. Submission can be made to Jane Daley at the location or you can contact her via email and the applications will be sent to you.
Here are some of the beautiful artworks the kids have completed in these classes. Scholarships are available year round to learn more about scholarship information please see guidelines and application.
The Michigan City Public Art Committee and Mayor Ron Meer are pleased to announce the debut of SCUPTFUSION, a 2 year exhibition of eight sculptures. The sculptures contribute to the beautification of Michigan City and highlight the vitality of the Uptown Arts District, Washington Park and other high visibility locations within the city.
The result of a master plan commissioned by the Michigan City Public Art Committee, SCULPTFUSION is the first major sculpture tour to be featured in Michigan City. The eight sculptures that make up this year’s exhibition were selected from nearly 50 artworks submitted by artists from across the United States.
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Steamroller Print Project, produced by Chris Grohs & Nicole Sheaffer of Walnut Ink Projects, Lora Fosberg along with a team of print makers from Syracuse University, and 13 local artists in downtown Michigan City on August 23, 2014. Additional support from CH Distillery, Michigan City Public Art Committee, Reith-Riley of Michigan City and donors through the Steamroller Kickstarter.
Integral to the project was the team of students and faculty from Syracuse University’s College of Visual and Performing Arts who traveled to Michigan City to assist with the event. The Printmaking Program at Syracuse University has orchestrated Steamroller Printing projects on the Quad of the University, as well as, traveled to facilitate steamroller events in other cities. Experienced in the many variables of building a pop-up print studio outside in front of a live audience, the Syracuse team was able to make the Michigan City Steamroller Event a success for the artists and the community despite the surprise rainstorm that threatened to dampen the spirits (and prints!) of the day.
Exhibiting artists: Janet Bloch, Lora Fosberg, Laurel Izard, Suzanne Cohan-Lange & Richard Lange, Julia Neilsen, Andrea Peterson & Mary Uthuppuru, Nichole Renee Sheaffer, Michael Bill Smith, Tom Torluemke, Melissa Washburn, and Jay Zerbe
Lubeznik Center for the Arts (LCA) and LaPorte County Soil and Water Conservation District partnered this past spring with students from Michigan City High School (MCHS) Afterschool Program to create art to be placed around storm drains. Students worked for twelve weeks to integrate what they learned about the role of storm drains in the overall water system in Michigan City. The various designs to be applied are intended to raise the public’s environmental awareness and to beautify Franklin Street. The students also tied their designs into the Unity Foundation’s “Love Our Lakes,” campaign, which increases understanding of and appreciation of our lakes.
Installation of art is on the following corners:
Northwest Corner of 7th and Franklin
Southeast Corner of 7th and Franklin
Northeast Corner of 6th and Franklin
Northwest Corner of 6th and Franklin
In front of 420 Franklin St.
Southwest Corner of 8th and Franklin
This project brings science and art together in ways that benefit our community.. The artists are comprised of MCHS students Christine Brennan, Olga Haro, Kendall Kopta, Jonathon Manley, Guendolen Mark and their environmental science teacher, Stephanie Dege.
This project was realized with the support of Michigan City Mayor Ron Meer, the Michigan City Public Art Committee, LaPorte County Soil and Water Conservation District and the LaPorte County MS4 Cooperative, Main Street Association and the Tuholski & Oberlie Environment and Arts Fund for Youth. The latter fund, managed by the Unity Foundation of La Porte County, began in 2005 in memory of long time MCAS elementary teacher, Fran Oberlie.
For more information, please call Janet Bloch at Lubeznik Center for the Arts at 219-874-4900 or email email@example.com.