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2013 is a year that has been loaded with significant anniversaries in the arts. The Ross Summer Music Theatre, under the direction of Jerauld Reinhart, began in 1964 as a performance venue for teenagers and young adults. It was sponsored by the Optimist Club of Merrillville, serving large nu…
I had nobody to blame but myself. I had insisted on pursuing a degree in theatre, insisted that I was the one who could make it, and here I was, a year after graduation, desperate for work and wondering how I could get out of ever doing any. The summer before I had landed a job with a born-a…
As I celebrate my 20th anniversary at South Shore Arts, I find myself reflecting on where our organization, and the arts in general, have been and where they’re going.
A Mystery Dinner benefiting the education programs of South Shore Arts was held for the fourth consecutive year (more or less) this past spring, featuring the scrumptious cuisine of executive chefs Nicole Bissonnette and Gary Sanders of Bistro 157 and Bartlett’s.
I have been visiting Benny’s restaurants for the past 25 years, beginning in 1988 with Café Venezia, which we all knew as Café V. But from the very first time I visited Gamba Ristorante opened in March of 2006, I noticed that the clientele had suddenly become much more attractive. Seemingly …
Why are communities throughout our country and around the world developing large-scale outdoor art projects? There are many reasons why.
One Region's recent Quality of Life Indicators Report gave the arts and culture sector the report’s only upwardly trending indicator of our region’s quality of life, noting that arts and culture enrich the lives of area residents and visitors.
In the past, symphony orchestras were enthusiastically supported simply for perpetuating the symphonic art form. When the Gary Symphony presented its first concert in December 1941, it was because people were interested in playing and hearing classical music.
Arts education in not just about finger-painting or stick figures on the fridge.
Creative collaborations were a hallmark of the arts last year and continue into this year. The Unity Event brought together 250 teenagers and adults in a performance of "Evita" at Highland High School, a partnership among multiple arts organizations.
For the third consecutive year, generous patrons of the arts have opened their home to complete strangers, guests of South Shore Arts, who had purchased an evening of gourmet cuisine in an undisclosed location. The Mystery Dinner, as we call it, had been auctioned at last June's Beaux Arts B…
The longer I've been around promoting the arts along the south shore, the more I'm amazed by people's lack of awareness of the treasures we have in our own backyards. To that end, I would like to share some artistic highlights in our region in the past year. These are not among the year's Go…
If you were alive at the time and old enough to do so, you remember with clarity where you were when you heard that President John F. Kennedy had been shot. I was 9, a fourth-grader at John H. Vohr Elementary School in Gary.
The surprise, the unexpected, is everything.
As the Indiana General Assembly works to draft a new budget, the Indiana Coalition for the Arts is reminding residents of why the arts are important to our lives and worthy of public support.
With state funding for the arts down by 35% from this time two years ago, the support of the arts on the local level by individuals and businesses is more essential than ever before.
With the renaming of South Shore Arts from Northern Indiana Arts Association in 2006, the arts assumed a modest yet effective leadership role in rebranding our region, giving it a newer, more positive image and underscoring its place in the greater Chicago metropolitan area. Two years later,…
As spring leads us into summer, one is reminded of the wonderful icons we have in Northwest Indiana, many of which have been memorialized in the South Shore poster series.
You don't have to be Charlie Brown -- or even a blockhead -- to question the true meaning of the holiday season. "Christmas in our house," Charlie Brown grumbles, "is a bowl of hard candy that always sticks together. Christmas is going over the hills and through the woods to Grandmother's ho…
This past March, I had the opportunity to attend the Arts Advocacy Day in Washington, a national advocacy and grassroots campaign organized by Americans for the Arts and co-sponsored by more than 90 national organizations representing thousands of arts, cultural, business, civic and educatio…
In May 2005, the curators of From Rust to Restoration: Basque Art and the Bilbao Effect traveled to Bilbao, Spain, as part of a delegation from Indiana University Northwest. The purpose was to study and see firsthand the results of the miraculous transformation of Bilbao from a post-industri…
Earlier this year, I joined a delegation from Indiana University Northwest to Bilbao, Spain. We were to learn how Bilbao had been transformed in just over 10 years from a city with a heavy, undiversified industrial base and an unemployment rate of 35 percent with high drug abuse and other so…
When the Board of Directors of the Northern Indiana Arts Association
The arts seem to be taking a beating these days, as public funding for the
I have been reading and noticing a great number of ponderous thoughts being
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