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EDITORIAL ADVISORY BOARD: Arts make a difference in educating youths

EDITORIAL ADVISORY BOARD: Arts make a difference in educating youths

According to Stanford University and the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, young people who participate in the arts are: 

June 01, 2014 12:00 am
This Year in the Arts: A Calendar of Anniversaries

This Year in the Arts: A Calendar of Anniversaries

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…

November 23, 2013 3:37 pm Photos

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Christmas with Larry Flynt

Christmas with Larry Flynt

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…

November 17, 2013 6:51 pm
EDITORIAL ADVISORY BOARD: Arts bring people together, transform region

EDITORIAL ADVISORY BOARD: Arts bring people together, transform region

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.

November 17, 2013 12:00 am
Mystery Solved

Mystery Solved

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.

September 22, 2013 12:00 am Photos

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THE FAMILY: Benito Gamba and the Beautiful People

THE FAMILY: Benito Gamba and the Beautiful People

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 …

September 17, 2013 4:21 pm Photos

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GUEST COMMENTARY: Public art effectively builds host communities

GUEST COMMENTARY: Public art effectively builds host communities

Why are communities throughout our country and around the world developing large-scale outdoor art projects? There are many reasons why.

May 16, 2013 12:05 am
Onward, upward with the arts

Onward, upward with the arts

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.

February 17, 2013 12:00 am Video Photos

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EDITORIAL ADVISORY BOARD: Unique partnership keeping the music alive

EDITORIAL ADVISORY BOARD: Unique partnership keeping the music alive

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.

December 09, 2012 12:00 am

EDITORIAL ADVISORY BOARD: Art education improves students' minds, academic performance

Arts education in not just about finger-painting or stick figures on the fridge.

June 24, 2012 12:00 am
GUEST COMMENTARY: Onward, upward with arts in 2012

GUEST COMMENTARY: Onward, upward with arts in 2012

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.

February 19, 2012 12:00 am Photos

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LaPorte home of Anneke and Jan Dekker is the site of this year's Mystery Dinner

LaPorte home of Anneke and Jan Dekker is the site of this year's Mystery Dinner

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…

January 25, 2012 12:00 am Photos

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EDITORIAL ADVISORY BOARD: The year in review, artistically speaking

EDITORIAL ADVISORY BOARD: The year in review, artistically speaking

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…

January 01, 2012 12:00 am
EDITORIAL ADVISORY BOARD: Commemorating a tragic event through art

EDITORIAL ADVISORY BOARD: Commemorating a tragic event through art

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.

September 04, 2011 12:00 am
A Night of Surprises in Michigan City

A Night of Surprises in Michigan City

The surprise, the unexpected, is everything.

March 21, 2011 12:00 am Photos

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EDITORIAL ADVISORY BOARD: Why arts, culture are important in Indiana

EDITORIAL ADVISORY BOARD: Why arts, culture are important in Indiana

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.

March 06, 2011 12:00 am
Why arts and culture are always worthy of your support

Why arts and culture are always worthy of your 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.

February 25, 2011 12:00 am

Seeking a better way to do business

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,…

November 09, 2008 12:00 am

Celebrating a way of life along Lake Michigan's South Shore

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.

May 25, 2008 12:00 am

Blockheads miss the true meaning of Christmas

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…

December 09, 2007 12:00 am

Arts advocacy efforts are paying off

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…

June 24, 2007 12:00 am

International exhibit to tell story of urban renewal

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…

December 03, 2006 12:00 am

Bringing home the Bilbao miracle

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…

January 01, 2006 12:00 am

Opportunity knocks for cultural planning in NWI

Executive Director,

August 29, 1999 12:00 am

Editorial Advisory Board. Expanding the arts beyond the

When the Board of Directors of the Northern Indiana Arts Association

July 27, 1997 12:00 am

Editorial advisory board. Indiana arts need support from

The arts seem to be taking a beating these days, as public funding for the

June 18, 1995 12:00 am

Times Editorial Advisory Board. Arts help bring together

Arts Association

June 26, 1994 12:00 am

Times editorial advisory board. Viewing the landscape of

Association

December 12, 1993 12:00 am

Times editorial advisory board. What we need is a campaign to

I have been reading and noticing a great number of ponderous thoughts being

August 15, 1993 12:00 am
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