Two Iraq War combat veterans opened "Northwest Indiana's first progressive community/cultural center" on Memorial Day last year.
The Politics Arts Roots and Culture, or PARC, Community Center at 1713 Franklin St. in Michigan City has since hosted more than 60 events, including lectures, plays, live music, art installations and documentary film screenings. In the last few months, PARC has hosted professor, author, and investigative journalist Christian Parenti, staged the Ecopolis South Shore ensemble performance about a more ecologically friendly future for the Region, and marked the 15th anniversary of the Iraq War.
"Organizations ranging from the Concerned Citizens for Syrian Refugees, LaPorte County NAACP, PLFAG, Sierra Club, and the Michigan City Social Justice Group regularly utilize PARC, and those numbers only continue to grow," co-founder Vincent Emanuele said in a press release. "To say we're pleased would be an understatement."
Politics Arts Roots and Culture will celebrates its first anniversary with a fundraiser and celebration at 5 p.m. June 2. There will be speeches, live music, food and craft beer from Burn 'Em Brewery at the 21+ event.
For more information, visit facebook.com/1713FranklinSt/ or call 760- 819-9473.