Young Artists' Expo returns to Lubeznik Center for the Arts

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Talented young artists from across Northwest Indiana are getting their artwork showcased at the Lubeznik Center for the Arts between downtown Michigan City and the Lake Michigan lakefront.

The fifth annual LOK Young Artists' Expo will have an opening reception from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday at the museum at 101 W 2nd St., and the student work will remain on display at the NIPSCO Education Studios through July 13.

“We are so proud of the amazing work our arts partners do with the grants our organization provides," LOK Wishing Tree Founder Dot Kesling said.

"Most of these kids would have no other access to participate in the arts without their help. At this point, we are starting to see alumni return to attend the expo, which is great and very inspiring for the kids. Last year two young women returned, one now pursuing a degree in dance and the other planning to attend law school. Both credited their arts experience with giving them enhanced confidence they could achieve their dreams."

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The reception Friday will include violin performances by Pine Elementary School students, an interpretive dance by South Shore Dance Alliance, and a performance by comedian Timmy Barron, a graduate of Chicago's famed Second City.

It's part of the LOK Wishing Tree Foundation's mission to help young people reach their highest potential, by "acting upon their dreams through a wide variety of creative and performing arts opportunities."

The student work can be viewed during the Lubeznik's regular hours, which are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on weekends and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursdays.

For more information, visit lokwishingtree.org.


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