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Valparaiso’s Chicago Street Theatre Nationally Recognized by American Association of Community Theatre

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Trudy and Enola have had their differences over the years, that’s for certain, with arguments about everything from religion to lifestyle to childhood resentments. And Lord knows that trying to keep the doors open to Graces’ Place, the run-down laundromat they own and operate in New Orleans, can’t be easy, either. Especially dealing with characters like Uncle Slack, the shell-shocked veteran and former POW, who occasionally stops by the laundromat to sit and watch the ladies’ underwear as it spins in the (sometimes working) dryers… when he’s not out holding up the local bank for booze money. Still, it’s a life they’ve come to accept.

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Young Students’ Art Chosen to Create Child-Friendly Murals at Porter Regional Hospital’s ERs

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When you think about your town and your community, what is it that you love about it? That was the question posed to elementary school children throughout the Duneland, Portage and Valparaiso school systems by Porter Health Care System in an engaging collaborative art project dubbed Children Helping Children.

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Lubeznik First Friday Features Work by Artists Yoonshin Park, Richard Shipps, Doug Stapleton, and Kass Copeland during 2016 Opening Reception


Lubeznik-First-Friday-May-2016-CollageLubeznik Center for the Arts will host the opening reception for Yoonshin Park & Richard Shipps: Out of the Shadows (Hyndman Gallery), Doug Stapleton(Brincka/Cross Gallery), and Kass Copeland (Susan Block Gallery). Meet the artists and enjoy light bites catered by Shoreline Brewery. Admission is free and refreshments are available for a nominal fee. Exhibitions opened on April 16 and will be up through June 25, 2016.

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How Mobile App Artunity Can Promise to Sew Van Gogh’s Ear Back On


Artunity-LogoJay Weinberg is a graduate of the American Academy of Art and has been designing Artunity from his hometown of Valparaiso, Indiana since early 2015. The app Artunity (a clever spin on the word opportunity that replaces the o’s with a’s) is in development for release globally on iPhone and Android. Artists will utilize the social media platform to scale and take advantage of the audiences they grow to significantly increase their income. The magic really happens with Artunity’s unique spin on conventional crowdfunding. It will not only allow artists to leverage support from their followers, but will also reward the highly engaged community.

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Boys & Girls Clubs of Porter County’s Valparaiso Club Offering Photography Club


pcgbg-image-contest-2014A stated by famous photographer Ansel Adams, “There are always two people in every picture: the photographer and the viewer.” Members of Boys & Girls Clubs of Porter County’s Valparaiso Club will have the opportunity not only view and study photographs, but to become the actual photographer taking creative images.

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Lubeznik Center for the Arts Re-Invents Annual Art Festival for 2016


LAAF logoFor thirty-four years Lubeznik Center for the Arts (LCA) has held its annual festival on the third weekend in August at Michigan City's Washington Park. This year the festival is re-inventing itself for the thirty-fifth year as the Lubeznik Art and Artisan Festival (LAAF). One of the key changes to the festival is bringing it home to LCA's grounds and adding a special preview night with musical entertainment.

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Local High Schooler to Donate Original Drawing of Porter County Courthouse


county-courthouses-of-indianaMia Baker, a senior at Valparaiso High School, will present her original drawing of the Porter County Courthouse to the Indiana State Bar Association's (ISBA) Courthouse Art Project on Monday, March 28, at 1:30 p.m., at the Porter County Courthouse. Baker will attend Ball State University in the fall, where she plans to pursue a degree in architecture and Spanish, and continue her artwork as a hobby. Baker’s donation was supported by Indiana Dunes Tourism and the Porter County Bicentennial Committee.

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Bison-tennial Public Art Project Celebrating State of Indiana Bicentennial Underway in Porter County


bison-tennial-pcLife-size fiberglass bison painted or adorned in a myriad of creative ways will soon be displayed throughout Porter County and the rest of Indiana as part of the Indiana Association of United Ways’ Bison-tennial Public Art initiative.

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Valparaiso Community Schools Announces Spring into the Arts Festival 2016


valpo-community-schoolsValparaiso Community Schools is announcing an exciting Arts Festival entitled: Spring into the Arts.

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Purdue University Calumet Art Gallery Holds Grand Opening in 2016


PUC-gallery-opening-2016-01The Purdue University Calumet art gallery officially opened its doors on Thursday, March 3 in the Hessville area where the photography of the students who traveled to Paris was recognized.

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High School Artistry on Exhibit at IU Northwest Gallery in March 2016


rot1Indiana University Northwest invites the campus and community to view the various works of art by 44 area high school students, on display now through March 11 in the Gallery for Contemporary Art.

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