Student Learning Tours (SLT): Student Learning Tours bring a diverse group of nearly 2,000 students annually to LCA for educational tours and onsite artmaking. Our team of trained docents serves schools and camps from La Porte, Porter and Lake County in Indiana as well as Berrien County in Michigan. 72% of SLT participants express interest in visiting another cultural institution after completing their tours.
Off-site Arts Outreach Programming: In collaboration with area schools and youth-serving nonprofits, we provide offsite arts outreach programming that allows us to connect with students at 15 different schools. Our curriculums are tailored to meet the needs of the school communities we serve and include Literacy through the Arts, visual arts, dance, music, photography and STEAM.
Family Days: LCA’s free Family Day program offers kids and adults opportunities to connect with each other while enjoying docent-led, family-friendly tours of LCA’s world-class exhibitions along with interpretive art projects. We offer three family days per year to coincide with the three major exhibitions at our center. These drop-in events are open to everyone in the community. LCA’s Family Day programming is funded in part by a generous grant from Unity Foundation of La Porte County.
Health Promotion Through the Arts (HPA): We are currently in our 12th year of providing art classes to adults with disabilities at no cost to participants. This program serves approximately 35 students weekly through partnerships with Paladin, Inc. and the Social & Learning Institute. HPA features a unique and adaptive visual arts curriculum tailored to the individual needs of our students, some of whom have been with us for more than a decade. Our HPA students are artists, first and foremost. This program encourages social and motor skill development, but more importantly, nourishes individual creativity and expression.
Teen Arts Council (TAC): TAC connects passionate teens from regional area high schools with unique, professional arts experiences. This program helps participants deepen their understanding of contemporary art practices, the roles that artists play in society and their own artwork while learning important leadership skills. In a typical year, TAC events include visits to artists' studios, opportunities for college portfolio reviews and field trips to Chicago exhibitions.
First Fridays: Our free First Friday cultural programs take place on the first Friday of each month from 5:00 - 8:00 PM. The annual schedule includes everything from exhibition openings to live music to youth dance performances. All events feature free admission, free food and a cash bar. A typical First Friday sees between 150 and 400 visitors of all ages.