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History

In 1978, the John G. Blank Art Center was established as Michigan City’s first center for art classes and exhibitions. In 2003, Jack and Shirley Lubeznik, local residents, art enthusiasts and philanthropists, donated the current building for the growing art center, which was then renamed as The Jack & Shirley Lubeznik Center for the Arts (LCA).

Over time, extensive renovations have created a welcoming, modern facility featuring two classrooms, three world class gallery spaces, and a gallery shop.

LCA serves as a vibrant showcase for exhibitions and a vital hub for the community. We provide diverse audiences with access to cultural experiences that enhance understanding of contemporary art and ideas, free of charge. We believe the arts are an essential component in creating places where people want to visit, live, work, and raise a family. Our goal is to revitalize the human spirit through programs that offer awe, delight, entertainment and contemplation.

Our art education and outreach programs are extensive. Each year, approximately 1,800 students enjoy educational tours and onsite artmaking at LCA, while hundreds more receive instruction in the visual and performing arts, STEAM, and arts integration through outreach programs and collaborations with area schools and community partners.

During this time of critical health concerns, LCA has seamlessly transitioned much of our activity to inspired virtual programs with the goal to connect meaningfully with our local and regional communities.

In 2019, we adopted a three-year strategic plan for 2020 - 2023. This living document guides the priorities of LCA and will be updated from time to time.

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Area Artists Association

The Area Artists Association (AAA) is an organization that recognizes and encourages active regional artists. It was established in 1979 in conjunction with the foundation of the Blank Center for the Arts, which later became Lubeznik Center for the Arts (LCA). The AAA held its first exhibition in 1980. In 2020 they celebrated their 40th anniversary with an exhibit in LCA’s Hyndman Gallery.

The artists in this group remain dedicated to exhibiting their works in individual and group exhibitions throughout the region. They jury their membership. The Area Artists Association's purpose is "to increase the appreciation and recognition of local and regional member artists through exhibitions and promotion of their art." As this organization continues to grow, we look forward to another 40 years of artistic expression in our region.

Current Area Artists and Their Work

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Strategic Plan

Lubeznik Center for the Arts (LCA) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit located in Michigan City, Indiana. We strive to ensure that everyone in our community receives equal access to high quality cultural experiences. In 2019, we adopted a three-year strategic plan for 2020 - 2023. This living document guides the priorities of LCA will be updated from time to time.

Download the 2020-2023 Strategic Plan

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