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LOK Young Artist Expo Showcase

First Friday

Join us Friday, June 3 from 5-8 PM (Central) for the opening celebration of the LOK YAE showcase at Lubeznik Center for the Arts!

The evening’s free, family-friendly program will begin at 6 PM. This year’s agenda includes performances by South Shore Dance Alliance, a longtime partner of the LOK Wishing Tree Foundation, and speeches from LOK alumni and scholarship recipients. Attendees can browse the exhibition of student artwork, and light refreshments and a cash bar will be available throughout the event. Second City of Chicago graduate and actor, Timmy Barron will return for another year of emceeing and entertaining the crowd with his comedy.

This exhibition is a showcase of talented youth ages 7 through 17 in all media. The LOK YAE represents artists from LCA’s partnerships with numerous community and regional school partners. The artwork, chosen through individual portfolio review, is an impressive display of the extraordinarily talented youth from across the region. The LOK YAE will be on view in LCA’s NIPSCO Art Education Studios from May 27 through July 8.

LOK Wishing Tree Foundation supports youth arts programming to help the next generation of young artists achieve their dreams. Whether or not they continue in a career in the arts, the growth experience through their participation is vital to their self-esteem, self-confidence, individualism, team building, self-expression and much more.


Time: 5-8 PM

2022 ArtBash: Starry Night Gala

Join us and our emcee, Mary Ann Bergerson Ahern from NBC 5 News Chicago, at Blue Chip Casino Hotel Spa as we reach for the stars and help support our mission of integrating art, education and community to provide access to compelling exhibitions and programs that explore contemporary ideas. Your support ensures everyone has access to the arts!

  • Cocktails & dinner
  • Silent auction
  • Dancing

No black tie – Keep it casual and wear something that sparkles like the stars in the night sky!

Ticket $150 • Tables $1500

Time: 5:30 PM

"moniquemeloche presents…" Opening Reception

First Friday

Join us on Friday, July 1 from 5-8 PM (Central) for the opening reception of the new exhibition, moniquemeloche presents…! Join us on for an evening out featuring spectacular art, food, a cash bar and the chance to meet some of the artists featured in the exhibition.

The Monique Meloche Gallery has been diverse and inclusive since its inception. The gallery’s focus is on discovering and fostering emerging artists – bringing them to the attention of collectors, curators, institutions and global audiences. Learn more about the exhibition here: https://www.lubeznikcenter.org...

Time: 5-8PM

"moniquemeloche presents…" Curator Gallery Talk

Join our engaging and knowledgable curator, Lora Fosberg, as she takes you through all of the amazing art pieces of the moniquemeloche presents… exhibition! Learn about all of the artists, their artwork, inspiration and process. You can even ask questions and join in on the lively discussion.

Time: 11:30AM

2022 40th Lubeznik Arts Festival

The 2022 Lubeznik Arts Festival (LAF) will take place August 20 and 21 in Michigan City, Indiana. This popular festival is currently in its 40th year. LAF is one of the highlights of summer in Northwest Indiana. It takes place on Lubeznik Center for the Arts’ (LCA) grounds to connect festival-goers to the organization’s dynamic programming and exhibitions. LCA’s summer blockbuster moniquemeloche presents… will also be on display inside LCA.

Join us for mural competitions, indoor exhibitions, family activities, live demos, local food vendors and beer and wine garden!

Time: 10 AM - 5 PM (Central)

"moniquemeloche presents…" Free Family Day

Join us at 1 PM (Central) for a free tour of moniquemeloche presents… and art making!

Kids, bring your favorite grown-ups for a day of art at LCA! Spend time safely in our galleries with our educational docents and join us for free snacks and art making. All are welcome!

iNiños, traigan a sus adultos favoritos a un dia de Arte en LCA! Pasa un tiempo seguro en nuestras galerias de arte con profesores y acompáñanos para un refigerio y manualidades. Hablamos español. iTodos son bienvenidos!

Support for this program was provided by Michigan City Community Enrichment Corporation.

Time: 1 PM
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First Fridays

Our free First Friday cultural programs take place on the first Friday of each month from 5 - 8 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.

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Zine Fest

Zine (zēn) /noun, informal/ - a miniature magazine, typically self published

In partnership with Michigan City Public Library and Calumet Artist Residency, our annual Zine Fest invites over 30 exhibitors from across the Midwest to our largest gallery space. The works and wares of these exhibitors include original zines, comics, buttons and stickers. Visitors can browse the space or listen to original poetry and spoken word in our NIPSCO Art Education Studios. This event is free and open to the public.

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ArtBash Gala

Every June, join us at Blue Chip Casino Hotel Spa for our annual ArtBash Gala and help support our mission of integrating art, education and community to provide access to compelling exhibitions and programs that explore contemporary ideas. Your support ensures everyone has access to the arts. The night includes an open bar, dinner, a silent auction, dancing and fun!

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Lubeznik Arts Festival

This popular festival held by Lubeznik Center for the Arts is one of the highlights of summer in Northwest Indiana. It takes place on LCA’s grounds to connect festival-goers to the our dynamic programming and exhibitions. Spend two fun-filled days in the summer with 75+ booths, local food vendors, indoor exhibitions and family activities!

Holiday Market

Holiday Artisan Market

During the winter, hundreds of our Gallery Shop items spill into the lobby for our Holiday Artisan Market. Lubeznik Center for the Arts annual Holiday Artisan Market, held from late November to early January, is the place to find unique gifts crafted by local artisans including jewelry, ceramics and wearable art. Come celebrate the winter season and support local artists!