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Outreach Programs

At LCA, we believe the arts can be a transformative experience, and we are committed to providing access to high-quality, engaging art experiences for our community and beyond. LCA also implements various outreach events and programs with area partners including festival activities, neighborhood art pop-up events, arts instruction at multiple summer camp programs and more.

These school and community partners are integral to our outreach mission, and we are grateful for their collaboration:
• The Boys and Girls Club of LaPorte County
• The Caring Place
• Discovery Charter School
• Grace Learning Center
• HealthLinc of Michigan City
• Imagination Station
• Indiana University Northwest School of the Arts
• LaPorte Community School Corporation
• Macedonian Missionary Baptist Church
• Marquette High School
• Michigan City Area Schools
• Michigan City Department of Parks and Recreation
• Michigan City Mainstreet Association
• Michigan City Public Library
• Neighborhood Pop-Up Events
• North Central Community Action Agency
• Paladin
• Renaissance Academy
• Safe Harbor
• Social & Learning Institute
• Walker Street Community Garden

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Teen Arts Council (TAC)

TAC connects creative teens from regional area schools with unique, professional arts experiences. This program helps participants deepen their understanding of contemporary art practices, the roles artists play in society and their own artwork while learning important leadership skills. TAC events include visits to artists' studios, college portfolio reviews, field trips to Chicago exhibitions, artist lectures and opportunities to show (and sell) their own artwork. If you are an interested teen or know one, reach out to Education Director, Nelsy Marcano.

TAC meets once a month on a Thursday from 6-7:30 PM, and all art materials are provided!

Thank you to the Dale E. Landsman Arts Foundation for supporting TAC.

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Students from LCA’s
Teen Arts Council

Off-Site Arts Outreach Programming

In collaboration with area schools and various community partners, we provide offsite arts outreach programming to connect with thousands of people across the region. Our curriculums in the visual and performing arts, STEAM and arts integration are tailored to meet the needs of partners we serve.

Family Days

While families are welcome at LCA every day, we do offer free Family Day programs where kids and their favorite grown-ups have the opportunity to connect with each other while enjoying docent-led, family-friendly tours of our world class exhibitions along with hands-on art projects. We offer a Family Day with each of our exhibitions at our center. These drop-in events are open to everyone and no registration is required.

Neighborhood Pop-Ups

Beginning in 2019, LCA initiated a series of neighborhood events in collaboration with various community partners throughout Michigan City. Our Pop-Ups bring folks and families together for some lunch, conversation and relaxed creative art-making. Keep an eye out to see LCA in your neighborhood soon. And if you are affiliated with an organization or house of worship and would like LCA to host a Pop Up with you, email our education director, Nelsy Marcano.

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Neighborhood Pop Ups

Visitor at a Neighborhood Pop-Up

Health Promotion through the Arts (HPA)

For over a decade, this innovative program serves adult students in partnership with The Social & Learning Institute and Paladin, Inc. HPA features a unique and adaptive visual arts curriculum tailored to the individual needs of our students who are living with developmental and cognitive challenges. This program, while encouraging social, motor and executive skill development, nourishes individual creativity and expression. Our HPA students are artists, first and foremost and exhibit their work in our NIPSCO Education Studio Gallery annually.

Health Promotion Through the Arts

Student from Health Promotions
through the Arts program