Lubeznik Center for the Arts (LCA) is committed to integrating art, education and community. The organization’s Family Pop-Up Art Day program, sponsored by American Licorice Company, is its latest effort to provide programming that is responsive to the needs and interests of Michigan City residents.
“This idea for neighborhood programs came out of a conversation with various community leaders who wanted LCA to be more visible and engaged across Michigan City,” says LCA’s Education Director, Hannah Hammond-Hagman. “LCA’s continued outreach in our community is some of our most important work, and the Pop-Up events have allowed us to engage with families across various neighborhoods to not only provide a special afternoon of creativity and artmaking, but to raise awareness of all LCA has to offer.”
Each Family Pop-Up Art Day takes place in a different Michigan City neighborhood. Children and adults alike are invited to join LCA staff and volunteers for a fun, free afternoon of artmaking. The first two Family Pop-Up Art Days were held at the Madeline & George Smrt Community Center on Michigan City’s west side and the Emmett G. Wise Community Center on Michigan Boulevard, with more than 30 participants in attendance at each location.
“Seeing this program quickly progress from an idea to a reality has been very exciting for our team,” says Michelle Shirk, LCA Development Director. “We are grateful to the many volunteers who have helped us plan, market and implement these Pop-Ups, as well as to American Licorice Company for providing generous financial support.”
The Family Art Pop-Up Day Program was a natural fit for its sponsor. “American Licorice is always looking to support people in our community Investing in the Happiness of Others,” adds Nicole Krol, Community Outreach and Sustainability Specialist with American Licorice Company. “This was a great way to bring people in the community together.”
LCA’s next Family Pop-Up Art Day will take place on Saturday, November 23 from noon to 2 PM at Macedonian Missionary Baptist Church at 3007 Ohio Street in Michigan City. Participants will create handmade books focused on the concept of gratitude. This event is free and open to people of all ages.