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Why arts and culture are always worthy of your support

With state funding for the arts down by 35% from this time two years ago, the support of the arts on the local level by individuals and businesses is more essential than ever before.

South Shore Arts and the Northwest Indiana Symphony Orchestra are the region’s two oldest arts organizations. South Shore Arts began in 1936 when a dedicated group of local artists organized the first annual art exhibition of the Hammond District Art Association in the millinery (that’s lady’s hats) department of the Edward C. Minas Department Store in downtown Hammond.

The Gary Civic Symphony Orchestra, now known as the Northwest Indiana Symphony, performed its first concert five years later on December 7, 1941, with 86 volunteer musicians performing under the direction of a cello teacher from Chicago, who had relocated to Gary. They opened the concert that evening with a thundering performance of “The Star Spangled Banner.”

I think we all know that you don’t get to be in your seventies without a lot of support. Both South Shore Arts and the Symphony have rich traditions, and, thanks to decades of support from loyal donors and audiences, have flourished, growing into regional entities with annual budgets exceeding a million dollars.
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Molding his business plan

Chris Harnung opened Chestnut Creek Pottery in Portage, where he sells handmade pottery and gives pottery lessons to children and adults. (Photograph by The Times.)

Chris Harnung opened Chestnut Creek Pottery in Portage, where he sells handmade pottery and gives pottery lessons to children and adults. (Photograph by The Times.)

It was in his last semester as a business management major at Ball State University that Chris Harnung rediscovered his passion: pottery.

“My choice of classes was geology or throwing 101, and decided to take pottery,” he said. “Back when I was 10, I made a kick wheel, so this was something I remembered liking a long time ago.”

He also remembered the encouragement from his eighth grade art teacher, Robert Witt of Good Earth Pottery.
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An American dream

Tyler Bush, whose roots are deeply imbedded in the steel industry, branded his company, its website and its clothing line “Rusted Blue.”

Bush is founder and chief designer of the design/photography/film production company that will launch the line of lifestyle clothing this summer as one of its initiatives. Bush says all the company’s products build on the innovation of this country’s forefathers.

“Rusted Blue is inspired by the American dream,” he said. “It focuses on American craftsmanship. That’s something of value that has to be celebrated.”
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EAST CHICAGO: People of NWI are the show at Carnegie

Tony V. Martin | The Times The Carnegie Arts Center, which will be housed in a 97-year-old library building, is the cultural centerpiece of a push to redevelop the city’s weathered Harbor neighborhood. The city has invested more than $10 million to makeover the Main Street-Broadway corridor as part of a revitalization plan that included 75 new townhomes that were completed in 2009 on Pulaski and Deodar streets. (Photgraph by Tony V. Martin/The Times.)

Tony V. Martin | The Times The Carnegie Arts Center, which will be housed in a 97-year-old library building, is the cultural centerpiece of a push to redevelop the city’s weathered Harbor neighborhood. The city has invested more than $10 million to makeover the Main Street-Broadway corridor as part of a revitalization plan that included 75 new townhomes that were completed in 2009 on Pulaski and Deodar streets. (Photgraph by Tony V. Martin/The Times.)

You probably won’t see any national touring bands at Carnegie Arts Center in East Chicago after it opens this year. The venue’s main performance space has a capacity just north of 100 people, too cramped for any big money act.

Instead, organizers hope the people of Northwest Indiana will provide the entertainment.

Carnegie Arts Center Executive Director Lisa Woodruff said she wants to “not say no to anyone” who wants to use the new center’s classrooms, film lab and theater space for art shows, music rehearsals or other projects. The center is not just about displaying art and hosting established professional creators. Woodruff hopes the center can cultivate creativity.
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Livemercial South Shore poster now available from South Shore Arts

New South Shore posters, including one for Valparaiso-based Livemercial, are now available on the South Shore Arts website. Executive Director of South Shore Arts John Cain, John Davies and Livemercial CEO Johnny Mathis, Jr. unveiled the new South Shore poster designed for the company at a Digital Cocktail Hour hosted by Mathis and wife Lisa in December.

A post about the night on the Livemercial blog reads:

Specially designed by artist John Rush for Livemercial and Johnny Mathis, the new poster showcased Livemercial’s committment to innovation and technology in Northwest Indiana.

John Davies, who is credited with re-invigorating the 1920’s South Shore posters, described the unveiling warmly by saying, “The poster you’re about to see is a story of a legend in the making, an inspiration to all of us, a young man that said I’m going to make a difference in the world. I’m going to make a difference in Northwest Indiana.” Davies then introduced Mathis as “A young man of genius and innovation.”

Read more from the Livemercial blog here, and view and purchase the poster here.


Featured display at the La Porte County Historical Society Museum: The History of the Jaymar-Ruby Corporation

Burton Ruby, former chairman of Jamar-Ruby, was inducted into the <em>BusINess</em> Hall of Fame in 2009. (Photograph by Jon L. Hendricks.)

Burton Ruby, former chairman of Jamar-Ruby, was inducted into the BusINess Hall of Fame in 2009 (read about it here.) (Photograph by Jon L. Hendricks.)

From the BusINess inbox—The BusINess editors are committed to keeping you informed about the latest news in NWI. Here’s today’s submission from the La Porte County Historical Society:

A major La Porte County industry has now passed into the history books as part of our cumulative story. With the closing of the Jaymar–Ruby plant in Michigan City goes a long history of local garment manufacturing that extends back to the early part of the last century.

Founded in 1916 by Jack M. Ruby, the factory’s first location was at 209 West Michigan Street and was called Hoosier Factories, Inc. Later on, the plant was located in a large facility at the corner of Ohio Street and 400 North. In more recent years, the business was incorporated into the Hartmarx Company.
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Slice of Neverland pitched for Gary

Plans for a Jackson family museum and performing arts center are alive and well, city and project officials said Tuesday.

Gary Mayor Rudy Clay and Odie Anderson, listed agent for the Jackson Museum Performing Arts Center Corp., refuted recent rumors that officials had abandoned plans to build the museum in Gary. The rumor was circulated in an e-mail Tuesday and received by The Times.

“There’s not a truth to it,” Anderson said.
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Curtain still going up after 30 years

Star Plaza Theater celebrates the start of its fourth decade in show business. (Photograph by John Luke/The Times.)

Star Plaza Theater celebrates the start of its fourth decade in show business. (Photograph by John Luke/The Times.)

A number of theaters have disappeared from the Chicagoland entertainment scene, but the Star Plaza Theater continues to pack the house 30 years after the doors opened.

“We’ve become a destination. People come out to experience an event. They can go shopping or to dinner, or even make a weekend of it at The Radisson,” said Charlie Blum, president and CEO of the Star Plaza Theater, located north of the hotel near the intersection of U.S. 30 and Interstate 65.

“The impact of bringing in top-name entertainers has had a ripple effect on other businesses in the community.”
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Despite down economy, local arts scene stays up

Bailee Serocinski practices during a class at the Academy of Indiana Ballet Theatre. (Photograph by John J. Watkins/The Times.)

Bailee Serocinski practices during a class at the Academy of Indiana Ballet Theatre. (Photograph by John J. Watkins/The Times.)

It’s a fact, one Shannon McMullen and others in the arts have to deal with whether they like it or not.

“One of the obvious, expected effects of a troubled economy is (arts) funding often gets cut first,” said McMullen, an assistant professor of art and design at Purdue University.

McMullen doesn’t like it, but she knows where a majority of people rank the arts compared to other areas that need funding. “That doesn’t mean you stop making art. You make different choices.”
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Tale of seven counties

Actors John McInerney, Sandy Gleim and Rich Vallicelli perform Wednesday in <em>Unknown Soldiers</em>, a short play about the challenges and opportunities facing the region's seven counties—Jasper, Lake, LaPorte, Newton, Porter, Pulaski and Starke. The play premiered Wednesday at Ivy Tech Community College's Valparaiso campus. The project is part of the Dare to Dream initiative, which grew from the One Region: One Vision project. (Photograph by Tony V. Martin/The Times.)

Actors John McInerney, Sandy Gleim and Rich Vallicelli perform Wednesday in Unknown Soldiers, a short play about the challenges and opportunities facing the region's seven counties—Jasper, Lake, LaPorte, Newton, Porter, Pulaski and Starke. The play premiered Wednesday at Ivy Tech Community College's Valparaiso campus. The project is part of the Dare to Dream initiative, which grew from the One Region: One Vision project. (Photograph by Tony V. Martin/The Times.)

As he crossed real or imagined county lines talking to leaders across Northwest Indiana’s seven counties—Jasper, Lake, LaPorte, Newton, Porter, Pulaski and Starke—Ivy Tech Chancellor J. Guadalupe Valtierra said the predominant message he found is that communication, cooperation and collaboration are important to unify this region.

Led by Ivy Tech Community College of Northwest Indiana, Dare to Dream is an initiative aimed at encouraging a “friendly conversation” among the leaders of Northwest Indiana’s seven counties to improve region residents’ quality of life.

The “conversation” with the community is being presented tonight in the form of a play: “Unknown Soldiers.”
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