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All About Art was developed to bring in depth art experiences to elementary age children beyond their classroom experiences.Students will be able to talk to professional artists and create artwork in an atmosphere totally focused on the visual arts. It is our belief that young children with an interest in the visual arts should have the opportunity to experience the broad educational opportunities offered by the art museum, learn from and dialogue with artisans, and express themselves visually and verbally.  In addition to studio work, students will be introduced to the art museum where they will have a docent led tour of Valparaiso University’s Brauer Museum of Art and a behind the scenes tour of the museum archives. Our teachers are certified Indiana Art Educators and each has been recognized by the Art Education Association of Indiana for their contributions to art education.

The Art Barn has something for everyone. We offer year round classes and workshops for all ages, including open studio time. Each season brings new events, from the spring Juried Exhibition and Children’s Exhibit, to the autumn Art Blitz. Our main classroom and gallery comfortably seats 50 or more and is a perfect venue for small weddings and intimate parties.

The Art Barn School of Art was founded in the 1970’s by the much loved artist and teacher Janet Sullivan (1920-2016). Located on 69 acres of beautiful pastoral farmland in Jackson Township, the school is a century old renovated barn, and the farmhouse is artist residence. We are also home to chickens and other livestock, including our sweet mini horse, Bunny.

ART ON THE AIR is an hour-long radio show on WVLP and Lakeshore Public Radio (available as a podcast) that opens with a short Spotlight Interview about local art events in Northwest Indiana's three county area, then continues with a long-form feature interview. Guests include individual artists, photographers, gallery owner/curators, festival sponsors, authors, musicians, the shakers and movers in NW Indiana, Chicago and beyond discussing the art, theater, and music scene, plus much more. Hosts are Larry A Brechner, long-time musical theater director, photographic artist, and arts organization board member, and Ester Golden, artist and gallery/venue owner of The Nest in Michigan City. ART ON THE AIR is pre-recorded and produced from Larry's Chesterton-based home studio with our co-host, Ester, and our guests connected remotely by using ZOOM.

ArtZ: fine artZ and antiqueZ...  This is a gallery of fine arts by local NWI artists and fine antiques. OPEN Wed-Fri noon-5;Sat 10-3. Located in the same building at Flying Mermaids. Just walk into the bright turquoise door and down the hall, into a gallery of unique, one of a kind pieces of art! Paintings, photography, sculptures,handcrafted jewelry, furniture, and more! See art by local artists Jackie Kalin, Ron Fraser, Peggy Davis, Bob Witt, Libby Hansel, and there are many more. 

Cafe offering a venue for local artists.

The Brauer Museum of Art is home to a nationally recognized collection of 19th-, 20th-, and 21st-century American art.

It also houses the largest known collection of works by Junius R. Sloan (1827-1900), a Hudson River School painter who lived and worked in the Midwest. Other points of focus within the collection include world religious art and Midwestern regional art.

Along with displaying selections from its permanent collection, the Brauer Museum hosts a full schedule of special exhibitions and events.

After establishing the first juried Chesterton Art Fair, a group of local artists founded the nonprofit Association of Artists & Craftsmen of Porter County (AACPC). Ernest Schwidder was the AACPC’s first chairman and Gloria Rector was the Center’s first paid director.

The original Art Center was located on the top floor of the Main Street building in Chesterton. Later, the building on 4th Street was acquired and christened the Gilbert Gallery. The Center’s name later changed to the Chesterton Art Gallery, and presently the official name is the Chesterton Art Center.

In 1992, a two-story classroom was added adjacent to the main gallery which now hosts over 200 classes annually.

Today the AACPC can proudly say that the Art Center membership has steadily increased to over 500 members, offers continuing education for the arts, and is a venue for regional artists to display and sell their artwork.

Chicago Street Theatre is celebrating its 65th season of producing live theatre for Valparaiso and the greater Northwest Indiana region. After over 4 decades in residence at Memorial Opera House, our award-winning theatre company began a new chapter of its history in 1997 when we purchased the Chicago Street Theatre, located at 154 West Chicago Street in Valparaiso, Indiana. The theatre underwent an extensive renovation completed February 1, 2008. The theatre lobby, auditorium, and bathrooms were re-designed by the Chicago firm Morris Architects, and construction was expertly managed by Winona Lake Restoration. The intimate 130-seat theatre features stadium seating that makes it an incredible space to enjoy live theatreChicago Street Theatre is celebrating its 65th season of producing live theatre for Valparaiso and the greater Northwest Indiana region. After over 4 decades in residence at Memorial Opera House, our award-winning theatre company began a new chapter of its history in 1997 when we purchased the Chicago Street Theatre, located at 154 West Chicago Street in Valparaiso, Indiana. The theatre underwent an extensive renovation completed February 1, 2008. The theatre lobby, auditorium, and bathrooms were re-designed by the Chicago firm Morris Architects, and construction was expertly managed by Winona Lake Restoration. The intimate 129-seat theatre features stadium seating that makes it an incredible space to enjoy live theatre

In Christ College, talented and motivated students in every field of study find personal attention in a vibrant academic setting.

Christ College offers an honors environment where faith and learning are cherished, where interdisciplinary education fosters critical thinking, and where virtues such as charity, humility, and courage are nurtured.

Students in Christ College find a spirited, inclusive learning community that prepares them to pursue their individual callings.

Uncovering the hidden treasures of the dunes.

Fluid Coffeebar Downtown Valpo

We are a locally owned and founded modern coffee roasting lab in Northwest Indiana serving freshly roasted single-origin pour-overs and experimental coffee concoctions at neoteric cafes in “The Region". FLUID Coffee welcomes EVERYONE and serves all-day brunch with vegan options, tonics and teas in style while taking great pride in giving back to our local communities, artists and non-profit organizations.

Gabis Arboretum at Purdue Northwest is a 300-acre, oak preserve of formal gardens, woodlands, wetlands, prairies and hiking trails located near Valparaiso, Indiana. Open year round, the Arboretum offers a wide variety of events and classes for all ages. Officially becoming part of Purdue University Northwest in 2018, Gabis Arboretum provides an enriching, natural habitat for public, educational, conservation and recreational use.

Located approximately 25 miles from the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore and 60 miles southeast of Chicago in Valparaiso, Indiana, Gabis Arboretum offers beautiful vistas, quiet corners and hiking trails to escape into its diverse landscape.

We are a group of fun-loving, hardworking and dynamic women of all ages, occupations and backgrounds, learning and sharing the joy of four-part barbershop harmony.

Welcome to Hot Shop Valpo Glass Blowing Studio. We are 2 artists working together to create unique glass art. We are very pleased to bring this rare and ancient art form to Valparaiso and the surrounding Northwest Indiana community. Please enjoy our online gallery. If you don't see something you love, let us know. We can create custom work from small pieces to large installations. We also offer classes from beginner to advanced with everything in between.

Indiana Ballet Theatre (IBT) is a not for profit that is dedicated to transforming lives and enriching the community through the world of dance.  We do this through performance, outreach and the finest classical dance education.

IBT is celebrating their 40th Anniversary in 2019.  We have 3 studio located in DeMotte, Merrillville and Valparaiso.We teach Pre-Ballet, Ballet, Pointe, Tap, Jazz, Modern, Stretch/Leaps and Turns, Hip Hop as well as Adult classes in Ballet, Tap and Jazz.  Our students begin at the age of 3. 

Schedule your free trial class today!

Tourism is one of Porter County's fastest-growing industries, and Indiana Dunes Tourism's efforts continue to entice travelers to visit our destination. By promoting the Indiana Dunes and then asking visitors to "shake off the sand south of the dunes," tourism helps make our area more attractive to businesses and residents alike.

As the official destination marketing, planning, and development organization for the Indiana Dunes Area/Porter County, Indiana Dunes Tourism strives to find new and better ways to improve and promote this place we call home.

The Learning Arts Centers provides quality tutoring and life skills education for both children and adults, helping them to achieve their full potential. We support the educational needs of those with learning and developmental disabilities, such as Down Syndrome, Autism Spectrum Disorders, and ADD/ADHD.  Classes offered include music, movement, arts and crafts, and experts providing education on significant topics for the populations served. 

The Memorial Opera House, built in 1893 as a memorial to Civil War veterans, is a historic landmark theatre continues a long tradition of opening its doors to local and national talent through the help of our volunteers, a defined mission, a dedicated staff, and partners who support us through generous grants. 

Nate "Can Do" Caricatures: Caricatures for weddings, parties, events, fundraisers,  school sport teams, employees, and commissions. 

Painted Palette Studio: Artwork by Nathan Biancardi done in pencil, charcoal, pen and ink, marker, colored pencil,  pastel, oil pastel, acrylic,  oil,  watercolor, and mixed media. The studio also hosts workshops, painting parties, and teaches private art lessons for adults and children.  

Maximizing self-sufficiency and enriching the quality of life for individuals with disabilities since 1967.

The award-winning PoCo Muse (Porter County Museum) maintains free general admission year-round as the oldest institution devoted to the history and culture of Porter County.

The PoCo Muse is currently closed, but will reopen in September 2021 with an entirely new featured exhibit.

However, the brand-new local art museum of the PoCo Muse, the Montague/Urschel Gallery (known also as ‘The MUG’) is currently open to the public Thursday through Sunday from 11a until 4p.

This 1,500-square-foot, climate-controlled, fully-accessible space is presently home to “On the Scene: Selections from the Permanent Collection.” Visit now through October 10 to view this inaugural exhibit of twenty-seven works of art.

Porter County Parks & Recreation

Porter County Parks and Recreation maintains four parks located in Porter County, Indiana. We strive to provide our neighbors with quality park spaces, meaningful programs, and memorable events. Whether you come for a hike, a program, summer camp, or a festival, we hope you enjoy your time. See you at the parks!

At the Porter County Public Library System, we have made it our mission to provide all residents of the library district with a comprehensive collection of materials in a variety of media that records human knowledge, ideas, and culture and to organize these materials for ready access. Our driving belief is that libraries have the power to change people’s lives and are a cornerstone of the communities they are part of. Through the Porter County Public Library System’s programs, services, and events, we encourage every patron to discover the joy of learning and the love of reading.

Founded in 2012, Roots is the only gluten-free, grain-free, soy-free, meat-free, guilt-free café in Valparaiso, Indiana. Best known for the more than two dozen hand-crafted juices and smoothies we make. we also feature baked goods, dairy-free parfaits, raw truffles, vegan-soups, salads, wraps, and quinoa bowls made in-house daily.

Sarah Fantuzzo is a figurative painter based in NW Indiana. She earned her MFA from the New York Academy of Art. Her work has won many awards including a Maryland State Arts Council Individual Artist Grant. As an arts educator she has taught in a variety of settings including, the National Design Museum, the New York City public schools, Montgomery College, The Smithsonian Institution, and The New York Academy of Art. She currently teaches adult classes at the Chesterton Art Center, The Art Barn School of Art, and at her studio located in Chesterton, Indiana. 

Vintage, antiques and one of a kind direct from artisan goodsFurniture and housewaresVintage Industrial findsJewelry & accessories

The Blues Project is a youth music program based in Valparaiso, Indiana whose aim is to pass on the music and history of the blues to the next generation of musicians through numerous educational and performance opportunities. The Blues Project conducts workshops, sponsors educational trips, and performs throughout Northwest Indiana. 

The Good Earth Pots provides lessons in both hand building and wheel throwing ceramics. Located in Chesterton, a convenient location for all who live in NW Indiana.

The Village Gallery was established in 2009 to promote the arts in Porter County and celebrate artistic talent.  Original artwork from artists around the region and US are on display every six weeks. The exhibits are open to the public, with guest appearances by the artist. The Village Gallery creates educational opportunities for local schools for student field trips to view the rotating exhibits and our permanent art collections that showcase the history of the art community in our region.

Art is enrichment. Pines Village Retirement Communities seeks to enrich the lives of older adults not only through the collections of art that decorate our community, but also through art classes taught by our professional artists.  Art serves as a unifying medium through which friends and family may reflect and bond.  It is through art that Pines Village defines its individuality and embodies the spirit and creativity of its residents.

All exhibits are free and open to the public. Artists interested in exhibiting in The Village Gallery should contact Amy Page.

The Welcome Project collects audio and video oral history stories and pairs its stories with facilitated conversation to forge stronger communities in and across Northwest Indiana. First person stories derive their power from the specific location of a particular individual; by valuing each individual perspective, we hope to provide a space where a collective portrait begins to emerge. Welcome Project initiatives include Flight Paths and The Invisible Project.

The Uptown Café is an eco-responsible specialty coffee, tea, and soda bar with a dynamic food menu. 1 block from the VU campus in the Uptown East building!

General arts and cultural events open to the community, presented by various individuals and organizations.

The Valparaiso Creative Council is a group of local leaders, community members, and arts professionals chosen to advance the growth and development of the creative arts community in and around the City of Valparaiso.

Valparaiso Events is a non-profit organization dedicated to enhancing the Valparaiso community by delivering distinctive events and experiences. We began more than 40 years ago with a single event: the Valparaiso Popcorn Festival, which is still going strong. However, this year we will host 12 unique events! Our longest running, the Valparaiso Popcorn Festival is also our largest, hosting more than 60,000 people each year. Our most popular ticketed events, such as the Chocolate Walk and Valpo Brewfest, sell out in just minutes. Yet, most events are free. Ticket sales and generous sponsors help us to provide a full calendar o fun for the community as we welcome more than 120,000 people to Valparaiso Events experiences each year.

Valparaiso High School Drama Club includes over 100 students from VHS who love to create theatre together! 


We strive to build lasting relationships between individuals of different backgrounds, beliefs, and ethnicities. We strongly believe these relationships create a more inviting, creative, and vibrant community not just for Valparaiso but for the larger Northwest Indiana area.

Valparaiso Oldtime Dance Society

The Valparaiso Oldtime Dance Society is a nonprofit educational organization based in Northwest Indiana. We are dedicated to enjoying, preserving, studying, teaching, and continuing the evolution of American, Celtic and English traditional dance, music and song.

Our dances are open to the public, and children are welcome with accompanying adult. No costume, partner or experience is necessary. All dances are taught.  $5 for adults and no charge for children under 14 with adult.

This department utilizes the City Redevelopment Plans to develop various projects aimed at redevelopment in the City.

The Valparaiso University Center for the Arts is proud to offer a comprehensive and ambitious visual and performing arts program for Valparaiso University, encompassing the areas of Art, Music, Theatre, Bach Institute, and the Brauer Museum of Art.

The Valparaiso University Center for the Arts is a vibrant space for artists and arts-lovers. The Valparaiso University Center for the Arts showcases Valpo’s resources for theatre, music, and art — including the Brauer Museum of Art and the Bach Institute. The space is a home for creativity, expression, and arts appreciation. Performance Venue Arts-lovers come from campus and the surrounding community to attend plays, concerts, and public presentations in the 275-seat University Theatre and the 170-seat Duesenberg Recital Hall.

The center for the arts calendar features performances by prominent and emerging professional artists as well as a number of student productions. The center for the arts functions as a working laboratory for artistic expression. The facility offers a wide range of opportunities for students in music and theatre, including performance, technical operations, recording, set construction, and more. The center for the arts is also home to the ceramic studio, a graphic design computer lab, digital photo and video facilities, color and black-and-white photo labs, and other resources.

The Brauer Museum of Art, located inside the center for the arts, regularly shows works by art students and faculty. Students interested in museum studies and arts management also benefit from hands-on opportunities at the Museum. Artistic Community The opening of the Center for the Arts in 1995 brought the departments of art, music, and theatre together under one roof for the first time in the University’s history. These departments share a commitment to a comprehensive, coherent, and ambitious visual and performing arts program, and the center for the arts fosters a spirit of collaboration and energy in achieving this goal. The Guild Lobby in the center for the arts also functions as campus meeting space, and can be reserved for dinners and programs. To reserve space, contact the center for the arts at 219.464.6950.

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Valpo Parks

The mission of the Valpo Parks is to be a leading partner in preserving, developing, and promoting Valparaiso's unique quality of life.

The Voice of Valparaiso!

WVLP 103.1 fm is a nonprofit community radio station presenting the best in local arts, music, opinion, sports, and more. Local programming includes Art on the Air (a visual arts program airing live every Friday morning at 11am), Livin' It Up (a local music program airing live every Tuesday at 10pm), and Left of Center (focusing on singer-songwriters from Northwest Indiana and Chicagoland) at 6pm every Wednesday.