We champion the artistic identity of the South Shore. We make the arts accessible. We make the arts essential. We make the arts a catalyst.

We accomplish this by providing:

• Youth Outreach
• Education for all ages
• Exhibitions
• Regional arts services

Kids PaintingNIAA's Art Bus
Twins drawing with colored pencils

The South Shore Arts everykid program serves approximately 28,000 children and their families each year. We partner with schools, social service agencies, and municipal parks and recreation departments to provide these programs primarily in underserved communities. We also offer children’s performances of multi-cultural puppetry and story-telling. These popular shows are attended by approximately 2,500 area school children each year. The annual Beaux Arts Ball fundraiser helps support the everykid program.

Quality Arts Instruction
We conduct over 400 classes each year in all media for all ages, including ceramics, photography, painting, drawing, cartooning and acting. We have fully equipped studios
and classrooms in Munster, Crown Point and Hammond. (In Hammond, residents receive classes at half price.) Our free art appreciation programs such as “Art in Focus”
are popular with adults of all ages.

Regional, National & International Exhibitions
More than 20 exhibitions fill four South Shore Arts’ galleries each year, showcasing regional, national and international artists and cultures. Exhibitions have included Andy Warhol, Norman Rockwell and artwork from Bilbao, Spain. This year, we are presenting Mid-Century Modern: Style in the Age of Mad Men, featuring design and style by masters such as Nelson, Eames, Bertoia, Noguchi and Saarinen. Our annual Salon Show, a tradition since 1944, provides artists with $10,000 in prize money through the generosity of our donors.

Funding for the Arts
We are awarding over $200,000 in grantswith funds provided by the Indiana Arts Commission to over 30 nonprofit arts providers in Lake, porter and LaPorte counties.

South Shore Arts Gift Shop
The Gift Shop is the largest national retailer of South Shore Posters. These posters promote the artistic identity of Lake Michigan’s South Shore. The shop also offers original artisan-designed gifts for personal and corporate giving.

Serving the South Shore
In 1997, South Shore Arts was appointed as the Regional Arts Partner for the Indiana Arts Commission. In this capacity we serve Lake, Porter and LaPorte counties. Besides awarding grants, we perform cultural needs assessment and planning. We created a South Shore Arts Chamber of Commerce to bring people together for the purpose of building the regional arts community through awareness and collaboration throughout the South Shore.

We create awareness of arts events and opportunities through Convergence magazine, our monthly e-newsletter, our online regional arts calendar and Lakeshore Public Television’s “Eye on the Arts.”

About Us
South Shore Arts has been improving the quality of life along the South Shore for over 75 years. It all started in the hat department of Minas Department Store in downtown Hammond, Indiana with an annual exhibit of regional artists, known today as the Salon Show. Located in the Center for Visual and Preforming Arts, Munster, South Shore Arts opened two branch locations—Substation No. 9, an inner-city art center in downtown Hammond, and the Crown Point Community Art Center in Crown Point—in 1998.

South Shore Arts is governed by a 40-member volunteer board of directors and is managed by a staff of eight full-time and two part-time employees. The fiscal year 2013 budget is $1.3 million. Funding is derived from individual and corporate memberships and contributions, program underwriting, public and private grants, the Beaux Arts Ball, income-producing programs such as classes and performances, and annual distributions from the South Shore Arts Endowment Fund.

We provide artistic management of the "Just Around the Corner" South Shore posters of the Northwest Indiana Forum. Since 2008, we have managed the Northwest Indiana Symphony Orchestra.

South Shore Arts is a not-for-profit organization fully exempt from federal income tax under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code (federal I.D. #23-7049722).

South Shore Arts was awarded the 2006 Great Lake Award for Excellence in Non-Profit Management.