everykid Program

Arts Education / Outreach

South Shore Arts is dedicated to providing impactful art experiences through outreach.

We seek to make our communities more interesting and colorful places!

Through partnerships with schools and service agencies, we reach a vast number of students by taking our instructors and supplies directly to them. Our outreach is aimed at closing creative gaps in artistically underserved populations from urban to rural and everything in between, most of it at little to no cost.

South Shore Arts reached over 30,000 youth with our everykid program this year!

What is the everykid program? 

The everykid program is the umbrella program for over 20 of our youth outreach programs. These programs are conducted throughout the region on a large and accessible scale, much of it at no cost to participants. We are able to reach a large number of children and youth by taking our instructors and supplies directly to them through partnerships with over 40 organizations, municipalities and school districts.

Among our most popular everykid programs are our book-to-project workshops, in which South Shore Arts instructors visit classrooms to provide a literacy-based art activity, bringing all supplies with them. Selected book titles include The Skin You Live In, You Be You, the Crayon Box that Talked and Waterville. Each workshop is unique to the theme of the book. Teachers and students love these workshops!

Another program is I Am Influential: Positive Living Through the Arts, which utilizes the power of art to reinforce healthy living choices for middle school students.

South Shore Arts also offers scholarship classes for students at our three locations, the Center for Visual and Performing Arts, Substation No. 9 and South Shore Arts at the Artful Garden.

Attention schools & organizations!

Let us create a custom program to suit your particular needs or interests! It can be a one-day workshop or an extended program. It can be held at your school or at one of our facilities. The options are endless. Contact our Education Department to discuss

Why art?

Besides being enjoyable, the arts have a number of benefits that you might not expect.  The arts prepare students for academic success, job readiness and essential life skills.

Top 10 Skills Youth (and Adults) Can Learn from the Arts

1. Creativity

2. Confidence

3. Problem-Solving

4. Perseverance

5. Focus

6. Non-Verbal Communication

7. Receiving Constructive Feedback

8. Collaboration

9. Dedication

10. Accountability

Be a sponsor

Looking for a creative way to give back to your community? Sponsor a program or a class. We always welcome individual and corporate sponsorships for our outreach programs. Help us keep our communities creative!


The Skin You Live In  a South Shore Arts  everykid  program

The Skin You Live In a South Shore Arts everykid program

My students were very excited to make their self-portraits. They have studied people of all cultures and this workshop allowed for more self-awareness and recognizing the beauty of our differences.
— H. Halkies, Salk Elementary School, Merrillville, IN
Selected titles used for  everykid  book-to-project workshops

Selected titles used for everykid book-to-project workshops

The art project and story were interactive, fun and relevant! This was engaging and valuable for the students. This also provided an enrichment that we do not normally have time for.
— S. Foote, Eldon Ready Elementary School, Griffith, IN

We couldn't do it with out you!

Our current funders include: 

  • Annual Fund Donors

  • ArceorMittal

  • Beaux Arts Ball sponsors & attendees

  • BMO Harris Bank

  • City of Crown Point

  • City of Hammond

  • Crown Point Community Foundation

  • First Midwest Bank

  • Huhtamaki

  • Indiana University Northwest

  • Lake County Substance Abuse Council

  • Legacy Foundation

  • McDonald's

  • Morrow Family Foundation

  • National Endowment for the Arts

  • Tri Kappa, Beta Rho Chapter

  • Whole Foods

  • Dean & Barbara White Family Foundation

  • and many others

Funding for the everykid program comes from individuals, corporations and foundations throughout our community and beyond. The Beaux Arts Ball and Annual Fund provide additional support. Thanks to the donations we've received, South Shore Arts can continue to provide and expand arts education opportunities to children and youth along the South Shore.

Some of our recent community partnerships include:

  • Big Brothers Big Sisters

  • Calumet College of St. Joseph

  • Center for Visual and Performing Arts

  • City of Hammond

  • Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago Northwest Indiana

  • Hammond Downtown Council

  • Lake County Public & Private Schools

  • Lake, Porter & LaPorte County Public & Private Schools

  • Northwest Indiana Symphony

  • Temple Beth-El / Munster

  • Theatre at the Center