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South Shore Arts has been serving Northwest Indiana for over 80 years. 
Please visit us soon at one of our community art centers in Munster, Hammond and Crown Point to discover the artist within you.


South Shore Arts
The Center for Visual and Performing Arts
1040 Ridge Road
Munster, IN 46321


The Center for Visual and Performing Arts (CVPA) has been the home of South Shore Arts since its opening in 1989. As a primary tenant in this multi-use facility, space for South Shore Arts includes the 5,000 square foot William J. Bachman Gallery, the South Shore Arts Gift Shop, studios and general offices. Our main gallery is named after William J. Bachman, the architect of the CVPA and a founding member of South Shore Arts.

The South Shore Arts classrooms on the lower level of the CVPA include the Oesterle and Dietrich Studios, the Bodie Photography Studio, a pre-school art room and a ceramics studio.

South Shore Arts welcomes all visitors and affirms our commitment to making our programs and services accessible to everyone. Adults and children with all levels of all abilities are welcome to participate. Both galleries at the Center for Visual and Performing Arts in Munster are on ground level with no steps at the main entrance on the east side of the building. Elevator access to the lower studio level is available. Ample accessible parking is clearly marked. Wheelchairs are allowed in all areas of the Center for Visual and Performing Arts. Visitors who are blind or have low vision may arrange for free guided exhibit tours by calling Bridget Earnshaw, Director of Exhibitions at 219/836-1839, ext. 108. Please arrange for tour one to two weeks in advance. South Shore Arts classes are available to people of all abilities. Contact Micah Bornstein, Director of Education, at 219/836-1839, ext. 101., to learn more.


Monday – Friday, 10am – 5pm
Saturday, 10am – 4pm
Sunday, Noon – 4pm


Substation No. 9

South Shore Arts Substation No. 9
435 Fayette Street
Hammond, IN 46320


Opened as a satellite of South Shore Arts in 1998, this branch location serves an urban audience with exhibits, classes and community outreach programs. The Substation building was a former NIPSCO Industries electrical substation and was transformed into an urban art center through financial and in-kind contributions from individuals and businesses. Three striking murals were created to cover the sides of Substation No. 9, including "The Hugging Wall" by Tom Torluemke and "Watch Us Grow" by Geoffry Smalley.

Use of the Substation facility is an in-kind contribution of NiSource, Inc. Operating support is provided by the City of Hammond and other donors.


Open for classes only.
You may also call to arrange a visit.

Crown Point


South Shore Arts at the Artful Garden
611 N. Indiana Avenue
Crown Point, IN 46307

South Shore Arts made a smooth transition from our Main Street location in downtown Crown Point to our new branch, South Shore Arts at the Artful Garden, at 611 N. Indiana Avenue, this past spring.  Operating a branch in Crown Point  enables us to achieve our goal of bringing the arts to a greater number of people, while at the same time keeping the arts alive at the only arts center in the city.  Our presence in Crown Point contributes to the quality of life for Crown Point and south Lake County residents by providing a much-needed resource for cultural enrichment that makes these areas more attractive places to live.  Through our relocation to the Artful Garden, South Shore Arts is continuing to provide access to the arts in a setting that offers the potential for both visual and performing arts activities.


Monday – Friday, 10am – 5pm
Saturday, 10am – 4pm
Sunday, Noon – 4pm