Over 75 art enthusiasts from around Porter County attended the Sparking the Arts Luncheon held at the Foundation offices on September 14th. John Cain, Executive Director of the South Shore Arts and the Northwest Indiana Symphony, addressed the crowd on “Transformation Through the Arts”.
Sparking the Arts is dedicated to fostering a more visible role for the arts in Porter County. Each year Sparking the Arts awards grants to promote the arts, while building an endowment to support creativity forever.
This year, the Foundation was pleased to recognize four outstanding organizations with grant funding to help them continue their contribution to Porter County’s artistic landscape.
Chicago Street Theatre received a grant to help fund next summer’s Shakespeare in the Park Festival. Frontline Foundations, a state certified substance abuse and addiction outpatient treatment provider, will use their grant to help fund the mobile art apparel printing equipment called Ironclad. The Memorial Opera House will use their grant to help fund their Theater for a New Audience program. The Duneland Family YMCA’s grant will allow them to support their art programs and engage people of all ages, from early childhood and youth programs, to new plans for Seniors and Mature Adults.
“When you really look at the benefits offered by experiences with the arts for people of all ages, and when you consider the prosperity that can be generated by and for a community that supports and promotes the arts, it makes good sense for the Community Foundation to be involved.” said Bill Higbie, President & CEO of the Foundation.
To learn more about the Porter County Community Foundation or Sparking the Arts, please visit portercountyfoundation.org or call 219.465.0294.