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ArtHouse: A Social Kitchen officially opens Nov. 19

The public is invited to join fellow members of the Gary community as ArtHouse: A Social Kitchen prepares to celebrate its grand opening on Saturday, November 19 from 4-6 p.m. Located at 411 E. 5th Avenue, ArtHouse is Gary’s newest destination for food, culture, art, meeting, and learning.

Guests will enjoy complimentary confections from local culinary artists, a free hot apple cider station, musical entertainment from G-B’z and Anointed Voices Choir, marshmallow roasting around com- munal fire pits, and the official unveiling of our public art installation. Guests will also have the opportunity to purchase delicious delectables from Mama Pearl’s or local food trucks, Sizzle Box and Cool Runnings.

The evening’s ceremonies will include remarks from Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson, Theaster Gates, Artistic Director of ArtHouse, and Ripple + Wilson, Bloomberg Philanthropies Public Art Commission recipients.

Support for ArtHouse is provided by Bloomberg Philanthropies and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.

About Bloomberg Philanthropies Public Art Challenge:

In 2014 Bloomberg Philanthropies launched the Public Art Challenge, inviting mayors of U.S. cities (with at least 30,000 residents) to collaborate with artists and arts organizations and propose innovative public art projects that engage residents and attract visitors. The Public Art Challenge was designed to support temporary public art that celebrates creativity, enhances urban identity, encourage public-private partnerships, and drives economic development. Out of 237 submissions, four winning projects were announced in June 2015: ArtHouse: A Social Kitchen (Gary, IN), Breathing Lights (Albany, Schenectady and Troy, NY), Current: LA Water (Los Angeles, CA) and Seeing Spartanburg in a New Light (Spartanburg, SC). For more information, please visit or follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, and Twitter @BloombergDotOrg.

About the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation:

Knight Foundation is a national foundation with strong local roots. We invest in journalism, in the arts, and in the success of cities where brothers John S. and James L. Knight once published newspapers. Our goal is to foster informed and engaged communities, which we believe are essential for a healthy demo-cracy. For more, visit

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