The Miller Beach Arts & Creative District strives to be a diverse, welcoming and vibrant cultural destination for the visual, performing and culinary arts. Our aim is to use the arts as a catalyst for community regeneration, sustainability and enriched quality of life that transforms the unique community and environment of Miller into a vital part of the city of Gary and the surrounding region.

Founded in 2011 by a diverse group of passionate volunteers, Miller Beach Arts & Creative District is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, operating as a community development corporation.

The organization operates a 6,000 square foot facility, the Marshall J. Gardner Center for the Arts, as a space for the presentation of a wide variety of visual and performing arts, along with an active schedule of other community events. A sample of events include hosting the performance by the Alvin Ailey II dance troupe from New York, a plein art festival, live music concerts, film screenings, dance performances, different art exhibits every month, our biennial public art street festival, annual sand mandala creation and cultural week with Tibetan monks, artisan fairs, holiday sing along, cultural documentary films, seasonal Farmers Market (June – August) and more. Many events are offered at no or minimal cost, and all are welcome! Our art center is also available for rent: birthday parties, weddings, receptions and community meetings.

We invite you to become involved in whichever way you feel most comfortable – such as exhibiting, performing, volunteering, serving on a committee, teaching a class or workshop, donating to help fund operations and programming, sponsoring a specific event, attending an event, and more!

The following artists have participated in MBACD Events:

If you’ve participated in the Pop-ups or any other event and would like to be included in our list, please let us know.

Upcoming events


Holistic Life Foundation
Community Art Show
First Friday Cookie Walk Brought to you by Shops on Lake Street
What Now? Join us for TEDx Gary Women!
View past events


Family Yoga Moved to Wednesdays
Jenifer Vargo Okamura is now Executive Director of MBACD, as of September 20th, 2021.

Miller Beach Arts & Creative District

Mailing address:

P.O. Box 2405, Gary, IN 46403

Gallery Location:

Marshall J. Gardner Center for the Arts
540 S. Lake Street, Gary, IN 46403
Open Friday and Saturday, 6—8pm, and Sunday 2—4. Find us on , , and Instagram.