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Beginning with the first Pop Up Art Event in September of 2011, the MBACD has organized and sponsored a wide range of programming. Artists working in all media have been featured including painting, sculpture, video, photography, fashion, music, dance, and theater drawing a cumulative audience of over 40,000.

Past events

Anatomy of Artists

Soup and Screen

Footsteps in the Dunes

Bees Knees Bash

Chorus Angelorum

Sand Castle Competition

Chorus Angelorum

Sacred Arts Tour

Events archive

Artist Talk
Opening Reception Suzy Vance's Uncharted Territory
Constance Volk
Book Signing Medley of Art: The Richness of Living in Community
Golf Outing and Dinner 5th Annual Fundraiser
Medley of Art The Richness of Living in Community
Painters Printing: Miller Edition Monotype Printing by Angela Saxon, Anne Corlett, Royce Deans
Joe Rauen Live Music With Handmade Instruments
Industrial Sights Photographs by Matthew Kaplan and Robin Michals
Mid-Century Living – acrylic paintings by Dan Nelson A much needed breath of fresh air!
Lake Effekt Mural Art Festival
Farmers Market 2020 Season extended through October 25!
Chernobyl Experience With The Decay Devils
Funky Mojodaddy Live on Lake Street
Living Mid-Century An Exhibit of paintings by Daniel Nelson
Dance, Song, & Soul Food Celebrate Black History Month
Smooth Willie Fultz band! Live on Lake Street
Anatomy of Artists Group Art Exhibit
Artist Talk with Marty Bohn About "Definitive Moments"
On the Table Community Discussion
4th Annual Golf Tournament, Dinner and Silent Auction
Marisol Miranda salsa band Live on Lake Street
Definitive Moments Photography Exhibit
Rebecca & Co! Live on Lake Street
The JEGS Live on Lake Street
In Her Own Style Art exhibit
One Mic Youth music and spoken word performances
Haunts Urban Exploration Photography Exhibit
Miller Beach Farmers Market 2019
What Do You Want To See? A Community Discussion
Kevin Firme Solo Exhibit
Holiday Bazaar
Five Foot Two A documentary film about Lady Gaga
Community Meeting about Ming Ling Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson—Lake Street Development
Artist Talk: Larry Lapidus Portrait Exhibit
Annual Golf Outing
Shoreline Committee meeting (Miller Citizens Corporation)
Larry Lapidus Portrait Exhibit
Plein Air Event and art sale/reception
Reconnect An exhibition of landscape paintings
Shoreline Committee meeting Miller Citizens Corporation
Hometown Gems Through the Eyes of Jim Wilson, Della Schaller, Dale Fleming
Shoreline Committee meeting Miller Citizens Corporation
Copper Guilding Artist Demonstration with Kei Constantinov
Artists’ Journey Group art exhibit
Summer Artisan Fair
The Great Pretender A documentary film about Freddie Mercury
Dual Insights Carole Stodder and Tom Brand Paintings
Just US Roosevelt High School student art exhibit
Farmers Market Fundraiser Chili cookoff, dancing, silent auction and more!
Time Ghost Gregg Hertzlieb
Mocha Flavored Clouds
Rosenwald Documentary Film
Paint It Black Art Exhibit
CommUNITY Station exhibit
#Giving Tuesday 2017
Joy Rides A documentary film about outsider artist Wesley Willis
Holiday Artisan Fair 2017
Show Off People Who Collect
Night of the Living Dead
Closing Ceremony
Mani Stone Painting Workshop Part of the Sacred Arts Tour
Drumming Circle and Peace Puja at the Aquatorium!
Butter Sculpture Workshop Part of the Sacred Arts Tour
World Peace Sand Mandala Construction
Opening Ceremony
Sacred Arts Tour
Gallery of Horrors
American Ballet Theatre A documentary film
Scary Stuff! Watch it Grow!
On the Table Community Discussion and Meal
MBACD Golf Outing / Fundraiser
Miller Citizens Corporation Shoreline Committee Meeting
Beach Ball
The Pain’t in My Life Art exhibit by Parris Gill, Sr.
Not Fade Away Music Photography by Bobby Talamine
Sand Sculpting Competition and Beach Party
Me, Myself & I Jesse Johnson art exhibit
Black Ice Corky Gray art exhibit
Drum Circle for First Fridays!!!
Bette Midler A documentary film
Lake Effekt 2017!
Art Extravanganza From Lighthouse Charter Schools
Conflict Prints, Sculptures and Assemblage
Open Mic Poetry Readings
Gary Poetry Project workshop
Get Surreal With The Paintings Of Doug Davis
April Artisan Fair
The Art Within Rebuilding Through Preservation
Fats Domino A documentary film
Vanguards II Hope, Disappointment and Future History
Calumet Heritage Partnership meeting Open to the public
Poetry Reading
Heroes’ Quest The Indiana Dunes State Park Radio Play and Puppet Show
Giving Tuesday Support the MBACD
Annual Holiday Artisan Fair
Althea Documentary Film
Jeff Manes Book Signing
South Shore Soup Microfunding dinner
Reframing Histories
Cinema and Cocktails Gary International Black Film Festival Eve
Objectified Mathias 'Spider' Schergen's solos art from found objects exhibit and workshop
South Shore train double track project – meeting with NICTD
First Inaugural MBACD Golf Outing
Cut From a Different Cloth Reception and art exhibit featuring Corky Gray
National Lakeshore Blow Out event with Save the Dunes
Access 4 All Film Premier
Fest in the First
First Friday – September 2
Home Tour Lake Michigan Modern
Lake Michigan Modern Miller Beach Exhibit
3rd Annual Sand Castle Competition
Jeff Manes Book Signing
Music/Movement Workshop – African Expressions for Kids (6-12 years)
Nelson Algren Photography Exhibit By Art Shay
Nelson Algren Festival
Music/Movement Workshop African Expressions for Kids (6-12 years)
Amy Winehouse Documentary Film with introduction by Larry Lapidus.
Intro to Manga Japanese comic drawing art class (12—Adult)
Yoga for kids Ages 6—12 years
June Pop Up Artisan Fair
Sand and Steel Iron Sculpture Exhibit
Bead Town is BACK!!!
Miller Beach Farmers Market 2016
Lighthouse Charter School Student art showcase and silent auction
Intermediate Drawing For Adults
Intermediate Drawing Ages 8-10
Poetry, Films and Popcorn Celebrating National Poetry Month with live readings and films
Soup and Screen Film, soup and silent auction to benefit the Miller Beach Farmers Market
Spring Pop Up – Artisan Fair and cafe
Community Conversation With Save the Dunes / National Lakeshore
Beginning Drawing classes For Adults
Beginning Drawing classes – ages 8-10
Jeff Manes Book Signing
Straight Shooters Photography Exhibit featuring Bob Palmieri and Larry Lapidus
What Happened, Miss Simone? Documentary Film
Steel Closets Anne Balay lectures from her book
Turning Trash into Treasure Found Art Workshop
Vanguards Moving 'Out Here' to Miller
Finding Lucy Documentary film about Lucille Ball
Zentangle Adult drawing classes
Exhibit and Silent Auction For Miller Doors
Miller Doors Painting Workshop
Footsteps in the Dunes A radio play spotlighting 3 ecologists: Diana, Cowles and Douglas
All Worth Their Salt Book signing and live storytelling with Jeff Manes
Richard Pociask Art Exhibit
Calumet River Project
Watercolor and More Art class, ages 16 and up
Calumet River Project
Bees Knees Bash A Speak Easy Event
Chorus Angelorum
The Unwonted
If These Walls Could Tell Storytelling Event
Collective Perspectives Photo Exhibit
Sand Castle Competition
Action Group Workshop Organized by Miller Spotlight
Tibetan Monks Sand Mandala Opening Ceremony And Initial Viewing
When You’re Strange A Film About The Doors
Saving The Dunes Artist Path Exhibit
Algren Documentary Film and artist talk
I Am Divine A Documentary Film
Love: Lost & Found Organized by Tim Petrites
Holiday Bazaar Pop-Up Arts & Crafts
Bead Town Art Exhibit and Workshops
Motown Christmas Concert Live Band
The Power of Song A documentary about Pete Seeger
The Maestro A film about Arturo Toscanini
Chorus Angelorum Renaissance Choral Concert
Aggregate Valparaiso University Art Faculty Exhibit
Everglades of the North An award-winning film
Dual Nature Art Exhibit
The Dream Continues Remembering Martin Luther King, Jr.
Line Drawing Hannah Barnes Exhibit
South Shore Summer Music Festival Northwest Indiana Symphony Concert
Sacred Arts Tour Tibetan Monk Sand Madala Painting
Classic Auto Show & Pop Up Art
Where’s the Magician When You Need Him? Tom Torluemke
Exit Through the Gift Shop Lecture/Movie
Wirt Emerson Visual & Performing Arts Art, Music, & Dance Performance
The Concert Years Lecture/Movie about Judy Garland
FDR Ed Asner Performance
Outsider Art Lecture with John Cain / Susanne Craig
Denny Davis Retrospective Art Exhibit
Leontyne Price Sings Lecture/Movie
Father of Modern Photography Lecture/movie about Alfred Steiglitz
In an Indescribable Vessel And Moving Rapidly Toward An Indistinct Shore
An Opera Recital Carter Scott & Celeste Rue
To Be Designed SAIC Graduates
Mozart Program Chorus Angelorum
La Davina The Life & Career of Maria Callas
Michael Jackson Visions Exhibit & Films
Emerging Perspectives Ball State Graduate Artists
Craig Smith Galleries Exhibit & Pop Up
Spring Pop Up
Winter Organ Concert Dr. Gail Archer
Holiday Arts & Crafts Pop Up Art
Massive Art Attack Halloween Pop Up
Massive Art Attack Pop-Up Art On Lake Street
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Marshall J. Gardner Center for the Arts

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