Blooming Out of Trauma

The Black Experience Martin Luther King and Beyond

Marshall J. Gardner Center For The Arts

Accompanying the exhibit, the Miller Community Theater will present an evening of spoken word by local poets and storytellers. The Black Experience: Martin Luther King and Beyond offers interpretations of the Black experience in our ever-changing world. This event takes place Friday, March 8, 7pm at the gallery, $10 admission.

Jamika Smith is an artist and upholsterer, founder of Teena’s Legacy, and an MBACD board member. In honor of African and Black History Month, Teena’s Legacy will curate a dynamic exhibit in the spirit of African tradition and strong community heritage. Jamika will present an exceptional, one-of-a-kind art experience, showcasing established and emerging artists from the Northwest Indiana Region and the Chicagoland area. 

February 2nd–March 8th

Event Hours:

Blooming Out of Trauma Itinerary

Blooming Out of Trauma Opening Reception
Friday, Feb. 2nd
6 – 9 pm
Blooming Out of Trauma Private Event for Donors
Saturday, Feb. 3rd
6 – 9 pm
Blooming Out of Trauma Artist Talk
Sunday, Feb. 25th
2 – 4 pm
The Black Experience Martin Luther King and Beyond
Friday, Mar. 8th
7 – 10 pm
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“The Black Experience Martin Luther King and Beyond” is part of the larger “Blooming Out of Trauma” event.

Upcoming events


Reefer Madness!!! The Musical
Rashelle Roos & Joe Agati Paintings and sculpture
Closing Matinee
Opening Reception Rashelle Roos & Joe Agati
Artists’ Talk Rashelle Roos & Joe Agati


Cydney Lewis & Art Garcia Collage and paintings


Felix Maldonado Selected paintings


Gallery break Our gallery will be closed in late January while we prepare for our 2024 community show.


2024 Community Show Artists from Gary, Connected to Gary, that have not been exhibited in our gallery
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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
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