Reframing Histories

Marshall J. Gardner Center For The Arts

Engaging our past and present through a chorus of voices, memories, image, and text

This is an INTERACTIVE exhibit, and this is how you can be involved:

November 13 at 2:30 pm: we will be hosting a Cross County Conversation about Lake and Porter counties.

Miller Beach Arts & Creative District — October 28 – November 13, 2016 Fridays and Saturdays 6-9pm, Sundays 1-4pm

OPENING RECEPTION Friday October 28th 6-9pm (BRING PHOTOS and your STORY)


Frames draw and focus our attention to what lies inside them; they can deepen our insights. Frames also remove features from our sight; if we ignore what lies outside them, we miss an opportunity to broaden our perspective. This exhibition frames several important elements of our Northwest Indiana history—de-urbanization, life in the mills, experiences of homelessness—and reframes them by placing them alongside each other and in the context of first-person stories of neighborhood life and resilience. Viewers can interact with the exhibit in many ways: add thoughts and memories to the exhibit, map childhood homes, browse reading material from NWI authors in the reading room, interview family and friends at the audio station, or bring historical photographs to scan, print, and add to the exhibit. Featured work includes the Welcome Project’s Flight Paths initiative, Aimee Tomasek’s photographic series, “Hot Idle, LTV Steel,” woodcut prints by Corey Hagelberg, and The Invisible Project, a traveling exhibit that makes visible stories of homelessness in Porter County through storytelling, infographics, and art.

Using works from the show, the Miller Beach Arts & Creative District and Valparaiso University’s Civic Reflection Initiative will host a cross-county conversation on November 13 at 2:30 pm. How and when have we been good neighbors, and what conditions support our ability to connect across neighborhoods, cities, and counties?

This exhibition is supported in part by the Welcome Project at Valparaiso University, Calumet Regional Archives, Miller Beach Arts & Creative District, Indiana Arts Commission, South Shore Arts, National Endowment for the Arts, countless Welcome Project volunteers, and the many storytellers willing to share their memories. The Invisible Project is the result of a partnership between the Welcome Project at Valparaiso University, the Porter County Coalition for Affordable Housing, Housing Opportunities, Gabriel’s Horn, Dayspring Women’s Center, the Porter County Museum, and those who generously shared their stories of homelessness.

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“Reframing Histories” is part of our Exhibits series.

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