ArtSpace Uptown Artist Lofts opened in last fall in Michigan City as part of the revival of the city’s arts district. Now up and running, the lofts are contributing to community life in Michigan city like never before.
The lofts moved into the Warren Building, the tallest building in the historic district, and serve as living and working space for local artists and their families. The building’s proximity to the South Shore Line allows these artists to travel to Chicago with ease for various events.
Providing local artists with a place to live and work has already had a positive impact on the revitalization of the arts district, which serves as the center of the community. This has been accomplished through participating in showcases and events.
One of these events is the First Friday Art Walk put on by the Uptown Arts District. This installation has taken place in Michigan City in the past, but ArtSpace is helping to give it a new life. The event is held on the first Friday of every month and is free to the public. A different local artist is featured at various uptown establishments. The public can explore the uptown area and enjoy be
autiful artwork along the way. Each evening also follows a unique theme.
MC Maker Madness is another artist event that recently took place in the Uptown Arts District. It allowed ArtSpace artists and do-it-yourself-ers to showcase their talents and teach others some skills. The event ran throughout an entire June weekend and all workshops took place within uptown businesses. This event served as another way to integrate art into the community.
To learn more about ArtSpace Uptown Artist Lofts and their impact on the community, or about other local innovators, visit www.NWISOI.org.