The Burnham Plan Centennial - Bold Plans, Big Dreams

Program Partners


The Lubeznik Center for the Arts, located in Michigan City, Indiana, is a dynamic, contemporary arts center whose mission is to creatively interweave art exhibitions, the performing arts, educational programming and collaborative community outreach in order to enrich the arts experience within the region.  The Center focuses on serving residents of LaPorte, Porter and Lake Counties, with an extended reach to the South Bend, Indiana area, Southwest Michigan and Chicagoland.

Partner Category: Cultural Institution or Organization

Centennial Activities

Exhibit : Saturday, May 23, 2009 to Monday, July 27, 2009

Interurban Trains & Tourism: Reclaiming the Past for the Future

Lubeznik Center for the Arts

The exhibit features the original paintings commissioned in the late 1920's to promote tourism and economic development between Chicago and South Bend. These paintings, developed as a line of posters commonly known as South Shore Posters, are beautiful examples of vintage artwork portraying the early 20th century boom of Northwest Indiana. In addition there will be an expansive oil painting of the path from the Chicago area to the Michigan City, Indiana site of the CHicago South Shore & South Shore freight.

Thursday, June 18, 2009 7:00pm to 8:30pm

South Shore: The Last Interurban Railroad

Lubeznik Center for the Arts

How did the development and presence of the South Shore in Northwest Indiana transcend Daniel Burnham’s vision and more importantly, how does its presence allow for continued bold and ambitious plans in the future? Join Stephen Loeb will who cover the past, present and future of the South Shore supported by dozens of rare and historical photographs from the Shore Line Interurban Historical Society’s South Shore collection. [MORE]

Sunday, July 19, 2009 5:00pm

"The White City: Burnham's Dream"

Lubeznik Center for the Arts

A preview concert reading of a musical.

"The White City: Daniel Burnham's Dream" sings the story of the 1893 World's Fair in Chicago, the Columbian Exposition, planned and constructed under the leadership of Daniel Burnham. It is a story of contrast and comedy, potential and challenge. What he learned in creating the White City inspired Burnham's vision for the City of Chicago. The musical traces his challenges and personal journey from architect for the rich to humanist, concerned with making the city of Chicago a better place for all its people. [MORE]

Thursday, June 11, 2009 7:00pm to 8:30pm

Dream Train for Kids

Lubeznik Center for the Arts

Hop on the Dream Train! In conjunction with the "Interurban Trains & Tourism" exhibit, children are invited to design their own fantastic version of train transportation. While grown-ups attend the "Duneland Escape" presentation in the gallery, kids can participate in this fun workshop that will stimulate their imagination in the NIPSCO Art Education Studios. Children, parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles and friends can all join in on the fun.

Admission: Free to LCA members and $3 for non-members. [MORE]

Thursday, June 11, 2009 7:00pm to 8:30pm

Duneland Escape: The South Shore Marketing Campaign of the 1920's

Lubeznik Center for the Arts

The campaign in the '20s, designed to increase South Shore Line ridership, included advertising, printed materials, a newsletter, and most notably, the posters. Artist Mitch Markovitz and historian Steve McShane with the Calumet Regional Archives at Indiana University Northwest speak about the artwork used to promote the South Shore Line in a historical context. This program is in conjunction with the Interurban Trains & Tourism exhibit.

Friday, June 5, 2009 5:00pm to 8:00pm

First Fridays at Five - Ridin' the Rails

Lubeznik Center for the Arts

First Fridays at Five - In the spirit of our railroad-related exhibition, "Ridin' the Rails" will feature a live "jug" band and hobo inspired appetizers. Everyone is welcome!

First Fridays at Five are monthly themed events held at the Lubeznik Center for the Arts that provide entertainment, usually a live performance, as well as networking and social opportunities. This is a fun evening where everyone can unwind after work on a Friday with friends - old and new. [MORE]

Lubeznik Center for the Arts

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