MICHIGAN CITY – Lubeznik Art & Artisan Festival (LAAF) features the best contemporary art galleries, artists, and artisans from the region, plus an exciting music lineup, food and art happenings all weekend long!
Now in its 36th year, Lubeznik Center for the Arts (LCA) “Lubeznik Art & Artisan Festival” attracts thousands of shoppers and art enthusiasts to Michigan City’s North End. Held on the third weekend in August, this festival features contemporary art, artist activations, family activities and food. It draws repeat visitors from Chicago, South Bend and Northwest Indiana, as well as Michigan’s nearby ‘Harbor Country’ communities. The festival, which was presented off-site for many years, is now held on the LCA grounds to immerse festival-goers in the LCA experience and to help visitors connect with our mission more effectively.
The mission of LAAF is to celebrate and foster the appreciation of a dynamic array of contemporary artists and artisans through the exhibition and sale of art in a festival setting. LAAF serves as a major fundraiser for LCA with proceeds supporting our exhibitions, programs and educational outreach across the region throughout the year.
All proceeds from LAAF are invested back into the Michigan City community through artistic and educational programs LCA provides year-round. The Michigan City Public Art Committee (MAC) is helping LCA make the arts more accessible in the community through their generous sponsorship that provides free tickets to After-School Program families.
SATURDAY, AUGUST 19
10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
+ live music from 5:00 – 8:00 PM
SUNDAY, AUGUST 20
10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
We’ve reduced the ticket price to $5 at the gate! Admission is FREE to LCA Members, children under 16 and active military personnel with ID. Because LCA members get in free, now is the time to renew or join in order to take advantage of this great member benefit! Visit www.lubeznikcenter.org or call 219.874.4900 to join.
You voiced your opinion and we listened! We’re featuring 70+ contemporary artists and artisans who will be exhibiting and selling their work in outdoor booths on the LCA lawn. Bert Green Fine Art Gallery (Chicago) and Thaddeus C. Gallery (LaPorte, IN) will also be on-site to bring the best in emerging and contemporary artists to Michigan City.
The jurors for this year’s festival are Doug Stapleton and Frank Connet. Both bring a wealth of knowledge and expertise to the process. Doug Stapleton is an Associate Curator of Art with the Illinois State Museum Chicago Gallery. He is also a visual artist and educator. Frank Connet is a studio artist, teacher and the owner of Textile Restoration Inc. in Chicago, IL. His work is in numerous private and public collections including the Art Institute of Chicago, the City of Chicago, Museum of Art and Design (New York), the deYoung Museum (San Francisco) and the MacArthur Foundation (Chicago).
FAMILY ART ACTIVITIES & ARTISTS ACTIVATIONS
It’s a family affair! Collaborate with your community by creating a temporary public art piece, interactive hoop dancing, hands-on STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art & Math) projects using Ozobots, go on an art scavenger hunt of the LCA exhibits, origami projects with exhibiting LAAF artist, Haley Schuberth, and more!
Saturday night, from 5:00 – 8:00PM, wind down the day with live music and a cash bar! Our very own Open Mic King, Tim Rounds, has selected six of the best musicians from our annual open mic events to perform in the Hyndman Gallery. You will not want to miss this!
Shoreline Brewery, 100 Washington, Hero’s Hot Dogs, plus sweet treats!
We offer FREE parking & shuttle service from Blue Chip Casino Hotel & Spa and Lighthouse Place Premium Outlets.