Art Beat in the Heart of South Bend
A group of like-minded individuals came together in 2003 with a common idea — to showcase the work of local visual, performing, and culinary artists in the heart of South Bend. Art Beat was born and has over the past several years become a downtown South Bend signature art and cultural event drawing over 10,000 visitors annually.
Engage your sense in this day-long showcase of over 200 visual, performing and culinary artists from the Michiana area. Stroll the streets of downtown South Bend during this free, family-friendly event.
Arts on the Race in South Bend
Join us the last Saturday of month during the summer as we celebrate the arts during East Race rafting. Arts on the Race is a continuation of Art Beat as local artists display and sell their art work along the East Race. Come out, take a ride down the East Race, meet an artist, and take home a new treasure!
Bristol Opera House - Elkhart Civic Theatre
For more than 50 years, Elkhart Civic Theatre has been performing a wide variety of theatrical entertainment in Elkhart County, Indiana. From small beginnings as the Elkhart Little Theatre in the late 1940s, presenting one or two plays a year in borrowed or rented facilities, the organization has grown to a full-fledged arts organization.
Today, ECT owns and operates the Bristol Opera House, a 100-year-old theatre in Bristol, Indiana, where it performs the bulk of its productions. ECT produces a six-show season, usually consisting of four non-musicals and two musicals. There is also a summer musical, a Christmas season musicale and other special events.
In recent years, ECT has gained statewide and regional recognition as one of the best community theatres in the midwest. In 2003, at the AACT/Fest in Torrington, CT., ECT placed third in the national community theatre excerpt competition which places it as one of the best community theatres in the United States.
Debartelo Performing Arts at Notre Dame
The DeBartolo Performing Arts Center is an inclusive, second-city destination for the region’s premier Visiting Artist Series—art with a point of view—informed by reflection on our Catholic character and inspired by the academy’s pursuit of knowledge. In this spirit, we ask the art we love to reveal its secrets to us such that we can soak up perspective, beliefs central to our humanity and simply experience pure joy. Several artists are involved each season in multiple days of engagement experiences yet take the stage for just one to three transformative performances.
Here dance, music, theater and cinema aren’t charming diversions: They are unconventional inspirations.
Fischoff National Chamber Music Association
Our Mission: Inspiring lives through breathtaking performances
In 1973, Joseph E. Fischoff and fellow members of the South Bend Chamber Music Society sought an innovative way of encouraging young people to pursue chamber music study and performance. The idea of a competition arose, and that first year, six ensembles participated.
Little did the society members know how their idea would grow. Today, still at home in South Bend, Indiana, theFischoff Competition is the largest chamber music competition in the nation and the world. Each year, an average of 125 ensembles, representing 22 nationalities, enter in either the wind or string categories of three to six performers. Fischoff is the only national chamber music competition with both senior divisions (ages 18-35) and a junior division (age 18 and younger). Since its founding, more than 6,600 musicians have participated, many of whom have gone on to distinguished careers in music performance and education.
Committed to music education, the Fischoff uniquely partners with competition alumni to bring free, innovative music programs directly to children in their own schools and community centers. Known as the Fischoff Arts-in-Education Residency, these programs have served more than 56,000 community children since 1995 and reach more than 6,000 underserved and at-risk young people every year. Additionally, Fischoff offers several programs to support and encourage area high school-aged musicians.
Gears on Acid, Sarah Dolezal, Mixed Media Artist, Steampunk
Link: http://www.gearsonacid.com/home My work is an expression of my love and vulnerability. I take junk and broken items and build them back up from trash to treasure. Everything has become disposable. I think most of my work is meant to remind people of things that used to be, or the beauty in turning things people would normally throw away into new and beautiful wonders. Sarah Dolezal 574-229-5216
The Lerner Theatre, an Elkhart Landmark, is part of a revival, a new era for the arts, commerce and life in the heart of our community. The Lerner is evidence of this rebirth with its timeless, never-lost quality of an old theatre reborn as a state of the art performance and event facility.
In 2006 a group of area business people began a study to see how renovating the Elco might contribute to drawing people to the downtown area. This “performing arts district” along with other additions to the downtown area such as the river walk, Indiana University at South Bend Elkhart Campus, Main Street renovation, and newly built office buildings and remodeled restaurants will provide a quality of life enrichment for our city and area residents.
The Lerner, a multimillion dollar theatre renovation, was designed, budgeted and approved in 2008. Remodeling began in 2009 and was completed in the summer of 2011.
Mendel Center - Lake Michigan College
Each year the Mendel Center is able to bring great shows to the area through the generous support of individuals and companies who share a commitment to bringing culture and professional entertainment to our community. The Premiere Partners program is one way to directly support the Mainstage. - See more at: http://lmcmainstage.org/#sthash.Hl1ytOYQ.dpuf
Morris Performing Arts
The historic Morris Performing Arts Center, which includes the Morris theater and the Palais Royale ballroom, is South Bend's premiere venue for live entertainment. The 2,564 seat theater presents, on the average, 90 performances a year ranging from Broadway to Symphony to rock to comedy - you name it! The Morris has been consistently ranked among the Top 100 Theaters Worldwide by Pollstar Magazine, a highly respected industry journal and is, without a doubt, the "HOTTEST" ticket in town!
The Morris Performing Arts Center, located at 211 North Michigan Street in the heart of downtown South Bend, is not only listed on the National Register of Historic Places, but it is one of the most beloved landmarks in the city. Patrons may have come here to see their first concert or Broadway show; some had their first date here and maybe even had their first kiss in the balcony. We hold a special place in many people’s hearts, and we take that responsibility very seriously.
We hope you enjoy your experience and we look forward to seeing you under the marquee lights here at the MAGNIFICENT MORRIS!
The Palais Royale, in South Bend, Indiana, opened in 1922 as a big band dance hall and featured opulent décor inspired by the great cities of Europe.
With the renovation and restoration of 2002, the Palais Royale features a breathtaking ambiance and historic atmosphere, with custom-designed food and beverage service. The Palais is perfect for your next event. The Palais is part of the Morris Performing Arts Complex.
South Bend Civic Theatre
South Bend Civic Theatre was founded in 1957 by two University of Notre Dame graduates. SBCT staged most of its productions after 1968 at The Firehouse, a local historic landmark located at 701 Portage Ave., in the city’s historic Park Avenue neighborhood.
South Bend Civic Theatre operates primarily out of our main building, 403 N. Main, which houses both the Wilson Mainstage Auditorium and the Warner Studio Theatre. Occasionally we produce shows, camps and classes off-site, so patrons are encouraged to check on location.
South Bend Civic Theatre has grown dramatically in the past decade:
Programming has increased from 6 to more than a dozen productions annually, with more than 125 performances a year.
The audience has grown from 3,500 to 20,000. Hundreds of volunteers participate onstage, backstage, on the board and as ushers annually.
Contributions to our Annual fund have risen from $3,000 in 1995 to more than $180,000 annually.
Since 1996, thousands of area youth have benefited from SBCT classes and camps, attended or participated in SBCT productions, compared to just a handful in years prior. With the launch of the “Kids4Kids” program in 2009, thousands of K-12 students have the chance to see live theatre through SBCT’s daytime school performances.
SBCT has been recognized time and again through awards at state, regional, even national, competitions.
South Bend Symphony
The orchestra’s greatest hope is to swell the audiences with a blend of young, old, and all other ages in between enjoying the music, immersed in it, and inspired by it. As Victor Hugo reminds us, “Music expresses that which cannot be put into words and that which cannot remain silent.” The entire South Bend Symphony Orchestra family fervently hopes that the SBSO will be playing its music for another 81 years!
In 1973, several dancers came together because they shared an important common bond — their love of dance. The newly formed alliance made a commitment to respect distinct dance traditions by giving each artist the freedom to pursue her chosen idiom. Founding members included Ann Dunn, the company’s first Artistic Director, who was soon joined by Bonnie Boilini Baxter and Jill Engel Tulchinsky. Their vision guided the young company throughout its early years. Performances and classes were held at Dancenter, a 100-year-old church converted to dance studios and theater space. SDT remained there until 1981 when the company moved temporarily to Center Century before locating in its current home at the Colfax Cultural Arts Center, a cooperative arts and neighborhood complex with national historic site status.
Southold Dance Theater’s curriculum is based on the AMERICAN BALLET THEATRE® National Training Curriculum, a breakthrough, eight-level program that combines high-quality artistic training with the basics of dancer health and child development.
Our curriculum is founded on the highest standards of classical ballet technique. Each level is created to be age-appropriate according to this defined curriculum. To this base of academic classicism is added the importance of freedom in movement and musical expressively — training dancers to embody the athletic attack and grace inherent in contemporary movement styles.
Students take classes in ballet technique, pointe, variations and men’s technique. There are additional classes in conditioning, modern, jazz, and hip hop.
Southold Dance Theater begins accepting students starting from ages three through seven for our Children’s Division. Beginning at age eight, students follow a structured sequence of training in ballet technique, pointe and variations designed to increase their technical skills, stamina and discipline in accordance with their age and physical development in the Intermediate Division.
Southwestern Michigan College
Location: 58900 Cherry Grove Road, Dowagiac, MI 49047 800-456-8675
Southwestern Michigan University's Auditorium hosts many events.
Built by the community, with the community, for the community. That’s what we’re doing here and it’s early but it looks like we’re being successful. 2014 brings the opportunity to expand, to empower more folks, to offer more affordable, out of the ordinary entertainment and to continue to help build strong communities. Because at the end of the day that’s what really counts here. Of course we want to make money and ensure this thing is long lived but if we are successful, and smart about it, we know the dollars will come.
The State is a fantastically flexible venue with its open spaces and historic charm. We are currently operating as a black box meaning we do not have a house sound or lighting system or extensive access to furnishings such as tables or chairs. What we lack in amenities we make up for with location, appeal, and creativity.
Taste of the Gardens - Elkhart, IN
Spend a summer day strolling through beautiful gardens, perusing fine art, listening to music and enjoying a sampling of tasty foods.
The tranquil gardens surrounding the ponds of Elkhart’s historic well field are filled with artists exhibiting wares from impressive sculptures to exquisite jewelry. A variety of area restaurants serve up their scrumptious fare, wine and beverages, while local musicians entertain throughout the day.
Center for History
The Center for History’s mission is to collect, preserve, interpret, exhibit and teach the heritage of the St. Joseph River Valley region. First organized in 1867, the Center for History is the second oldest historical society in Indiana. The site includes:
Midwest Museum of Art
The Midwest Museum of American Art is located in the center of downtown Elkhart, Indiana in a beautifully renovated neo-classical style bank building. The Midwest Museum of American Art is a showcase of the 19th and 20th century American Art, with original paintings by Grandma Moses and Norman Rockwell. Along with the original Norman Rockwell the Midwest Museum houses a large collection of hand signed lithographs by this famous American artist. In all, the permanent collection numbers over 3,000 works with at least 600 on display at any time during the year.
Raclin School of the Arts
The Ernestine M. Raclin School of the Arts, center stage at IU South Bend for Communication Studies, Music, New Media, Theatre & Dance, and Visual Arts. The creative arts are the essential core of civilization, reflecting the heart and soul of communities and individuals. The arts are our heritage and guide our vision of the future. At the Raclin School of the Arts we celebrate with breathtaking performances, spirited conversation, and thought provoking imagery, all born out of our dedication to providing students with a superb arts education.
Our international faculty of celebrated performers, recognized artists, and dedicated educators offer their expertise and talent in small classes where one-on-one interaction isn’t the exception, it is the rule. Raclin School of the Arts students enjoy the advantages of a liberal arts degree program combined with exceptional arts training.
Opportunities for EducatorsTours and Field TripsRuthmere offers numerous opportunties for educators to expand and enhance their teaching of history through tours and special educational events at Ruthmere, Havilah Beardsley House, and at other historic sites in our county. Ruthmere worked with the Elkhart County Parks and the Elkhart County Historical Society to develop these programs that provide your students with a more immersive historical experience.
We have developed a set of materials for teachers to use in the classroom as part of their local history curriculum. The PowerPoint presentation "Exploring Elkhart's Roots with Ruthmere" is also ideal as a preview presentation for classes planning a visit to Ruthmere. The complete kit includes the presentation, a presenters guide and a copy of the Indiana State Standards for third grade social studies to help in lesson planning.
Snite Museum at Notre Dame
The Snite Museum of Art provides opportunities to enjoy, respond to, learn from, and be inspired by original works of art. As an integral unit of the University of Notre Dame, the Museum supports teaching and research; furthers faith-based initiatives for greater internal diversity and service to the external community; and reflects the traditions and values of the University.
The Museum is a member of, and accredited by, the American Alliance of Museums (formerly the American Association of Museums).
Some of the additional annual professional institutional memberships maintained by the Snite are in the College Art Association, Indiana Association of Museums, and Midwest Art History Society.
The director of the Snite Museum of Art is a member of the prestigious Association of Art Museum Directors.
Healthworks Children's Museum
HealthWorks! has been infectiously contaminating kids of all ages since our doors first opened in February 2000. Two years earlier, the leadership of Memorial Health System and Memorial Health Foundation, inspired by Memorial’s vision of becoming the healthiest community in the nation, began dreaming about a bold and innovative way to reach kids. They knew that new and different approaches were needed to give children the passion and courage to lead inspired and healthy lives. They also knew they didn’t know a lot about how to do this…but they boldly moved forward, learning at the speed of light as they visited dozens of facilities and joined forces with many experts from both our local community and from across the country. Very quickly, the vision changed from dream to reality with the development and creation of HealthWorks!, a one-of-a-kind place that merges the best of both worlds from children’s museums and health education centers with our own creative spin. Today, we are the educational arm of Memorial Children’s Hospital and over half a million people have experienced our irresistible health edutainment through field trips, community outreach programs, birthday parties, special events and general admission visits. And though our facility is important, HealthWorks! is really about people and the way we interact.
South Bend Museum of Art
The South Bend Museum of Art features a full spectrum of historical and contemporary art featured in five galleries. A wide range of artistic traditions are taught in our world-class art studios. Located inside the Century Center in downtown South Bend, Indiana, the SBMA is an architectural delight. Designed by Philip Johnson and John Burgee, the museum occupies three levels in the northern wing of the building.
The South Bend Museum of Art affirms the enduring power of the visual arts to reflect and create community, engage minds, and nurture growth through exhibitions, collections and educational programs.
Since 1987, SBMA has been recognized as achieving the highest level of professional standards in the field, awarded accreditation from the American Alliance of Museums. Accreditation status must be renewed every 10 years and, in March of 2011, SBMA was awarded ongoing accreditation. Accreditation inspires museums to achieve a higher standard. It strengthens the field as a whole, as well as the museums that receive accreditation. The rigorous process leads to sustained organizational improvement and a clearer sense of purpose. Of the estimated 17,500 museums in the U.S., only 750 are accredited.
The Studebaker National Museum is a state-of-the-art, 55,000-square-foot facility that opened in October 2005. The building has three levels and features fully climate-controlled galleries and storage facilities to ensure the best possible care for the Collection. The Studebaker National Museum was designed by South Bend’s own James Childs Architects and features several design elements from Studebaker’s factory buildings.
The Mission of The Studebaker National Museum is to honor and perpetuate the legacy of the rich industrial heritage of the South Bend area, through the display, interpretation, conservation and preservation of Studebaker vehicles, archives and other objects to enrich present and future generations.