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May 30, 2013
Michigan City, IN
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Lubeznik Center for the Arts (LCA) has partnered with LaPorte County Soil and Water Conservation District and students from Michigan City High School (MCHS) to create art to be placed around storm drains in downtown Michigan City. Students work with LCA Education Director Janet Bloch and LaPorte County Soil and Water Conservation District Education Coordinator Nicole Messacar once a week, after school as a part of an extracurricular project to kick-start Coastal Awareness Month in June. The goal of the project is to educate the public on pollutants’ effects on the Trail Creek Watershed, which feeds directly into Lake Michigan.

This project brings science and art together in ways that benefit the Michigan City community. Students first learned about Michigan City’s water supply and the role of storm drains in the overall water system. Then they were challenged to visually represent what they had learned and design artworks that will educate as well as beautify the storm drains. The designs will be transferred to vinyl sheets which will be applied to storm drains in the Uptown Arts District in Michigan City. The vinyl will last for three years and will not affect the water in any way.
 
The partners plan to recreate the project at another middle school next year.
 
About Lubeznik Center for the Arts
A leading cultural force providing a variety of art experiences to diverse local communities, while creating opportunities for local and regional artists. The Center focuses on serving residents of LaPorte, Porter and Lake Counties in Indiana, with an extended reach to the South Bend, IN area, Southwest Michigan, and Chicago-land. The Center is housed in an architecturally significant facility with breathtaking galleries, education studios and a Gift Shop, and which features contemporary art exhibitions year round, in addition to engaging presentations, art classes for all ages as well as an extensive list of outreach programming.
 

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