The South Shore Arts everykid program began in 1995 with a single after-school art class with 4th graders from the School City of Hammond. The program has since grown to serve over 28,000 students annually.

2003 outreach activities in East Chicago and at Hilltop Neighborhood House in Valparaiso

Most partnerships follow a schedule of 10 weekly 90-minute classes for 20 students under one instructor. Some run for two or more sessions per year. The anticipated skill acquistitions of South Shore Arts are to learn basic techniques, become familiar with basic terms, complete a variety of art projects and participate in a final exhibit or performance. Instructors develop curricula that meets arts standards developed by the Indiana Department of Education. Classes are held either on-site or at a South Shore Arts location. In public school programs, parents participate through orientation and evaluation. New part
nerships are being developed on an on-going basis.

A sampling of current programs includes:

  • Parents and Children Together (PACT)––a Hammond Public Schools program funded through Title 1, which is designated to support the educational success of students in high poverty school areas.  Approximately 400 pre-schoolers and parents travel to Substation No. 9 each week to explore colors, shapes, textures, and patterns in mixed media.  The intended outcomes for this program include increasing interest in learning, strengthening small motor skills and hand eye coordination, and exploring the use of art to express feelings and nurture creativity.s.

  • Toot ’n Doodle/Rhythm ’n Hues––two programs conducted in partnership with the Northwest Indiana Symphony. Toot ’n Doodle gives over 800 second graders a chance to try out musical instruments and complete a music-inspired art project. Rhythm ’n Hues introduces 800 first graders to drums and other percussion instruments, as well as art basics such as texture, color and pattern. Intended outcomes include exposure to and integration of two of the fine arts and strengthening small motor skills and hand eye coordination.

  • The Skin You Live In––written by Chicago-based author Michael Tyler and illustrated by Hammond native David Lee Csicsko, this literacy-based art program gives some 7,500 2nd grade students the chance to explore the concept of skin and celebrate the ways in which we are unique, similar, happy and accepting. In the corresponding art project, students create their own self-portraits in the style of the book’s illustrations.

Other programs include:

  • Arts Infusion at Lighthouse Academies
  • Art Workshops for Classroom Teachers
  • Bizarre Bazaar
  • Family Day at the Center for Visual & Performing Arts
  • Guided Gallery Tours of Current Exhibits
  • Girl Scout Workshops
  • H is for Hoosier
  • Hammond After-School Scholarship Programs
  • Hammond Holiday Kick-off
  • Hanover After-School Scholarship Class
  • Jim West Puppet Performances
  • Michael Recycle
  • North Lake County Boys & Girls Club Mixed Media Classes
  • Only One You
  • PACT (Parents And Children Together)
  • Polar Express
  • Project INSPIRE
  • Post-Performance Puppet Workshops
  • Rhythm ’n Hues
  • The Skin You Live In
  • South Shore Arts Individual Scholarship Program
  • Steel City Youth Scholarship Program
  • Toot ’n Doodle
  • Value Art, Live Substance Free

If your organization or school is interested in creating a custom-made art program take a look at our fee schedule. You may contact any of our centers for further information on educational outreach programming such as after-school scholarship classes. South Shore Arts welcomes the opportunity to work with your school or organization.