Gary, IN,

ArtHouse: A Social Kitchen

Artists: Theaster Gates; Ripple + Wilson

Connecting Food and Art to Develop a Cultural District

The City of Gary will transform an underutilized downtown building into a cultural hub that showcases visual and culinary arts. ArtHouse: A Social Kitchen is a partnership with artist Theaster Gates and the City to create a civic center that features three commissioned works of visual art, offers culinary training, and provides cultural programming that uses food as a medium for community engagement.  The City will use this public space as a catalyst to develop a cultural district and promote urban revitalization.

“I believe that public art – combined with design, community engagement, and private and government investment – can transform the way we imagine a city.  This perspective is especially crucial as we continue thinking of new ways to rebuild our city as a destination where businesses of all types can spark investment in commercial districts and increase the economic integration of neighborhoods.”

Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson
Gary, IN opens “ArtHouse: A Social Kitchen" to the public.
Public Art Challenge winning city, Gary, IN, gives a behind the scenes look at their upcoming project, "ArtHouse: A Social Kitchen,” opening fall 2016.

Project Updates:

Gary, IN

GARY — The energy and enthusiasm was evident Saturday night as hundreds crowded outside 411 E. 5th Ave. in Gary for the much-anticipated grand opening of ArtHouse: A Social Kitchen. “We had people who literally gave their blood, sweat and tears to make this happen,” Gary Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson yelled into the crowd. “This concept […]