Crown Point's Cultural Arts Scene Combines Visual and Performing Arts With History
Crown Point's cultural arts scene provides creative outlets for artists and patrons alike, offering a variety of performances, visual arts exhibits, classes, historical tours and literary groups.
Performances and Productions
Offering three productions each year, the Indiana Ballet Theatre is a professionally run dance company created in 1980. Students, ages 3 and up, can learn a variety of dance forms - not just ballet - including tap, jazz, hip-hop and modern. In addition, the company offers an academy for dancers with scholarships available. Located in Merrillville, the Star Plaza Theatre showcases a variety of performances including live music, musical theater and dance productions. The venue seats 3,400 guests, with two seating levels in a semi-circle around the stage. Described as intimate, the farthest seat in the auditorium is only 120 feet from the stage thrust.
The staff at the South Shore Arts' Crown Point branch helps infuse the community with culture in several ways. Not only do they offer classes in pottery, painting and photography, they also co-sponsor an event that transforms downtown Crown Point into a sprawling art gallery. The event, 4th Friday Arts, takes place on the fourth Friday of every month and showcases the work of Crown Point and greater Chicago-area artists. In addition to exposing the community to the arts, the event also serves as an economic development initiative by helping to stimulate business for downtown shop owners. Also associated with the South Shore Arts' Crown Point branch, the Crown Point Community Art Center offers classes, a sales gallery, a ceramic studio, a photo lab and a gift gallery. The sales gallery features more than 41 original pieces, including photography, pottery, paintings and drawings, created by local and Chicago-area artists.
Still dominating the center of town, the Old Lake County Courthouse - also known as the Grand Old Lady - serves as an economic and social hub in Crown Point. The red brick and limestone courthouse was designed and begun in 1878, with additions in 1907 and 1928 that expanded the building to the size it is today. No longer a traditional courthouse, the structure houses 14 retail shops, as well as several offices and organizations. Also located in the former courthouse is the Lake County Historical Museum, which is home to a variety of memorabilia, including farm implements, clothing and musical devices that represent every city and town in Lake County. The museum is open to the public, and tours are available.
Crown Point Community Library
Providing more than a good read, the Crown Point Community Library offers reference materials, audiovisual services such as videos and music, literary groups and other services. In addition, the library hosts events and classes including knitting and interactive storytelling.