About

ARTHOUSE: A SOCIAL KITCHEN
A unique destination for food, culture, and art in Gary, IN

The reimagined space ArtHouse provides access to a commercial training kitchen for local residents and emerging businesses, culinary business incubation (CBI) and operation space, a pop up café shaped by CBI participants, community dinners in Gary homes and the café, and gallery/exhibition space. 

ArtHouse is focused on creating a space that positively reflects the city of Gary and provides a platform for economic and artistic activity in the downtown area. The site will evolve continuously through the work of partner organizations and creative individuals. It is a dynamic destination for food, culture, and art lovers to meet, gather, and learn. 

Project Site
The project site is located at 411 E. 5th Ave. This building houses Mama Pearl’s BBQ and is across the street from the U.S. Steel Yard ballpark. Mama Pearl’s is a partner in this project and plays an active role in ArtHouse's success.

Project Partners
Project leadership includes the Gary Economic Development Corporation and Department of Commerce, led by Mayor Karen-Freeman Wilson's office, as well as lead artist Theaster Gates, Place Lab, and the Harris School of Public Policy Daley Fellowship.  

Funders
Bloomberg Philanthropies
John S. and James L. Knight Foundation


Partner with ArtHouse
Collaborations are key. Project leadership have and will continue to develop relationships with interested organizations and artists in Gary and its surrounding communities. Let us know how you or your project could enhance ArtHouse over the next two years. We want to hear from urban agriculture groups, writers, visual and performing artists, designers and architects, health and wellness groups, chefs, educators and youth workers, artisans, craftspeople and makers, local historians and more.

Please email arthouse@arthousegary.com to send a note about your ideas for partnership. Join our mailing list here.