The Whiting Arts Council welcomes you to visit all of our Art Programs and Studios, including Whiting’s new Studio 659!
119th Street Artists
The 119th Street Artists is a non-profit organization comprised of over 80 artists in the area. They represent artists from not only northwest Indiana but Chicago land as well as a variety of mediums. The purpose of the organization is to promote and support the artists within our two communities as well as building on the artistic climate of the natural beauty of the area.
119th Street Carolers
Christmas really comes to life with music and vision as Whiting’s 119th Street Carolers go through the town, costumed in fine Dickensian fashion. This volunteer group spreads season cheer as they go from store to store in Whiting’s main business district performing sacred and traditional Christmas carols and songs accapella. The group, originally formed over a dozen years ago, gives their talents in order to collect money for the needy via the Whiting’s Food Pantry.
If you are interested in singing with the group, please call the Chamber of Commerce at 219-659-0292.
Studio 659 is a premier art destination, brought to you by the City of Whiting and the Whiting Arts Council (WAC). While the primary purpose of Studio 659 is to share and promote works from local, national, and international artists, our space provides us the opportunity to facilitate workshops and classes for children and adults. Whether you’re interested in ballroom dancing, painting, or photography, we have a workshop for you.
Join us for a free opening reception, the first Friday of every month, or Open Mic night on the third Tuesday of every month. Check our website often for information on upcoming events www.studio659.org For information on classes or memberships, send your questions to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cornerstone Art Gallery
The Cornerstone Art Gallery, begun by the 119th Street Artists in 1999, is the home of monthly art exhibits, showing everything from acrylics to mosaics, wood turnings to wheat weaving. The Gallery hosts a variety of artists each year. There is also a beautiful gift shop at the Gallery as well.
The Gallery is housed in the Centier Bank building at 1500 – 119th Street, through the Courtesy of Centier Bank.
Marian Theater Guild
The Marian Theatre Guild is Whiting’s longest running community theatre, presenting a fall musical and spring drama/comedy annually. The Guild is associated with St. John the Baptist Catholic Church and performs in their Marian Memorial Auditorium located at 119th Street and Lincoln Avenue.
The group was originally organized as a social activity for the parishioners in 1926 with its first production called “Mammy’s Lil’ Wild Rose.” It officially became “The Drama Club” in 1928. It continues today as an award winning theatre steeped in theatrical and community history.
The box office number for the Guild is 219-473-7555.
Arts Alive!, newly-formed in 1998, is committed to the promotion of education and culture of the arts, including music, fine arts and community ethnic arts. Arts Alive! encourages the participation of the Whiting / Robertsdale community to support the Arts by providing and promoting various projects such as “Home for the Holidays”, and the “Whiting In Bloom” garden tour. This summer Arts Alive! is sponsoring the “Sitting Pretty in Whiting” a public arts project featuring painted chairs throughout the Whiting-Robertsdale Community.
Contact: Arts Alive
Whiting, IN 46394
Northwest Indiana’s Finest Choral Ensemble
Founded in 1985, Chorus Angelorum is dedicated to presenting stylistically accurate performances of the world’s great choral and orchestral masterpieces, concentrating on works spanning Renaissance through the Twentieth Century. Chorus Angelorum is committed to the belief that studying, performing, and experiencing the works of the great masters dynamically impacts the quality of life in a community.
For more information please visit www.chorusangelorum.com or call 219-659-2396.
Community Showcase Theater
Founded in 1979, Community Showcase Theatre has been bringing family style entertainment to the area for over 20 years.
Showcase first began performing at the Community Center. Later it changed its venue to dinner/theatre performing at Vogel’s Restaurant and later at the Little Playhouse at Obie’s in Highland, Indiana. Showcase is also well-known for its traveling children’s theatre that performed for thousands of children throughout northwest Indiana. At present, Showcase is looking for a permanent home. In the meantime you can enjoy CST at its traditional spot doing “Pierogi-Oke” at our annual Pierogi Fest!
For information, you may call the Whiting-Robertsdale Chamber of Commerce at 219-659-0292.