‘Creative Communities’ Art Exhibition


Paladin, and The Lubeznik Center for the Arts, is thrilled to announce this year’s exhibit, ‘Creative Communities’ showing now through January 26, 2024.

Through a grant from the Duneland Health Council, nearly forty adults living with cognitive disabilities benefited from weekly art instruction at Lubeznik Center for the Arts. For fifteen years, this amazing project has been providing a creative space for these art students to explore and develop their skills. This year’s exhibit displays the efforts of those who participated in classes during 2023. Access to community art class is one experience that reaps multiple benefits for the adults with cognitive disabilities. Painting, drawing, and sculpting- all which can be viewed during the exhibit- becomes a medium for communication, enabling individuals a safe space to share their emotions and personal narratives. The process of self-discovery not only breaks down societal barriers but also fosters a deeper sense of understanding and empathy.

Beyond its expressive power, art instruction serves as a dynamic tool for skill development. Engaging in hands-on activities like painting and sculpting enhances fine motor skills, hand-eye coordination, and spatial awareness—crucial elements for those navigating physical challenges. Furthermore, the cognitive benefits are profound, as artistic endeavors stimulate concentration and problem-solving abilities. In the inclusive environment of art classrooms, individuals with disabilities embark on a journey of personal achievement and empowerment. In essence, art classes offer more than an artistic outlet; they are a gateway to personal growth and enhanced skills. By embracing the transformative potential of art, we pave the way for inclusivity and celebrate the unique talents of individuals with disabilities.

Nelsy Marcano, Lubeznik Center for the Arts’ Education Director said, “Our annual exhibit with Social & Learning Institute and Paladin is an absolute pleasure to curate. The staff at Lubeznik develop close friendships with these artists and we see the joy and creativity that goes into each work of art. Our mission is to create a safe and creative environment for every artist to express themselves in new and exciting ways. Paladin is a treasured partner in this mission, and we look forward to continuing our art programming with their wonderful staff and students.”

Paladin provides various degrees and kinds of supports and services to more than 550 people with disabilities and their families in Northwest Indiana. “Although many people are aware of our day center programming, much of what we do happens out in the community, Steve Hobby, Paladin’s CEO said, “our ultimate goal is to reinforce that individuals with disabilities are our neighbors, coworkers, friends, and family with the right to the same lifestyles as everyone else does. We are grateful for the partnership with the Lubeznik Center for the Arts and Duneland Health Council for the support of people with disabilities.

About the Lubeznik Center for the Arts. LCA serves as a vibrant showcase for exhibitions and a vital hub for the community. We provide diverse audiences with access to cultural experiences that enhance understanding of contemporary art and ideas, free of charge. We believe the arts are an essential component in creating places where people want to visit, live, work and raise a family. Our goal is to revitalize the human spirit through programs that offer awe, delight, entertainment and contemplation. To learn more, visit www.lubeznikcenter.org

About Paladin, Inc. Paladin is a non-profit that serves as advocates for adults with disabilities, children, and seniors. Paladin serves as determined advocates and allies for people with disabilities, in fact we’ve been doing it for over fifty years! Paladin was created through a merger between Michiana Resources and Parents and Friends on July 1, 2017. Michiana Resources, founded in 1967 by Richard F. Surber, provided vocational opportunities. Parents and Friends, founded in 1976 by Joan Coleman and Jane Herrberg, provided direct support and residential services to intellectually disabled individuals in the community. Paladin also merged with Barker Enrichment Center (2018) and the Child Care Consortium (2019) to provide children’s services. Paladin assumed disabilities day programming in Lake County (2018) and today serves approximately 500 children, individuals with intellectual disabilities, and seniors in Northwest Indiana. To support Paladin’s efforts or for career opportunities, contact us at paladin@paladin.care, visit us online at imagination.care or paladin.care.