The Heat Light Water Project

Our Partners

The City of Gary

City of Gary Department Of Public Parks

The City of Gary Redevelopment Department

Gary is a city in Lake County, Indiana, United States, located in the southeastern portion of the Chicago metropolitan area. Gary is located 25 mi from downtown Chicago, Illinois and 12 mi from Crown Point, Indiana, the county seat of Lake County.The population of Gary was 80,294 at the time of the 2010 census, making it the ninth-largest city in the state of Indiana. Gary’s population has fallen by 55 percent from a peak of 178,320 in 1960. Gary is located adjacent to the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore and borders Lake Michigan. Many citizens and politicians have helped to preserve parts of the Indiana Dunes. The city is known for its large steel mills, and for being the birthplace of the The Jackson 5 music group.

It is the purpose of the department of public parks to stress the value of recreation, both active and passive, for individual growth and development. They are dedicated to the common cause of assuring that people of all ages and abilities have the opportunity to find the most satisfying use of their leisure time and enjoy an improved quality of life. Consistent with this purpose, every opportunity shall be afforded to plan, procure, develop and maintain park and recreational resources.

The Gary Department of Commerce functions as a weapon to mount a full assault on record unemployment and a stalled local business environment. The art in this process is to take only the best ingredients from the existing economic development apparatus and streamline our government’s approach to job creation and local business development.
“In government, it is good to have a healthy amount of impatience. The Gary Department of Commerce is about the business of moving our city, forward faster!”

Gary Preservation

Sam Love

Samuel A Love is an educator, artist, and organizer in Gary, Indiana. Before returning to the Calumet Region from Chicago in 2012 he was a keyholder at Mess Hall and former distributor and occasional co-editor of AREA Chicago.
He has been photographing the people, ecology, and changing built environment of Gary and the Calumet Region for over 15 years. Since 2009 he has worked with the Central District Organizing Project to bring a creative dimension to community organizing in Gary’s historic Black Midtown community. This rewarding work has partnered Gary residents with artists from around the world resulting in many film, mural, poetic, and political works.
With the Gary Heat Light and Water project he has led an intergenerational workshop on documentary photography for the Center for Urban and Regional Excellence (CURE) at Indiana University Northwest. He has also developed “P.E.” a political education workshop series, teaching media literacy and studying local power dynamics.
In addition to the HLW he is developing G-NAP, the Gary Natural Areas Project, working with the Gary parks department, institutional partners, and the community to continue the storied legacy of conservation and ecological study in Gary.

Indiana Landmarks-Northwest Field Office

Legacy Foundation 

LiveArts Studio

Indiana Landmarks revitalizes communities, reconnects us to our heritage, and saves meaningful places.

In 1960, alarmed by the loss of defining historic buildings in the capital city, a group of Indianapolis civic leaders created Indiana Landmarks. The organization established by those volunteers now ranks as the largest private statewide preservation group in the United States, with an Indianapolis headquarters and eight regional offices staffed by professionals who help Hoosiers save and restore old buildings.

Legacy Foundation provides training, technology and media services for biomass fuel briquette production, environmental conservation and income generation throughout the world. The Mission of the Legacy Foundation is to promote sustainable human development and preserve our environment through the integration of technology innovation, media, and management. The Legacy Foundation has ongoing partnerships with individuals, groups and institutions in over 30 nations world wide.

LiveArts Studio offers a progressive visual art program located in Gary, Indiana, which caters to the Northwest Indiana and Chicagoland areas. They bring art to life through loads of hands-on experiences and exciting art-making activities for adults and youth.
Their program combines art making, art appreciation, art history and design. With our young learners we emphasize early childhood development. They participate in problem-solving activities, are introduced to tactile objects, visual literacy, create, imagine and produce interesting works all in order to nurture a stronger understanding of art and its connection to literacy.

Indiana University Northwest

School of the Art Institute of Chicago

The mission of Indiana University Northwest, a regional campus of Indiana University, is to provide a high-quality and relevant education to the citizens of Northwest Indiana, the most diverse and industrialized area of the state. The institution strives to create a community dedicated to the pursuit of knowledge and intellectual development, leading to undergraduate and selected graduate degrees in the liberal arts, sciences and professional disciplines. The campus is strongly dedicated to the value of education, lifelong learning, diversity, celebration of cultures and opportunity for all, as well as to participating in the sustainable economic development of the region and of the state. Indiana University Northwest is committed to the health and well-being of the communities it serves.

A leader in educating artists, designers, and scholars since 1866, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) offers nationally accredited undergraduate, graduate, and post-baccalaureate programs to more than 3,500 students from around the globe. Located in the heart of Chicago, SAIC has an educational philosophy built upon an interdisciplinary approach to art and design, giving students unparalleled opportunities to develop their creative and critical abilities, while working with renowned faculty who include many of the leading practitioners in their fields.

2017 Management Team

Kelsey Dalton McClellan, Caitlin Deutsch, and Rachel Haber

Kelsey Dalton McClellan, Caitlin Deutsch, and Rachel Haber are current graduate students at
the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) studying Arts Administration and Policy. Kelsey works for SAIC in the graduate division and cooperates the sign painting and gold leafing company Heart & Bone Signs. Caitlin works for the Art Institute of Chicago in Museum Education and co-produces the art collective Ag47 in Logan Square. Rachel consults on social media for various Chicago business and is currently interning with Gallery 400 and Patron Gallery.

Paulina Budzioch

Paulina Budzioch is a graduate student in the Art Administration and Policy program at SAIC. Her research has focused on the implementation of digital technology into museum spaces and the positive role interactive design can play into visitor experience. She’s also interested in graphic and industrial design projects that access ideas of sustainability, contemporaneity and accessibility. Ultimately, she would like to work on digital initiatives that promote a sense of community and become platforms for visitors to lend their own voices into the museum space.