A unique destination for food, culture, and art.


ArtHouse: A Social Kitchen is one of four winning projects of the Bloomberg Philanthropies Public Art Challenge, a grant program that supports projects in which local governments work with artists to create public art that celebrates creativity, enhances urban identity, and inspires economic growth. The project transformed a 15,000 square foot facility in downtown Gary into a cultural hub showcasing culinary and visual arts.

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 partners: Bloomberg Philanthropies; John S. and James L. Knight Foundation; the Gary Economic Development Corporation and Department of Commerce, led by Mayor Karen-Freeman Wilson's office; lead artist Theaster Gates; Place Lab at the University of Chicago; the University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy Daley Fellowship

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