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Munster Indiana Focus: Heinze Poster Reveal @ Performing Arts

May 18, 2011 by · 2 Comments 

BarbaraLabas1_BySteveCardwellThe work performed by the Shirley Heinze Land Trust is one of the little-recognized philanthropic organizations that does an impressive job to help improve the quality of life for Northwest Indiana residents. The organization acquires, maintains, and restores parcels of land for environmental conservation throughout the 3-counties of Northwest Indiana. They rely on donations of both money and properties to do their work through individual memberships, community and environmental foundations, and corporate sponsors. Educational programs, nature hikes, and restoration programs are also part of their mission. The foundation always has a list of properties they wish to add to their collection and have a range of programs to both acquire land, as well as to maintain it’s native habitats.

As a fundraising partnership, the BP Whiting refinery teamed up with the South Shore Arts Organization to feature a new poster in the South Shore Railroad series to honor the work of the Heinze Land Trust. The South Shore Railroad  posters are an icon of the Calumet Region. The South Shore Arts organization is keeper of the flame for this series. They distribute the historic posters from the 1920′s as well as the contemporary series from their gift store at the Visual and  Performing Arts Center, in Munster Indiana.

BarbaraLabas2_BySteveCardwellArtist Barbara Labus created the newest poster in the series. The painting’s composition subject  is a celebration of the work done by the Land Trust, and provides an illustrated tour through some of the various habitats of the Heinze properties.  Mark Maassel from the Northwest Indiana Forum and Brad Etlin from BP’s Public Affairs staff were on hand for the unveiling of the original painting along with a contingent of 50 guests from the arts, corporate, and environmental communities.

Copies of the poster as well as canvas glicee prints are available for purchase by collectors and enthusiasts.

The Munster Indiana Visual and Performing Arts Center is one of the cornerstones of the Northwest Indiana arts community.  With the Theatre At The Center, the Northwest Indiana Symphony, a series of art exhibitions, and art classes for both kids and adults, all based here, the Center is a hub of activity for cultural enrichment. South Shore Arts has satellite locations and similar programs in Hammond and Crown Point Indiana.

While you are not required to live in Munster or Highland to make use these incredible facilities at the Center, on the other hand, think about how rewarding it would be to be a part of this bustling community of philanthropists and patrons of the arts by living nearby.  Should you be considering a move to Munster, Indiana, or the Highland, or Griffith areas, and need assistance finding your dream home, why don’t you give me a call to find the perfect space for inspiring your creativity.

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Steve Cardwell

Steve Cardwell is an Indiana Realtor working with residential buyers and sellers throughout Northwest Indiana. He likes to stay current on the housing market by analyzing real estate trends with a focus on the towns of Highland and Munster Indiana. His broker affiliation is Red Key Realty Leaders in St John, Indiana. Learn more about Steve and visit

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2 Responses to “Munster Indiana Focus: Heinze Poster Reveal @ Performing Arts”
  1. What properties in Northwest Indiana have benefited from the Shirley Heinze Land Trust and what new projects are they pursuing now?

  2.  Their site goes into detail on each of the parcels specifically, and some of their features. Generally they do some of the same type of conservation missions that the National Park Service performs but on a grass roots level from local donations &  property owners directly; probably with less formidable red-tape than with the Federal government. Saving small parcels of natural areas is of benefit to hikers, birders, gardeners, photographers, and outdoor enthusiasts of all stripes. Since the Duneland ecosystem and it’s biodiversity is considered so fragile and unique, restoring and reclaiming former industrial property is of benefit to all.  Their site alludes to future purchases but I think that information is closely held in order to keep negotiations private and low-key.

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