The Mission of the Lakeland Art Association is to further the visual arts in Kosciusko County by challenging the creative spirit of local artists and community residents. LAA strives to nurture its artist members through opportunities for camaraderie , skill development, the sharing of creative endeavors, and public exhibits. LAA is also committed to encouraging the next.generation of artists and potential art enthusiasts by promoting and supporting visual arts education and events.
You can find our Membership Form Here, just print the form, complete it , and bring or mail the completed form to the gallery at 302 E Winona Ave, Warsaw, IN 46580. Pre-printed forms are available in the gallery as well.
Opportunities to utilize your skills are available at the Lakeland Art Association. Training is provided.
Some ideas follow.
Gallery Docent: Be available during open hours to help gallery visitors with questions and purchases. Five hours a month minimum. Answers to Volunteer Coordinator
Board Member: Serve a two year term on the Board of Directors. The board members oversee the operations of the Lakeland Art Association. Answers to Board President.
Gallery Maintenance: Help with the minor maintenance of the gallery. (change light bulbs, etc.) Answers to Board President.
Hospitality: Help with food and decorations for artist receptions and monthly programs. Answers to Hospitality Chair person.
Historian: Tracks the history of the Lakeland Art Association through the collecting and maintenance of articles, photos, etc. Answers to the Board Secretary.
Programs: Present an art related program at the Lakeland Art Gallery. These programs are open to the public. Answers to the Board Vice President.
Workshops: Help with an art workshop/class for adults or youth. Answers to Board President.
A little History about LAA:
Lakeland Art Association was formed in 1957 by a group of artists in Kosciusko County. A central figure of the group, Fred Olds, was a local high school teacher and became a very well-known artist. Lakeland Art Association has some of his work in their permanent collection.
In 1993 Lila O’Connell, a contemporary of Fred Olds, opened the first Lakeland Art Center/Gallery. This now gave the Lakeland Art Association members and other artists a home in which to meet and encourage each other. Lila served as gallery director until the year 2000.
1994 saw the incorporation of the Lakeland Art Association, Inc. Thus began regular fine art exhibits and workshops/classes. Tax exempt status was secured in 1996.
Lakeland Art Association is made up of a variety of supporters. From the mature, well-recognized award-winning artists to the fledgling beginner, those who love art are encouraged to join and participate. Classes/workshops are held frequently to help each artist develop their style and technique.
Today this flourishing group of artists mentor youngsters in the community, provide scholarships, exhibits and competitions to showcase a variety of work, offer monthly art related programs of interest, and do much to enhance the arts in the community.