Frontline Foundations Inc.—a substance-abuse treatment program for young
adults—is hoping to hold its inaugural Hooked on Art fundraiser in Downtown
Chesterton on Saturday, Sept. 29.
The Park Board has already green-lighted the festival, slated to include
live-art demonstrations by street-chalkers, sculptors, and others.
Now Frontline is asking the Town Council to close Broadway between South
Calumet Street and Second Street as well as Second Street south of Broadway
to the alley, to give the live-artists some room to create.
“We want to make the Hooked on Art Festival unique to Chesterton,” organizer
Patty Raffin told the council at its meeting Monday night. “We’re hoping to
open it to all different kinds of art and media, to make it different from
other art festivals. Street-chalk, music, theater, crafts, clay. It goes
with the town’s ‘Artcentric’ theme. We’d like to bring all the arts together
for a very proactive visual approach.”
“This is a launch,” Raffin added. “This is a first-time thing. The first
year is going to be tough. We’re cold-calling people. We’re asking for your
support to get this off the ground.”
Police Chief Dave Cincoski recommended the execution of a contract similar
to the one which formalizes the relationship between the town and the Wizard
of Oz Festival. Frontline Executive Director Amber Hensell said that she
would provide Town Attorney Chuck Lukmann with a draft contract to review.
Frontline Foundations, based in Chesterton, is a state-certified,
faith-based substance-abuse treatment provider which serves young adults 18
to 28. It’s been in operation for five years and provides treatment to many
clients referred by the Porter County Drug Court.
Frontline is planning to cap the Hooked on Art Festival with an auction of
art created by its clients, through an art recovery program begun several
In other business, the town’s contracted Dunes-Kankakee Trail consultant,
Gregg Calpino of SEH Inc., reported that a final draft report on the
preferred route of the trail through town will be in members’ hands by the
end of the week.
Calpino did note that members will see a couple of changes in that report.
First, SEH is recommending a phasing of the Broadway portion of the route.
Specifically, there would be shared bike lanes in the first phase until such
time as funds are available to construct dedicated separate lanes. SEH has
estimated the total cost of the town’s portion of the D-K Trail at $1
million per mile, for a total cost of $6.5 million.
Second, SEH is recommending against striking south from Broadway by way of
Second Street, which would present “a lot of challenges for a separated
facility.” Instead, SEH is recommending Third Street or Fourth Street as the
“better technical option,” which would take users to West Indiana Ave. and
then east to South Calumet Road.
CFD and MDA
members authorized the Chesterton Fire Department to hold a “Fill the Boot”
fundraiser for the Muscular Dystrophy Association on the morning of
Saturday, Aug. 25, at the intersections of West Porter Ave. and Eighth
Street, 100E and 1100N, and possibly Eighth Street and Broadway.