Marquette Arts and Culture Center

City of Marquette Arts & Culture Center

Artists have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic in ways that threaten their livelihood, with cancellations of art fairs and holiday events pulling business away that they rely on. In the greater Marquette county area, there is an effort to help those artists.

The City of Marquette Arts & Culture Division presents “Handcrafted Holidays”, a free, interactive gift guide featuring over fifty local artists. This guide serves as a single source for online shoppers who want handmade gifts, high quality art, and to support their local economy. Artists are listed with links to their online shops to ensure easy, contactless shopping this holiday season.

Handcrafted Holidays includes a variety of art forms such as: fine art, music, literary art, home decor, photography, and more.  There is also an interactive map to local brick & mortar creative storefronts and frame shops.

We spoke with Tiina Morin, manager of the City of Marquette Arts & Culture Center about the guide, how to use it, and who it supports:

MARQUETTE, MI--   The City of Marquette is inviting artists to apply to design and paint text-based murals along the Holly Greer Bike Path.

The Words to Live and Bike By project involves five words painted at five different locations along the path.

Remember at Founders Landing

Gratitude at the Marquette Commons

Dream at Mattson Lower Harbor Park

Respect between Picnic Rocks and McCarty’s Cove

Hope at Clark Lambros Park

Completed murals will be 6 feet high and between 11 and 25 feet long, depending on word length.

Water Rising is the October-long event that marries art with environmental concerns.  The Cedar Tree Institute and the interfaith Northern Great Lakes Water Stewards are teaming up with other local art and environmental organizations to present this unique art collaboration.  One of the local art organizations is the Fresh Coast Film Festival, which takes place concurrently.

Tiina Harris, director of the City of Marquette Arts & Culture Center, came to Public Radio 90 to speak about a special film installation at the Center, that will also have its screening premiere at the Fresh Coast Film Festival, along with a special artist talk:

Kurt Hauswirth / Public Radio 90

The Marquette Spectacle is an outdoor performance of grand proportions steeped in local culture; a celebration of community and art through pageantry, art installations, pop-up performances, percussion, theatrical dance and a street parade, inclusive and accessible for all ages and abilities.

The event returns after a year off (due to Art Center renovations) with a refreshed vision of what a community spectacle can be.  This past spring the Spectacle's vision was refreshed, reinvented and re-branded to include more than just Halloween frights, and cultivate a higher level of creativity and participation.

The event includes a parade down Washington Street, departing from the Marquette Commons to Harlow Park.  The park itself will include over 50 performances, art installations, live music and food trucks.  The evening concludes at sunset with a finale of dance and fire.

Kurt Hauswirth (also a participating performer this year) spoke with Niikah Hatfield (Artistic Director) and Tiina Harris (City of Marquette Arts & Culture Center Manager) all about this revamped spectacle:

Kurt Hauswirth / Public Radio 90

Several events and collaborations are taking place in October 2019 revolving around art, writing, water stewardship and community engagement for Water Rising, a joining of artists Garth Evans and Leila Philip.  The Michigan Humanities Council allowed a grant for the effort, which includes connecting workshops and events from the artists with the Fresh Coast Film Festival, Marquette Arts & Culture Center, the NMU Art & Design program and more.

Pasqua Warstler, Tiina Harris and Abbie Hanson joined Kurt Hauswirth in studio to discuss how these events come together:

Kurt Hauswirth / Public Radio 90

Brian Kakas is a professor of Art & Design at Northern Michigan University (Ceramics).  He came to Public Radio 90 to talk about the Art & Design department's Visiting Artists program, which will include artists from the large collaborative effort Water Rising

The artists are Garth Evans (sculptor, whose work is included in major public collections, including The Metropolitan Museum of Art and Museum of Modern Art) & Leila Philip (author and poet, including the books The Road Through Miyama and A Family Place: A Hudson Valley Farm, Three Centuries, Five Wars, One Family).  The two artists have the opportunity to collaborate with local organizations and non-profits to extend a message of stewardship for the environment, through works of art and writing. 

Their schedule includes an exhibit at the City of Marquette Arts & Culture Center, workshops involving response to the Environment, collaboration with the Fresh Coast Film Festival, and the Visiting Artist series at NMU.

Marquette Arts & Culture Center

The first BachFest Marquette festival is a season-long festival which celebrates the life and legacy of J.S. Bach.  The City of Marquette Arts and Culture Center, with local musician Nancy Railey, created this festival with ten unique musical events with the goals of highlighting musical and artistic talent in the community, while also inspiring and engaging listeners of all ages with classical music.  Kurt Hauswirth welcomed Nancy along with Tristan Luoma from the MACC to the studios for an interview about the upcoming events in the festival:

Marquette Symphony Orchestra / Marquette 365

Janis Peterson is the concertmaster and a performer in the Marquette Symphony Orchestra, and she stopped by our studios to talk about the MSO's Summer Strings Concert.  The Summer Strings are a small ensemble of string players from the MSO that perform in public spaces and spotlight the strings section of the orchestra.

Marquette Arts & Culture Center / Lake Superior Art Association

An exhibit from photographer Michael Zuhorski is on display at the Marquette Arts & Culture Center until January 27th, 2018.  He stopped in to our studio to speak with Kurt Hauswirth about the exhibit, "Eyes Make the Horizon," which highlights Zuhorski's intention to create a body of photographs that respond to his sustained presence in the Northern Great Lakes.

Interview with Craig Johnson and Nancy Railey

Nov 15, 2013

Craig Randal Johnson and Nancy Railey will each perform piano works in this event, taking place December 5 at 7 p.m. in the Community Room of Peter White Public Library. The performances are part of the Marquette Arts and Culture Center's "First Thursday Concert Series". For more information, call 906-228-0472.