Postponement Of Sculpture Installation: Art Week Events to Celebrate The ‘Seven Grandfathers Teachings’

The City of Marquette announces the postponement of the installation of the 'Seven Grandfathers Teachings' sculpture by indigenous artist Jason Quigno. Due to logistical timing of transportation and Quigno's request for more time to work with the stones, the installation has been rescheduled for later this summer.

Despite the deferment of the sculpture, the Marquette community will still be introduced to the Seven Grandfathers Teachings through several engaging events on Friday, June 28th:

  • Seven Generations Activity Booth: From 3:30 PM to 6:30 PM at the Seven Grandfathers Public Art Installation Site (base of the new Spear Dock Piers, 400 block of S Lakeshore Blvd.) – Indigenous led space that bridges communities through interactive art pieces and resource sharing.
  • Evening Performance and Laser Light Show: At 9:45 PM, the Teal Lake Singers will perform traditional Ojibwe drum songs at Mattson Lower Harbor Park. This will be followed by a laser light show projected onto the Ore Dock, produced by Indigenous artists and storytellers in collaboration with Fresh Coast Light Lab. The event is free and open to the public. Families and friends are encouraged to bring their own seating and picnics.

The 'Seven Grandfathers Teachings' sculpture will be the City’s first major Indigenous public art installation and will serve as the centerpiece of the new City Shoreline Cultural Trail. This Trail, honoring our community's diverse cultural heritage, will connect key sites along the City’s shoreline.

  • Community Engagement Sessions for the Cultural Trail project. Join us at Marquette Harbor Lighthouse Park on Thursday, June 27th at 10:00 AM, 1:00 PM, and 7:00 PM, to learn more about the project and share your input.

These events are part of the City of Marquette Art Week (June 24-29), a celebration of community through free arts and culture events. For more information on the Seven Grandfathers Teachings Installation, City engagement opportunities, and other Art Week events visit www.mqtcompass.com.

Community Feedback Opportunities and City Project Information During Art Week 2024

The City of Marquette will host a variety of informational and community engagement events during City of Marquette Art Week 2024, held June 24-29). These events will offer an opportunity for City residents and community members to learn about and offer feedback on several City initiatives and capital improvement projects including the Community Master Plan, Shoreline Cultural Trail, Future Cultural Trailhead and Center, City’s Public Art Program, and the new Peg Hirvonen Band Shell.

Public Feedback Opportunities:

  • Community Master Plan Final Public Review. Tuesday June 25, the final community feedback sessions prior to finalization and adoption of the City’s Community Master Plan will be held at 4:00 PM and 6:00 PM at the Citizens Forum at Lakeview Arena (401 E Fair Ave)
  • Community Engagement Sessions for the Cultural Trail project. Thursday June 27, at 10:00 AM, 1:00 PM, and 7:00 PM, community members of all ages are invited to review and offer input on the signage, sites, and stories proposed for the City’s Cultural Trail at Marquette Harbor Lighthouse Park (300 N Lakeshore Blvd)
  • Peg Hirvonen Band Shell: Concept Design & Presentation. Saturday June 29, from 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM, AWH Architects will present and engage the public with design proposals for the new Band Shell at Presque Isle Park. This session will be followed by the Art Week closing concert event by City Band and Friends.

Engagement and Information Events:

  • Public Art Bike Tour – Tuesday June 25, 1:00 PM – 3:00PM, Meet and start at Hurley Park (240 Mesnard St.) for a four-mile tour of City public art and upcoming projects.
  • Downtown Public Art Walking Tour – Wednesday June 26, 1:00PM – 3:00PM, Meet and start at the “Natural” mural outside of Zero Degrees Gallery (525 N Third St.), stroll down Third street, through downtown, ending at Father Marquette Statue, and learn about public art along the way.
  • Midwest Art Conservation Center Presentation: Restoration of the Father Marquette Statue – Wednesday June 26, 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM at Father Marquette / Lions Lakeside Park (501 S Front St)
  • South Cultural Trail Bike Tour - Friday June 28, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM, Bring your bike and depart from the Carp River Kiln (1074 S Lake St.) explore the future Cultural Trail sites and stories along the way, ending at the Seven Grandfathers Public Art Installation Site (base of the new Spear Dock Piers, 400 block of S Lakeshore Blvd.)
  • Innovation in 21st Century Urban Parks & Trails – Friday June 28, 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM at Provisions MQT (401 S Lakeshore Blvd.) Matt Tucker, Urban Ecosystems, will present on innovative public spaces and influences for the Cultural Trail design.
  • North Cultural Trail Bike Tour - Saturday June 29, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM, Bring your bike and depart from the Seven Grandfathers Public Art Installation Site (base of the new Spear Dock Piers, 400 block of S Lakeshore Blvd.) explore the future Cultural Trail sites and stories along the way, ending at Presque Isle Park (1 Peter White Dr.)
  • People of Marquette: Community Conversation – Saturday June 29, 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM, join us at the Presque Isle Ice Cream Store Pavilion (1 Peter White Dr.) to discuss the role of diversity in a community through the lens of the People of Marquette Portrait Project.

These events are part of the City of Marquette Art Week (June 24-29), a celebration of community through free arts and culture events. For more information about the City engagement opportunities and other Art Week events visit www.mqtcompass.com.

100 Block of West Washington Street Closure

West Washington Street will be closed to vehicular traffic between Front Street and Third Street from 2:30pm to 9:00pm every Wednesday between 6/20/2024 and 8/28/2024 for the Marquette DDA Wednesday Farmers Market. Street parking will be prohibited in the 100 block of West Washington after 2:30pm on the days of the closures.

For more information, please visit www.mqtfarmersmarket.com.

North Third Street Closures

North Third Street will be closed to vehicular traffic between Arch Street and Ohio Street and again between Park Street and College Avenue from 5:00pm to 8:00pm on Thursday June 20th, for the Marquette DDA’s Music on Third Event. Signed detour routes will be provided around the closures to aid the Marquette DDA’s Music on Third Event.

MBRA Meeting Cancelled for June

The regular meeting of the City of Marquette Brownfield Redevelopment Authority Board has been cancelled for June 19, due to a lack of agenda items. The meetings are held at 9:00 a.m. at the Municipal Service Center, 1100 Wright Street, Marquette, MI. 49855 on the third Wednesday of each month.

Art Week 2024 Events Announced

The City of Marquette proudly presents the 2024 City of Marquette Art Week, June 24th to June 29th. This annual event brings together local artists, organizations, and businesses for a week-

long celebration of arts and culture. All events are FREE and FAMILY FRIENDLY. This year, the Art Week theme is "Grow," which draws inspiration from several ongoing City capital improvement projects, including the renovation of the former Chamber of Commerce building at 501 S Front St into a Cultural Trailhead and Center, The Shoreline Cultural Trail, and the Peg Hirvonen Band Shell. Each of these projects are funded through grants and foundation funds.  The success of Art Week is made possible through collaboration with over 200 local artists, businesses, organizations, and community partners, and it receives generous support from the Michigan Arts and Culture Council.

Art Week projects and events will be held at various locations across the city, activating different neighborhoods and community spaces. Art Week features a range of highlighted events including an opening sunrise ceremony, the annual children's plein air painting at Lighthouse Park, an opening concert by Hiawatha Music Co-op at the Marquette Commons, the Marquette Downtown Development Authority’s Wednesday Market on Washington St., and many more. Please visit  www.mqtcompass.com for a full list of events. Additionally, the week will offer numerous popup artist demos, workshops, music performances, installations, and exhibits.

Pick up an Art Week schedule at the City Arts & Culture Center, the Peter White Public Library, at City Hall, or at Travel Marquette.For a comprehensive list of Art Week events, please visit the Art Week homepage on the Marquette Compass website at www.mqtcompass.com

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Closure of Mount Marquette from Cliffs Power Road to M553

The Lake Superior Performance Rally car race is taking place on Saturday, October 14th. The community event will require the closure of Mount Marquette Road from Cliffs Power Road to M553 from 7am - 7pm.

Volunteers will ensure that all trail crossings are closed, but cyclists, hikers, and pedestrians are asked to avoid utilizing the recreational area surrounding Cliffs Power Road from 7am - 7pm for the safety of all the participants and the public.

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