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The City of Marquette Arts and Culture Division serves to encourage, develop and facilitate a rich environment of artistic, creative and cultural activity in Marquette.

The Arts Center is located in the lower level of the Peter White Public Library. In addition to providing gallery and workshop space, it averages 263 visitors per day and provides services to more than 300 local artists and organizations.

The division was organized in 1992 and relocated to the renovated Peter White Public Library in 2000. In addition to being a regional center of arts and culture activities, the division provides the following services and programs: workshops, art exhibitions, community art projects, performance events, meeting spaces for arts organizations, an arts calendar, and coordination of national and local heritage festivals.  

Water Rising

Garth Evans and Leila Philip

October's Deo Gallery exhibition features the watercolor work of Garth Evans and poetry of Leila Philip, a project brought to the Upper Peninsula by the Cedar Tree Institute. The traveling exhibition presents a unique opportunity for patrons to reflect on the Upper Peninsula's environment and how our decisions individually and as a community impact that environment and landscape. 

A number of events - including readings, workshops, and public lectures - will be held in the Marquette community in conjunction with this exhibit at venues including the City of Marquette Arts & Culture Center, Northern Michigan University, and the Presque Isle Pavilion. For a full list of events and to get involved visit

An artist reception will be held on Wendesday, October 16 from 7:00pm - 9:00pm at the Marquette Arts & Culture Center. It is free and open to the public, and refreshments will be provided.

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20th Annual Holiday Art Sale

The Marquette Regional History Center and the City of Marquette Arts and Culture Center are excited to announce the 2019 Holiday Art Sale, scheduled for Saturday, November 16 from 10:00am-5:00pm. The Sale will take place at the MRHC, providing shoppers with a beautiful space to shop the juried sale, visit world-class exhibits, enjoy an old fashioned bake sale, and other surprises. A small $2 admission fee will help to support the MRHC, a private, non-profit 501c3 organization.

For more information, please contact the MRHC at (906) 226-3571 or email


2020 Annual Art Awards

The City of Marquette welcomes citizens to nominate deserving members of the community to be considered for the 2020 Annual Art Awards. These awards are offered to recognize & thank citizens who have demonstrated artistic excellence &/or have made significant contributions to the awareness of arts in our community. 

Nominations for the 23rd Annual Art Awards are being accepted for the following categories: Arts Volunteer, Arts Activist, Arts Educator, Youth Award, Visual Artist, Performing Artist, Special Recognition, Community Arts Impact, Art Business Honor Roll, & Writer. 

Nomination forms & criteria may be picked up at the MACC or found online at:

Nominations will be accepted through: Fri, Nov 29, 2019.

The Award recipients will be honored at a public ceremony in January 2020. Please note that nominations for non-residents are welcome as long as the nominee has made contributions to the City of Marquette.


Individuals may NOT be nominated for an award category that they have already won. A complete list of past award winners can be found at

For more information, contact the MACC at or (906) 228-0472.

This Master Plan is designed to define the City’s role in supporting arts and culture and the role of arts and culture in accomplishing the City’s broader goals, including its relationship with regional development. There were five project outcomes identified: - Identify cultural assets, needs and opportunities. - Gather input from all major stakeholders. - Develop initiatives, goals and strategies. - Define roles for the City Department and Advisory Committee. - Recommend a 10-year master arts and culture plan.
Arts and Culture Master Plan

Creative Community Series - Workshops, Demonstrations, and Other Events in the MACC Studio Space

The MACC's Creative Community Series is a year-round slate of workshops, demonstrations, lectures, and other events put on by local creatives and arts and culture organizations.  The MACC invites those interested in hosting an arts and culture event to utilize our studio space and resources, offered at low- to no-cost thanks to the support of the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs and the National Endowment for the Arts. To learn more about teaching and learning opportunities, please contact the MACC staff.

Creative Community Series Brochure - October 2019

Hours and Location

The Arts and Culture Center is located in the lower level of the Peter White Public Library, 217 N Front St, Marquette, MI.  
Monday10am - 5pm
Tuesday10am - 5pm
Wednesday10am - 5pm
Thursday10am - 5pm
Friday10am - 5pm





Peter White Public Library

217 N. Front St.

Marquette, MI 49855