Call for Submissions: "Words to Live and Bike By" Bike Path Mural Project

The Marquette Public Art Commission (MPAC) is inviting artists, community members, and organizations to apply to design and paint text-inspired, site-specific artworks on the surface of the Holly Greer Bike Path in Marquette.

The "Words to Live and Bike By" project involves five words painted at five different locations along the bike path. The selected words will be stenciled on the bike path prior to painters' arrival on-site. Completed murals will be 6 ft. in height and between 11 ft. and 25 ft. in length, depending on word length.

Those interested can view full project specs and apply by visiting the application(s) linked below. Included on each application is a stencil/outline of each word, off of which applicants can make their proposed design and attach at the end of the form. Proposed designs should reflect a unique and imaginative interpretation relating the given word to the location. Colored pencil or fine tip markers are recommended for design drafts, though digital designs will also be accepted.

Locations and words include:

Founder's Landing: REMEMBER (Application Link)
Marquette Commons: GRATITUDE (Link)
Mattson Lower Harbor Park: DREAM (Link)
Between Picnic Rocks & McCarty's Cove: RESPECT (Link)
Clark Lambros Park: HOPE (Link)

Applicants are limited to one design submission per word, though may submit for multiple words and locations if desired. The deadline for submissions is 5:00pm on September 1, 2020. Winners will be notified on September 10, 2020, with painting to occur between September 14-25, 2020.

Once begun, the painting of each mural must be completed within a 12-hour timeframe to limit disruption of bike path traffic. MPAC will provide core materials for the project, including paint, brushes, containes, masks, gloves, hand sanitizer, drop cloths, and tape. Painters will be responsible for practicing COVID safety procedures by wearing masks and exercising social distancing.

For additional questions and information please contact Tiina Morin, Arts & Culture Manager at tmorin@marquettemi.gov or (906) 225-8641.

Marquette Memory Box

The City of Marquette Arts & Culture Division, together with the Peter White Public Library (PWPL) and Marquette Poets’ Circle, invites the community to submit performing, visual, and/or written art to the Marquette Memory Box.

The Memory Box was started as a way for folks of all ages in our community to reflect on what they've been doing, how they've been feeling, the stories of their days, who or what they miss, and what they have discovered during the COVID-19 pandemic and social justice movements. Submissions to the Memory Box can include a variety of art forms such as written work, spoken word, visual art, and performance art, and will be compiled and shared with the public.

·        Visual art will be shared via Marquette365 on a brand new Community Art Wall. To submit visual art to the gallery, email a clear scan or photograph of your artwork to MQTMemoryBox@gmail.com, along with your name as you'd like for it to read, any links to your artist page(s) (if applicable), and an artist statement about the piece and/or a reflection on how the pandemic has affected your creative practice or inspired your artwork.

·        Spoken word and interviews will be compiled into a podcast, hosted on anchor.fm and disseminated to Spotify, Apple Podcasts, and other podcast services. Have a poem or story you'd like to share? Please contact MQTMemoryBox@gmail.com to coordinate a podcast episode.

·       Written work, including stories and poems, will be available for viewing via www.pwpl.infoWritten work can be submitted via a jot form, also available on PWPL’s website. 

·       Videos of performing arts (dance, music, comedy, animation, etc.) will be uploaded to the Memory Box YouTube channel. Submissions to the YouTube channel can be sent to MQTMemoryBox@gmail.com. Please include the video file, a description of the video, and a reflection on the inspiration for the video and/or how the pandemic has affected your creative practice.

Compilations will be updated regularly as submissions come in. The City of Marquette Arts & Culture Center and its partners reserve the right to exclude any content deemed inappropriate or irrelevant to the project.

Artists retain all copyrights to work submitted to the Marquette Memory Box. The City of Marquette, Peter White Public Library, and Marquette Poets' Circle reserve the right to use submissions for only the promotional promotional purposes of the Memory Box.

Northern Michigan University Archive project may contact you for permission to use your creation in another pandemic project.

For more information on the Marquette Memory Box, please contact Tristan at tluoma@marquettemi.gov or (906) 225-8655.



The City of Marquette Arts & Culture office understands the challenges facing our community's creative individuals and organizations during these difficult times. We assembled this document as a way to consolidate all of the information and resources being provided on local, state-wide, and national levels to inform and assist those who are experiencing hardship. The document is split into three sections - For Individuals, For Small Businesses, and For Organizations. Additional resources and links of interest can be found at the end of the document.

SmallWorks Web

What we do....

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.  

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.

NOTE: All Creative Community Series and other programming in the MACC space has been cancelled indefinitely in response to the coronavirus pandemic. We apologize for the inconvenience. We will be updating patrons regularly on our public Facebook page.


City of Marquette Art Week

An annual, week-long celebration of our creative community

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 City of Marquette Art Week has been canceled. We are exploring ways to engage the community and hold responsible events later in the summer, but in the meantime, be sure to save the date for Art Week 2021!

The City of Marquette's sixth annual Art Week will be held Monday, June 21 through Saturday, June 26, 2021. Art week brings together local artists, arts organizations, and businesses to put on a week-long series of special events, concerts, workshops, performances, and demonstrations during the last full week of June. 

More details to come. Stay tuned!

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.

NOTE: Due to COVID-19, Peter White Public Library remains closed to the public and is following a six-phase reopening plan. While we can't meet face-to-face at this time, we are in the office from 9:00am-5:00pm every weekday, and can be contacted via email or phone.

Monday9am - 5pm
Tuesday9am - 5pm
Wednesday9am - 5pm
Thursday9am - 5pm
Friday9am - 5pm





Peter White Public Library

217 N. Front St.

Marquette, MI 49855