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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.


Arts and Culture Master Plan

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.


March LSAA Gallery Exhibit

Featuring students from NMU's School of Art & Design

The City of Marquette Arts and Culture Center announces its featured LSAA Gallery exhibition for the month of March. “SEEN / UNSEEN,” is an exhibition by Photography students from Northern Michigan University’s School of Art and Design. The exhibit, a collaborative effort between students enrolled in the senior seminar, explores themes of identity, mental health, urban and rural landscapes, and more. The show will run from March 3-31, with a closing artist reception on Thursday, March 29 from 6:00pm - 8:00pm.

Joy Bender Hadley - Watercolor and Birch Bark

March SmallWorks Gallery Exhibit

Featuring the MQT Artist Collective

The March SmallWorks Gallery features a group exhibition by six members of the MQT Artist Collective – Claire Moore, Christine Saari, Rachel Storck, Joy Bender Hadley (founder), Stacy Giroux, and Cameron Wilcox. The Mqt. Artist Collective is a flexible, diverse group of visual artists from the Marquette community, whose main focus is to be a creative, supportive, exhibiting group that meets bi-monthly to discuss art locally and worldwide, hold critiques and to create plans that contribute to their mission of creatively engaging the community in furthering the visual arts. The Collective was founded in August 2017, starting with three artists – Joy Bender Hadley, Melissa Sprouse, and Claire Moore – and has since grown to twenty artists, growing still. The exhibition will be on display from March 2-31, with a closing artist reception on Thursday, March 29 from 6:00pm-8:00pm. The public is invited to attend, and refreshments will be provided.

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 - 05pm
Tuesday10am - 5pm
Wednesday10am - 05pm
Thursday10am - 5pm
Friday10am - 05pm





Peter White Public Library 217 N. Front St. Marquette, MI 49855