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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.  

The Marquette Spectacle

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 City of Marquette Arts & Culture Center is proud to announce the return of the Marquette Spectacle on Saturday, October 12 at 5:00pm!


Due to Art Center renovations the Spectacle was cancelled in 2018. After several community visioning sessions this past spring it was decided to refresh, reinvent and re-brand the Spectacle to cultivate a higher level of creativity and participation. This includes broadening our focus and changing the name of the event from the Halloween Spectacle to the Marquette Spectacle. Second, moving the date up to ensure better weather and attract new audiences by teaming up with other exciting local events. Third, changing the format, providing greater interaction between performers and the audience and participate at different levels to encourage a higher level of community engagement.


The event will begin with a parade down Washington Street departing from the Marquette Commons to Harlow Park. The parade does not require an audition; anyone can register, making it simple for people to get involved. The parade goers lead the community in the park where they will experience “Outré – An Alluring Dream”. The park will include over 50 performances, art installations, live music and food trucks. The evening concludes at sunset with a finale of dance and fire.


The event comes together during the months of September and October. Leading artists develop choreography, integrate participating groups. Individuals, groups, families, sports and dance teams, co-workers and organizations build props, construct sets, sew elaborate costumes and create recycled instruments, all integral components that propel the Spectacle from imagination to vivid fruition.


Interested in being a part of this year's Spectacle? Please fill out this form!

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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. Booth rental fees and the small $2 admission fee will help to support the MRHC, a prive, non-profit 501c3 organization.


This holiday sale is open to all media: painting, photography, fibers, glass, jewelry, metals, wearable art, etc. Artwork for sale must be made by the artist. This is a juried show that will not accept any kit, import, country craft or resale items. To be considered artists must submit the following: completed application, self-addressed stamped envelope, six images of their artwork and application fee.

Please mail images along with the application and payment to the Marquette Regional History Center, located at 145 West Spring Street. E-mail submissions and incomplete applications will not be accepted. Failure to abide by the above criteria will result in immediate disqualification. We cannot guarantee any artist that they will be receiving the same booth location as in previous years. At this time there will be no double booths granted. Rejected applicants' cash or check will be sent back by self-addressed envelope.

Applications can be accessed here or in hard-copy form at the Marquette Regional History Center or Marquette Arts and Culture Center. 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 - August 2019
Creative Community Series Brochure - September 2019

Cindy Wedig: Brainy Distractions

September’s Deo Gallery exhibit features the work of Trenary-based clay, oil, and cold wax artist Cindy Wedig. “I seek honesty in my artwork,” she writes. “Artwork that reflects who I truly am deep below my flesh within my spirit or soul. It is as exclusive to me as my fingerprints and it desires to free itself in a visible form. Like the voice of a dear friend it urges me, pushes me, instructs me… Perfection is not necessary. Humanity is imperfect. I seek to uplift those who encounter my forms to a place other than the earth they are standing on. To a place that reconnects them with a truth they once knew but somehow forgot in hopes of helping them to return."



An artist reception will be held on Thursday, September 5 from 6:00pm – 8:00pm. It is free and open to the public, and refreshments will be provided.

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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