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Marquette — No two art weeks are the same. To bring more unique creativity to this year’s event, the City of Marquette’s Department of Arts and Culture held a brainstorming session on Wednesday afternoon to solicit ideas.
Held in an office on the lower floors of the Peter White Public Library, the session also focused on educating the public on how art fits into the community master plan.
The Arts and Culture Department is accepting project proposals to participate in its annual Art Week, scheduled for June 19-24. Local artists, organizations and businesses will be invited to jointly present the Marquette community with a series of free arts and cultural events, concerts, workshops, performances, exhibitions, demonstrations and more.
The proposed art week project is this year’s theme “House,” Inspired by an update to the city’s community master plan.
Joy Cardillo, Chairman of the Market Planning Commission, said of the plan: “This is not an actual law or regulation, but an opportunity for the city to actually reach out to the community and, really importantly, get a lot of community involvement.”
One of them, she pointed out, is art and culture.
“We now use Art Week as a tool to talk about things that matter to our community.” Tina Morin, City of Marquette Arts and Culture Manager, said:
She sees art week as a catalyst for the future, making the changes people want to see in their communities.
Tristan Luoma, Arts and Senior Services Coordinator for the City of Marquette, helped lead the Wednesday afternoon session.
“It fits very seamlessly in relation to these metropolitan initiatives. Using Art Week as a tool to address this update of the master plan and give it a little more influence on the urban planning objectives and the It’s really exciting to be able to justify the value, really articulate it to art and culture and to the people who need to know it.” Ruoma said.
Art Week themes including 2022 themes “water” and this year’s “House” Themes are adaptable, he said.
“Everyone interprets a house differently” Ruoma said. “So how can we get the community to share what home means to them, as well as artists’ perceptions of what home means to them, through Art Week events? I am very interested in capturing the
The highlight area for Art Week is McCarty’s Cove/Lighthouse Park on June 19th. South Marquette, June 20th. Downtown, June 21st. North shore from Picnic Rocks area near Clark Lambros Beach Park to mouth of Dead River on June 22nd. June 23rd, South of Lower Harbor Ore Dock. Presque Isle Park, June 24th.
Art Week 2022, he said, had a lot of focus on the shores of Lake Superior because it was about water.
This year is different.
“The theme of home is accompanied by an appreciation for the neighborhood.” Ruoma said.
Morin said the south part of Marquette needs more attention, thanks in part to a new basketball mural at Hurley Park.Another possibility for Art Week is to hold “Porch Concert” Along Bremhuber Street.
Other ideas discussed during the brainstorming session included integrating fiber art into activities, using the house as an object for plain art painting, and holding a loud community. “Noise Time”
Another brainstorming session was scheduled for Wednesday night at the Department of Arts and Culture.
Artists and organizations interested in submitting Art Week project proposals must complete and submit the proposal form by February 24th. Funding opportunities are available for eligible projects through grants received from the Michigan Arts and Culture Council.
For more information, please visit www.mqtcompass.com.
UPHP makes a donation
The Upper Peninsula Health Plan has partnered with the Marquette Department of Arts and Culture to support the Artists in Excellence Program, a new initiative that provides arts-based extracurricular activities for students in high schools in Marquette, Negawny and Ishpeming. contributed $2,000 to
This funding is matched by the Marquette Youth Foundation Community Foundation in Marquette County. AIE is managed by the Department of Arts and Culture and was created in partnership with local art teachers Jake Feather, Alex Trotter and Kimberly Szechchick.
According to UPHP, students explore locally available regional cultural offerings and creative careers in arts education, business, marketing, design, public arts, placemaking, tech arts and more. Students meet three times a month for excursions and interactive experiences. She will also identify and lead local art projects and host the city’s annual High School Art Show this spring.
According to UPHP, they co-advocate the school’s art program and AIE through presentations to classmates and new students.
“Art does not recognize municipal boundaries. Partnering with neighboring communities makes us stronger.” Morin said in a news release: “Since this year is the first year, we asked students to design a logo for the program. We often talked about being identifiable. It was important that we didn’t use school colors or symbols in the logo and that they looked as one.”
Christie Mastric can be reached at extension 906-228-2500. 250. Her email Her address is her firstname.lastname@example.org.
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