City long-range arts, culture planning a wise move

The city of Marquette is once again examining its Arts and Culture Master Plan, hoping to incorporate new ideas and new events by collaborating with more groups and forming long-lasting partnerships.

This type of work is always easy to get behind.

According to a page 3A story in Friday’s Mining Journal written by Journal staff writer Christie Bleck, the first ever city Arts and Culture Master Plan was penned more than 20 years ago.

A lot has happened in and around the city in the last 20 years. We’re happy to see that the arts and culture department is embracing these changes and looking to the future to make a new plan.

Even in the last few years, a number of new and popular cultural and artistic events have been added to the city’s repertoire, namely the Halloween Spectacle.

And long-standing favorites, such as Petunia Pandemonium and Art on the Rocks, are staples that help keep the public’s eye trained on the importance of art and of culture to any community.

A vibrant arts and culture scene fosters a more well-rounded community, better education and a broader understanding of the world at large.

We’re excited to see the city undertake this task of formulating a new master plan, and happy to hear this project begins and ends with public input.

We encourage anyone with ideas on how to improve the arts and culture scene in Marquette to contact Tiina Harris, community services manager for the Marquette Arts and Culture Center, or stop by an Arts and Culture Committee meeting in the lower level of the Peter White Public Library.

The committee meets at 5:30 p.m. the first Wednesday of every month.