Arts and culture survey under way

MARQUETTE – The city of Marquette is seeking public opinion for a 10-year Arts and Culture Master Plan.

Community forums already have been held to solicit opinion, but now the city is collecting ideas through a public survey.

Data is being gathered to ensure the sustainability of the city’s arts and culture scene.

The survey can be found online at www.surveymonkey.com/s/imaginemarquette. Hard copies also are available at the City Treasurer’s Office and Senior Center, both located at city hall, as well as Lakeview Arena and the Marquette Arts and Culture Center, located in the basement of the Peter White Public Library.

The survey will close March 7.

“This survey will help us to better understand how people living in Marquette engage with arts and culture,” said Tiina Harris, city arts and culture community manager.

Consultants Tom Borrup of Creative Community Builders and Christine Harris of Christine Harris Connections have been contracted to assess and determine ways to improve the quality of the city’s cultural life.

Tiina Harris pointed out arts and culture “touches everyone,” which is important to recognize.

“The cultural component embodies much more than the fine arts but our community traditions and celebrations,” Harris said. “It’s the food we eat and stories we tell. It’s what we like to do outdoors and how we express our creativity. Public input is essential to this plan’s success.”

Anyone with questions about the survey or how to complete it should contact Harris at tharris@mqtcty.org or 228-0472.

Christie Bleck can be reached at 906-228-2500, ext. 250.