The Downtown Art Place in Ironwood has been participating in planning with a core group of Art and Culture leaders to work toward the establishment of a Upper Peninsula Arts and Culture Alliance (UPACA). Our goal is to be able to better respond to the local and regional needs of the communities in the Upper Peninsula. Twenty-two leaders from municipalities, universities and arts organizations across the U.P. met recently at Michigan Tech University’s Great Lakes Research Center in December and Marquette's Peter White Public Library to address the merits of working together.

The group has sought assistance from Minneapolis-based ArtsLab, a program of Arts Midwest, which works to strengthen the impact of arts organizations in urban and rural communities through leadership and strategic development. This project is being supported in part by the Michigan Council for the Arts and Cultural Affairs and the Central Upper Peninsula Planning and Development Regional Commission.

For more information about UPACA and the upcoming planning year of 2017, contact City of Marquette Arts and Culture Manager Tiina Harris at, Bonifas Arts Center Artistic Director Pasqua Warstler at, or Howard Sandin with the Ironwood Down Town Art Place at

UP Arts & Culture Alliance Work Underway 

UP Arts & Culture Alliance meeting at Peter White Public Library, Marquette, MI.    1/31/2017

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