We're excited to introduce the City of Marquette's Cultural Trail Project!

The City of Marquette is pleased to announce the development of a Cultural Trail along seven miles of City shoreline. The Trail will honor and preserve our community’s diverse cultural heritage, history, and environment from the mouth of the Carp River to Presque Isle, through public space design, public art, and interpretive signage. It presents a unique opportunity to reexamine our relationship with our natural and built environment to create a shared and sustainable vision of the future. The Trail will connect and give voice to the multiple stories, historic sites, natural features, and landmarks along the multi-use pathway. Education will serve as the central mission, providing a catalyst for dialogue and a platform to build cultural understanding.


The Cultural Trail will strive to facilitate mutual respect and cooperation between the Marquette community, federally recognized tribes and local Anishinaabe community. Including the commissioning of Indigenous public art, dual language signage and honoring five village sites.


Led by the City’s Office of Arts and Culture in cooperation with arts, history, cultural, environmental, tribal, educational, and economic institutions. You are cordially invited to engage in cultural conversations and contribute to this community project.

Informative tours and presentations exploring our past and present significant historic Trail locations. You are invited to be a part of the conversation,


MONDAY Cultural Conversation: To Be Remembered
Hosted by Sherri Loonsfoot Aldred
Monday, June 20 at 12:00pm;  Presque Isle Sign
Free to participate.  Full information:

How do we represent our whole history? Sherri Loonsfoot Aldred shares her story as the first indigenous artist to design the ever-iconic entrance to Presque Isle Park.

TUESDAY Cultural Conversation: The Center Stone
Hosted by Dr. Martin Reinhardt
Tuesday, June 21 at 12:00pm;  Carp River Kiln
Free to participate.  Full information:

How do we balance ourselves in the world around us? Dr. Martin Reinhardt from the NMU Center for Native American Studies presents.

WEDNESDAY Cultural Conversation: Evolve & Be Involved
Hosted by Tiina Morin
Wednesday, June 22 at 12:00pm;  Father Marquette Park
Free to participate.  Full information:

What does public art say about our time, place, and who we are? City of Marquette Arts & Culture Manager Tiina Morin presents.


THURSDAY Cultural Conversation: Weaving Our Stories
Hosted by Dr. Jacquie Medina

Thursday, June 23 at 12:00pm;  Presque Isle Pavilion
Free to participate.  Full information:

How do we want to be remembered? Dr. Jacquie Medina from the NMU Outdoor Recreation, Leadership, and Management department presents a walking tour of Presque Isle’s hidden histories and development.

FRIDAY Cultural Conversation: From the Rock to the Dock
Hosted by Daniel Truckey
Friday, June 24 at 12:00pm;  Gaines Rock Parking Lot (Founders Landing)
Free to participate.  Full information:

How many footprints are layered beneath yours? Daniel Truckey, Director of the Beaumier U.P. Heritage Center, will tell the history of the people who have lived and worked along the shoreline of the City of Marquette.

SATURDAY Cultural Conversation – Lighting our Way
Hosted by Hilary Billman
Saturday, June 25 at 12:00pm;  Marquette Harbor Lighthouse Park
Free to participate.  Full information:

Why do we preserve history? Hilary Billman, Manager of the Marquette Maritime Museum, will offer a tour of the lighthouse buildings and a discussion of the process and importance of preserving tangible history.

Other Cultural Connection Events during Art Week....

Art Week Sunrise Opening Ceremony

with Dr. Martin Reinhardt, reading an original poem by Martin and Biidaaban M. Reinhardt
Monday, June 20 at 5:30am;  Mouth of the Carp River

We welcome Art Week 2022 with the second annual Art Week Sunrise Opening Ceremony! Join us to watch the sunrise and enjoy the reading of this year’s Art Week opening poem by Dr. Martin Reinhardt, written by Martin and Biidaaban M. Reinhardt. 

Holly Greer Bike Ride

Led by Tiina Morin
Monday, June 20 from 10:30am-12:00pm;  Beginning at the mouth of the Carp River

City of Marquette Arts & Culture Manager Tiina Morin will lead a bike tour exploring the future sites of the City’s cultural trail and learn the history of our iconic bike path.

Honoring The Spirit
Hosted by Sherri Loonsfoot Aldred and Aiyana Aldred
Tuesday, June 21 from 1:00pm-2:00pm;  Carp River Kiln

Mother and daughter artists Sherri Loonsfoot Aldred and Aiyana Aldred reconnect to their Anishinaabe culture and relationship to the land through art and language. Experience plein air painting and Ojibwe language through a demo and pop-up language school.

Row the Spark
Hosted by the Superior Watershed Partnership
Every Day at 3:00pm;  Marquette Yacht Club

Join the Superior Watershed Partnership in collecting citizen-science data. Volunteers will use the community-built rowing skiff. All ages welcome. The Spark launches daily.

Public Art Walking Tour
Hosted by Tiina Morin
Wednesday, June 22 from 9:30am-12:00pm;  Beginning at Madgoodies Studio, 209 West Ohio St.

This walking tour will explore an assortment of downtown public art pieces and their history. The tour will begin on the corner of Third and Ohio Streets at the Natural mural, and end at Father Marquette Park, leading into Wednesday’s Cultural Conversation.

Birch Biting Workshop with Leora Tadgerson
Thursday, June 23 at 1:00pm;  Presque Isle Pavilion

Learn the traditional art of birch biting, etching, and syllabics with Leora Tadgerson.


Michigan Native American Heritage Fund, National Endowment for the Arts: Our Town Grant Program, Superior Watershed Partnership, Marquette Public Art Commission, Michigan Arts and Culture Council, and Innovate Marquette Smart Zone

Indigenous Illustrations by

Sherri Loonsfoot Aldred

The National Endowment for the Arts is proud to support arts and cultural organizations throughout the nation with these grants, including the City of Marquette, providing opportunities for all of us to live artful lives

NEA Chair Maria Rosario Jackson, PhD.