There are few services more beneficial to a growing community than arts and culture programming. Progress is measured by adaptation and what teaches you how to learn better than creative problem solving? Not only does art provide a creative therapeutic outlet for literally all ages, but it encourages social interaction, conversation and discourse, constructive critique, and personal exploration and growth.
Be the person you needed when you were younger.
One of the most important moments in my life occurred when I realized I didn’t need money to contribute to causes that are important to me or to have real impact on my community. If you have time, if you have a specialized skill set—hell, if you just have compassion and a little bit of motivation, you can affect real change.
As a founding member of the Marquette Artist Collective, I have watched it grow from three excited artists to more than twenty active and supporting members and a brick and mortar gallery space.
Our mission is to encourage and support artists, expand their opportunities, and promote art education and appreciation in the community. We support diverse forms of locally created artwork and creatively engaging our community in furthering the visual arts.
The general purposes of Marquette Artist Collective shall include:
Fostering and encouraging arts, artists, and arts education activities
Offering group shows, workshops, guest artists, and social artists’ gatherings
Sponsoring cooperative planning, research, fundraising and public education programs
Undertaking such other services and programs deemed necessary to encourage participation in and appreciation of the arts
I may not have a ton of money, but I do have time. And a real passion for the arts.
I began volunteering at the Superior Alliance for Independent Living in 2015 as a chocolate server at their annual fundraising Chocolate Festival. Over time, I got to know the volunteer supervisors and have been consistently instructing arts and crafts classes, as well as helping facilitate gardening and other classes.
Though unfortunately no longer in existence, I mentored a nine-year-old girl through the Marquette YMCA Reach & Rise Youth Mentoring program. We spent a majority of weekly meetings drawing, painting, or collecting found objects for art projects. During 2016, I also taught weekly arts and crafts classes at Teaching Family Homes.
Animals are my other soft spot. I’m totally useless against puppy dog eyes. I love participating in the annual Upper Peninsula Animal Welfare Shelter’s “Strut Your Mutt” fundraising event, by donating art for raffle prizes or donating a portion of my sales during the doggie walk.
Most recently, I was a Spread Goodness Day 2019 donor.
ArtPrize is a world renowned event, during which the entire city of Grand Rapids, MI is overtaken by all things art. It’s incredible. Looking for an excuse to collaborate on a piece of art, Rach and I decided to submit our project concept. We were asked to share our work alongside other Upper Peninsula artists in the heart of downtown GR.
Creating a series of layered photographs and illustrations on plexiglass was only half of our project. We also wanted to do something good for not only our community of Marquette, but for our host city of Grand Rapids. Thanks to our incredible support system of family, friends, and friends-of-friends, we raised over $1200 for United Way of Marquette County & Heart of West Michigan United Way.
In three short hours, Dōnart raised over $300 in donations for United Way of Marquette County and sold over $550 worth of local artwork. The one of the most memorable moments of the night occurred when I got to tell one of the artists that she just sold her first piece of artwork.
Rach and I are in the beginning stages of putting on our second annual Dōnart show.
Women’s March 2019
Ore Dock Brewing Company collaborated with Northern Michigan University to put on a pop up art, crafts, and music show following the 2019 Women’s March. Rachel and I were asked to set up a table at the event. In the true spirit of women supporting women, we chose to donate 25% of our sales to the Women’s Center of Marquette.