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Community Arts and Culture

Consider a donation of $500 to the SWP and receive one of the following three limited edition prints by artist Patrick St. Germaine.  Each of these three prints shows a different aspect of the beloved Little Presque Isle and Lake Superior.  Donate here.

File_651, Wed May 21, 2014, 11:50:14 AM,  8C, 2688x3076,  (732+1149), 100%, bent 6 stops,  1/25 s, R81.0, G76.7, B114.7
File_650, Wed May 21, 2014, 11:45:35 AM,  8C, 2688x3226,  (732+1209), 100%, bent 6 stops,  1/25 s, R81.0, G76.7, B114.7
File_649, Wed May 21, 2014, 11:39:57 AM,  8C, 2688x3052,  (732+1156), 100%, bent 6 stops,  1/25 s, R81.0, G76.7, B114.7

In 2012, the SWP and the City of Marquette hosted the annual meeting and conference of the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative. Nearly 200 Great Lakes mayors and municipal officials convened in Marquette for the 3-day event.  The GLSLCI works to advance the protection and restoration efforts related to the 5 Great Lakes and the St. Lawrence River.

Bringing a touch of the Marquette art scene to the event, the SWP, in collaboration with the Marquette Arts and Culture Center, developed a light pole banner to be displayed on the historic light poles in the downtown.  Each in the shape of a different Great Lake and painted by volunteers, the banners illustrated the geographic diversity of attendees at the conference - including many from Canada.


Lake Painting




SWP collaborated with NMU DeVos Art Museum and Art and Design students to create this turtle made of old wood. The piece was installed on a frozen Teal Lake in Neguanee. Upon spring melt, the turtle sunk becoming a natural part of the substrate ideal for fish habitat.

Celebrating Lake Superior Day - With a Concert for Lake Superior

Concert 2007 Concert 2009

Lake Superior Day is celebrated throughout Canada and the US within regions along our greatest Great Lake.  Proclaimed an official day by Michigan's former Governor Jennifer Granholm, Lake Superior Day encourages people to take action in protecting and restoring on the world's largest fresh water lakes.

The SWP celebrated Lake Superior Day with a Concert for Lake Superior that included an eclectic mix of classical, contemporary and jazz music. The event features conductor Craig Randal Johnson and the Boreal Chamber Symphony (The SWP's registered symphony).

In 2009, Finnish composer and conductor Esa Pekka Salonen made a guest video appearance.