The arts are mainly centered downtown.
Downtown, Marion is where you’ll find the community’s art hub which houses a full array of art studios for dance, fine arts, and much more. There are recording studios, art galleries (some within small businesses), music lesson centers, music gear & repair shops, graphic design & photography businesses, and a public library & museum which houses a plethora of resources to quench one’s interest in the arts.
Marion’s most prominent arts groups include:
Community School of the Arts
Community School of the Arts (CSA) is a highly acclaimed arts education and performance center specializing in dance, theatre, music and more, serving hundreds of students who even come from many adjacent counties, in serious pursuit of the arts. CSA also partners with Marion Community Schools in academic programming with the support of the Arts Scholars Program. (csa-marion.com)
CSA Civic Theater
CSA Civic Theatre is one of Grant County’s revered theatre performance groups, offering many unique and traditional live acts throughout the year presented by community volunteers inside the historic James Dean Memorial Theater. (csa-marion.com/civic-theatre)
Creative Hearts Art Studio
Carey Services’ Creative Hearts Art Studio provides a place for individuals with disabilities whom they serve to express themselves through various artistic mediums including painting, sewing, and more. The artists sell their works and receive the revenue. (careyservices.com/creativehearts)
Fusion Arts Alliance
FAA exists to support and advocate for the arts locally while empowering local artists to advance creatively and professionally. The link takes you to a glimpse of the work they do to celebrate and promote the arts in Marion: Fusion Arts Alliance YouTube Channel. Their website is fusionaa.org.
Hoosier Shakes is made up of professional and student artists mainly known for performances which highlight the works of William Shakespeare. The non-profit repertory theatre company specializes in outdoor theatre using simple staging and live music. (hoosiershakes.com)
Marion Arts Commission
MAC champions the arts by investing in a vibrant arts culture while developing and diversifying the economic base. They are dedicated to the ongoing goal of connecting the community to the arts and building a vital and ever-expanding creative community for the city of Marion’s artists, residents and visitors. (marionartscommission.com)
Marion Design Co.
Marion Design Co. is a community-based creative design studio run by a team of interns and professional designers. Their mission is to revive, empower, and propel the community forward by creating sustainable design solutions developed through research, design thinking, and collaboration. (mariondesign.co)
Local and regional orchestras have long been a staple in improving the quality of life for communities. To expand on its impact and unite more people through the power of music, Muncie Symphony and Marion Philharmonic, each with rich histories in their respective hometowns, joined forces in 2022 as Orchestra Indiana. Offering bold, innovative concert experiences, Orchestra Indiana is your gateway to fall in love with the symphony experience. (orchestraindiana.org)
Quilters Hall of Fame
Quilters Hall of Fame is the home of the world-renowned historical figure Marie Webster, one of the first ever female business owners, and the designer known for inventing the appliqué quilting style. The restored Colonial Revival home is an exceptional place to discover the folk art of quilting. quiltershalloffame.net