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. Fashion as well as home design & decorating are all art, too! Marion has fashion boutiques and home décor & gift shops located downtown.
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. (http://www.csa-marion.com/)
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. (http://hoosiershakes.com/)
Marion Civic Theatre
Marion 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. (https://www.marion-civic-theatre.org/)
Marion Philharmonic Orchestra
Marion Philharmonic Orchestra is one of the most premier resources for the arts in Marion, and the state. The MPO enriches the lives of our community and tourists who come to enjoy its divine musical presentations from a stream of talented composers and musicians. (https://mpomarion.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. https://quiltershalloffame.net/
Fusion Arts Alliance
This group 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
City of Marion Arts Commission
Marion has its very own citywide arts commission. Their page is found on this website under Government — Boards, Commissions, & Council, Arts Commission.