Art Scene

Art Scene

Mar­i­on touts a rich arts scene which sets itself apart from many oth­er cities its size. Peo­ple trav­el from far and wide to immerse in Marion’s vast cul­ture of the arts.

Some of Marion’s most promi­nent arts groups include:

Com­mu­ni­ty School of the Arts

Com­mu­ni­ty School of the Arts 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​-mar​i​on​.com/)

Hoosier Shakes

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://​hoosier​shakes​.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​.mar​i​on​-civic​-the​atre​.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://​mpo​mar​i​on​.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://​quil​ter​shallof​fame​.net/

Down­town Marion

Down­town, Mar­i­on is where you’ll typ­i­cal­ly find its arts com­mu­ni­ty, which hous­es a full array of dance/​performing, culi­nary, and mar­tial arts stu­dios. There are also record­ing stu­dios, small art gal­leries (some with­in small busi­ness­es), music les­son cen­ters, graph­ic design resources, and a pub­lic library & muse­um which hous­es a pletho­ra of resources to quench one’s inter­est in the arts. Fash­ion is art, too! Mar­i­on has fash­ion bou­tiques locat­ed down­town, and also offers retail for dance apparel.

Local lead­ers rep­re­sent­ing the arts are com­ing togeth­er to estab­lish its very own city­wide arts coun­cil. To learn more, con­tact Greg Fiebig at greg@​hoosiershakes.​com.