Go where the art takes you! Main Street Marion has existed since 1989 with the purpose of promoting and supporting downtown Marion. The Made in Marion Project aligns with this purpose. It all began in the fall of 2012 when a small group of Indiana Wesleyan University (IWU) Public Relations students decided to get on board with the vision of restoration and revitalization in Marion. Made in Marion was created by the IWU student-run public relations agency, “PR Vitae” as an initiative to help stimulate cultural and economic development in the heart of our city – downtown!
What is Made in Marion? This project is a collaboration of Marion artists and local companies to benefit the community and enhance both the economic aspect of downtown, as well as the culture and foster a strong sense of community.
Main Street Marion is proud to present the second annual art exhibition to the community in March of 2014! By combining the March First Friday Celebration with Made in Marion we maximized the exposure and opportunities for the artists in our community. This year’s Made in Marion project features 9 downtown venues and 11 local artists and is open during each businesses regular business hours! Marion’s historic downtown buildings and the river foster a cultural atmosphere that is perfect for gathering people to converse, exchange ideas, and be inspired!
So, walk about downtown. View the art, converse with store owners and employees, and relax – it’s free! Make sure you sign the guestbook housed at Marion’s Community School of the Arts, and pick-up a project brochure at any participating business – Community School of the Arts, Jerry’s Leather Shop and Shoe Hospital, STAR Financial Bank, Marion-Grant County Chamber of Commerce, Clique Creative, Webb’s Hallmark Shops, Centrum Boutique Shoppes and Offices, Constance Boutique, Folkie’s Tavern, and 5 Star Salon. The artwork includes photography, paintings, pottery and poetry. In spirit of the event, the Marion Public Library Children’s Department as also added a display dedicated to art.