Marquette, Michigan – The City of Marquette’s Community Services Department is delighted to welcome Tiina Harris as the new Arts & Culture Center Director. She brings extensive experience connecting communities with arts and culture.
Prior to joining the City she served as Educator for the Marquette Regional History Center, where she successfully integrated performing and visual arts in all MRHC projects. From 1997-2004 she served as the Education Director for the Swedish American Museum Center in Chicago. She co-designed and managed the nation’s first Children’s Museum of Immigration, established a successful after school program and arts & culture summer camp, and facilitated large scale neighborhood cultural events. She has demonstrated a commitment to outstanding original programming and an interdisciplinary approach to public outreach and exhibitions.
Harris earned a B.A. in Anthropology from Michigan State University and upon graduation studied modern dance in Milwaukee and Chicago. While living in Chicago she worked as a professional dancer performing in venues such as the Museum of Contemporary Art, Links Hall Studio, Dance Center of Columbia College and the Chicago Cultural Center.
Harris co-founded Limbic Fix a contact improvisational dance company. Her improvisational work led her to perform with Mikhail Baryshnikov in Simone Forti’s Scramble for White Oak Dance Project’s touring performance of Past/Forward. As a dance educator Harris taught thousands of Chicago area youth through artist-in-residency programs in the public schools.
As a first generation Estonian-American Harris served on the Estonian American National Council in Washington D.C., developing special projects to
preserve Estonian American Cultural Heritage. With family roots in Negaunee, Gwinn and Marquette Harris said, “I am honored to work in a place close to my heart. This is an incredibly culturally rich city and I am excited to continue its’ growth and work to ensure its’ vitality.”
The Staff at the City of Marquette Arts and Culture Center
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phone: (906) 228-0472
fax: (906) 228-0479