Marquette Sister Cities


Sister CitiesThe Marquette Sister City program with a history of over thirty years has developed relations with people in cities thousands of miles, and culturally, continents apart. While visiting a foreign country will always be enlightening, the Sister City exchanges provide the opportunity to know the people of the country and the nature of their lives.

You don’t just learn the location and architecture of the country's well known landmarks. This is the essence of diplomacy in action, listening and learning. Whether you are visiting Kajaani, Finland, or Higashiomi, Japan, or have chosen to host a delegate visiting Marquette, you are poised to travel as an ambassador of good will and friendship or to receive an ambassador from abroad.

Sister Cities Presentation

Sister Cities Advisory Committee

Friendship Files Quarterly Newsletter (PDF)

Artist Exchange Application (PDF)

Sister City Invitation to meet the five Sotkamo Forest Owners Delegation

Delegates from Marquette's Sister City Kajaani, Finland are visiting Marquette June 10 through June 18, 2013. The Sotkano Forest Owners will be here to study the forestry practices of the U.P. to compare with the forest practices of Finland.

The Sister City program has been running since 1979 welcoming delegates into our community to learn and be immersed in a new culture. The Sister Cities program focuses on cultural understanding, international friendship and the sharing of ideas.

The public is invited to welcome the Finns at KI Sawyer on Monday, June 10th at 9p.m. On Tuesday, June 11th at 7-9 p.m., there will be a welcoming reception in the Huron Mountain Room at the Peter White Public Library. The public is encouraged to attend and there will be light refreshments available.

The five Delegates are as follows:
Veli Vihonen, a retired journalist
Pertti Mustonen, a lecturer
Irja and Jarmo Huttune, a secretary at health center/general manager
Erkki Kahkonen, a welder

Sister City Announces Artist Chosen For Exchange:Jason Limberg

The City of Marquette Arts and Culture Center and the Sister Cities Program are proud to announce the artist chosen to participate in the Sister City Artist Exchange to Higashiomi, Japan; Jason Limberg.

Limberg, who recently re-located to Marquette, has become very involved in the Arts Center, including the Holiday Art Sale, and has instructed multiple drawing workshops at the MACC. Limberg specializes in ballpoint pen and graphite drawing. Previously he has had solo art shows in Indiana and Wisconsin, he produces commissioned drawings, and has been featured in publications such as Juxatpoz Magazine. 

Limberg will be traveling to Japan in October to share his talents with the communities of Higashiomi. To see examples of his work, visit his website at

Sister Cities Artist Exchange

The City of Marquette's Sister Cities Program is now accepting applications for the 2013 Artist Exchange program. Deadline for applications is April 27, 2013. One artist will be selected to travel to Higashiomi, Japan on October 17-28 of 2013 as part of the Marquette Sister Cities delegation. The artist selected will stay with a host family and receive a stipend. The stipend will cover air fare and other expenses related to the visit such as the cost of shipping items to be displayed in Japan, materials needed to teach classes, or workshops. The chosen artist will have the opportunity to consult with members of the Sister Cities Committee as well as past visiting artists to gain helpful information before the visit.

To learn more about this amazing opportunity, you are invited to attend an informational meeting Saturday, April 13, 2013 to be held at the Peter White Public Library from 11am - 1pm.

Applications are available online or to request an application, please call (906) 228-0472 or email

2013 Marquette - Higzshiomi Delegation Visit

The City of Marquette's Sister Cities Program is now accepting applications for the 2013 Delegation Visit. Ten delegates will travel to Japan to visit our Sister City on October 17-28, 2013. To learn more about this once in a lifetime opportunity, we invite you to attend an informational meeting on Saturday, April 13, 2013 from 11am - 1pm at the Peter White Public Library.

To request an application, please contact the City of Marquette Arts and Culture Center. The application deadline is April 20th, 2013

Higashiomi, Japan

The City of Marquette Sister City Advisory Committee sent a delegation to Higashiomi, Japan from October 13, 2011 to October 24, 2011. Artist Exchange

The Sister City program with Higashiomi, formally Yokaichi, started in 1979 and focuses on cultural understanding, international friendship, and sharing of ideas. Additional information about the delegation can be obtained from Paulette Lindberg at (906) 869-4141 or Bill Brazier at (906) 226-3102.

Additional Resources for this Delegation:

Delegate Application (PDF)
Higashiomi, Japan Brochure (PDF)
Shipping Your Artwork to Japan (PDF)

Kajaani, Finland

Kajaani, Finland Brochure (PDF)


Marquette Arts & Culture Center
Peter White Public Library
217 N. Front St.
Marquette, MI 49855
Ph. 906.228.0472
Fax 906.228.0479
Art Center Hours:
Mon: 9am-5pm
Tues-Thur: 9am-9pm
Fri: 9am-6pm
Sat: 10am-5pm
Sun: Closed