Ribbon cutting dedication for Hematite Art Park shows off student work

ISHPEMING — A ribbon cutting dedication took place this morning for a special new park involving student art.

The Hematite Art Park is a collaborative project between the Marquette County Land Bank Authority and Ishpeming Public Schools. The site of two blighted structures has now been re-purposed to an outdoor art display area for local youth to show their work. The displays are metal worked frames with weather proof art panels mounted to them. But this could not have been possible without the help of grants and charitable donations.

“Between apply for grants through CUPPAD, getting those grants lined up, getting the art work from students and getting everything all produced and the fabricated has been possible with all the volunteer in-kind contributions and donations,” explained Anne Giroux, Executive Director of Marquette County Land Bank Authority. “So lining that up was a lot of work, but has been really great to see it all coming to fruition.”

The theme goes in line with of the interpretative signage that is used along the Iron Ore Heritage Trail.