Workshops + Performances


 Coffeehouse Nights @ Lowe Park

Join the Marion Art Council for fun evenings of free entertainment at the Lowe Park Arts and Environment Center (4500 N Tenth Street). Performances will run from 7-8:30 p.m. and doors for the event will open at 6:30 p.m. Desserts and coffee will be available for purchase. See below for the dates and scheduled performers.


Friday, April 7, 2017
Music By: Acoustic open jam session lead by Lori Blattner

All are welcome to attend this unique open jam formant, where audience members enjoy music and local musicians sit in a round, take turns playing.  For beginning and advanced musicians. 

Acoustic Open Jam Session Poster


Backlash Bach   RED CEDAR CHAMBER  Free Concert

Thursday, March 31 7:00p.m.

Lowe Park

Entirely new Bach? Guest artist Isaac Pastor-Chermak, cello, joins Miera Kim and Carey Bostian to bring Bach’s Viola da Gamba Sonatas to life in a fresh new way. Originally for Gamba with Harpsichord Obligato, the two independent lines of the harpsichord are played by violin and cello, creating what amounts to a three-part invention. Immerse yourself in virtuoso string playing as Red Cedar Chamber Music presents Bach’s masterpieces in a 21st-century context.

Red Cedar Chamber Poster



Between October and April, Coffeehouse Nights are held at the Arts and Environment Center at Lowe Park. These musical performances feature talented local acoustic artists in a relaxed coffeehouse type atmosphere. Admission is free and coffee, cocoa and pastries from Wit’s End Coffeehouse are available for purchase.

In addition to these indoor performances, the Arts Council presents two outdoor musical performances held each summer at the Klopfenstein Amphitheater for the Performing Arts at Lowe Park, June 147th will be the first Picnic on the Prairie and the second Picnic on the Prairie will be August 19th with a Plein Aire workshop.

If you are an entertainer and would like to be involved in one of our performances, please email Marion Arts Council member, Angie Pierce Jennings


Educational and entertaining workshops have been provided by the Marion Arts Council since its inception in 1976. Some workshops are designed for adult education, some for children and some for family activities. The fees for workshops are typically minimal, covering material and instructor costs.

Instructors of the fine arts who are interested in leading workshops are encouraged to contact the Marion Arts Council via email or by calling 447-3590.

All of the Marion Arts Council workshops are held at:
Lowe Park Arts and Environment Center
4500 N. 10th Street, Marion, Iowa