The 100DayProject is a creativity excavation.  It’s about unearthing dormant or unrealized creativity by committing to a daily practice everyday for 100 days.

Creativity is a skill.  The more we practice, the more skilled we become.  Practice takes time.  Practice takes commitment.  Practice is a radical act in this speeded up world.   Through practice, we develop a creative habit.  Through habit, we reconnect with and know ourselves again as a creative being.


About the 2018 Projects
We’re heading into our 5th year – and are excited to announce two community art projects in 2018!

The Solstice to Equinox: Out of the Darkness Project starts on the Winter Solstice, 12/21/17, and ends on the Spring Equinox, March 20, 2018.

Following that, the 2018 100DayProject starts on January 21, 2018 and ends April 30th, 2018. This year’s theme, “Mirrored Light”, highlights the long, dark winters in our northern region. The theme can be interpreted creatively in a number of different ways – symbolically, metaphorically, or literally. Following the theme is optional.

We’re partnering again this year with various arts organization across the upper Midwest. If your arts organization would like to know more about partnering with us, please contact us.


History of the 100DayProject:

The seed of The100DayProject began within the PIA Art Collective, a small band of visual artists, in Marquette, Michigan. Since 2008, PIA members have done 100 day projects as a way to keep their creative edge honed.

The results were powerful and inspiring and fueled the fire in others to commit to a 100 day project.  An art exhibit, curated by ceramist and PIA member Ann Russ, called “The100DayProject: The Art of Practice, The Practice of Art” was installed at the Marquette Arts & Culture Center gallery in October 2013.   This exhibit embodied the work of nine Upper Michigan artists over 100 consecutive days of practicing art.

Gallery visitors had an opportunity to see how each artist worked with a simple idea and how that idea evolved over a period of 100 days. The exhibit also illustrated the idea that habit and ritual are great instigators of the creative process.

The100DayProject exhibit was followed by a kickoff of a Community-wide 100DayProject. That project launched on Tuesday, January 21st, 2014.

The idea has grown even more into a local documentary about The100DayProject produced by Charter Media in Marquette. This documentary aired in early 2014.

Ann Russ & Catherine Benda
The100DayProject Co-organizers


“If creativity is a habit, then the best creativity is the result of good work habits.
They are the nuts and bolts of dreaming.”
— Twyla Tharp, The Creative Habit