The Manito Art League was founded in November 1965 as an organization dedicated to the development and appreciation of the visual arts. In 1976, The Manito Art League organized the first Arts and Crafts Show which was part of the July 4th celebration in Manitowish Waters. In 1979, this was expanded to include creative and performing arts. The summer of 2015 marked the 50th anniversary of the League!
Initiated in 2008, Plein Air Artists gather each Thursday morning, June through August, to draw, paint or photograph the beauty of the northwoods. It is free and open to the public.