Great Lakes Center For The Arts


Experience world-class cultural performances and events in Northern Michigan!
Years in the making, the Great Lakes Center for the Arts celebrated Groundbreaking on July 2, 2016 with over 400 community members, civic, cultural and philanthropic leaders and Michigan Governor Rick Snyder in attendance. 

Follow our construction progress here 

Save the date for the Grand Opening Gala on July 7, 2018

STAY TUNED! 2018 Premiere Summer Season programming announced in July 2017!

This is simple, folks. It’s about as good as Pure Michigan gets.
GOV. RICK SNYDERGovernorState of Michigan, Great Lakes Center for the Arts Groundbreaking Ceremony July 2, 2016
Leadership Team
Michael M. Kaiser

Michael M. Kaiser

Founding Artistic Director

Mr. Kaiser was President of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington D.C. from January 2001 through August 2014. During his tenure, he expanded educational and artistic programming for the United States’ center for the performing arts, oversaw a major renovation effort of the Center’s theaters, and led the nation in arts management training. In 2001, Mr. Kaiser created the Kennedy Center Arts Management Institute, renamed the DeVos Institute of Arts Management in May 2010. In honor of his accomplishments, the Board of the Kennedy Center named him President Emeritus in 2014.

Jill O'Neill
Jill O'Neill
Executive Director
Maris Harrington
Maris Harrington
Director of Development
Beth Anne Eckerle
Beth Anne Eckerle
Marketing Director

News & Notes

'An Evening with Michael Kaiser' draws over 100 guests

June 15, 2017 – The Great Lakes Center for the Arts, in collaboration with Fifth Third Private Bank, hosted a very special evening June 15, 2017, with Michael Kaiser presenting, “The Importance of Healthy Arts Organizations in Thriving Communities.” The event took place at the Walloon Lake Country Club, with music, hors d’oeuvres, cocktails and conversation. Throughout his presentation, Mr. Kaiser shared insights into his decades long career of working with arts organizations to be healthy and thriving in their communities. 

Seat Campaign: Please join our family of supporters

Sit back, relax and enjoy world-class performances and programs. Be entertained by the finest in music, dance, and theater, experience new horizons as you are educated by stimulating intellectual dialogue, and enjoy exceptional year-round performances! Name a seat for yourself, and honor a loved one — your spouse, a child, grandchild, parent. Recognize the contributions of a business associate or that special teacher who inspired you or your child to reach their dreams.

What’s the best way to ensure seats to the Premiere Summer Season? Become a donor!
The Great Lakes Center for the Arts in Petoskey is preparing to announce its 2018 Premiere Summer Season line-up of performances with a mix of programming featuring dance, music, theater, comedy, and intellectual dialogue. The Center’s announcement of the 2018 Premiere Summer Season on July 17, 2017 will also l… READ MORE

Generous supporters bring the dream to life

As an independent 501(c)3 charitable organization, the Great Lakes Center for the Arts wouldn’t be possible without the generosity of our supporters. We invite you to consider joining the family of dream makers who believe in the power of the arts!

  • Theater
  • Dance
  • Music
  • Intellectual Dialogue
  • Movies & Film
  • Education