Great Lakes Center For The Arts
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The Center

From Groundbreaking July 2, 2016 to Grand Opening on July 7, 2018 and beyond the Great Lakes Center for the Arts will take center stage as a cultural and social hub in Northern Michigan.

The Center offers year-round line-up of performances across all genres—music, dance, theater, movies and film, intellectual dialogue, education—making it a regional and national destination offering world-class programming.

An architectural landmark, the Center includes a beautifully crafted, intimate 500-seat theater housing a large stage with state of the art features that meet the demands of internationally acclaimed artists and companies.

Patrons enjoy special events in the community engagement room and gatherings on the rooftop deck overlooking Lake Michigan with a donor lounge reserved for the Center’s most generous friends.


With a mission to inspire, entertain and educate with year-round, world-class programming across all genres – music, theater, dance, intellectual dialogue and education, the Great Lakes Center for the Arts serves as a cultural and social hub for Northern Michigan.


The Great Lakes Center for the Arts will be a national destination known for unique cultural performances and events, as a leading regional arts and arts education provider and an internationally recognized center for important intellectual dialogue.

Designed by renowned theater designers Fisher Dachs Associates and architects Tower Pinkster, the Center will be an architectural landmark in greater Northern Michigan. Founding Artistic Director and lead consultant for all areas including mission, vision, program planning, and leadership, Michael M. Kaiser, President Emeritus of the Kennedy Center in Washington and Chairman of the DeVos Institute of Arts Management, is providing expertise, knowledge and experience to the Great Lakes Center for the Arts ensuring its sustainable success. The Great Lakes Center for the Arts is a 501(c)3 charitable organization with an independent Board of Directors.


The Center presents a year-round line-up of events across all performing arts genres. Visiting artists, intellectual dialogue, movies and film, and educational programming will accompany music, theater, dance and comedy in bringing exceptional, world-class opportunities to the shores of Lake Michigan. The Center promises limitless possibilities to inspire, entertain, and educate. Guests enjoy social spaces in the building, adding to the dynamic energy of the Center’s mission to serve as a community cultural and social hub. Affordable ticket pricing for performances allow year-round and seasonal residents and visitors of all ages and backgrounds to enjoy and benefit from the Center’s resources. 

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The Center is a 501(c)3 charitable organization.  IRS Recognition Letter


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