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 – often in large cities like New York and Washington, D.C.
Mr. Kaiser is the Founding Artistic Director and Lead Strategy Consultant for the Great Lakes Center for the Arts. His presentation included a number of examples of the importance of arts education in schools and how successful companies of all types can utilize sound institutional marketing strategies, creativity and a bit of brilliance to drive success. Mr. Kaiser is sometimes referred to as “The Turn Around King,” and several of his stories Thursday evening detailed his passion and creativity in turning around faltering arts organizations into thriving entities bringing the arts to thousands.
He expressed his excitement to be working with the Great Lakes Center for the Arts and the chance to build a flourishing organization from the ground up, bringing world-class performing arts to Northern Michigan.
The evening’s presentation was moderated by Kurt Wietzke, of Boyne City. Mr. Wietzke is a retired manufacturing executive and Duty Free executive. A long-time supporter of the arts and cultural organizations, he is a past president of the Crooked Tree Arts Center and currently serves as the CTAC’s Executive Committee Chair. He and his wife, Phoebe, reside on Lake Charlevoix.