New arts venues like the Great Lakes Center for the Arts allow everyone to see the beautiful, diverse quilt of performers who have made the American arts world so strong.
The Great Lakes Center for the Arts is an amazing opportunity for our region. It will continue to create the type of place that people where people want to live, work and play.
We see the Great Lakes Center for the Arts as an entity that will provide year-round entertainment options for our residents, as well as opportunities for partnerships with our area schools and existing arts organizations.
The Great Lakes Center for the Arts in Northern Michigan sets a clear example for the rest of the nation, as pioneers in the arts community!
The performing arts is a universe where people dream and do. Congratulations on opening the Great Lakes Center for the Arts!
The Great Lakes Center for the Arts will be just one more reason for people to enjoy our area.
This is simple, folks. It’s about as good as Pure Michigan gets.
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'NeillExecutive Director
Matt WawroDevelopment Director
News & Notes
Mark your calendars for special events July 2018 celebrating Grand Opening!
Celebrations surrounding the Grand Opening of the Great Lakes Center for the Arts in July 2018 will span several days and include world-class performances and fun, family activities in recognition of this historic occasion in Northern Michigan. From a Founding Circle donor dinner on stage, to the incredible music of the distinguished Detroit Symphony Orchestra, and culminating with a Community Open House on July 8, 2018.
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.