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Great Lakes Center for the Arts is committed to providing a safe and healthy venue for all our patrons, artists, volunteers, and employees. While visiting the Center may feel a little different, you can expect the same world-class talent on the stage or screen that you are accustomed to. We appreciate your continued understanding as we adjust to a new normal. The Center’s updated policies meet or exceed state and federal requirements and will continue to evolve as we advance through the various reopening phases.

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Great Lakes Cinema Series and Crooked Tree Arts Center Present: The Royal Opera House's Giselle

Giselle, Peter Wright’s production of Marius Petipa’s classic, a tale of betrayal, the supernatural, and love creating the greatest of all Romantic ballets.

Etienne Charles & Creole Soul

This event is currently sold out. Click the button to the right to be added to the waitlist and be contacted should tickets become available.

Great Lakes Cinema Series Presents: Riverdance 25th Anniversary Film

A powerful cinematic reinvention of the beloved Riverdance, celebrated worldwide for its award-winning music, thrilling energy, and passion for Irish dance.
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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.
JUDITH JAMISONFormer DirectorAlvin Ailey American Dance Theatre and a Kennedy Center nominee
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
Matt Wawro
Matt Wawro
Development 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.

Come “Celebrate the Journey!” with Us
Re-live classic rock ‘n’ roll with Northern Michigan’s favorite tribute band, The Journey Tribute, on September 2nd at the Great Lakes Center for the Arts. In case you thought rock shows were for Only The Young, think again. Hailing from Traverse City, the group is composed of five men, with incredib… 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!

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