When the curtain rose for the first time at the Grand Opening on July 7, 2018, the Great Lakes Center for the Arts became a cultural and social hub in Northern Michigan offering year-round events across all genres—music, dance, theater, movies and film, intellectual dialogue, education—making it a regional and national performing arts destination.
As an architectural landmark designed by renowned theater designers Fisher Dachs Associates and architects TowerPinkster, the Center is centrally located in Northern Michigan, just outside of Petoskey on US31, near Harbor Springs, Charlevoix, and Boyne City. The Center includes a beautifully crafted, intimate 527-seat theater housing a large stage with state-of-the-art features that meet the demands of internationally acclaimed artists and companies.
The Center’s spaces such as the Community Engagement Room, Rooftop Terrace, Main Level Patio, and Donor Lounge allow patrons to gather, enjoy conversations, a beverage, and views of Lake Michigan prior to events.
The Great Lakes Center for the Arts is a 501(c)3 charitable organization with an independent Board of Directors.
The Center’s mission is to inspire, entertain, and educate through the performing arts with year-round, world-class performances, affordable ticket pricing and robust educational programming, and to serve as a cultural and social hub for Northern Michigan.
For nearly 20 years Northern Michigan envisioned a purpose built, state-of-the-art professional venue to showcase the region’s many fine performing artists and welcome world-class performances for all to enjoy.
The Great Lakes Center for the Arts fulfills this vision as it offers unique cultural performances and events, provides educational opportunites, and is nationally recognized as a leading arts organization.
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.
In its premiere season, the Center began 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 is dedicated to inspire, entertain, and educate with affordable ticket pricing for year-round and seasonal residents and visitors of all ages to enjoy and benefit from the Center’s resources.