Next Gen

The mission of the Great Lakes Center for the Arts is to inspire, entertain, educate, and serve all in Northern Michigan year-round by presenting exceptional experiences across the full spectrum of the performing arts and offering impactful educational opportunities.

The Center offers broad experiences and school matinees that reach many students across the region, as well as intensive opportunities that reach specific student groups. Area youth interact with and learn from world-class artists while cultivating a stronger appreciation for the performing arts. Thanks to the generous support of our Family of Donors and a grant from the State of Michigan, student performances are offered free of charge.

Next Gen is thankful for the support of:

Robert Jensen Dau Foundation

Mansfield Family Foundation

The Meijer Foundation


Rachel Sytsma-Reed Headshot


For more information about Next Gen at the Center,
please contact Rachel Sytsma-Reed at

Rachel Sytsma-Reed
Next Gen Director