Next Gen

Educating Through the Arts.

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:

Director's Society - Gifts of $10,000 - $24,999

  • Fernanda Dau Fisher and Brian Fisher
  • The Meijer Foundation

Benefactor - Gifts of $5,000 - $9,999

  • Petoskey-Harbor Springs Area Community Foundation

Patron - Gifts of $2,500 - $4,999

  • Charlevoix County Community Foundation

Friend - Gifts of $500 - $2,499

  • Tom and Ann Stallkamp
  • Allyn and Josephine Robinson
  • Michigan Arts and Culture Council and the National Endowment for the Arts

Member - Gifts of up to $499

  • Suzi Porter
  • Craig and Irene Rogerson
  • Bob and Lisa Jones
  • David Smith
  • Robert and Patricia Fitzgerald
  • Robert Pursel
  • Jean Sullivan
  • Cody Wilcox
Rachel Sytsma-Reed Headshot


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

Rachel Sytsma-Reed
Director of Education & Community Engagement