Great Lakes Center For The Arts

The day the music died…

Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story, Directed by Marcia Milgrom Dodge with Andy Christopher as Buddy Holly On August 17-18, 2018, the Great Lakes Center for the Arts will proudly present the musical theater production Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story directed by internationally acclaimed Tony Award… READ MORE

Meet Ms. Amy Rhudy, GLCFA Newest Team Member

The Great Lakes Center for the Arts is delighted to welcome the newest member to its growing team, Ms. Amy Rhudy, Operations Associate. Amy is a long-time resident of Petoskey who returned to beautiful Northern Michigan after attending college and starting her career in Grand Rapids. Ms. Rhudy hol… READ MORE

At Home in Northern Michigan with Jill and Katherine Rowley

  Jill Rowley and daughter Katherine have been part of a winning team since Katherine rode down the hill on her Mother’s back as they hit the slopes before Katherine learned to walk. Combining a mathematical mind and a creative brain with a fabulous eye and tremendous talent, Jill Rowley has b… READ MORE

A conversation with Sarah Lewis from the Detroit Symphony Orchestra.

A pink thread on the visiting high school oboist’s reed and a beautiful sound was all it took to inspire 12-year-old Sarah Lewis to play the oboe in the middle school band. Today, Petoskey native Sarah Lewis plays oboe for the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and will perform in her hometown at the Great L… READ MORE


People trying to make their one square mile a better place,” responded John Bracey (pictured left) when asked about the role of the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs. Bracey, who has been with the state funded agency since 1997 and currently serves as the Executive Director, believe… READ MORE

Construction Update

Tremendous progress continues with the construction of the Great Lakes Center for the Arts, as the reality of this dream comes to life. Workers appreciate the gorgeous fall weather while finishing the exterior and preparing for the coming winter.  It is now possible to stand on the stage and i… READ MORE


Join Interlochen Arts Camp faculty on Center Stage Tuesday, July 17, 2018 for an unforgettable evening of jazz, America’s own music. These acclaimed performers come from prestigious universities, conservatories and professional performing organizations. With a shared passion of mus… READ MORE


With the changing leaves, cooler evenings and shorter days, autumn is a time to reflect, and enjoy the beauty that surrounds us in Northern Michigan. Looking back at this summer, we are ever grateful and humbled by your support. The staff, leadership and Board of Directors at the Great Lakes Center f… READ MORE

Leadership Forum

Thursday, July 12, 2018, 8pm An important part of the Great Lakes Center for Arts’ mission is to provide opportunities for intellectual dialogue with some of the nation’s top thought leaders, across a variety of subjects. The Center is pleased to launch its signature series, the Lead… READ MORE

The Marriage of Figaro

Humorous Mozart opera takes place
Tues-Wed, Aug. 7-8, 2018, at the GLCFA theater In summer 2018, theater-goers will have a special experience when one of the region’s treasured traditions takes the stage inside the Center for two memorable nights. The Great Lakes Center for the Arts and the Bay V… READ MORE
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