Great Lakes Center For The Arts
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Become a Dreammaker!

Serving a five-county region of approximately 135,000 year-round residents, the Center serves as a cultural and social hub for Northern Michigan, welcoming all patrons impassioned by the performing arts to experience an outstanding year-round line-up of events including ballet, country, jazz, symphony, comedy and more!
With less than half of annual operating expenses supported by ticket sales, your gift is vital to the success of the Center’s commitment to providing diverse year-round programming with accessible ticket pricing and meaningful educational initiatives.








Your gift to the Annual Fund will directly support the Center’s mission to inspire, entertain and educate with year-round, world-class performances, affordable ticket pricing and a robust education program.


The Great Lakes Center for the Arts presents world-class events in its intimate 500-seat theater.


The Center collaborates with local and regional arts organizations in order to contribute to the thriving arts culture in Northern Michigan. The Center provides a state-of-the-art venue for these performers and organizations to elevate and share their craft.


The Center presents a variety of programming across all genres of the performing arts– music, theater, dance, movies & film, intellectual dialogue, and educational opportunities.


The Center is committed to maintaining affordable ticket pricing and building strong educational partnerships.


What moves the Dreammakers?

‘Supporting a project that will have significant cultural and educational impact in the region for generations.’
David Crouse – Walloon Lake
‘Reaching into the community and changing children’s lives through the arts.’
Bill and Erin Mansfield – Lavender Hill Farm
‘Providing a world class platform to engage and inspire future generations about the impact arts can have on our society.’
Orlene Hawks – Okemos and Bay Harbor
‘Encouraging a passion for the arts.’
Kurt Wietzke – Boyne City
‘Bringing more arts for all to enjoy in our Northern Michigan community.’
John and Julie Holder – Petoskey


  • Theater
  • Dance
  • Music
  • Intellectual Dialogue
  • Movies & Film
  • Education