Great Lakes Center For The Arts

Become a Dreammaker!

Serving a five-county region of approximately 135,000 year-round residents, the Center will serve 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 will welcome world-class performances to the 500-seat theater.


The Center will collaborate with regional arts organizations to provide a state-of-the-art venue for their performances and programs.


The Center will present a variety of programming– 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