Annual Fund and Event Underwriting

2023 Annual Fund

Thanks to a supportive donor family, the Great Lakes Center for the Arts stands strong as an exciting social and artistic hub. Live, virtually, indoors, or out, the Center brings together people and the beauty and inspiration of the performing arts in a safe, comfortable environment—all made possible by Annual Fund donations.

The Annual Fund assists with artist fees for Center Stage. It also subsidizes Next Gen educational costs such as school buses for field trips or virtual programming. From soundboard to spotlights – to the “techs” who run them—the Annual Fund is what helps keep fabulous music, dance, theater, and film accessible for all in Northern Michigan to enjoy.

Even in the best of times, great performances require funding beyond ticket sales – particularly as the goal is to keep pricing as affordable as possible. Today, when safety requires people to gather in smaller numbers or to participate from a distance, the support of a committed donor family is even more important.

The arts in Northern Michigan supply an enriching quality of life, a healthier economy, and perhaps most important—a vibrant connection to each other and the rest of the world.

Join the family! Please give to the Annual Fund today.

More about the Annual Fund

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 lineup 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. The dream of providing entertaining, educational, and affordable arts experiences to Northern Michigan can only be sustained through the support of patrons like you.

More Information

For more information about supporting the Great Lakes Center for the Arts, including donating stock or making a wire transfer, please contact Director of Development, Christian Smith at 231.439.2606 or