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We took our show on the road…to Florida!

The Great Lakes Center for the Arts’ mission to serve as a cultural and social hub came alive last week as the Center shared updates and excitement in Florida with friends and supporters.  Board members joined Director of Development, Maris Harrington, in Naples and Tampa.

 Treasurer and Finance Committee Chair, Annette Pocica of Charlevoix, enjoyed visiting friends of the Center in Naples. “It’s nice to give updates on the construction and programming planned for the rest of the year. I think everyone will be amazed at what they see when they return to Northern Michigan for the summer.” 

Board member Kurt Wietzke of Boyne City shared, “A grand time was had by our Naples area friends at The French Café on fashionable 5th Avenue. It won’t be long before we are all back in Northern Michigan to see the fantastic progress on the Great Lakes Center for the Arts followed by the highly anticipated Grand Opening.”

 “Summer is a short and busy season. Many of our friends and supporters with homes in Northern Michigan spend time in Florida. It is a great way to share news of the Center and meet new people who have an interest in the arts,” reflected Maris on their trip. “The Great Lakes Center for the Arts is a year-round venue and we are happy to learn from peers across the country. We had the pleasure of meeting Judith Lisi, Executive Director, and Julie Britton, Vice President of Development, at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts in Tampa. Celebrating their thirtieth year of success in 2018, the Straz has built a thriving arts venue with five theaters and the Patel Conservatory for education. We are so grateful to Don & Jan DeFosset for their valuable introduction.”

 “This was an exciting and fruitful trip,” according to Irene Rogerson who serves on the programming committee. “Having the opportunity to meet many new friends who are enthusiastic about the art scene was a reinforcement that we are on the right path. I particularly enjoyed the trip to the Straz. It was a rare opportunity to tour an amazing world-class theater. So much to take in and so much to learn! Their experience is invaluable.”

From casual conversation with us about programming, to meeting new enthusiastic supporters, the Great Lakes Center for the Arts welcomes you. To learn more about the 2018 Premiere Summer Season, the Grand Opening Gala and future programming, please visit us online at

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