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MEDIA ALERT: Great Lakes Center for the Arts Groundbreaking – Saturday, July 2 (5-6 pm)


Pure Michigan’s newest cultural arts facility will break ground on a 500 seat state-of-the-art theater. The Great Lakes Center for the Arts, will also offer a community engagement room, rooftop terrace, donor lounge and more, to be completed in 2018 with limitless opportunities to inspire, entertain and educate.

The Center will be a regional, national and international destination for the cultural arts, intellectual dialogue and impactful arts education programs. Programming will include popular, classical, jazz and country music performances, theatrical productions, music festivals, opera, movies and films, dance, lectures and children’s series.

This $25 million cultural venue is the result of a 1999 “Community Cultural Plan” developed with the assistance of more than 200 residents, groups and businesses in Emmet and Charlevoix Counties.


Saturday, July 2, 2016 (5-6 pm)


Along the shores of Little Traverse Bay in the resort community of Bay Harbor  in Petoskey. 800 Ba Harbor Dr. – Petoskey, MI 49770.


Governor Rick Snyder

Michael M. Kaiser, Chairman of the DeVos Institute of Arts Management and President Emeritus of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, who is serving as Lead Strategy Consultant and Founding Artistic Director for the Center.

David V. Johnson –  Co-Chairman of Board of Directors

David B. Small –  Co-Chairman of Board of Directors

Jill N. O’Neill – Executive Director, Great Lakes Center for the Arts


The American Legion of Harbor Springs

Bay View Chamber Brass Spectrum – Brian Buerkle, Conductor

Up North Vocal Institute, in collaboration with Crooked Tree Arts Center, featuring Matthew Chellis, UNVI Founder and Artistic Director, and Dana Brown, UNVI Co-Artistic Director, Conducting


Maris Harrington, Development Director (231-493-2606 |


A media tent will be available on site for interviews with key leaders in this project. High res photos, video, and project renderings, are available upon request.

Great Lakes Center for the Arts
800 Bay Harbor Drive
Bay Harbor, Michigan 49770

The Great Lakes Center for the Arts is a 501c3 charitable organization.