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Arts and Culture Destinations
Below is a list of Arts and Culture Destinations in the state of Michigan. This list is to be used as a reference. If you are an arts and culture organization that can welcome school groups and are interested in being included in the database, CLICK HERE for the application.
Cultural Historical, Instrumental Music, Science, Theatre, Visual Arts, Vocal Music
PIX TheatreLapeer Lapeer
The PIX Theatre was built by George Smith, who began his “show business” life in a production of Uncle Tom’s Cabin at the White Opera House. When the show went on the road, 18 year-old George went with it. Before long the troupe ended up broke in Chicago and George returned to Lapeer. Next, George began playing in theater orchestras in Flint and Saginaw where he met and married Vera, the band’s pianist. In 1914, the Smith’s opened a small movie theater next door to what would become the PIX Theatre. Business was good, with tickets selling for five and ten cents. By 1921, the Smith’s were ready to expand their business, so they built the Lyric Theatre, “the fanciest show house around.” Silent movies reigned supreme, accompanied by Vera on the piano until 1928, when the “talkies” came to town.
Early in 1940, with movies at the peak of popularity, it was rumored that Harry Holboth, owner of the Deluxe Theater in neighboring Imlay City, was planning to build a new theater in Lapeer. George Smith, not to be outdone by the competition, quickly set to work locating a site for a new, modern movie house that he would name The PIX Theatre.
George bought the Wattles Bank property and set to work building a theater that would serve the community for decades to come. The PIX opened one year later on April 9, 1941. Its flashing marquee and porcelain enamel panels were the pride of the community. Prior to the Grand Opening presentation of The Bad Man, starring Wallace Beery, Lionel Barrymore and Ronald Reagan, George Smith declared that the policy at The PIX would be “strict adherence to just one aim … the finest of entertainment,” and promised never to inflict upon his audiences “such parasitical annoyances as BUNKO NIGHT, BANGO, SCREAMO and – most important of all – never a double bill!”
From 1941 to the mid 1950’s, Smith operated both The PIX and The Lyric theaters, but rarely at the same time. The Lyric was a larger and grander theater, but The PIX had a state-of-the-art cooling system (which in 1941 meant cold water dumped from a well through a series of coils to chill the air before it was blown into the theater). In the 1950’s, with the advent of television, Smith closed the Lyric theatre for good. After years of private ownership, The PIX closed in 1996 and was purchased by the City of Lapeer Downtown Development Authority.
Today, the PIX Theatre still retains its original art deco façade and marquee. Many of the interior elements remain as well following a $325,000 renovation made possible by funds from the Downtown Development Authority, the City of Lapeer and a capital improvement grant from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs.
Renovation of the Theatre included the installation of a stage and stage lighting system. The PIX reopened as a live performance venue in 1997 with an inaugural performance by the popular Michigan vocal trio, Three Men and a Tenor. The private non-profit PIX Arts Council now manages the Theatre on behalf of the Downtown Development Authority offering approximately fifty live performances per season.
Cultural Historical, Dance, Instrumental Music, Science, Theatre, Vocal Music
Potter Center at Jackson CollegeJackson Jackson
The Potter Center at Jackson College is comprised of the most versatile and complete performing arts complex in the area. Viewed separately, each of the three theatres is well designed, constructed and equipped. Viewed as an entire arts complex, the educational and entertainment possibilities are limitless.
Potter Center at Jackson College
Cultural Historical, Dance, Instrumental Music, Literary Arts, Theatre, Visual Arts, Vocal Music
Riverside Arts CenterYpsilanti Washtenaw
The Riverside Arts Center offers, promotes, and nurtures dynamic arts and cultural programs through arts education, performing arts, visual and fine arts activities that serve and engage the community in Ypsilanti, Washtenaw County, and the surrounding area.
The Riverside Arts Center offers diverse and high-quality arts programming that makes a positive contribution to the image, culture, education, and economic development of the Ypsilanti community. A hub of artistic ventures, Riverside Arts Center produces and hosts various fine and performing artist activities in an accessible facility that includes a theater, art galleries, dance studio, artist studios, and classrooms. With a primary focus on the Ypsilanti community, Riverside Arts Center provides artistic programming for Washtenaw County and the surrounding area.
Dance, Instrumental Music, Theatre, Visual Arts, Vocal Music
Rozsa Center for the Performing Arts – Michigan Tech UniversityHoughton Houghton
The mission of the Class Acts program is to present a diverse program of performing arts events for young audiences in the Copper Country Intermediate School District. The program is designed to entertain and educate students and to enrich the school curriculum with performances by professionals from a broad range of disciplines.
Dance, Instrumental Music, Theatre, Visual Arts, Vocal Music
Saugatuck Center for the ArtsSaugatuck Allegan
We serve up year-round arts-and-cultural opportunities for children and adults from live performances and professional theatre to film and lecture series to exhibitions and classes. And we run a weekly Greenmarket June through October.
Along the way we’ve built dynamic partnerships with schools and libraries, local governmental units, regional businesses, and lots of other arts & cultural and environmental non-profits in West Michigan and beyond. We absolutely believe that “more is more” – and that mostly get accomplished by working with smart, innovative partners.
Southwest Michigan Symphony OrchestraSt. Joseph Berrien
Pops & Classical Music concerts featuring the Southwest Michigan Symphony Orchestra. Once a year in the spring, the Symphony puts on a Young Peoples’ Concert for elementary students.
History, Instrumental Music, Visual Arts, Vocal Music
The Detroit School of Rock and Pop MusicRoyal Oak Oakland
MUSIC FIELD TRIP EXPERIENCE Come to Rock, Roll and Learn. Our Studio. Their time to shine. Our program is perfect for kids of all types. It provides some basic music ideas as well as a lot of insight into instruments, the recording process, and also teamwork and character development. Program Description: The program is a two hour program that consists of 3 parts. First we explain a bit about each instrument and play some for them. Then they get a chance to play each instrument. Second we go in our recording studio and talk about recording and what is possible with modern recording technology. Lastly, we record something ourselves! Usually this is a “singing” situation, as this is the one thing in which everyone can participate. We learn about listening back to ourselves and trying to do things as best as we can and our team shares some stories about the world of music and it’s benefits to building character and teamwork.
The Music House MuseumWilliamsburg Grand Traverse
The Museum hosts numerous concerts and events throughout the season including our Silent Film Series, School Days Program and much more. In addition it serves as the perfect backdrop for weddings, receptions, business meetings and parties and is available for rental from May through December.