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, Dance, Instrumental Music, Theatre, Vocal Music

Brighton Center for the Performing Arts

Brighton Livingston

Education outreach with performing groups. Workshops for local High School Choirs. Children's Series.

Dance, Instrumental Music, Theatre

Calumet Theatre

Calumet Houghton

The Calumet Theatre Company was incorporated in 1983 as an independent, non-profit organization to program events and encourage continuing restoration. The Calumet Theatre is owned by and leased from the Village of Calumet. The Calumet Theatre Company assumes responsibility for all operating costs for the facility.

In the absence of local tax support, it is funded by ticket sales, user fees, the State of Michigan through the Michigan Council for the Arts and Cultural Affairs, membership dues, and other fund-raising activities. The Theatre Company is a member-supported volunteer-based organization (500-plus members) with a 16 member Board of Directors, 8 employees and over 70 volunteers.

Cultural Historical, Dance, Instrumental Music, Literary Arts, Theatre, Visual Arts, Vocal Music

Chenery Auditorium

Kalamazoo Kalamazoo

The Aesthetic Education (AE) Program functions within the collaborative partnership between EFA Teaching Artists and Aesthetic Education-trained classroom teachers. Working together, classroom teachers and Teaching Artist develop and implement inquiry-based, experimental units of study around specific works of art that students view. These units are designed to highlight the possible relationships between an artist's choices and the viewer's aesthetic response. Through participatory activities and reflections, students further develop their capacities for observation, analysis, questioning, and meaning making allowing them to deeply engage with and experience works of art while making connections to their personal lived experiences, the outside world, and beyond.

Dance, Instrumental Music, Theatre, Vocal Music

City Opera House

Traverse City Grand Traverse

As we celebrate our rich past and look toward an exciting future, our historic City Opera House is alive with new energy and anticipation. Since opening its doors in 1892, the "Grand Old Lady," as she is lovingly known, has hosted everything from plays, concerts and operettas, to gala balls, conventions and banquets. The City Opera House truly is a community-based, community-supported gathering space for Grand Traverse residents and visitors alike.

Dance, Instrumental Music, Visual Arts

Community Inclusive Recreation

Battle Creek Calhoun

Every person has individual needs and desires. Health, personal, and social preferences are all addressed in the CIR programs. By creating a wide variety of activities for the mind and body, it encourages participants to be their best in all aspects of life.

Our services range from individual support to fully inclusive community activities. By guiding healthy activity choices, providing accessible transportation, financial assistance, and connections to a variety of fun activities, CIR strengthens the body and feeds the creative soul.

Community Inclusive Recreation

Dance, Theatre, Visual Arts

Cook Arts Center

Grand Rapids Kent

The Cook Arts Center offers different classes in a variety of artistic mediums including dance, clay, visual arts, music, sewing and theater. One time field trips can be arranged as workshops in any of these classes and sometimes weekly/monthly recurring field trips are set up so students can take classes over the course of a semester or other time period.


Detroit Dance Collective

Royal Oak Oakland

The DDC offers its annual DanceAbout Concert, which has been inspiring and educating students for more than 30 years. Entertaining and educational, the concert reveals, through its unique choreography, what inspires us to create and to dance together. DanceAbout integrates lively audience participation and “Take a Chance & Dance”; where audience members are invited to join DDC dancers on stage to create a new, on the spot, dance! Q&A with the company members after the performance also fosters critical thinking, self-reflection and interpretation.

Cultural Historical, Dance, Instrumental Music, Literary Arts, Theatre, Visual Arts, Vocal Music

Downriver Council for the Arts

Wyandotte Wayne

Founded in 1978, the Downriver Council for the Arts (DCA) is a non-profit 501(c)(3) arts and cultural organization that proudly serves nearly 400,000 residents in 21 Downriver communities. The DCA's mission is to enrich the quality of life in the Downriver communities by advocating and promoting the arts and providing opportunities for involvement and participation in arts and cultural activities. We actively support local artists and performers through artistic outreach programs and special promotional opportunities.

The DCA also creates regional partnerships with other cultural organizations, schools and service clubs to promote artistic, cultural and special events throughout Southeast Michigan. We hold these activities in our Arts Center and by operating in the various cities we serve. Each program and event at the DCA seeks to increase knowledge and understanding of art and ourselves, improve skills by participants, change one’s attitude or values, give enjoyment, inspiration, and creativity. We welcome all people including youth of all ages, disabled people, underserved/minority populations, and social conscious groups.

Dance, Instrumental Music, Theatre, Vocal Music

Flint Institute of Music

Flint Genesee

The Flint Institute of Music is a place where lives are truly transformed through the power of the arts. Whether you are interested in music, dance or drama, a wide array of performance and educational opportunities await you through the Flint Symphony Orchestra, Flint School of Performing Arts and Flint Youth Theatre. Edge-of-your-seat performances, standing ovations, excited students experiencing a sense of accomplishment and belonging...all are a regular part of the FIM experience.

Flint Institute of Music


Grand Rapids Ballet Company

Grand Rapids Kent

The Grand Rapids Ballet Company offers two field trip programs. Escape to the Ballet is a two-hour educational program that introduces students to the various elements of performing arts. Students will have the opportunity to see Michigan's only professional ballet company perform an excerpt of their current repertory and enjoy a Q&A session with the dancers and Artistic Director. Students will also participate in a movement class and a costume workshop.

The second opportunity is school performances. Since 2003, the Grand Rapids Ballet Company has welcomed over 17,000 students to the theater to see the Company perform during the school day. This is a great opportunity for students to see the power and beauty of this great art form - whether through story balletslike The Nutcracker, or the exciting variety of dance and music in our repertory programs. Please check website for specific dates.