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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.
Heritage Village – Mackinaw Area Historical SocietyMackinaw City Emmet
Heritage Village, operated by the Mackinaw Area Historical Society, portrays life in the Straits area from 1880 - 1917. Half and full day visits are offered. Docents interpret the facilities which include a one-room school, Mackinaw City's original pestilence house, a sawmill, an 1880's church, a wigwam, and a historic farm in the early stages of restoration. Two of the buildings are heated with wood-burning stoves and there are modern outhouses. Electricity can be provided. A covered picnic pavilion can be used for eating a meal or other activities that require tables and benches. There is a nice fire pit if you wish to cook over an open fire. Wide-open spaces for active games and an interpreted nature trail for outdoor studies are also available.
Cultural, Dance, Instrumental Music, Visual Arts
Heritage WorksDetroit Wayne
A Detroit-based cultural arts organization, Heritage Works provides programs in cultural enrichment, performance and visual arts, health and wellness, and academic and professional skills development. We start with the child, and reach the whole family. We begin with the ancestral traditions of our primary audiences, and explore the world.
Our mission is to promote youth and community development through cultural arts and traditions. Designed to promote understanding and skill development, our programs use cultural discovery and arts training to encourage personal and artistic excellence.
Instrumental Music, Theatre, Vocal Music
Hilberry TheatreDetroit Wayne
A season of 16 plays at three theatres. Morning Matinee Series is catered to student groups. Tours of the theatre spaces is also available upon request. Engage With the Stage Series is where students and teachers interact with our graduate students inside or outside the classroom, upon request.
Cultural Historical, Science
Historic White Pine VillageLudington Mason
Historic White Pine Village offers a living-history, family-friendly, fun-filled tour of a late 19th – early 20th century pioneer village. The Village boasts 30 historic exhibit buildings, including the original 1849 Mason County Courthouse (on the State Register of Historic Places) and an authentic turn-of-the-century steam locomotive, tender car, and flat car loaded with logs and headed toward the Village’s working sawmill.
Visitors come face-to-face with early settlers: first-person interpreters with scripts carefully prepared by staff and historians, they interact and improvise with visitors in the persona of historical characters and recreate actual personages from Mason County. The buildings contain thousands of authentic artifacts and archives depicting the rich lumbering and agricultural history of its area. Thousands of area school children, families, individual visitors, and residents tour the Village annually. Historic White Pine Village is open early May through October and takes around 2 hours to tour through.
History Center of Traverse CityTraverse City Grand Traverse
The History Center of Traverse City is dedicated to the preservation, protection, and presentation of the historical record of Traverse City and the Grand Traverse Region. Support the mission by becoming a member! In return, you will receive regular updates through the Center’s newsletter, special invites to all of our social and educational events, and full voting privileges.
Holland Symphony OrchestraHolland Ottawa
The Holland Symphony Orchestra is a semi-professional orchestra with strong ties to the local community. The orchestra began as the Holland Chamber Orchestra in 1989 and was incorporated as a non-profit organization in 1990, performing the first concert that spring under the direction of Gerrit Van Ravenswaay. John Varineau led the orchestra as Music Director from 1992–1996 and Mihai Craioveanu from 1996-2001. The musical leadership of Morihiko Nakahara from 2001-2007 brought exciting growth to the orchestra and the organization. German-born Johannes Müller-Stosch was appointed in 2007-2008 season from a field of 140 candidates following a national search.
In 2000 the Holland Chamber Orchestra formally changed its name to the Holland Symphony Orchestra to communicate more fully the growth of the orchestra. Led by a Board of Directors of 25 members, 120 musicians and substitutes from the greater Holland area and beyond comprise the orchestra.
Holocaust Memorial CenterFarmington Hills Oakland
Docent-Guided Tours are available Sunday - Friday. HMC docents are trained in the history of the Holocaust and provide valuable information and insights that augment the museum's exhibits. Most tours include the opportunity to visit both the temporary and permanent exhibits and listen to a Holocaust survivor.
Howell Conference and Nature CenterHowell Livingston
The Howell Conference and Nature Center offers a variety of environmental, live wildlife, and adventure education programs.Groups can select from more than 40 program options to customize their visit to match their specific needs. Examples of individual program offerings include:high and low ropes courses, 500-foot zip line, Michigan's tallest outdoor climbing tower, shelter building, pond study, tree identification, canoeing, archery, Heifer Global Village, and Wild Wonders Wildlife Park (a teaching zoo which houses more than 60 native Michigan birds and mammals).
Icebreaker Mackinaw Maritime MuseumMackinaw City Cheboygan
Our Educational Program is a fun and learning-filled program designed to teach the students about the history of the famous USCGC Cutter. We also add "stations" where we have interactive mini programs about such topics as knot-tying, communications, seamanship, fire and water safety, life aboard a ship and more. This tour is set up as a "round robin" tour where the students and chaperones are at a station for approximately 15 minutes then are rotated to another station. We also offer a general musuem tour in which docents are placed around the ship and provide information about specific areas of the ship.
Dance, Instrumental Music, Theatre, Visual Arts, Vocal Music
Interlochen Center for the ArtsInterlochen Grand Traverse
Interlochen was founded in 1928 and is located in beautiful northwest lower Michigan. Each year, thousands of artists and arts patrons come to Interlochen to experience world-class educational and cultural opportunities. Students study music, theatre, visual arts, film, creative writing and dance, guided by an outstanding faculty and guest artists, and inspired by the scenic beauty of our campus.