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, History, Science, Visual Arts
ODC NetworkHamilton Allegan
More than 3,000 students annually come to the Outdoor Discovery Center to learn about Michigan history from its indigenous communities to the early European settlers. Their learning includes hands-on activities related to daily life and culture including traditional gardening, tool making and use, foraging, hunting and trapping traditions, trading of natural resources, and production of maple syrup and sugar. Using the center's live animals and taxidermy, students explore are as they create projects that incorporate both the physical characteristics of animals and also the habitat in which those animals live. Our team of Education Network ambassadors also works with local schools to incorporate art into their lessons. Their projects have included plein air painting, sculptures in the spirit of work by Andy Goldworthy, and pencil sketching. During summer camps, students are often engaged in art-related activities including simple drawing and coloring to media production. The camp "Lights, Cameras, Animals" has children between 8-12 years old create a script and act based upon a theme facilitated and produced by a staff person. Lastly, the ODC has an art trail that is enjoyed by more than 50,000 visitors annually which includes sculpture and tactile elements to activate the viewers senses.
Old Mill MuseumDundee Dundee
The Old Mill Museum is Dundee’s only venue to showcase its local history. Lovingly restored during the 1980’s by a group of volunteers known as the Old Mill Restoration Committee, the Museum houses three stories of permanent and changing exhibits which take the visitor back to the excitement and joy of yesteryear.
Fashion, furniture, farm life, also an exhibit honoring the Native Americans who lived on the Macon Reserve, plus the legacy of Henry Ford capture the imagination.
Old Town PlayhouseTraverse City Traverse
What began in 1960 as a gathering of a small group of friends determined to produce live theatre in Northern Michigan has now grown into one of the area’s leading attractions. Each year, we bring entertainment and education to nearly 20,000 participants, with over 125 Old Town Playhouse and Young Company performances and numerous special events and community appearances.
The youth education arm of Old Town Playhouse, the OTP Young Company, provides performance and educational activities for youth age preschool through secondary school, including mainstage performances during December, June and August as well as classes and workshops for youth throughout the year. Over 100 youth age preschool through high school will participate in a variety of six-week educational classes in winter, spring and summer. Old Town Playhouse also serves as a resource for stagecraft, scripts, costumes and related advice for regional schools, community groups and businesses, other theatres and area arts organizations.
Outdoor Adventure CenterDetroit Wayne
Plan a day of adventure and fun. Groups of every age will be inspired by the richness of Michigan’s natural resources. All school educational programs align with Michigan’s Grade Level Content Expectations.
General admission for groups is $2 per person (both children and adults), available for groups of 20 or more.
Paint Creek Center for the ArtsRochester Oakland
Since 1982, Paint Creek Center for the Arts has been dedicated to promoting the arts and artistic excellence through a full range of cultural programs including exhibitions, studio art classes, outreach programs, community involvement projects, and the Art & Apples Festival®.
Pewabic PotteryDetroit Wayne
Pewabic’s Education Studio is a community artist-centered studio dedicated to providing outstanding artistic, educational and collaborative programs in the ceramic arts. The Education Studio fires over 55,000 objects a year in electric, salt, soda and gas reduction atmospheres. Onsite, we offer classes and workshops for both adults and youth of all skill levels. Adult classes include 28 hours of open studio time per week. Offsite, we offer programs in after school settings, through our STEAM PROGRAM, PEDIATRIC ARTS and YOUTH ARTS COLLABORATIVES. Additionally, the Education Studio offers private making parties for small groups, schools and businesses.
The Education Studio offers internship opportunities for those seeking careers in ceramics. Interns work alongside our teaching artists and ceramic technicians to learn ceramic processes and the ins and outs of running a community ceramics studio.
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.