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.  

Instrumental Music

Southwest Michigan Symphony Orchestra

St. 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.

Visual Arts

Studio 23 – The Arts Center

Bay City Bay

Studio 23/The Arts Center is a fun and inspiring place to take classes. We offer a wide variety of art and pottery classes for all ages. Our classes are taught by talented artists and teachers who love what they do and enjoy inspiring others to try new things.

Instrumental Music

The Ark

Ann Arbor Washtenaw

The Ark offers occasional workshops on topics such as sound production, songwriting, and instrumental master classes.


The Dennos Museum Center

Traverse City Grand Traverse

The Dennos Museum Center offers guided tours on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. and Fridays between 9 a.m. and noon. Guided by a group of trained volunteer docents, students engage in discussions about current exhibitions. These interactive tours give students an opportunity to analyze artwork, draw connections between the arts and their lives, and make informed decisions about artwork.

History, Instrumental Music, Visual Arts, Vocal Music

The Detroit School of Rock and Pop Music

Royal 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.

Visual Arts

The DeVos Art Museum

Marquette Marquette

The K-12 education program at The DeVos Art Museum aims to create connections between the University community and students and teachers in the Marquette area through educational outreach. The museum strives to encourage exploration and understanding of contemporary art, culture and society through programs designed to assist with the learning process and existing curricula. Led by a dedicated team of volunteer docents, one temporary exhibition or one permanent collection exhibition per school year is highlighted. Using the themes in the selected exhibition, the docents develop and lead classes on tours through the exhibition and facilitate a related art activity. Exhibitions highlighted in the past have included a range of themes and activities from American paintings on loan from the Detroit Institute of Art to The Art of the Guitar.


The Floyd J. McCree Theatre

Flint Genesee

McCree Theatre has an excellent violence prevention play with music geared towards urban elementary students, 8 - 12 years of age. Graffiti Chronicles is a fast moving, highly energetic play that presents a deep learning experience for youth in a highly entertaining manner. The play tweaks the emotions of young audiences in talking about youth who have succumbed to gun violence in the City of Flint in an effort to steer young audience participants away from violence on an emotional level. The play also stresses the need to strive for a very high value system that is anchored in self-love. In addition, the play demonstrates conflict resolution tactics. Graffiti Chronicles has been performed to more than 4,000 students in the Greater Flint, MI area over the past 3 years to rave reviews from teachers, students, and parents.

Visual Arts

The Heidelberg Project

Detroit Wayne

The HP is committed to providing resources for educator’s who would like to implement the study of the Heidelberg Project in the classroom. Our HP Educator’s Kit explores the key concepts of the Heidelberg Project philosophy through a series of lesson plans and activities geared towards K-12 students. Click the links below to download educational resources and check out our dot shop for supplemental materials.


The Henry Ford

Dearborn Wayne

The Henry Ford offers a multitude of exhibits that take students through important points in not only Michigan's history but important points in history in general. Themes include American Transportation, American democracy and civil rights, America's industrial revolution, America's innovation, family and community life, and American Science. The Henry Ford also offers the IMAX theater experience to enhance students learning. Greenfield Village allows students to go back in time and experience history hands on with living history.

Instrumental Music

The Music House Museum

Williamsburg 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.