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.  

Literary Arts

Detroit Public Library

Detroit Wayne

The Detroit Public Library enhances the quality of life for the diverse and dynamic community in the City of Detroit. The library enlightens and empowers its citizens to meet their lifelong learning needs through open and equitable access to information, technology, and cultural/educational programs. The Detroit Public Library system will provide easy access to local and global information that will assist all users in the development of a lifetime of enrichment and growth.

As the Library moves into the future, it will hold on to the best of its services while meeting changing community needs.The community will recognize the library as a vital force for expanding the mind, promoting literacy, embracing diversity, creating opportunities for individual and community development, and building a thriving city.


Detroit Repertory Theatre

Detroit Wayne

In order to continue the quest to culturally, socially and artistically help to transform our city, our region, and our state into a more civil society and "a more perfect union," the Detroit Repertory is constantly looking for ways to expand its sphere of influence. Otherwise, in the years ahead the Repertory will become a quaint anomaly, a faded vision that came, that saw, then slipped from memory.

While we can be justly proud of the elegant, intimate, cultural and civic force we have become, making a few friends, changing a few minds, winning a few hearts, and providing a few glimpses into a different future, are not enough. To pass the baton to a new generation of leaders and keep the mission alive, the Repertory must continue to grow physically, artistically and civically and relentlessly help to build bridges across and between all Metropolitan Detroit communities.

Instrumental Music

Detroit Symphony Orchestra

Detroit Wayne

For more than 80 years, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra's Educational Concert Series (ECS) has introduced children across Southeast Michigan to classical music. Each concert within the series has been thematically designed with accompanying teacher resource tools available for those who purchase tickets for performances or register to watch webcasts.

All ECS concerts take place in historic Orchestra Hall. Tickets are just $6 each for students, teachers, and chaperones!


Detroit Zoo

Royal Oak Wayne

The Detroit Zoo offers an abundance of programs including programs such as It's a Wide, Wide World to The Web of Life, and to Zoo Habitat Design just to name a few. Classroom field trip programs are held indoors in a climate-controlled setting and are accessible for participants of all abilities.

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.

Visual Arts

Eastend Studio and Gallery

Marshall Calhoun

EastEnd Studio and Gallery, is a 501 ( c ) 3, Non Profit Organization since 2011. The purpose of EastEnd is to encourage, promote, educate and cultivate the arts throughout Marshall and the surrounding area. By bringing our creative community together, we strive to improve the lives of our artists and enrich our community at large.


Edsel and Eleanor Ford House

Grosse Pointe Shores Wayne

The Ford House offers a number of programs. The first is a Michigan History Tour which is guided tour of the grounds and an informative lesson on how the land and resources of Michigan were used at different times and by different people.

Another program is Making it Work: The story of the Staff at Gaukler Pointe. In this program students will learn about the staff at Gualker pointe who helped the Ford Family along with the push-pull factors affecting immigrants in the 20th century.

The next program is Detecting Details: Discovering Architecture at Ford House. In this students will explore the design of the Ford house while learning how Edsel and Elanor's vision helped the architect merge modern with traditional architecture.

Another program is Connecting with History: Edsel and Elanor Ford House iTouch Tour. This tour allows students to experience the Ford family and house in a way never before seen.

The final program is Water Qualitative Monitoring Program. The Ford house is offering students the unique opportunity of testing water on their 3,000 feet of coastline and a discussion on what makes a healthy environment in this program.

Visual Arts

Elizabeth Lane Oliver Center for the Arts

Frankfort Benzie

Education Full Schedule of classes for adults and children in a variety of art and fine crafts Workshops offered by noted instructors Outreach programs in the schools, including a dance and visual arts residency program that serves every third grader in the county Exhibitions Annual all media juried competition and exhibition. Featured Artist Exhibits Regular Member gallery shows featuring artwork by Art Center members for show and sale Educational Exhibits Visiting Exhibits Annual Area Student Art Show held each spring, showcasing the best artwork from area schools Special Artist Services Open Studio for those who enjoy painting, drawing, carving, printmaking, fiber art, or other art activity. Bring your work and join them from 10 am. - 3 p.m. each Wednesday year-round.


Ella Sharp Museum of Art and History

Jackson Jackson

The mission of the Ella Sharp Museum of Art & History is to promote the understanding and appreciation of art and history through exceptional exhibitions, interpretation of historical buildings and engaging educational programs. The Ella Sharp Museum offers a full slate of educational programming including lectures, school and community out-reach, field trips, tours, gallery walks, and free community events.

The Ella is a great place to bring tour groups! We can adapt your tour to accommodate specific interests, ages, and group sizes. Groups (15 or more) are asked to contact us at least two weeks in advance to set up a tour. There are many ways to create the perfect visit for your group. You will definitely want your visit to include a guided tour of Hillside Farmhouse and time for your group members to visit the historic buildings, galleries, and gift shop on their own. "Add-ons" may include a slide presentation on Ella and the Merriman-Sharp family (for adults) or a "Make & Take" activity (for children).

Depending on your interest, we can also include gallery walks, tours of our other historic buildings, gallery games such as "I Spy," or farmhouse tours geared to a special interest (such as historic textiles or Victorian life).

The Ella offers specific field trips for school children. These programs include Pioneer Living, Early Michigan Festival Days, Interactive Tours for Early Elementary, and Specialized Tours. Please visit our website for more information.

Visual Arts

Erickson Center for the Arts

Curtis Mackinac

The mission of the Erickson Center for the Arts is to enrich the mind, body and spirit of the Eastern Upper Peninsula communities we serve through the presentation of artistic and cultural exhibitions and programs. We strive to facilitate experiences that will encourage personal growth beyond our walls and our community.