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.  

Visual Arts

Flint Institute of Arts

Flint Genesee

Art à la Carte presents informative programs focusing on the arts. It is offered free of charge on Wednesdays at 12:15 p.m. from September through June. Visitors are encouraged to bring lunch; coffee, tea, and cookies are provided.

The FIA Bray Lecture focuses on topics related to the Flint Institute of Arts’ exhibitions, collections, and art education programs. Through illustrated lectures presented by scholars, collectors, and educators, the series presents diverse perspectives and introduces new ideas about art. Experience a multi-faceted program that provides in-depth visual arts learning experiences for homeschool families. Gallery and studio lessons are linked with eight themed units utilizing artwork from the FIA’s outstanding permanent collection and temporary exhibitions. In addition to programs at the FIA, each unit is accompanied by follow-up activities to complete at home and online resources, vocabulary, and interesting facts that provide a context for learning.

As a leading art museum in Michigan, the Flint Institute of Arts offers exciting opportunities for educational enrichment. Student visits may be scheduled for exhibitions, studio lessons, or programs combining a gallery visit and studio activity.

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


Flint Youth Theatre

Flint Genesee

Believing theatre to be a powerful educational vehicle, the Learning Through Theatre Series offers school-time performances for students, deepening their understanding of history, literature and current events.

Instrumental Music

Fontana Chamber Arts

Kalamazoo Kalamazoo

Fontana’s programming features an extensive array of world-renowned performers—both established and emerging—and diverse programming ranging from classical to contemporary to jazz.

Delivered in traditional as well as alternative settings, Fontana presents a mainstage concert series from September through May, consisting of 8-10 performances held primarily at the Dalton Center Recital Hall on the campus of Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo. Each July, Fontana presents a Summer Music Festival in various locations throughout the Kalamazoo area.

Cultural Historical, Instrumental Music, Science

Ford Piquette Avenue Plant

Detroit Wayne

The Ford Piquette Avenue Plant is a nonprofit corporation dedicated to the preservation of the birthplace of the Model T and the interpretation and celebration of Detroit’s automotive heritage and spirit of innovation.


Forest Roberts Theatre- Northern Michigan University

Marquette Marquette

Welcome to the Forest Roberts Theatre on the campus of Northern Michigan University in Marquette, MI. The Forest Roberts Theatre has been described as one of the finest university theatres in the country. It accommodates 514 people in a continental seating arrangement and has its own scene, costume, and electrics shops as well as state of the art make-up and costume facilities and dressing rooms.

The theatre puts on four mainstage productions each season, along with an annual Haunted House experience, and a full student-directed studio theatre season. The Forest Roberts Theatre also hosts a bi-annual playwriting contest. Theatre majors and non-majors alike, along with NMU faculty and staff and Marquette area community members, have graced the Forest Roberts Theatre stage over the decades.

The NMU theatre faculty and staff take great pride in the success of its many alumni who have gone on to perform professionally on stage and in television and broadcasting. Great opportunities for students of all ages are at the Forest Roberts Theatre, and this year we're excited to see what we can create together! We offer student matinees, tours, and can be contacted for special events and workshops. Please contact us for opportunities for the Forest Roberts Theatre to come to your school or organization.

Instrumental Music, Science, Visual Arts

Frederik Meijer Gardens

Grand Rapids Kent

Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, located at 1000 East Beltline N.E. in Grand Rapids, MI, opened to the public in April of 1995. One of the nation’s most significant sculpture and botanic experiences, Meijer Gardens includes Michigan’s largest tropical conservatory; five indoor theme gardens; outdoor gardens, nature trails and boardwalk; One of the nation’s most significant sculpture and botanic experiencessculpture galleries and permanent sculpture collection; library; café; gift shop; classrooms; and meeting rooms. Both indoors and outdoors, the 158-acre main campus is barrier free and handicap accessible. Our 2009 building upgrade was awarded LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Silver status by the USGBC (U.S Green Building Council). Since it opened, Meijer Gardens has attracted more than nine million visitors.

Theatre, Visual Arts

Glen Arbor Art Association

Glen Arbor Leelanau

The formation of the art association is a story of the talent and enthusiasm of a few people who wanted to see the work of area artists celebrated and promoted for all to enjoy, by teaching classes, organizing exhibits and holding events that promote understanding and appreciation of the arts.

In 1983 local artists and art supporters Suzanne Wilson, Ananda and Ben Bricker, Midge Obata, Becky Thatcher, Frank and Barbara Siepker, and others pooled their ideas and energies to create the organization. Some of them continue to be actively involved to this day and many other talented and dedicated individuals have joined to carry on and enlarge the original vision for the Glen Arbor Art Association.

If you are an area resident, either full time or during the summer, and share an interest in our mission, come and join us.

Glen Arbor Art Association

Visual Arts

Grand Rapids Art Museum

Grand Rapids Kent

The Art Museum provides three different themed tours of our permanent collection. The Learning to Look tour focuses on the artist's use of shape, line, color and technique. The Nature Revealed tour focuses on the artist's use of nature as inspiration for their work. Finally, the Picturing America tour is developed using the curriculum standards for social studies and reinforces concepts of the American west, geography, landmarks and the spirit of ingenuity.


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.