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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.
Lansing Concert BandLansing Ingham
The Lansing Concert Band is a community band with a rich history spanning over 50 years in the mid-Michigan area. Today the all volunteer, seventy-five piece, adult concert band is a first-class performing ensemble, appearing in many concerts, festivals and civic functions throughout the year. This non-profit organization's charter is to serve Lansing and surrounding communities by providing quality musical entertainment and a vehicle with which adult musicians can continue to perform and expand their musical horizons.
The band's year-round activities have included traditional holiday concerts, children's concerts at MSU's Wharton Center Great Hall attended by over 2500 elementary students from Lansing and surrounding communities, pops concerts, and performances for graduation exercises, outdoor park concerts, and other community events. For the past 20 years, the band has been featured in concert at the City of Lansing's Independence Day celebration at Riverfront Park.
Lansing Symphony OrchestraLansing Ingham
In addition to presenting the finest in orchestral performances, the Lansing Symphony Orchestra is committed to taking an active role in the development of music education programming for our community. Throughout the season, we will present programs for area youth, including in-school performances, Young People's Concerts, open rehearsals, opportunities to perform Side-by-Side with the orchestra at our Holiday Pops, and our annual Symphony Youth Competition.
Dance, Instrumental Music, Theatre, Visual Arts, Vocal Music
Ludington Area Center for the Arts (LACA)Ludington Mason
The Ludington Area Center for the Arts is committed to excellence through:
Support for local artists
Facility utilization and preservation
Instrumental Music, Vocal Music
Macomb Center For the Performing ArtsClinton Township Macomb
The Macomb Center for the Performing Arts presents Page to Stage, a theater and literacy program that brings to life, through professional actors, stage adaptations of significant works of literature. Check website or call for show dates and titles.
The Macomb Center also offers choral opportunities for students in grades 1-12 and summer workshops (Show Choir, Flute, Clarinet, Drama, Children’s Chorus) focus on enhancing and expanding on what students learn in the classroom through weeklong workshops, using highly qualified and recognized instructors.
Marquette Symphony OrchestraMarquette Marquette
The Mission of the Marquette Symphony Orchestra is to create, provide and promote professional performances of orchestral music through collaboration with residents and music educators of the region.
Michigan PhilharmonicPlymouth Wayne
The MICHIGAN PHILHARMONIC, under the direction of Nan Washburn, now looks forward to its exciting 70th Anniversary Season, the fifth since the organization changed its name. For 65 years, the orchestra was known as the Plymouth Symphony, and also Orchestra Canton for its smaller presentations. Now, as the Michigan Philharmonic, we continue offering exciting new opportunities to provide culturally enriching and educational programming in Plymouth, Canton and surrounding communities.
The orchestra plays a full season of concerts from September to May, with several special concerts and events throughout the year. A unique feature of the Michigan Philharmonic is the adventuresome programming which has garnered the orchestra 6 ASCAP awards.
By highlighting new music at each concert, our audiences have the opportunity to meet composers and gain an appreciation of the wonderful, new repertoire in the classical music genre. The Philharmonic also sponsors the Michigan Philharmonic Youth Orchestra, providing a unique, enriching and exciting musical experience for aspiring young players throughout Southeastern Michigan. In 2013, the orchestra was awarded the prestigious Knight Foundation Arts Challenge Grant and 2nd Place honors from The American Prize, professional orchestra division.
Dance, Instrumental Music, Theatre, Vocal Music
Miller Auditorium – Western Michigan UniversityKalamazoo Kalamazoo
At Miller Auditorium, we are committed to assisting local, 501(c)3 non-profit, agencies who are meeting the needs of our valued community. Our community voucher program is designed to put ticket vouchers toward Miller Auditorium shows into the hands of organizations within Kalamazoo County that serve children and youth who normally would not have access to them. This program also provides vouchers for fund-raisers to organizations who are trying to meet the needs of underserved segments of the community. Your requests mean a great deal to us, so all are reviewed and given serious consideration.
Instrumental Music, Vocal Music
Music Center of South Central MichiganBattle Creek Calhoun
The Music Center of South Central Michigan provides musical listening, learning and performance opportunities to people of all ages and skill levels. Established in 2000, we are one of the largest arts non-profits in Michigan!
Our many programs at The Music Center include IMPACT: free after school classes, Sojourner Truth Choir, Ars Voce Ensemble, Battle Creek Boychoir and Battle Creek Girls Chorus, Battle Creek Community Chorus, the Community Music School with several locations in our region where we teach lessons and classes for all ages and skill levels, and Michigan's oldest continuously running orchestra, the Battle Creek Symphony Orchestra.
Although we service many areas of South Central Michigan, our main office is located in Battle Creek on the campus of Kellogg Community College. Stop by today to see all we have for you!
Instrumental Music, Vocal Music
Music Hall Center for the Performing ArtsDetroit Wayne
Our year-round music education team is led by none other than Scott Gwinnell - an award-winning orchestra leader, composer, pianist, and university professor. Music courses include the audition-based Jazz Vocal Education and broad-based jazz appreciation program created by Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Wynton Marsalis and entitled "Jazz for Young People." For the 1200 DPS students involved each year, this program may be the only music curriculum they have ever participated in.
We also offer ‘Grow Up Great’ – a classroom introduction to live theatre via classic children’s stories for pre-K and K-5 students, followed by busing to Music Hall for the live performance corresponding to the studied book.
Our team of educators led by Jason Smith has earned the rare privilege of daily in-classroom (not after-school) access to Detroit Public Schools, serving 600 elementary and middle schoolers in 14 schools on a Monday – Friday basis year-round (list shown on our website).
The GM World Dance Education Outreach lecture demonstrations connect budding DPS dancers with the visiting professionals we present, and our High School Assembly Programs tour to 20 city and suburban high schools, reaching 300-800 students at each, with presentations that use the performing arts to draw out a social or cultural topic from our current theatrical production, followed by student group attendance of that production at Music Hall.
All of of our education work is fully documented with demographic data each year and tracked for trends and analysis. Last but not least, the Discovery Series nurtures emerging artists with mentoring & performance opportunities in our Jazz Café all year-round, bringing our total education impact to over 22,000 students per year.