Great Lakes Center for the Arts

One day, in the no-so-distant future, Bay Harbor, Michigan may very well be the next, must-see, event destination in the United States. With the already luxurious reputation, extraordinarily serene resorts and unparalleled beauty, Bay Harbor was only missing a state-of-the-art facility to attract the top names in show business to its front door. As the old saying goes, if you build it, they will come…and Bay Harbor is building the finest performance center in the Midwest.

In July 2018, the Great Lakes Center for the Arts will host its Grand Opening Gala and begin its premier season of programming. This world-class $25 million venue features a state-of-the-art, 500-seat theater, community engagement space for education and receptions, rooftop deck overlooking Lake Michigan and an exclusive donor lounge.

When the curtain goes up, the Center will usher in a new era of top-notch, year-round entertainment in Northern Michigan, featuring internationally acclaimed artists and companies ranging from concerts, theatrical productions, music and dance series to movies and films, comedy, lectures, festivals and events.

Founding Artistic Director and lead consultant for all areas including mission, vision, program planning, and leadership, Michael M. Kaiser, President Emeritus of the Kennedy Center in Washington and Chairman of the DeVos Institute of Arts Management, is providing the expertise, knowledge and experience to the Great Lakes Center for the Arts ensuring its sustainable success.

Guests will enjoy social spaces in the building, adding to the dynamic energy of the Center’s mission to serve as a community cultural and social hub. Affordable ticket pricing for performances will allow year-round and seasonal residents and visitors of all ages and backgrounds to enjoy and benefit from the Center’s resources.

Tucked along five pristine miles of Lake Michigan shoreline, Bay Harbor is a prime destination for vacationers and residents alike. Stunning views, unrivaled recreational opportunities and a calendar, rich with exciting seasonal events provide the perfect place to mix business with pleasure, connect with friends and family or simply unplug and enjoy leisure time. Opportunities for year-round and seasonal living range from luxury homes to building sites to condos and yacht docks.

Visit to learn more about the exciting addition of The Great Lakes Center for the Arts and the future of Bay Harbor.