Explore, Hear and FeelMichigan Arts

Embrace a richer appreciation for the world around you. Spring is the perfect time to experience unmatched bursts of color, uncommon creativity, unexpected passion and unusual presentation when you visit Michigan's fine art galleries, cultural institutions and performing arts venues located in every corner across the state.

Michiigan in the Arts 
- Courtesy of Grand Rapids Ballet Company 

The Grand Rapids Ballet Company is Michigans only professional ballet company. The remarkably skilled troop consists of 15 professional dancers and four apprentices. Celebrating its 41st season, the Grand Rapids Ballet Company lifts the human spirit through the art of dance. The season for Michigans only professional ballet company runs from September through May.

Visitors to the Cranbrook Art Museum will find exceptional modern and contemporary art, architecture and design in all media. Collection highlights include works by Dubuffet, Eames, Lichtenstein, Saarinen, Stella and Warhol, along with a wealth of objects from the Arts and Crafts Era to the present. The museum offers more than a dozen different temporary exhibitions throughout the year, including work by leading national and international artists. Live music, films, lectures, openings and other events happen monthly throughout the year.

At Cranbrook House and Gardens, the growl of rush-hour traffic yields to the quiet of perfect lawns, prim English rose gardens and gurgling bronze fountains. This educational community, which welcomes visitors, salutes the arts, science and architecture in Bloomfield Hills just northwest of downtown Detroit.

Cranbrooks founders, newspaper publisher George G. Booth and his wife, Ellen, named the 315-acre oasis after the English town where the Booth family originated. The complex reflects the Booths genteel lifestyle, fascination with landscape gardening and support of the American Arts and Crafts Movement.

As you stroll past handsome, ivy-covered brick buildings, youll see the influence of Finnish architect Eliel Saarinen. Visitors also can tour Saarinens Art Deco row house, with its handwoven tapestries and geometric-accented furnishings.

Nearby, graceful sculpted figures spring to life from Carl Milles Orpheus fountain at the entry to the Art Museum. Galleries feature traveling exhibitions of paintings, sculptures and textiles by contemporary artists, plus works by Cranbook Academy of Art students and alumni.

A statue of a lumbering stegosaurus points the way to the entrance of the Institute of Science, where you can watch a laser-light show at the planetarium and explore the maze of exhibit halls. Interactive displays and audio narratives captivate kids.

Below, weve gathered a small sample of arts institutions across Michigan:

  • Calumet Theatre, Calumet 
  • Crooked Tree Arts Center, Petoskey
  • Detroit Zoo, Royal Oak
  • Interlochen Center for the Arts, Interlochen
  • Marquette Symphony Orchestra, Marquette
  • Marshall M. Fredericks Sculpture Museum, Saginaw
  • Mason Street Warehouse, Saugatuck
  • Michigan Historical Museum, Lansing
  • Michigan Theater, Ann Arbor
  • Muskegon Museum of Art, Muskegon
  • Old Town Playhouse, Traverse City
  • Richard and Jane Manoogian Mackinac Art Museum, Mackinac Island
  • The Henry Ford, Dearborn
  • Wharton Center for Performing Arts, East Lansing
  • William Bonifas Fine Arts Center, Escanaba

    For a comprehensive list of Michigan cultural offerings, check out the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs (MCACA) registry of cultural organizations.