C3F Supports Arts and Culture Opportunities

The Great Lakes Center for the Arts recently shared news of grants awarded by the Community Foundation:

Petoskey-Harbor Springs Area Community Foundation and Charlevoix County Community Foundation Award Grants to the Center                          

As friends, neighbors and family gather to celebrate the wonder of the holiday season, we are reminded of the commitment of the people and organizations who work together to make our world a better place. 


The Great Lakes Center for the Arts is grateful for the support from so many in our community who believe in the power of the arts to transform lives.  Recent grants awarded from the Charlevoix County Community Foundation and the Petoskey-Harbor Springs Area Community Foundation support the Center’s mission to bring world-class programming to Northern Michigan. 


The Charlevoix County Community Foundation (C3F) has granted funding for  travel and expenses of the University of Michigan School of Music, Theater and Dance students as they perform at the Center for the inaugural Great Lakes Conservatory Night on Thursday, August 30.  Included in the grant are tickets for Charlevoix County youth studying music.  In the spirit of collaboration, the Charlevoix Circle of the Arts is partnering with the Center on this project.  


When asked what motivates C3F in their work, Chip Hansen, president of the Charlevoix County Community Foundation responded, “The Community Foundation helps donors make a difference close to home while providing access and opportunity to residents of Charlevoix County. We are pleased to support the Great Lakes Center for the Arts in bringing talented performers from the University of Michigan to northern Michigan for all to enjoy.”


Providing opportunities for regional youth to benefit from the offerings of the Center is a cornerstone of the GLCFA mission to inspire, entertain and educate.  The Petoskey-Harbor Springs Area Community Foundation (PHSACF) will inspire young dancers from Emmet County as they attend the Stars of the Joffrey Ballet performance on Saturday, July 14.  PHSACF is generously helping to underwrite travel and expenses of bringing the world-class dancers to Petoskey, as well as funding a block of tickets for dance students.


“The Petoskey-Harbor Springs Area Community Foundation is fortunate to be in a community with a strong network of nonprofit organizations,” said David Jones, executive director of the Community Foundation. “Organizations like the Great Lakes Center for the Arts provide important programs on the ground to ensure we have a vibrant, thriving community. Bringing together generous community members and wonderful programs is at the heart of our mission of improving the quality of life for all people across Emmet County.”


Mother Nature made the beauty of Northern Michigan with its crystalline waters, snow-covered hills and verdant green forests; but it’s the people that make this a truly special place.  Thank you.