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Welcome to the media center for the Midland Center for the Arts. A vibrant hub of stories, photos and content that illustrate the exciting activities and people that bring the arts, sciences and humanities to life in the Great Lakes Bay Region.

To learn more about the Center, arrange a media interview or obtain event specific imagery, please contact Josh Holliday, Communications and Public Relations Manager at [email protected]

Recent Stories

Midland Center for the Arts Documents COVID-19 Stories and Events for Historical Archives

We have heard it and we have stated it, these are unprecedented times. A time that will be looked upon as a challenging moment in history, as a nation and as a global society. While Midland County has seen the effects of the coronavirus both in diagnosis of its residents and the daily routine of individuals, the virus has also affected businesses, schools, non-profit organizations, entrepreneurs, places of worship and more. This is not only happening in Midland County, but around the world.

Shortage of Blood Donations Prompts Blood Drive at Midland Center for the Arts

As the State of Michigan has taken precautions to slow the spread of the coronavirus, the nation is suffering with a shortage in blood donations, and organizations like Versiti Blood Center of Michigan have seen over 130 blood drives canceled over the next several weeks. In these uncertain times, when blood donations are vital for the continued health of our community, Midland Center for the Arts and the Midland Rotary Club have stepped up to host a blood drive on Wednesday, April 8 from 1 - 6 p.m. The blood drive will take place at Midland Center for the Arts, 1801 W St. Andrews, Midland, MI 48640.

Costume Goddesses Work Together to Create CDC Approved Facemasks Amidst COVID-19 Pandemic

As the State of Michigan continues to see a rise in cases of COVID-19, hospitals are seeing an exponential growth in visitors to be tested for the virus, treated for other health emergencies, and receive necessary treatments for ongoing health conditions. The demand for medical supplies is increasing while the ability to access these necessary tools is dwindling.

Midland Center for the Arts Engages 109 Youth Choir Students with Live Video Rehearsal

With over 120 youth enrolled in the Center Stage Youth Choirs at Midland Center for the Arts, the Center is working to bring art into the living rooms for local families amidst COVID-19 social distancing precautions. “In these challenging times we turn to one another for support, which is why we have created a virtual community,” said Terri Trotter, President & CEO. In order to accomplish this, the Center began a series of online video rehearsals as a direct extension of the #MakeArtVirtual initiative.

Midland Center for the Arts Launches New Virtual Community

As the cultural hub of the Great Lakes Bay Region, Midland Center for the Arts’ mission is to find meaning and connection. While the community will not be gathering in large groups over the next few weeks, the Center takes their mission very seriously. “In these challenging times we turn to one another for support, which is why we are introducing a virtual gathering place for our community,” said Terri Trotter, President & CEO.

Buddy Holly’s Career Was Short, But His Legacy Lives On

During the golden days of Rock & Roll, a young man with glasses rose to fame with the 1957 hit “That’ll Be the Day,” and shortly after recorded dozens of iconic songs from the all-too-brief period of Buddy Holly’s musical career. His story, which has been adapted into multiple films about his life and legacy, was built into a jukebox musical that opened on Broadway in 1990, and is now celebrating its 30th Anniversary Tour coming to Midland Center for the Arts on March 15, 2020 at 3 p.m.

Carousel Isn’t a Love Story

As we get ready to present our concert staging of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Carousel at Midland Center for the Arts, it’s important to reflect back on our collective journey with this play, both here at the Center, and within the American community at large.

Inspiring Women and Girls to Pursue STEM Careers

This past fall, history was made when two NASA astronauts completed the first-ever spacewalk by an all-woman team, what you could say is ‘one giant leap for mankind,’ and more importantly, womankind. These two astronauts made history only 35 years after the first woman to spacewalk, and now more than any time in our history, women are entering the workforce for careers in science, technology, engineering and math.

Audiences attending a performance at the Center

Midland Center for the Arts Ranks Among Top Theatre Venues in the World

As Midland Center for the Arts quickly approaches its 50th anniversary next year, Center programs are seeing exciting growth. In its latest edition, Pollstar Magazine ranked the Center as one of the top theatre venues in the world based on ticket sales. Over the past few years, new programs highlighting shows and artists from around the world, as well as newly formulated community-produced events have contributed to the Center’s increasing audiences and growing notoriety within the arts industry.

Telling HERstory in History

Remember back to reading your history book as a student, witnessing the portraits of prominent leaders, honored and depicted through the art form of portraiture? Do you remember more portraits of women or men? The Midland Center for the Arts is taking a look at prominent women on a local and national scale who have had achievements in civil rights, public policy, philanthropy, art and science. Seeing HERstory, the role women have played in history.