Ludington Area Center for the Arts Find Your Center!!

Donations/sponsorships sought

for LACA Summer Concert Series

The Ludington Area Center for the Arts (LACA), a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization that looks to fosters a community where arts and culture bring us together, feed the creative spirit and fuel community growth, is planning to host a free public outdoor summer concert series “LACA Summer Concert Series” in downtown Ludington.

This weekly (June 19 through Aug. 29) concert series will take place Wednesday evenings from 7-9:30 p.m. and will feature world class jazz, blues, pop, rock and R&B acts from across the country.

While the 11 week concert series is free to the public there are a number of costs associated with organizing this community event.The art center is currently seeking donations from community members who would like to support the series.

Those who would like to show their support of the series by making a monetary donation may send checks check to: Ludington Area Center for the Arts, Attn: LACA Summer Concert Series, 107 S. Harrison St., Ludington, MI 49431. Or feel free to contact LACA Operations Manager Andrew Skinner via e-mail at or call 231-845-2787.Its community minded people like you that make Ludington and the surrounding area such a great place for area residents and visitors alike.

Thank you for your time and consideration.


Sponsor a performance 

hall chair today!

Over the past few months the Ludington Area Center for the Arts staff and a team of volunteers have been hard at work making a number of improvements to the center's performance hall. Among the upgrades are a new sound system that will allow for a crisper, cleaner sound. With the new sound system LACA's performance hall is now one of the top sounding venues in West Michigan.

Additional changes to the performance hall include freshly painted walls and the removal of the old church pews and carpeting. 

The removal of the pews and the subsequent purchase of new seating will allow the art center to use the performance hall as a multi-functional venue that can have a seating capacity of over 3oo people, host an event with no seating to allow for dancing or allow for tables to be set up for a luncheon or meeting.

In an effort to fund the purchase of the new seating LACA is selling annual sponsorships for our new performance hall chairs. Funds from the $100 annual sponsorship and $5,000 forever sponsorship will help LACA purchase new seating and continue to make additional upgrades to the performance hall for years to come. Call LACA at 231-845-2787, stop by the office or print and return the form below if you are interested in sponsoring a chair.

Your Center for all the Arts! 

Ludington Area Center for the Arts

107 S. Harrison Street

Ludington, MI 49431

Phone: 231-845-2787

Business Hours 

Open - Tuesday thru Friday –11 am - 4 pm 

Saturday - noon to 3 pm

Instagram- @lacaarts

LACA  receives MCACA 

grant for 2019 fiscal year

The Ludington Area Center for the Arts (LACA) has been awarded a grant of $15,000 from the State of Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs (MCACA). The grant was awarded through the MCACA peer review process and was one of 561 applications to compete for MCACA fiscal year 2019 funding.

Organizations receiving a MCACA grant award are required to match those funds with other public and private dollars. LACA receives significant funding and volunteer support from our local community.

The MCACA peer review process allows for each grant application to be competitively considered by a panel of in-state and out-of-state arts and culture professionals. This ensures the taxpayers, who support this project through legislative appropriations, and all other visitors or residents in Michigan will have access to the highest quality arts and cultural experiences.


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Ongoing Events at the Art Center:

Art Critique Groups

Evening Art Critique Group will be held each month on the FOURTH MONDAY from 7-8:30 pm in the Main Gallery. All artists all welcome to attend and to bring a piece of their work to discuss in a positive environment with other artists. 

Morning Critique meets every THIRD FRIDAY from  11-1 pm in the Main Gallery as well.

Weekly figure drawing 

sessions at LACA

The Ludington Area Center for the Arts' new figure drawing group meets each Thursday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the art center located at 107 S. Harrison St., in downtown Ludington. The group shares in the cost of the model fee. Models are both clothed and nude depending on availability. 

Anyone interested in modeling for the group is asked to contact John Marek at 231-239-0176. 

LACA to start an AV Club

Video hobbyists and professionals are invited to join the Ludington Center for the Arts AV (Audio/Video) Club at 6pm on the second Tuesday of each month.  AV Club participants will have the opportunity to discuss individual productions, learn new techniques, and collaborate on community projects. The club aims to be a support system for local video producers by encouraging the use of video as a communication tool. The AV Club welcomes Ludington area video hobbyists and professionals,13 and up.The first meeting will be held on April 9th from 6-7:00 pm in the LACA Main Gallery on 107 S Harrison St, Ludington, MI 49431. There will be a short meet and greet, a club goal discussion, and an opportunity to showcase past projects. The AV Club can stream videos from YouTube or participants can bring their projects on a flash drive.The AV Club will be hosting a weekend movie-maker competition in the fall to raise funds for shared equipment and resources. Club members may choose to compete or may volunteer to help with the event.

LACA Gift Shop

The gift shop at the Ludington Area Center for the Arts is open during regular business hours. Come in to see the wonderful work from artists throughout Michigan. Our collection includes art and craft items, paintings, fiber, jewelry cards and sculpture.


Next at the Arts Center!

LACA online photo contest 

winners on display throughout May

Get an up close look at the winning images from annual Ludington Area Center for the Arts (LACA) Online Photo Contest sponsored and judged by Todd and Brad Reed Photography during a special reception Friday evening, May 3 in the Ludington Area Center for the Arts' Unframed Gallery from 5-7 p.m. Now in its 9th year, the online photo contest recognizes the talents of amateur and professional photographers from across the county and is a very successful fundraiser for LACA. Proceeds have been used to install professional track lighting with energy efficient LED bulbs in the center's main gallery, repainting the gallery, building movable exhibit walls, the purchase and installation of a chair lift at the art center and Performance Hall upgrades. Over 40 images in various categories were selected by Todd and Brad as this years winners. This years grand prize winner for the armature division is Michael Kobe's "Merlin Dining on a Cedar Waxing" image and the grand prize winner for the Pro/Advanced Amateur Division is James Allen "The Eagle Hunter" image. Framed prints of both Kobe's and Allen's images will be put on permenent display at LACA and will be available, along with past grand prize winning images, for viewing.The Ludington Area Center for the Arts is located at 107 S. Harrison St. in downtown Ludington. This is a free event and lite refreshments will be served. Following the reception LACA will host a concert featuring internationally acclaimed mandolin artist Brian Oberlin. The concert starts at 7 p.m. and tickets are $8 for LACA members or $10 for non-members.

O.J. DeJonge student show on display at LACA in May

Artist reception Friday, May 10 5-7 p.m.

The Ludington Area Center for the Arts, 107 S. Harrison St., will be hosting an artist reception for the O.J. DeJonge Middle School Art Show from 5-7 p.m. Friday, May 10 in the center's main gallery and performance hall gallery.

Art students, instructed by Jen McWilliams, in the sixth, seventh and eight grade have a variety of work on display. The exhibit will run through the end of May. The reception is free and open to the public. 

Weekly Oil painting Classes 

w/ Justin David Gustafson

Learn oil painting techniques from area artist Justin David Gustafson during his weekly painting class in the LACA craft room. This ongoing class is open to all skill levels and those interested in taking the class can join at any time. Classes are $30 per session of $100 for four. All materials are supplied.
To register call 231-845-2787 or e-mail

LACA Photography Group to meet monthly on the 3rd Wednesday

LACA's Photography Group meets the third Wednesday of every month at 6 p.m. in LACA's main gallery Meetings are free and open to anyone who would like to discuss all things photography.
Each gathering of the group will include a brief highlighted topic followed by open discussions among attendees.
Occasional "field shoots" may be scheduled at various locations around the Ludington area on weekends.

Ukulele group 

to meet at 

LACA monthly

All Ukulele musicians are welcome and encouraged to attend. Sessions are divided into a beginner session from 1-1:30 p.m. followed by an "experienced" (can play 4 chords ) session from 1:30-2:30 p.m.

Open Mic nights 

First and third Fridays of the month. Sign-up begins at 6:30 p.m. followed by performances at 7 p.m.

Free to perform or listen; show your support for local up-and-coming talent.

First Firday is 'Family Friendly' and third Fridays are 'Adult Themed.'