The mission of the Dogwood Center for the Performing Arts is to provide a welcoming environment where people can enjoy variety of arts, entertainment, and educational opportunities.
The opening of the $7 million dollar facility in July 2002 was a fulfillment of a dream that began with Dan and Dorothy Gerber. Scotti Merrill, the Gerber’s daughter, and long-time family friend Ted Johnson spearheaded the effort by forming the Art Center for Newaygo County, a non-profit organization dedicated to planning, building, and maintaining the Dogwood Center. Through grants from the Fremont Area Community Foundation and very generous gifts from community members, the Dogwood Center now is an incredible cultural venue and resource for the entire area.
The dedicated community members who serve as the Board of Directors include: Sherrie Harris - Chairperson, Don Henry -Vice-Chair, Jack Long - Secretary, Martha Kallenbach, Rita Rodriquez, Mary Anderson, Terrie Ortwein, Phil Deur, Sandy Williams, Michele Ribant, Sandy Siegel, Jodi De Kuiper, and Danielle Merrill - Ex-Officio.
A BIG thank you recent outgoing Board Members Lori Tubbergen Clark, Brenda Huckins Bonter, Karen Kroll, Mayor James Rynberg, and Andy Lofgren for their time, dedication and commitment to the Dogwood Center! Thank you all!
The Dogwood Center provides exceptional quality programs. Over the past few years Judy Collins, Dogwood Summer Youth Theater, Grand Rapids Ballet, Drew Nelson, The Acting Company of New York, Kari Lynch Band, Braunschweiger Blues Band, Delilah DeWylde, Crane Wives, An Dro, Verve Pipe, Chris Smither, Grand Rapids Symphony, Freddie Cunningham and Root Doctor, Eisenhower Dance Ensemble, Chris Smither, Vincent Hayes Project, Satellite Collective, Edye Evans Hyde, Kenny White, Glenn Miller Orchestra, Empire Brass, and John Berry all performed at the Dogwood plus much, much more!