Your investment in the Lake Michigan College Mendel Center Mainstage helps:
1. Improve the region’s quality of life
More than 40,000 people attend events each year at the Mendel Center Mainstage. Ready access to the arts helps businesses attract a highly skilled workforce, aids in attracting employers to our area, and provides leisure activities for residents of all ages.
2. Strengthen community bonds
The Mendel Center Mainstage is home to events presented by community organizations that bring people together. Among them are the Economic Club of Southwest Michigan, the Southwest Michigan Symphony Orchestra, Lest We Forget, Blossomtime, Southshore Concert Band, and more!
3. Inspire the next generation
For many local young people, their first experience with the wonders of live theater is at the Mendel Center Mainstage. It’s this connection with the arts that can inspire creative thinking, problem solving, and teamwork.
4. Promote a global perspective
The Lake Michigan College Mendel Center Mainstage brings world-renowned performing artists from across the country and across the globe here, providing our community with a world view of ideas and cultures.
5. Support tourism
Nearly 20% of Mendel Center Mainstage ticket sales come from outside Berrien County, supporting the local tourism industry, and introducing thousands of people to the all that our corner of Michigan offers.
6. Build a better economy
The Mendel Center Mainstage has an economic impact of more than $1.3 million annually, and helps support the equivalent of 35 full-time jobs while generating $700,000 in local household income and $100,000 in local and state government revenues.