About Franke Center

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The Joyce and Lucy Franke Center for the Arts (MCCT, Inc.) is 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to advancing the arts. Our facility is a gorgeous, historic theater built in 1921 as the Brooks Memorial Methodist Church, and we are located in picturesque Marshall, Michigan. With excellent acoustics and a luxurious atmosphere, The Franke Center for the Arts has become a top regional destination for the performing arts. Each year more than 7,000 people attend events at The Franke under the leadership of highly qualified staff, volunteers and technicians. The Franke is known for . . .

  • Presenting concerts and live shows featuring world-class performers.
  • Providing arts training, workshops, community outreach for adults and children, as well as performance opportunities for young people through The Franke Center Youth Theater.
  • Hosting the Marshall Civic Players, a theater group dating back to 1949.
  • Offering meeting space for civic, corporate, and family gatherings.

Our Mission

To entertain, educate and enrich through the arts.

Our Vision

The Franke Center for the Arts is the recognized leader in South Central Michigan for high-quality, diverse arts and cultural programming. The Franke Center is a community gathering place that:

  • Engages people via creative and artistic programming and fosters collaborative efforts that enrich our community.
  • Provides lifelong learning opportunities and educational experiences for all generations.
  • Encourages diversity in all of its forms.
  • Aids economic growth for the area.

Value Statements

The Franke Center values:

  • Quality performing arts.
  • The preservation and maintenance of the Franke Center, its structure, and history.
  • Fiscal responsibility and good stewardship of community support.
  • Individual and Corporate philanthropy.
  • Ongoing engagement of and with donors, patrons, artists, organizations, volunteers, and businesses.
  • Excellence in operations and governance.
  • Education and enrichment for people of all ages, particularly youth.
  • The fundamental significance and dignity of all individuals and their diverse traditions, heritages, and experiences.

We invite you to learn more about our history.

You can click the following links to view our latest IRS 990 form and our most recent strategic plan.

The Franke Center’s activities are funded in part by the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Below, The Verve Pipe playing The Franke Center in 2021