Don’t Miss Events: City of Burton’s “Memorial Weekend Car Show” at ELGA Credit Union May 25; 11th Annual “Summer Kick-Off Celebration” at Flint’s Bluebell Beach May 26
Art & Culture
May 20 – 26: The Flint Institute of Arts (FIA), 1120 E. Kearsley Street, Flint * (810) 234-1695 * flintarts.org
- (Monday-Wednesday & Friday 12 p.m. to 5 p.m., Thursday 12 p.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.) Visit the FIA and browse through their outstanding collections of American, European, Native American, African and Asian art including paintings, sculptures, prints, drawings and decorative arts featuring a complete set of 17th century French tapestries. Continue reading
This weekend will be a very busy one for the Downtown Development Authority of Flint as they kick off the warm season with two events that will be fun for the family. Things kick off on Saturday with the Ingenuity Walk, an event inspired by Flint’s monthly Art Walk. Downtown Flint will be home to robotics demonstrations, remote control cars, unique art and inventions, a one-hundred foot zip-line, a Michigan State Police helicopter landing and more. This event is all about creativity, exploring new ideas and new ways to think as well as just having fun. This is the first year for the Ingenuity Walk but it sounds like it won’t be the last. Things run on Saturday from 2PM – 6PM in Downtown Flint.
Sunday will allow community members to get their green thumbs dirty as the DDA holds its annual Flower Planting. Every year people from around the city get together to help beautify the downtown before the many festivals and events by planting flowers in the DDA planters and this year will be no different. Keep Genesee County Beautiful will provide the gloves and trowels while Landaal Packaging, one of downtown’s newest businesses, will be supplying the refreshments. The planting will begin at 1:30PM in the DDA Flat Lot parking lot in Downtown Flint, across from the University Pavilion.
For more information head to the Flint DDA website – http://flintdda.org/58/
Saturday, May 18
2PM – 6PM
DDA Flower Planting
Sunday, May 19
Downtown Flint ‘Flat Lot’
Art is in the air! Local young people will get their moment to shine this week as ArtQuest 2013 gets underway in Flint. This annual event presented by the Flint & Genesee Chamber of Commerce’s YouthQuest afterschool program allows students participating in the program a chance to showcase their drawings, paintings, sculptures and performance art during a two day art show at the Diplomat Specialty Pharmacy building. The show runs May 15 and 16 from 3PM – 6:30PM and is free for the public to attend. The event features work from more than 2,000 YouthQuest students, many who collaborated on works together to create over a thousand pieces of art. This isn’t just a stuffy art show though as the students will also be presenting skits, videos, a musical petting zoo and more to make the show truly come alive. ArtQuest really showcases the talent we have right here in Genesee County and gives us a preview of young artists whose work we should expect to see during downtown Flint’s Art Walk in the future. The two day art show has works from 15 YouthQuest schools and really shows the power of art and importance of art programs like this.
Art Quest 2013
Wednesday, May 15 - Thursday, May 16
Atrium of the Diplomat Specialty Pharmacy Building
4110 S. Saginaw St, Flint, MI
3PM – 6PM
This weekend Flint’s Chevy-In-The-Hole that was once home to Chevrolet factories will become an open-air arts festival put on by the Flint Public Art Project. The festival will take place Friday through Sunday and will feature more than 40 artists from the Flint area and the Great Lakes Region as well as outside artists from around the country and from Europe. The theme of the festival is Reclaim/Transform and its focus is to show how temporary events like this can change both the perception and use of land such as Chevy-In-The-Hole which have been all but abandoned in the past.
The works featured will remember the site’s automotive past and peer into future of what the space could become. From light display to a flower garden made with reclaimed tires and on to amusement park rides made of old car parts there’ll be plenty to see and do this weekend. With an emphasis on changing perceptions of the area specifically and Flint in general the art festival will hopefully inspire new thoughts on what areas like Chevy-In-The-Hole could become someday.
Free City Public Art Festival
When: May 3, 6 pm – 12 am
May 4, 12 pm – 12 am
May 5, 12 pm – 8 pm
Stevenson St. & University Ave. (Parking at Atwood)
Flint will once more become a hot spot for crafters this weekend as Flint Handmade’s Spring Craft Market returns to the Masonic Temple in Downtown. For several years now Flint Handmade has been the clearing house for Genesee County’s artists and crafters (people who create items themselves by hand, many times re-purposing items into something unique) and their Winter and Spring events have become a favorite as people check in to see what new items are being offered from the dozens of vendors.
The Spring Craft Market is being held this Saturday, May 4 from 10AM to 4PM and will be at the Downtown Flint Masonic Temple. Admission is a dollar. The event will bring over 40 vendors together in one space to sell everything from Handmade soaps, clothes, glass work, jewelry, food, and much, much more. All vendors are either local or regional and have created businesses out of their hobbies. Having started in Flint and flourished locally this show and its vendors are great examples of what some ingenuity and the indie spirit can create here.
The Flint Handmade Spring Craft Market is Saturday, May 4 at the Downtown Masonic Temple from 10AM – 4PM.
Admission is $1.
For more information check out their website – www.flinthandmade.org
Children from across the county are joining together this Saturday, April 27 from 9AM to 3PM to help spread a message of peace and to start a dialogue they hope will unite young people and give them a louder voice in the community. YouthQuest, a free after school program managed by the Flint & Genesee Chamber of Commerce is holding a Youth Conference at their headquarters on Saturday and it will be the first of its kind in this area – a conference for young people, planned and put together by young people. The keynote speaker for the Leadership Conference will be Matt Langdon of HERO Construction, an organization that encourages and inspires young people to be heroes in their communities.
The conference, entitled ‘Influencing the Right Now – Spreading the Peace’ was conceived by students in the Youth Advisory Council (a group comprised of students in each of the participating YouthQuest schools that are looking to do better their schools and community) at the International Academy of Flint as a way to bring local teens together to develop an action plan for the future. The event is intended for children grades 6 – 12 and is an incredible and unique event to get the next generation of the area’s leaders together to start building a better, brighter future.
Don’t miss events: Flint’s Monthly “Jazz Walk” April 25; “Rockabilly” concert at the Flint Public Library April 28
Art & Culture
April 22 – 28: The Flint Institute of Arts (FIA), 1120 E. Kearsley Street, Flint * (810) 234-1695 * flintarts.org
- (Monday-Wednesday & Friday 12 p.m. to 5 p.m., Thursday 12 p.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.) Visit the FIA and browse through their outstanding collections of American, European, Native American, African and Asian art including paintings, sculptures, prints, drawings and decorative arts featuring a complete set of 17th century French tapestries.
- “Reflections on Water in American Painting: The Phelan Collection” – These 50 paintings, drawn from the collection of Arthur J. Phelan, illustrate the trends of different artists that shaped American art in transportation and recorded economic shifts as inland maritime commerce slowly diminished in the wake of railroad expansion. Highlights include a rare 1828 painting by John S. Blunt as a U.S. Naval frigate and James Bard’s meticulously rendered Hudson River steamboat.
- “Ship Shape: Models of Great Lakes Vessels” – Model shipbuilding is an endangered folk art and an important part of our Great Lakes maritime culture. Drawn from the Dossin Great Lakes Museum in Detroit, this exhibition explores the art of model ships through many examples of various shapes and sizes.
- “Great Lakes Painting: The Inlander Collection” – This exhibit forms a remarkable tribute to artists working in the region between 1910 and 1960. The collection is defined geographically featuring artists who worked in those states surrounding the Great Lakes basin: Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania and New York.
- “David Maxim Figure Portraits” – San Francisco painter David Maxim has advanced on a broad front, from off-the-wall constructions to images of mountains to whimsical paintings that place historical painters in imagined landscapes. In all his endeavors, Maxim has shown himself to be an accomplished draftsman. Come view what he is best known for, high-relief constructions and classically developed paintings.
- “Around the World with 80 Objects” – On display from the FIA’s vault, these far away and long ago authentic objects will captivate and inspire all.
Flint Comix celebrated its fourth year of publication this past Saturday April 13th with yet another successful comic convention in Downtown Flint. This celebration brought many of the comic creators from Flint Comix together under one roof where fans could meet and speak with them and learn what goes into making their favorite strips. Also on hand were members of the 501st Legion, a group that raises issue awareness and money through their love of Star Wars. This was the kind of day that even if you just came to people watch you would have left happy. This was a great celebration for Flint’s only comics paper and a very fun event for fans and families.
Thursday, April 11th marked the Grand Opening of the Alternative Veterans Solutions Resource Center (AVSCR). The AVSCR will be a one-stop resource center for veterans and their families that will give support and assistance from organizations that include VetBiz Central, Career Alliance, United Way, Community Mental Health and Goodwill Industries of Mid-Michigan.
The Grand Opening was a wonderful event that brought together the many organizations that will be providing their resources, the press, the public, and most importantly some of the veterans and their families that will be served. This was a great beginning for the Alternative Veterans Solutions Resource Center and another valuable tool for veterans in need.
Alternative Veterans Solutions Resource Center is located at 4400 S. Saginaw St., Suite 1375, Flint, MI.
For more information visit their website -
The new campaign that was recently rolled out to bring attention to the many wonderful places, people, and things happening hit the Reuters boards in Times Square recently.