Monthly JazzWalk Swings In Early with Pat Cronley & Friends

12109989_560437337453238_7766953620382302047_oOur favorite Thursday of the month is just around the corner. JazzWalk, a monthly event that normally falls on the fourth Thursday of the month, will hit the streets of downtown Flint a week early due to the holidays.

The event, to be held Dec. 17 at White Horse Tavern, is free to the public and open to all ages, according to Lanie Nix, administrative assistant of the Greater Flint Arts Council, which organizes the event.

“It’s always wall-to-wall people,” Nix says. “It’s exciting because it draws such a varied crowd. You see every age group represented. It’s music that everybody can relate to.”

This month, the event will feature live music by Pat Cronley & Friends. Joining Cronley will be Dave Bennett, a Metro Detroit-based clarinetist who has built up quite a large following in Genesee County.

Other musicians to have performed during JazzWalk – which brings performers to different venues throughout downtown Flint – include Beni Schlater and the Corey Glover Trio.

Tomorrow’s event will take place from 5-7:30 p.m. at 621 W. Court St., Flint.

For more information, or if you represent a business interested in participating in a future JazzWalk, call the Greater Flint Arts Council at 810-238-2787.

BONUS: Think the saxophone is just for jazz? Expand your horizons Friday, Dec. 18 at the Flint Institute of Music. There, Flint School of Performing Arts faculty member Jeff Price will use the instrument to perform “early French works based on opera as well as three concertos in three distinctly different styles: early 20th Century French, late Russian Romanticism and late 20th Century French.”

The free concert will kick off at 7 p.m., with doors opening at 6:30 p.m. For more info, click here.

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Second Friday ArtWalk Encourages ‘Gallery Hopping’ in Downtown Flint

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ArtWalk is a collaborative event that aims to promote the diversity of downtown Flint’s gallery offerings.

It happens like clockwork: Every second Friday of the month, local artists and art enthusiasts head to downtown Flint for a few hours of gallery hopping.

As part of the evening – dubbed Second Friday ArtWalk – a handful of local businesses and organizations offer free open house receptions, some hosting live performances, others displaying the works of various artists. The festivities officially kick off at 6 p.m. and run through 9 p.m.

“The ArtWalk is one of our best-kept secrets,” said Harold Hill, operations manager of the Greater Flint Arts Council, which organizes the monthly event. “It’s a great opportunity for people who want to come downtown and see some urban art. Once they find out about it, they come back every month.”

Participating locations vary each month, so Hill recommends stopping first at the Greater Flint Arts Council, where guests can secure a map identifying each participating venue. Like many of the stops, the council, at 816 S. Saginaw St., often treats visitors to appetizers, drinks and live entertainment.

The exhibit space changes monthly at the GFAC, which will debut the work of students from the Alpha Montessori Preschool during ArtWalk on April 10. “The Alpha Kids Art Show is different every year,” Hill said. “It’s a nice family event.”

According to Hill, many of the pieces on display for the event are available for purchase.

Beyond this week’s event, future dates for the ArtWalk include: May 8, June 12, July 10, Aug. 14, Sept. 11, Oct. 9, Nov. 13 and Dec. 11.

For more about on Artwalk and the Greater Flint Arts Council, call (810) 238-2787 or visit

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Silent Art Auctions Benefit Local Art Organizations 

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Are you in the market for some original artwork? Head to downtown Flint on Friday for the 12th Annual Cool City Art Auction.

Proceeds from the silent auctions, which kick off at 5 p.m., will benefit four local organizations supporting the arts, including Creative Alliance, Buckham Gallery, Aerosol and Audio Festival, and the Greater Flint Arts Council.

Art auction locations include:

  • Lunch Studio, 444 S. Saginaw St. (Creative Alliance silent auction closes at 8 p.m.)
  • Wade Trim Square, 555 S. Saginaw St. (Aerosol and Audio Festival silent auction closes at 8:30 p.m.)
  • Buckham Gallery, 134 1/2 Second St. (Silent auction closes at 9 p.m.)
  • Greater Flint Arts Council, 816 S. Saginaw St. (Silent auction closes at 9:30 p.m.)

Tickets are available at any participating location. They are $25 if purchased in advance and $30 at the door. For more information, call (810) 238-ARTS or visit

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The Flint Jazz Festival Will Bring Smooth Sounds To Downtown This Weekend

The sound of Jazz music will fill the air of Downtown Flint this weekend as the Flint Jazz Festival returns to Riverbank Park for three days of warm weather and hot sounds.  This year marks the 32nd Annual Jazz Festival and the Greater Flint Arts Council has put together another amazing line-up to showcase the local, regional, and national talent that is making sure to keep the vibrant legacy of Jazz music alive.  Each of the three days has a very special headliner but from top to bottom the performers are as good as they’ve ever been. On Friday night Jason Marsalis will close out the opening night of the Festival, on Saturday it will be the Hot Club of Detroit, and the festival will close with a performance from Poncho Sanchez.  The cost of attending the Festival is $2 per day, which gives you a very good cost for so much entertainment and along with the music there will be food vendors on hand as well to satisfy your cravings and the Arts Council will be offering adult beverages for sale at the event as well.

The Flint Jazz Festival has a long and beloved legacy in Flint and the Arts Council has worked to maintain and honor that legacy and to make sure that Jazz music remains a vital part of Flint.  This is a great way to spend the weekend and with some luck the weather will hold out and give us three perfect days to sit by the river and listen to some beautiful music.

Flint Jazz Festival

Friday, August 2 – Sunday August 4

Riverbank Park, Downtown Flint

$2 per day to attend

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Greater Flint Arts Council Opens Share Art Flint Mini-Grant Proposals

The Greater Flint Arts Council is kicking off the second year of its Share Art Flint Mini-Grants program with a call to artists looking to “expand arts and culture learning, promote community change and celebrate culture and heritage,” according to President and CEO Greg Fiedler.  This program’s goal is a streamlined process that gets money in the hands of grass roots artists and arts groups working to make a positive change in Flint through education and cultural experiences. The best part about the program is that it is about Flint artists and focused on Flint’s residents. There is a lot of opportunity for artists to have an impact in the area with grants reaching all the way up to $5,000.

Free information workshops to learn how to apply for these grants will be held April 24 at 5:30 pm at the Greater Flint Arts Council and May 1 at 5:30 pm at McCree Theatre.

More information and an online application is available at Additional inquiries can be made by calling Greg Fiedler, at 810.238.ARTS (2787) or [email protected]

The Cool City Art Auction Returns To Downtown Flint

Friday, March 22 will mark the return of Flint’s Cool City Art Auction in Downtown Flint.  This auction is one of the city’s premiere events and raises money for the participating organizations and helps to pay for important programs and events that they all offer.  The auction has become a symbol of the city’s burgeoning arts community and has brought the work of both new and established artists together to celebrate the many talented people in the region.

The Cool City Art Auction features four organizations and four locations to visit and this year the organizations are the Greater Flint Arts Council, the Buckham Gallery, the Greater Flint Creative Alliance, and Art at the Market.  Attendees to the Art Auction will have entry into all four venues and art will be on display with prices to start the bidding.  If someone finds a piece of art they are interested in they can write down their bid and the highest bid on that piece will win it at the end of the night.  The price of admission for the Auction gets you into all four of the catered venues where music and fun will be featured along with the food and drinks.

The Auction begins at 5:00PM with things winding down at ten but the silent bidding will close down earlier in the night with the Creative Alliance’s ending first.  With the weather still clinging to Winter this is the only Cool thing people look forward to all season and it’s definitely an event not to miss.

Cool City Art Auction

Friday, March 22, 2013

5PM – 10PM

Downtown Flint

Locations –

Creative Alliance – Churchill’s Food and Spirits, 340 S. Saginaw St.

Buckham Gallery – at Buckham Gallery, 134 1/2 W. Second St.

Art at the Market – Peterson Building, 653 S. Saginaw St., Ste. #1

Greater Flint Arts Council – at GFAC, 816 S. Saginaw St.

Tickets are $25 in advance (purchased through each organization) and $30 the day of the auction.