Every month on the second Friday Downtown Flint celebrates the arts with the Art Walk, an event created years and years ago via a collaboration between the local independent galleries and the event continues to grow and evolve over time. The walk itself focuses on the gallery space downtown – Buckham Gallery and Greater Flint Arts Council – but other venues such as Red Ink Studios (located in the same building as the Flint Local 432 all ages music club on First Street), Pages Bookstore, The Lunch Studio and other sites have joined in as additional venues where artists and musicians can showcase their work. This month another venue joins the walk as MLive will host five local writers who will be offering their own twists on classic summer reading. The event at MLive (located on Saginaw Street across from Blackstone’s) is called the Summer Shiver Book Tour and features five authors from the Flint area who each will be bringing books that will throw some very long and very deep shadows and all of them will be available to sign their books and speak with people if anyone has any questions about their work. The books will range from stories of the undead, to tales of romantic terror, to a university that has a strange and mysterious history, and on to non-fiction books about movies, and even books perfect for the littlest ghosts and goblins in the house.
Summer is a time many take to kick back and spend some time in a good book – electronic or traditional – and the Summer Shiver Tour is a great opportunity to meet some local authors and find out more about their work and for those looking to add a chill to the warm weather months this could be just the place to start.
Summer Shiver Book Tour
MLive Office – Saginaw Street, Downtown Flint
Friday, June 11, 2014
6PM – 8PM
Our area isn’t much known for its rich writing community despite the many writers and poets that call Flint and Genesee County home but once in a while an event will pop up that grabs your attention and calls to the more literary amongst us. This Saturday RAISE UP! Youth Arts & Awareness and their Brave New Voices poetry group invite you to the Flint Public Library this Saturday at 11AM to share and create science fiction narratives about what the future in Flint will be like. During the workshop you will be creating poems, short stories, and prose and develop narratives as a group, some of which will be incorporated into musician Tunde Olaniran’s upcoming February performance at the FPL.
There are very few opportunities in the area to engage with fellow writers and even less events like this that let you work together and work with young people and encourage their own writing so this is a very special event. This is also a great chance to work with a very talented musician and artist in Mr. Olaniran, whose music has been featured on MTV but who is still very active in our community.
FLINT: A Sci-Fi Love Story – Speculative Fiction Writing Workshop
January 25, 2014
11AM – 1PM
Flint Public Library
All Ages Welcome
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This Saturday marks the 9th Annual VOICES literary exhibition and visual art collaborative. For nine years The Greater Flint Creative Alliance has presented this unique free event in Flint that pairs artists and writers together to create collaborative works that explore both art forms. The pairings could be a painter and a fiction writer and from that pairing a painter could take inspiration from the written word and translate it to a painting OR the author can take inspiration from a painting and pair it with a story or there could be a third route taken where the two collaborate on a piece from the beginning and create something new that each has a voice in making. The event is being held at the Greater Flint Arts Council in Downtown Flint on Saturday, November 2 and this venue will be a wonderful backdrop for the many pieces of art that will be displayed. This is truly an event that is months in the making as the pairings are made many, many weeks before the event to give the artists time to work together and discuss what they’d like to do and how they’d like to do it. During the event there will be Open Mic opportunities for performers to come up on stage and share their poems, stories, and songs with the audience.
Too often the written word and spoken word are not added into the conversation of art but with VOICES there is no denying the art and power of these things as they are paired with other works to create pieces that not only speak of the creators but to the viewers as well.
November 2, 2013
1 – 7PM
Greater Flint Arts Council
816 S. Saginaw St., Flint, MI, 48502