THINGS TO CELEBRATE
- Festivals and cultural events for families
- Diversity of offerings
- Genesee County residents support access to the arts in Flint.
- The arts should be part of students’ K–12 experience.
- The city needs neighborhood-based arts and cultural programs.
The arts can contribute to quality of life, help students to succeed in school, connect people across diverse social backgrounds and boost the local economy. Flint has a vibrant arts and cultural community that attracts audiences from across the city and beyond, offering something for nearly every artistic taste. Ensuring that all Flint residents have access to such programs can be a challenge when demand exceeds available resources.
From school children saving their pennies to support from local businesses and organizations, the birth of the Flint Cultural Center in 1954 was a community-led effort. Over the years, the Mott Foundation has provided major support for the Cultural Center campus, institutions and projects. The Ruth Mott Foundation, Community Foundation of Greater Flint and other organizations and businesses have provided generous support for programs, events and festivals. In 2018, Citizens for a Better Genesee County proposed — and county voters approved — the Arts Education and Cultural Enrichment millage, which is expected to raise roughly $8.7 million each year to help ensure that residents will have access to a wide range of arts and cultural activities in Flint and Genesee County. This will include free or discounted access to Cultural Center institutions and programming by The New McCree Theatre, Berston Field House and Greater Flint Arts Council.
DID YOU KNOW?
All Genesee County residents can take advantage of free entry to the Flint Institute of Arts and Sloan Museum seven days a week, thanks to an arts millage passed in 2018. Visitors to the FIA can enjoy world-class exhibits, glassblowing demonstrations and community events. While its Cultural Center location is closed for renovation, Sloan Museum is open at Courtland Center Mall, where it will continue to present hands-on exhibits, historic vehicles and the Wisner’s Whizbang Emporium family gallery.