FLINT PUBLIC ART PROJECT ORGANIZES PUBLIC EVENTS,
workshops and temporary installations to inspire residents to reimagine the city, reclaim vacant and underutilized buildings and lots, and use innovative tools to steer Flint’s long-range planning.
FLINT PUBLIC ART PROJECT SUPPORTS COLLABORATIONS
among local residents and organizations as well as with leading artists, architects, planners and community organizers from around the world, connecting Flint to regional, national and global movements to revitalize neighborhoods and cities through art and design.
THE PROJECT DOCUMENTS AND AMPLIFIES
the many ways local residents, businesses and institutions are transforming Flint and its public image and identity, and broadcasting this new story to audiences throughout the city and the world.
Above: Photographs by Desiree Duell
Interim Managing Director Joseph Schipani is a theater designer from Metro Detroit with a B.A. in theater design from the University of Michigan – Flint, and extensive management and marketing experience in home improvement, law, and health services. A volunteer case manager at My Brother’s Keeper, a men’s homeless shelter in Flint, he also has expertise in substance abuse counseling.
Stephen Zacks is an internationally recognized architecture and urbanism reporter, theorist, and cultural producer based in Greenpoint, Brooklyn and a native of Flint, Michigan. He received an M.A. in Liberal Studies from the New School for Social Research, a B.A. in Interdisciplinary Humanities from Michigan State University, served as an editor at Metropolis from 2005 – 2008, and has received awards from the NY State Council on the Arts, Newtown Creek Fund, Graham Foundation, ArtPlace, MacDowell Colony, and the Warhol Foundation. Zacks served as a NYSCA architecture, planning, and design panelist from 2011 – 2013. Co-founder of the Bring to Light–Nuit Blanche New York festival and co-director of Collective: Unconscious performance space from 1996-2002, he is currently writing A Beautiful Ruin: The Generation that Transformed New York, 1967-1986, a nonfiction narrative about New York during the mid-70s fiscal crisis.
James Andrews is an artist, educator, organizer, curator, and arts producer based in New York City. His work involves exploring new forms of social organization and experimental groups. Andrews has exhibited, taught, performed, and organized extensively, including shows and events at Postmasters Gallery, SculptureCenter, the National Gallery of Bosnia and Herzegovina, ABC No Rio, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, Deitch Projects, and the Queens Museum. Andrews is a founding member of Nsumi Collective. Nsumi creates collaborative artwork that combines fine art, architecture, community engagement and experimental design.
Program Coordinator Jay Rowland is a photographer and graphic designer also experimenting in forms of traditional and public arts. He has worked closely with Flint Public Art Project co-managing Free City Festival and the Neighborhood Art Parades. In addition to working with FPAP, he has led the participation-inviting Annual Photographers’ Ball in Flint, MI, and coordinated other art events and group exhibits throughout the city, including Flint Art Walk.
Flint Public Art Project is produced by
Amplifier Inc. is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) corporation founded in 2013 that uses art and design as a tool of urban transformation and city-making. Amplifier creates programs that connect public and private groups with the global art and design field to bring the most innovative work–often highly concentrated in large cosmopolitan centers–to under-served groups and smaller cities around the country, where it can have the greatest possible resonance.
AMPLIFIER INC. BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Susannah Drake, ASLA, AIA
Deborah Gans, FAIA
William Rockwell, AIA