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muraLAB: Curating Creative Placemaking with Steve Dietz and Stephen Zacks

muraLAB will host a discussion about “Curating Creative Placemaking” — asking how projects aimed to revitalize urban spaces through quick, creative interventions are impacting the practice of public art.

Curator Steve Dietz has founded two major urban art exhibitions, 01SJ and Northern Spark, that provide platforms for public art exploration and the activation of public space. Art producer Stephen Zacks will talk about the genesis and evolution of Flint Public Art Project, an ongoing experiment in staging art interventions that inspire residents to reimagine the city, reclaim vacant and underutilized buildings and lots, and steer Flint’s long-range planning. muraLAB director Todd W. Bressi will moderate.

When: April 13, 2015, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Where: The Dornsife Center for Neighborhood Partnerships, Drexel University
3509 Spring Garden Street (19104)

Hosted by the Antionette Westphal College of Media Arts and Design, Graduate Program in Arts Administration.

Oaklin Mixon

Stone Street Residency welcomes local designer and hip hop artist Oaklin Mixon to Carriage Town for a long-term residency with Flint Public Art Project.

Mixon is the owner of Good Boy Clothing, whose motto, “Seeking the highest good of all things and people,” represents his commitment to building society and encouraging people to think deeply and positively about their lives.

His group Oaker Parker aspires to produce lyrics that are honest, authentic, and shine a brilliant light on culture, illuminating both beauty and pain, and encouraging listeners to embrace a better way of living and thinking.

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Ashlee Arder Joins Board

We’re very fortunate to announce that Flint-native artist Ashlee Arder has agreed to join our nonprofit board. A participant in this year’s Free City festival, Arder works as cultural strategist and producer at Creative Many, Michigan’s arts policy advocacy organization, as well as managing the Midtown Viaducts Public Art + Light project for Midtown Detroit Inc. A graduate of the University of Michigan, she served for two years on the Ann Arbor Public Art Commission and under the handle Ash Arder produces installations exploring fashion, technology, and social meaning in her own creative practice.

Amplifier Inc. a 501(c)(3) Tax-Exempt Organization

On July 18, 2014, Amplifier Inc., the nonprofit corporation formed to produce Flint Public Art Project, received its letter from the IRS qualifying it to received tax-exempt donations under the section 501(c)(3) Internal Revenue Code, effective February 2013. FPAP is proud to have achieved this new threshold for the organization enabling it to operate independently and expand to serve stakeholders and realize programs in Flint and in other similar communities around the country.

2014 Architects-in-Residence

Missy Ablin and Allen Gillers join Flint Public Art Project as its 2014 Architects-in-Residence. Ablin designs architectural objects, spaces, and situations that amplify latent cultural infrastructures by organizing experimental design and building practices. She has produced and exhibited work at SFMoMA, on the West Bank, in rural France, Lebanon, New York, abandoned infrastructures in Detroit, suburban Chicago and beyond. Ablin holds an M.Arch. from University of Michigan’s Taubman College of Architecture and a B.A. from Wesleyan University.

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Gillers designs playfully transgressive, accessible civic engagements. He renders explicit protagonists sometimes forgotten by history and rearticulates a nascent architectural political agency. His work and research focuses on tactical appropriations in a variety of charged landscapes across the American Rustbelt, Rural France, Southeast Asia, and the Middle East. Gillers received an M.Arch. from University of Michigan’s Taubman College of Architecture and a B.A. in architecture from Columbia University.

New FPAP Website

On February 19, FPAP launched a new, more flexible website with fuller documentation, slide shows, and archives of past projects, and a selection of artists we worked with in the past three years. Deep gratitude to Cedomir Kovacev, a Queens-based web and graphic designer, with an M.S. in Library and Information Science from Pratt Institute and a B.A. in Sociology from University of Belgrade, for donating his time to create a site with a user interface that can be readily updated. Send requests for changes and updates to info@flintpublicartproject.com.