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July 4, 2013

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Spring Grove Nights

On July 4, join Flint Public Art Project, Grand Traverse District Neighborhood Association, and the Stockton Center at Spring Grove for Spring Grove Nights, a new public art series featuring free performances and temporary installations on two 70-foot tall concrete silos at Spring Grove, a restored wetlands and open space near downtown Flint. Local bands Hawk & Son and Patchwork Head will perform and artist Chris Jordan will unveil his installation Silo Swing. The evening ends with great views of the City of Flint's July 4 fireworks.

Silo Swing invites visitors to take a ride on a six-story kinetic light installation. The installation incorporates a swing at ground level with reflective wind-catching materials above that create a light display on the silos during the day and at night. As visitors activate the installation through simple, playful actions, the two concrete monoliths that seem heavy and inert become fluid and responsive - foretelling the future park being constructed at Spring Grove.

Spring Grove Nights will help residents and visitors re-imagine the site, establishing a public space unlike any other in Flint and informing a long-range community plan to re-use the silos.

July 4 schedule:

6 - 7:30pm Potluck
Bring a dish to share, we'll supply utensils and cups.

7 - 7:30pm Site tours: Stockton Center / Spring Grove
Join a guided tour of Spring Grove and the Stockton Center

7 - 8pm Live Performances
Local bands Hawk & Son and Patchwork Kids perform

9:30pm Fireworks
Spring Grove has great views of the City of Flint's fireworks.

June 26, 6:30 - 9pm

Neighborhood Art Parade

This summer, Flint Public Art Project and Neighborhood Restoration Coalition are launching monthly parades on Flint’s northside to promote active living, improve public safety, and connect residents citywide. Neighborhood Art Parade combines neighborhood walks with free performances from the city’s best step dance groups, drumlines, marching bands, and other performers.

The parade starts at 6:30pm Wednesday June 26 at Saginaw and Bishop. Anyone is welcome to participate.

At a recent Flint Master Plan Community Workshop, residents cited crime and public safety as the most important challenges facing the city. Neighborhood Art Parade brings together Northside residents with artists and performers for monthly walks and gatherings to help reclaim the streets of their communities.

The first parade takes place Wednesday, June 26 from 6:30 to 9pm, starting at the corner of Saginaw and Bishop (Alabama Fish & Chicken). At 6:30pm, Kappa Leadership League and Gamma Delta Kudos kick off the event with Flint’s finest stepping. The parade will travel down the residential blocks of Bishop and Baltimore Street, return to Saginaw, and end at Saginaw and Pierson (World Class Bar-B-Que) with a community picnic and live music by the McClendon/Majied Brothers Jazz Band.

From July to September, parades will take place on the 4th Wednesday of every month: July 31, August 28, and September 25.

Long-time Flint residents remember that social clubs used to bring neighbors and performers together for walks on the Northside. Neighborhood Art Parade will revive this tradition, creating a fun, ceremonial experience to activate the streets of Flint, increase public safety and bring residents together from around the city.

Dec. 14, 7 - 10 pm

First Street Lofts
460 S. Saginaw St.

December art walk

Pop-up film festival

A presentation of films in which unusual visions of the built and imagined environment play a starring role. Cities shape their inhabitants, and are shaped in return, through continuous waves of turmoil, struggle and contradiction.

Featuring works by David O'Reilly, including Please Say Something, an animated short that was awarded the Golden Bear at the 2009 Berlin International Film Festival, and The External World, a dystopian epic, which premiered at the 67th Venice Film Festival and the 2011 Sundance Film Festival. Experimental work by Gordon Matta-Clark and Vito Acconci, and work by Charlie Ahearn, which reveals the gritty, vibrant street life of NYC in the early 1980's.

Nov. 9, 6 - 10 pm

First Street Lofts
460 S. Saginaw St.

art walk

3–D Karaoke

For this month's Art Walk phenom, Flint Public Art Project invites you to 3-D Karaoke on the ground floor the First Street Lofts.

© G.H. Hovagimyan

Join stars of the Flint performance art scene to sing popular hits with your image broadcast in 3-D inside the space and onto the exterior facade. Internationally renowned visiting New York artist G.H. Hovagimyan hacks Kinnect boxes and rigs them with two cameras to launch karaoke performers into the stratosphere.

Songs are programmed in advance.

To pick a song or sign up as a featured performer, email FPAP.