Photo by Enki Andrews
Through its Stone Street Coop & Residency, Flint Public Art Project (FPAP) supports students, artists, designers, community leaders, and teachers with free or affordable housing in order to allow residents time and space to pursue their crafts and to produce artistic projects in Flint.
The Stone Street Coop & Residency offers both short duration 30-90-day residencies for visiting artists and longer-term month-to-month residencies for local artists. In addition to housing, residents get the chance to work with artists, architects, planners, journalists, activists, and teachers from Flint and around the country and the world who are rethinking and reinventing the way we share resources, activate abandoned spaces, strengthen neighborhoods, and make art. All residents will produce work that responds to or extends the Flint Public Art Project mission to activate vacant spaces, connect people and places, amplify the local culture, and transform the identity of the city.
THE HOUSE AND THE NEIGHBORHOOD CONTEXT
FPAP acquired the vacant house at 605 Stone Street in the summer of 2012 from the Genesee County Land Bank. Staff, volunteers, and contractors rehabilitated the building in a matter of weeks, and Stone Street officially opened its doors in October 2012 as housing for FPAP staff and visiting artists and designers. Since then, more than 100 guests have stayed at Stone Street while developing projects and offering public programs throughout Flint. The Stone Street Coop & Residency is one of several initiatives by Flint Public Art Project in Carriage Town and on the North Side, including Spencer’s Art House, temporary installations on Stone Street, and Neighborhood Art Parades that aim to revitalize vacant structures, build community, anchor reinvestment, and extend the social and economic benefits of downtown redevelopment throughout the city.
The Stone Street Coop & Residency operates on a cooperative model. There is no dedicated staff to serve residents or maintain the building and grounds. Its affordability depends upon residents working together to clean and maintain the space and its grounds, build and reinforce the community by organizing dinners, readings, events, and performances, and contribute to an environment that honors the integrity of each person.
RESIDENCY PROGRAM IN DETAIL
The Residency challenges artists and producers to think boldly and experimentally, to take risks and help redefine the role of public art programming in Flint. Participants may propose projects either in the conception or development phase.
The Residency encourages projects that:
– Seek to address Flint’s challenges in innovative ways
– Are ecologically sensitive, incorporating sustainable techniques such as reuse
– Amplify existing regional currents and tendencies
– Create or support creative communities
– Are spatially and socially adventurous and dynamic
Stone Street Residents have access to:
a) FPAP’s office
b) assistance gaining permission for access to sites across the city
c) national/international publicity
d) our contacts, networks, and community partners
e) liability insurance
f) professional advice, feedback and input
g) use of a generator, projectors, and other equipment.*
a) innovative work, ideas, and designs
b) their own basic working equipment, tools, programs, models
c) installations/performances/interventions/workshops, events
d) technical know-how
f) a willingness to collaborate with local participants and organizations.
* Each residency program is unique. FPAP resources are made available where possible.
Applicants with ongoing projects may develop their work at Stone Street.
Artists are invited to develop formal or experimental research programs, which will result in finished proposals and documentation. Projects developed through the incubator may be eligible for future funding in collaboration with FPAP partners and community groups.
Spencer’s Art House
An experimental model for material reuse and reclaiming abandoned homes, SAH is part of the Dwelling on Waste project initiated by FPAP’s first Architect-in-Residence, Andrew Perkins, and his colleague Matthieu Bain. Perkins developed a framework and vision for the reconstruction of the former Spencer’s Mortuary into an art and community center, using reclaimed materials from derelict homes, demolition sites, and an old bowling alley to inspire to new ways to rebuild and experience space. Residents may propose projects contributing to this program, or participate in the rebuilding project.
Carriage Town Projects
Artists may address any site in the neighborhood, including an unmarked Native American burial ground, local community gardens, and one of the country’s largest abandoned, former industrial areas, Chevy-in-the-Hole, being transformed into Chevy Commons, a large public park.
Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or 810-820-0275 with questions or inquiries.
Stone Street Coop & Residency is a member of the Alliance of Artists Communities.