Free City celebrates art, urban beautification, creativity, and culture by enriching our community through the arts. As part of our campaign to change the image of the City of Flint from water crisis to a city of creative hope, FPAP will be hosting the city’s first mural festival. The festival will take place on October 12, 2019 at various locations on the city’s south side. Over the last five years, FPAP has hosted the Free City Art Festival, an arts festival centered on empowering artists. The festival took place in the old Chevrolet manufacturing site called “Chevy in the Hole.” Shortly after the first Free City event, the City of Flint, along with Genesee County Parks, developed a plan to turn Chevy in the Hole into a large community park, which is, today, Chevy Commons. FPAP’s Free City is committed to diversifying the urban landscape and highlighting the unique voices of a community, bringing art out of the galleries and into the streets.
The festival will take place in the South Flint Business district along South Saginaw Street, from I-69 to Hemphill Road. With the help of the City of Flint Planning Department and the Southside Business Association throughout the corridor FPAP will select 15 suitable locations.
Mural Artists from around the world will compete to participate in this festival. A representative of the Southside Business Association, the City of Flint Planning Department, two local Artists, and the FPAP Board will choose finalists.
Featured artists include local favorite Keven “Scraps” Burdick, whose mural at Vogt’s flowers has awed the public. Other local artists include two other city favorite’s Charlie Boike and Pauly Everett. FPAP is also excited to announce the return of the internationally known artist Emily Ding and Seba Cener to create another significant mural in the city. In addition, FPAP is awaiting confirmation for featured artist, House of Meggs, and Nomad Clan, on their participation in the festival.
The City of Flint will be closing Saginaw Street for the afternoon of October 12th to allow the public to walk freely and check out the murals and enjoy food trucks, live music, and stroll through the sponsors’ vendor booths. The festival will have a family event, which will give children a chance to create their own art with chalk on Saginaw Street and participate in craft booths.