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Free City 2017: Ecology & Technology

Peter Pawlicki, Beacon, 2016
Peter Halquist, Poke, 2016
Jason Ferguson, Domestic Carnival: Flint, 2016
AKOAKI & Detroit Afrikan Music Institution, The Mothership, 2016
Hubert Dobler, 64TEETH, 2016 Photo: Hubert Dobler
Peter Pawlicki, Labyrinth, 2015
Oreen Cohen, Exploded Parts: GM Ignition Switch, 2016
Rodney Campbell, Three-Wheeled Electric Vehicle, 2016
Paolo Pedini, mural, 2016
Fazed Grunion, Stop Carrying Out Your Intentions And Watch For My Signals/I Wish To Communicate With You, 2016
Jason Ferguson, Anamorphic Skull, 2016
Little Bang Theory, Laugh, Clown, Laugh, 2016
MOG, performance, 2015
John O'Malley, Outline, 2015
Paige Barnett, Inside Out Project / Paul Herring and Heidi Phanouf, 2015
 Emily Puthoff, The Wayfinding Series, 2015
Kriss Gaynes and Eric Barry Drasin, 2015
Eric Barry Drasin, The Secret Soup, 2014
Oreen Cohen, Desiring Production, 2014
Freeman Greer, Chevy Plants, 2013
Heavy Metal Drum Circle, 2013
Normal Architecture Office, Free City Pavilion with Volunteers, 2013


In August 2017, the fifth annual Free City festival will address themes of ecology and technology, inviting collaborations between artists, designers, scientists, ecologists, and engineers that explore environmental remediation, interactive installations, citizen science, organizing tools, wearable technology, DIY robotics, and other emerging fields at the intersection of art, ecology, and technology. Free City 2017 will be the last year of the event at the Chevy Commons prior to its final phase of landscaping, which will transform this former manufacturing site into a shared public space for the entire city. Flint Public Art Project is proud to have supported the City of Flint‘s efforts to reimagine this EPA brownfield for the use of residents.

Dates: Aug. 18-19, 2017

To send proposals for projects, email us by March 1st, 2017 at with 100-word descriptions, sample photos, and budgets including artist’s fee, labor, and materials of no more than $1,000.

Free City is produced by Flint Public Art Project and Amplifier Inc. with support from the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts and the Greater Flint Arts Council’s Parade of Festivals.



Free City 2016: Motion and Play

The 2016 Free City festival takes motion and play as its theme, inviting installations, sculptures, projections, and performances employing movement of objects and people through unexpected, unexplainable, and uncanny means. In its investigation of the phenomenology of motion, Free City 2016 invites artists and participants to ask: How do we move? For what purpose?

Free City 2016: Motion & Play is supported by the Greater Flint Arts Council’s Festival of Parades and the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts. The Warhol Foundation’s objective is to “foster innovative artistic expression and the creative process by encouraging and supporting cultural organizations that in turn, directly or indirectly, support artists and their work,” according to its mission. “The Foundation is focused primarily on supporting work of a challenging and often experimental nature…The Foundation is committed to the precept that the arts are essential to an open, enlightened democracy. It therefore seeks to advance an inclusive cultural dialogue by providing resources to organizations that support artists reflecting a diverse society and by affirming that freedom of artistic expression is fundamental to such a society and must be vigorously protected.”

Now in its fifth year, Flint Public Art Project began as an experimental program to activate vacant spaces, connect local artists and innovative contemporary practices, amplify the local culture, and transform the image and identity of the city of Flint. Flint Public Art Project has received support from ArtPlace, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Ruth Mott Foundation, Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs, and hundreds of individual donors and volunteers.



Being in Space and Time: Free City 2015

The third annual Free City festival takes place on July 3rd during Flint’s Independence Day fireworks through July 4 during commemoration of the Declaration of Independence. Free City 2015: Being Here draws attention to the affects of media on consciousness, at times commenting on our dislocation from physical places, at others seeking transcendent connections by means of chips and wireless devices.

Being Here features projects by Emily Puthoff (Kingston, NY; traveling film series), Garret Linn (New York; minimalist sound wave installation), Eric Barry Drasin (New Jersey; audio-visual performance), Paige Barnett (Detroit; large-scale photo installation), Peter Pawlicki (Sterling Heights; meditative labyrinth), FIG Projects (Montreal; Dial-a-City telecommunications performance), Melisa Morgan (Detroit; social media performance), Kriss Gaynes (Detroit; video and live performance), Gregory Hatch (Columbus, OH; textile performance), and musical performances by MOG, Apollo’s Din, Handwringer, and Saturday Night Gypsies curated by Jay Rowland.

July 3: 6 pm – midnight
July 4: 2 pm – midnight

Where: Chevy Commons, Stevenson St. between University and Kearsley, Flint, Michigan

2014 Free City festival receives support from Greater Flint Arts Council

Free City 2014 has received additional support from the Greater Flint Arts Council Parade of Festivals Program made possible by generous support from the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation.

Free City Receives Support from German and Flint-based grants

Cologne, Germany-based Peter Moennig Foundation for Innovative Thought and Share Art Flint have awarded grants to support the Free City festival in 2014.