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