For Immediate Release: June 30, 2015

Being in Space and Time: Free City 2015, July 3-4

Flint, Michigan – 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; Wayfinding Series, traveling film series), Garret Linn (New York; Minimalist Sound Wave, sound and light installation), Eric Barry Drasin (New Jersey; audio-visual performance), Paige Barnett (Detroit; Inside Out Project, 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; Are You a Pink Collar Worker? textile performance), and musical performances by DJ Vintage Future, MOG, Apollo’s Din, Handwringer, and Saturday Night Gypsies curated by Jay Rowland.

For the third year, Flint Public Art Project temporarily reclaims Chevy Commons, a mile-long stretch along the Flint River once occupied by a series of now-razed Chevrolet plants for Free City, a large-scale, open-air art festival. Free City demonstrates that a critical mass of temporary activities can turn abandoned industrial properties into active public spaces, highlighting the ongoing transformation of Flint.

“This year’s more concentrated group of artists are spread out across the site and use the scale of Chevy Commons for sprawling land-art pieces and spectacular sound and light shows,” says Stephen Zacks, executive director of Flint Public Art Project. “It’s an inspiration to see the city continue to move forward with the landscaping of Chevy Commons, and to anticipate this site emerging as a great public space. ”

The name Chevy Commons emerged from the Imagine Flint masterplan directed by Mayor Dayne Walling as an expression of the site’s location as a possible connection point between several neighborhoods with strong identities, including Grand Traverse District, Mott Park, Carriage Town, and downtown Flint. Previously referred to as Chevy-in-the-Hole due to the topography of the site–a flood plain of the Flint River lying 10-20 feet lower than its surroundings–it is evolving into a central shared public space for the city. With funding from the EPA, it is being capped with soil and landscaped into an expansive green area.

The Free City festival is made possible by generous funding from the Greater Flint Arts Council through its Festival of Parades program, with support from the Ruth Mott Foundation. Free City was established in 2012 as one of several FPAP initiatives funded by ArtPlace, a consortium of thirteen national foundations in partnership with the National Endowment of the Arts.

For more information about this event, email or call 917-412-1926.