Flint Public Art Project is gratified to announce support from the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts in 2016-2018. The Warhol Foundation awarded a two-year grant for three programs: the Stone Street Coop & Residency, which hosts local and visiting artists for socially-engaged projects in Flint; the Free City festival, which activates portions of the former Chevy manufacturing site on the Flint River with temporary installations and performances; and events and exhibitions at the Spencer’s Center for Art and Architecture.
The Warhol Foundation grant represents a new threshold for Flint Public Art Project: it is the third time the organization has applied for funding, and the first time it has received support. 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 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.”
“We are thrilled by the announcement of support from the Warhol Foundation,” says Joseph Schipani, Interim Managing Director of Flint Public Art Project. “With its support, Flint Public Art Project will continue to offer space for local and visiting artists to pursue imaginative, innovative, and challenging ideas in Flint, carrying on Warhol’s legacy of advancement of the visual arts.”