Lifecycling: Using art to breathe new life into a city.
Tienlon Ho, Mic, Nov. 8. 2017.

Flint, Michigan, looks to shake off stigmas of the past with a rising downtown.
Patrick Sisson, Curbed, Feb. 14, 2017.

Neighborhood Art Parade draws out Flint community
Tegan Johnston, Mlive, Jul. 25, 2016.

Mardi Gras themed neighborhood art parade marches to Flint park
Roberto Accosta, Mlive, Jul. 1, 2016.

In a City with Polluted Water, Flint’s Artists and Cultural Organizations Help Cope with the Crisis
Janet Tyson, Hyperallergic, May 26, 2016.

Flint Public Art Project evolving to local leadership, “Motion in Play”
Stacie Scherman, East Village Magazine, Apr. 4, 2016.

Free City Art Festival returns to Flint’s old Chevy in the Hole with big art
Scott Atkinson, Mlive, Jul. 2, 2015.

Art parade in Atherton East provides fun break amid crime on Flint’s south side
William Ketchum III, Mlive, May 28, 2015.

Light Up The City parade ‘bridges gap’ between law enforcement and Flint community
Ashley G. Terrell, Mlive, May 1, 2015.

Free City Art Festival will return to Chevy Commons in Flint
Scott Atkinson, Mar. 21, 2015.

Imagining Future Alternatives (PDF).
Fabrizio Gallanti, Abitare, Nov. 2014.

Flint Public Art Project seeks to replace blight with positive words for next neighborhood art parade.
Scott Atkinson, Flint Journal, Oct. 22, 2014.

Flint Public Art Project takes mission of reclaiming spaces to Art Prize.
Scott Atkinson, MLive, Sep. 28, 2014.

Second Flint Free City Art Festival looks to show off ‘greater downtown area.’
Scott Atkinson, Flint Journal, Aug. 17, 2014.

Flint Public Art Project’s art parades move to city’s east side.
Scott Atkinson, Mlive, July 24, 2014.

Flint Public Art Project enlists local students for ‘Museum of Public Schools.’
Chris Bentley, Architect’s Newspaper, Jun. 16, 2014.

Flint Public Art Seeks Architect for Art House.
Ashton Cooper, Blouin Art Info, Apr. 16, 2014.

Live-in art house aims to help make Flint an artists’ destination.
Scott Atkinson, MLive, Mar. 1, 2014.

The New City-Makers: Six lessons public artists can teach us about how to make our cities better.
Joe Hart, Public Art Review, Fall/ Winter 2013.

Flint Public Art Project: Stone Street Residency Program Q&A with Stephen Zacks and Candice Stewart
Matthew Morowitz, Art in Odd Places, Mar. 14, 2014.

Live-in art house aims to help make Flint an artists’ destination
Scott Atkinson, The Flint Journal, Mar. 1, 2014.

Rust Belt Renaissance: A Writer’s Residency in Flint, Michigan
Kelsey Ronan, Sycamore Review, Feb. 22, 2014.

Mott students to open ‘Unusual Operation Operation’ alternative art space in Carriagetown
William Ketchum, The Flint Journal, Jan. 12, 2014.

Flint’s floating house listed alongside Amazon’s headquarters and European museums as most inspring architecture of 2013
Scott Atkinson, Mlive-Flint, Dec. 31, 2013.

Art Planned for Site of Flint’s Tallest Building
WILX10 News, Dec. 15, 2013.

Spencer’s House Revived.
Myron Manns, My City, Dec. 1, 2013.

“Mark’s House” in Flint, Michigan
Juxtapos, Nov. 9, 2013.

Artists in Flint, Michigan Revive an Abandoned Funeral Home as a Haven for Designers
Chris Bentley, Architects Newspaper, Oct. 30, 2013.

Susan Sarandon tweets support for Flint Public Art Project’s Spencer’s Art House renovations
Amanda Emery, Mlive-Flint, Oct. 18, 2013.

Reflected Glory: Summer Pavilion is Shimmering Beacon for Michigan City Regeneration
Rob Wilkes,, Oct. 18, 2013.

Spencer’s Art House Was Once a Former Funeral Home
Vasiliki Marapas, TrendHunter, Oct. 14, 2013.

Suspended House Tell the Story of Homeowners Affected by Recession
Daniela Walker, PSFK, Oct. 14, 2013.

spencers press

Spencer’s Art House: A Design Laboratory and Community Space
Designboom, Oct. 10, 2013.

A Floating Home Reflects The Story Of The Many Who Lost Theirs
Sammy Medina, Fast Company Design, Oct. 10, 2013.

Three Rad Architecture Kickstarters That Need Funding Now
Amy Schellenbaum, Curbed National, Oct. 9, 2013.

Do Architectural Photos Lie?
Lamar Anderson, Architizer, Oct. 8, 2013.

Towards Open Web Public Art
Kawandeep Virdee,, Oct. 2013

Flint Public Art Project’s series of art parades concludes with 250 on Dewey St.
William Ketchum, The Flint Journal, Sep. 25, 2013.

Flint Flat Lot’s Floating House Drawing Criticism
Chris Bentley, Architects Newspaper, Sep. 25, 2013.

Mark’s House by Two Islands in Flint, Michigan
Morphae, Sep. 19, 2013.

Two Islands: Mark’s House
Domus, Sep. 18, 2013.

Floating the Idea of Public Art in Flint
Gordon Young, Flint Expatriates, Sep. 17, 2013.

Art or eyesore? Flint’s floating house downtown called success, and a mess
Blake Thorne, The Flint Journal, Sep. 14, 2013.

marks house press

Mark’s House: Floating Reflective Pavilion Memorializes Michigan’s Foreclosures
Helen Morgan, Inhabitat, Sep. 12, 2013.

Flint, Michigan’s Mirrored Memorial to the Foreclosure Crisis
Kelsey Campbell-Dollaghan, Gizmodo, Sep. 11, 2013.

Two Islands’ Award Winning Mark’s House Complete in Michigan
DesignBoom, Sep. 10, 2013.

Mark’s House by Two Islands
Adam Taylor-Smith, DisegnoDaily, Sep. 10, 2013.

Revival of former Carriage Town funeral home with recycled materials makes progress, even if it’s invisible
Scott Atkinson, Flint Journal, Sep. 5, 2013.

Vacant home in Flint transformed into unique art project
Autumn Perry, ABC12, Aug. 26, 2013.

Silos-turned-tents draw dozens of people to Flint’s natural wetlands
Scott Atkinson, Flint Journal, Aug. 1, 2013.

Second public art installation unveiled at abandoned Flint silos
NBC25, Aug. 1, 2013.

Abandoned silos will be turned into giant tent for second Spring Grove Nights event
Scott Atkinson, Mlive, July 31, 2013.

Designer of ‘floating house’ in Flint excited to tell story of design
Scott Atkinson, The Flint Journal, July 26, 2013.

Flint Public Art Project, Foss Avenue Baptist Church host second neighborhood parade
William Ketchum, Mlive, July 24, 2013.

Second neighborhood art parade set for July 24
Scott Atkinson, Mlive, July 23, 2013.

Construction of Flint’s Floating House underway on downtown flat lot
Giacomo Bologna, Mlive, July 22, 2013.

New art project hopes to lift up Flint’s housing image
Steve Carmody, Michigan Radio, July 20, 2013.

Construction of Flint’s floating house to begin this week
Scott Atkinson, Mlive, July 18, 2013.

Flint proposes University Avenue for ‘Paint What Matters’ neighborhood makeover
William Ketchum, Mlive, July 8, 2013.

Flint Public Art Project Uses Swing to Draw Attention to Wetland
ABC12, July 3, 2013.

Silo Swing art project to be unveiled in Flint
NBC25, July 4, 2013.

Silo Swing art project to be unveiled in Flint
Morning Sun, July 4, 2013.

Silo Swing is installed at Spring Grove, awaits Fourth of July potluck
Scott Atkinson, Mlive, July 3, 2013.

Flint Public Art Project unveils runners-up in Flat Lot Competition
Scott Atkinson, Mlive, June 27, 2013.

Artists: The Urban Crusaders
Ethan Lawson, CEOs for Cities, June 26, 2013.

NAP press

Flint Public Art Project takes series of parades to Flint neighborhoods, the first on June 26
Scott Atkinson, Mlive, June 25, 2013.

Residents turn to art, parade to fight city’s violence
Andrew Keller, TV5 News, April 25, 2013.

‘Silo swing’ to be first installation at Spring Grove
Scott Atkinson, Mlive, June 25, 2013.

Is art Flint’s answer? Readers weigh in on story about the Flint Public Art Project
Scott Atkinson, Mlive, June 24, 2013.

Flint Public Art Project emulates ‘radical gesture’ that changed America’s most dangerous city
Scott Atkinson, The Flint Journal, June 18, 2013.

The Atlantic Cities: How Much Crazy Art Would It Take to Make You Want to Visit Flint, Michigan?
Scott Atkinson, Mlive, June 18, 2013.

When You Think of Flint, Michigan, Think of … Experimental Public Art?
Mark Byrnes, The Atlantic Cities, June 18, 2013.

Artists will compete for $3,500 to show how silos at Flint’s Spring Grove can be reused.
Scott Atkinson, Mlive, June 17, 2013.

Filling Vacant, Blighted Land With Artistic Possibility.
Creative Impact Michigan, May 26, 2013.

Arch Paper Free City

Flint Public Art Project’s Free City Reclaims Razed Chevy Site
Chris Bentley, The Architects Newspaper, May 23, 2013.

The Decline and Revival of an American City: An Architectural Cautionary Tale
Pedro Gadanho, DAMn° magazine, May 15, 2013.

Two Islands Wins Inaugural Flat Lot Competition in Flint
Karissa Rosenfield, ArchDaily, May 9, 2013.

Free City Art Festival: Ann Arbor man debuts homemade phonograph at Flint’s Chevy in the Hole
William Ketchum, Mlive, May 5, 2013.

Free City Art Festival showcases General Motors history, art with minimal resources
William Ketchum, The Flint Journal, May 4, 2013.

Crowds make their way to Chevy in the Hole for Free City art festival
Scott Atkinson, Mlive, May 3, 2013.

Flint’s Free City art festival begins at 6 p.m. May 3 at Chevy in the Hole
Scott Atkinson, Mlive, May 3, 2013.

Free City Art Festival in Flint this Weekend
J. Patrick, WCRZ, May 3, 2013.

Flint’s Free City Art Festival Repurposing Old Chevy Plant Site
The Craig Fahle Show, WDET, May 3, 2013.

Free City Public Art Festival: Reclaim | Transform, May 3-5
Art in Odd Places, May 2, 2013.

There’s Gonna Be a Big Party This Weekend at an Abandoned Chevy Factory in Flint, MI
Matt Bevilacqua, Next City, April 30, 2013.

Flint choirs honor memories of parents, hope for the future at Chevy In The Hole
William Ketchum, The Flint Journal, April 27, 2013.

evolo press

Flint’s Flat Lot Competition Winners Announced / Two Islands to Build Summer Pavilion
Marija Bojovic, Evolo, Apr. 26, 2013.

Harmony at Chevy in the Hole: Two choirs create one voice at abandoned GM site
Scott Atkinson, Mlive, April, 25, 2013.

Two Chevy in the Hole events April 27 will preview upcoming three-day festival
Scott Atkinson, Mlive, April, 24, 2013.

Free City art festival aims to transform Flint’s barren Chevy in the Hole, if only for a weekend
Scott Atkinson, The Flint Journal, April 18, 2013.

Editorial: ‘Floating house’ downtown art structure will bring needed attention to Flint
Editorial Board, The Flint Journal, April 14, 2013.

A ‘Strange Invitation’ from Stamford Art Space
Scott Gargan,The Connecticut Post, April 8, 2013.

Flint floating house was almost an amoeba from outer space, and five other things to learn from Thursday live chat with Flat Lot Competition winners
Scott Atkinson, Mlive, April 5, 2013.

A Floating House On Its Way To Michigan
Things Worth Describing, April 2, 2013.

Floating House Wins Flat Lot Competition in Michigan
Jennifer Nalewicki, DesignWire Daily, April 2, 2013.

Closing Bell: From Brooklyn to Flint, Mich., and Back.
Brownstoner, Mar. 27, 2013.

Catch Some Shade Under This Illusive Flying House Sculpture
Eric Limer, Gizmodo, Mar. 26, 2013.

Two Islands’ Floating House Wins Inaugural Flat Lot Competition
Designboom, Mar. 24, 2013.

Flint, Michigan Flat Lot Winners Announced, Floating House Arrives in June
Chris Bentley, The Architects Newspaper, Mar. 21, 2013.

Flint’s Flat Lot Competition Has Its Inaugural Winner
Alexander Walter, Archinect, Mar. 21, 2013.

Flint’s Flat Lot Competition Has Its Inaugural Winner
Bustler, Mar. 21, 2013.

Prize in Inaugural Flat Lot Competition Awarded
Jason Cooper, WFNT, Mar. 21, 2013.

Winner of Flat Lot pavilion design competition revealed Thursday
ABC12, Mar. 21, 2013.

Floating house of mirrors in downtown Flint parking lot will symbolize city’s rebirth, organizers say
Scott Atkinson, The Flint Journal, Mar. 21, 2013.

Live Interview on Flat Lot Winners.
NBC25, Mar. 21, 2013.

New Flint pavilion designed by London architects
Joel Feick. NBC25, Mar. 20, 2013.

Winner of $25,000 flat lot architecture competition to be announced March 21
Scott Atkinson, Mar. 19, 2013.

Flint Public Art Project to host Free City Public Art Festival
Chris Jones, The Michigan Times, Mar. 18, 2013.

Flint Public Art Project soon to present Art Festival at Chevy-in-the-Hole
Playground Detroit, Mar. 7, 2013.

free city press


Reclaim | Transform: The Free City Art Festival
Matthew Morowitz, Art in Odd Places, Feb. 19, 2013.

‘Flat Lot’ competition receives global attention
Natalie Broda. The Michigan Times, Feb. 18, 2013.

What is bad art? The Flint Public Art Project to hold discussion during Feb. 8 Art Walk
Scott Atkinson, Mlive, Feb. 3, 2013.

New Year’s revelers enjoy downtown Flint celebration
Dominic Adams, Flint Journal, Jan. 1, 2013


Downtown Flint bars hosting ‘pub crawl’ for New Year’s Eve
Scott Atkinson, Flint Journal, Dec. 29, 2012

‘Pop-up’ film fest to be featured at Art Walk Dec. 14
Scott Atkinson, Flint Journal, Dec. 13, 2012

Local art organizations create competition to build structure in downtown Flint
Scott Atkinson, Flint Journal, Nov. 19, 2012

3D Karaoke – Flint Public Art Project
G.H. Hovagimyan, Rhizome, Nov. 15, 2012

Flint Public Art Project holds first Congress for Urban Transformation
Nadia Alamah, The Michigan Times, Nov. 12, 2012

Local officials hope to fill former Chevy in the Hole location with ideas from residents
Robert Acosta, Flint Journal, Oct. 28, 2012

Flint Gets A Master Plan
Josh Marshall, NBC25, Oct. 28, 2012

Jerome Chou and colleagues talk about an upcoming event
Tom Sumner Program, 1470 WFNT, NewsTalk Radio, Oct. 25, 2012


The Spacebuster Invades Downtown Flint

ABC12’s Marc Jacobson reports on Flint Public Art Project’s installation of Raumlabor’s Spacebuster for a series of events and actions in public spaces.

Spacebuster to be in downtown Flint for Art Walk
Scott Atkinson, Flint Journal, Oct. 10, 2012

Architects seek new use for Spencer’s Mortuary
Nic Custer, East Village Magazine, Oct. 9, 2012

Forward-Thinking Flint
Wert & Company blog, Oct. 4, 2012

Flint Public Art Project holding potluck and movie night
Scott Atkinson, Flint Journal, Oct. 1, 2012

ArtPlace Blog
Jerome Chou, ArtPlace, Sep. 28, 2012

New York architects aim to turn historic Flint mortuary into piece of art
Scott Atkinson, Flint Journal, Sep. 22, 2012

Inflatable Architecture Fun Visits Detroit For A Night
Sarah Cox, Curbed Detroit, Sep. 18, 2012

Abandoned buildings, vacant spaces transformed in ‘Value + Ruin’ panel by Flint Public Art Project
William E. Ketchum III, MLive, Sep. 14, 2012

Local 432 club opens as center of arts
Nic Custer, East Village Magazine, Sep. 14, 2012

What to do tonight: A giant bubble is a unique hangout
Dan Majors, The Pittsburgh Press, Sep. 12, 2012


Stefan Eins in Flint

After three weeks as a resident artist in Flint, 3 Mercer Store and Fashion Moda founder Stefan Eins talks about his experience on WJRT ABC12, and discusses a few works created during his time in the city, joined by FPAP producer and artistic director Stephen Zacks.

Fashion Moda founder Stefan Eins visits Flint Public Art Project
William E. Ketchum III, MLive, August 21, 2012.

Flint Public Art Project comes to city
Nic Custer, East Village Magazine, July 30, 2012.

Flint draws in artists from around the country
Jennifer Baum, Creative Impact Michigan, July 26, 2012.

Flint Public Art Project
ArtPlace, August 2, 2012.

Flint Public Art project returns to downtown Flint for Art Walk with ‘Ground Breaking Art Party’
Scott Atkinson, MLive, July 13, 2012.

Flint, MI, June 12, 2012

Flint Public Art Project Wins ArtPlace Grant

Flint Public Art Project (FPAP) will soon be launching a series of spectacular and practical actions in the city, featuring inflatable structures, building-scale video projections, urban research programs, and conceptual performances in the street – thanks to a substantial grant from ArtPlace announced today.

FPAP’s ongoing events will be produced in collaboration with visiting artists from Detroit, Toledo, Buffalo, Philadelphia, New York, Los Angeles, Berlin, Japan, and China, bringing the vitality and expertise of the global art and architecture scene to the city. In the fall, the project is organizing a Congress for Urban Engagement that will combine public discussions with programs by urban planners that use innovative tools to involve residents of all ages in designing the city’s future. These programs are being organized in close partnership with Mayor Dayne Walling and chief planner Megan Hunter. Among the visiting architects and organizations expected to participate are Interboro Partners, James Rojas, Damon Rich, Center for Urban Pedagogy, Public Workshop, Dland Studios, and Srdjan Jovanovic-Weiss.

“This project will shine a positive light on Flint and show off the creative work that is taking place here to turn our community around,” Mayor Walling said. “The timing of this project could not be better—it will illustrate new ideas and strategies that can be incorporated into the master planning process.”

In addition to planning, Flint Public Art Project will promote a series of art provocations, architectural form-making experiments, and spectacular video projections, culminating in a May 1- 4, 2013 public art festival. Entries will be open to local, regional, and international participants, inviting proposals for light-and-projection art, performances, and installations to transform a disused former factory site into a temporary public space and demonstrate its potential future use. “We want to encourage residents to feel free to transform the city through their own creative energy and actions,” said Flint Public Art Project director Stephen Zacks. “Every vacant lot is an opportunity to experiment, play, and reimagine.”

Flint Public Art Project will receive a $250,000 grant from ArtPlace, a new national collaboration of 11 major national and regional foundations, six of the nation’s largest banks, and eight federal agencies, including the National Endowment for the Arts, to accelerate creative placemaking across the U.S. To date, ArtPlace has raised almost $50 million to work alongside federal and local governments to transform communities with strategic investments in the arts.

“Across the country, cities and towns are using the arts to help shape their social, physical, and economic characters,” said NEA Chairman Rocco Landesman. “The arts are a part of everyday life, and I am thrilled to see yet another example of an arts organization working with city, state, and federal offices to help strengthen and revitalize their communities through the arts. It is wonderful that ArtPlace and its funders have recognized this work and invested in it so generously.”

Flint Public Art Project is one of three Southeast Michigan organizations funded by ArtPlace in 2012 and among the 47 creative placemaking initiatives nationwide supported by the collaboration this year. Power House Productions and the Detroit Institute of Arts are also receiving ArtPlace support.

“The Detroit and Flint projects receiving ArtPlace funding exemplify the best in creative placemaking,” explained ArtPlace’s Carol Coletta. “They demonstrate a deep understanding of how smart investments in art, design and culture as part of a larger portfolio of revitalization strategies can change the trajectory of communities and increase economic opportunities for people.”

ArtPlace received almost 2200 letters of inquiry from organizations seeking a portion of the $15.4 million available for grants in this cycle. Inquiries came from 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, American Samoa, U.S. Virgin Islands.

In September, ArtPlace will release a new set of metrics to measure changes over time in the people, activity and real estate value in the communities where ArtPlace has invested with its grants.

Participating foundations include Bloomberg Philanthropies, The Ford Foundation, The James Irvine Foundation, The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, The Kresge Foundation, The McKnight Foundation, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, The Rockefeller Foundation, Rasmuson Foundation, The Robina Foundation, The William Penn Foundation and an anonymous donor. In addition to the NEA, federal partners are the departments of Housing and Urban Development, Health and Human Services, Agriculture, Education and Transportation, along with leadership from the White House Office of Management and Budget and the Domestic Policy Council. ArtPlace is also supported by a $12 million loan fund capitalized by six major financial institutions and managed by the Nonprofit Finance Fund. Participating institutions are Bank of America, Citi, Deutsche Bank, Chase, MetLife and Morgan Stanley.

A complete list of this year’s ArtPlace awards can be found at

Flint Public Art Project plans big spectacle for Art Walk

Genesee Towers will come to life for Flint Art Walk


Artpod: Flint, public art, and revitalization
Jennifer Guerra, Michigan Radio, July 21, 2011.

Re-imagining Flint, one art installation at a time
Jennifer Guerra, Michigan Radio, July 7, 2011.

A coalition of city officials and artists are trying to re-write Flint’s story
CMU Public Radio Newswires, Aug. 1, 2011.

Top 10 of 2011: Architecture
USA Character Approved Blog. Chad Smith, Dec. 27, 2011.

CCNY Studio Designs for Midwest City’s Rebirth
Ellis Simon, The City College of New York, Nov. 8, 2011.

German resident artist in Flint helps bring together next Flint Public Art Project movement
Jessica Strachan, The Flint Journal

Photos of the Aug. Artwalk project
The Northern High School marching band’s performance from downtown Flint to the Carriage Factory took the downtown area by storm. August Anthony, The Flint Journal, Aug. 13, 2011.

The Flint Public Art Project
Erin Writes, Erin Brambella, Aug. 11, 2011.

A look inside The Flint Public Art Project and why lighting Genesee Towers was at the top of its list
Jessica Strachan, The Flint Journal, Jul. 12, 2011.

Gallery: Genesee Tower transformed into work of art in downtown Flint
photos by Sean Ryan, The Flint Journal, Jul. 9, 2011.

Art display at condemned Downtown Flint building draws crowd despite electrical problems
Khalil AlHajal, The Flint Journal, Jul. 9, 2011.

Hundreds attend Genesee Towers art display as dancers and colored light fill windows of aging building
Khalil AlHajal, The Flint Journal, Jul. 8, 2011.

Arts groups to light up Genesee Towers at dusk during this week’s downtown ArtWalk
Jessica Strachan, The Flint Journal, Jul. 5, 2011.

Flint tries Japanese-model project to share ideas, motivate others and change the city
Jessica Strachan, The Flint Journal, Jun. 21, 2011.