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CALL FOR ARTISTS NOW OPEN!

CALL FOR ARTISTS NOW OPEN! Due April 30th. Flint Public Art Project seeks artists/muralists to participate in a series of week-long mural festivals in Flint, Michigan. There will be a mini festival each month, from May through September. 
 
To apply, submit the following via the google form
1. Name
2. Email Address
3. Instagram Handle
4. Preferred Pronouns
5. Website Address (if applicable)
6. Location- Where are you based?
7. Selection of dates you are available. 
8. Pdf of your portfolio 
9. A brief description of why you’re interested in painting in Flint, Michigan. 

Apply early! Curation decisions will be made on a rolling basis.

FLY ART & FASHION POP UP

Curated by: Key 2 The City promotions x Brand Diverse Solutions

Live DJs, Art. Fashion. Good Vibes

Tickets: $10 in advance; $15 @ the door.

Tickets include 3 drink tickets, catered food by Hoffman’s DECO DELI & CAFE, automatic entry into door prize give-away.

Door Prizes include but not limited to: Flint Public Art Project, Wallsareformurals, Xolo, The Eberson, Z&O Hemp, Steady Eddy’s Cafe at the Market

Thank you for your interest in the FLY Art & Fashion Pop-Up happening December 7, 2019 from 6-9 at the GFAC! Our last event went incredibly well. SO WE ARE DOING IT AGAIN! This time, Key 2 The City promotions & Brand Diverse Solutions teamed up with the Flint Public Art Project!

The Flint Public Art Project is a 501(c)3 dedicated to beautifying the community through the installation of murals by local artist and those from around the world. 100% of profits will go directly to FPAP!

 

Our goal is to bring local creators of fashion and art together under one roof to showcase the talents! From our backyard here in Flint to Detroit, Lansing, Grand Rapids, Saginaw and beyond. Home of the Grit, the Grind, the Glory. Pure Michigan.

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THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS & SUPPORTERS:

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Free City Mural Festival – 2019

On October 12, 2019, Flint Public Art Project hosted our inaugural Free City Mural Festival. The festival took place along and around S. Saginaw St. focusing on the Southside of Flint.

The festival hosted over 20 artist both locally and from around the world. Artist were housed at the Firestone Rectory in Downtown Flint. Major supporters include COlabs, KOBRA Paint, Waiakea Hawaiian Volcanic Water, Michigan Economic Development Coalition, Charles Stewart Mott Foundations, Community Foundation of Greater Flint, Hagerman Foundation, Halo Burger and many more.

Neighborhood Art Parade 2019: Personal Representation through Flags

Flint Public Art Project’s 2018 Neighborhood Art Parades partners with Light Up the City, a community policing initiative of the Michigan State Police, to create personal representation through flag to broadcast voices of healing and repair within the city of Flint.

A flag is a piece of fabric (most often rectangular or quadrilateral) with a distinctive design and colours. It is used as a symbol, a signaling device, or for decoration. The term flag is also used to refer to the graphic design employed, and flags have evolved into a general tool for rudimentary signaling and identification, especially in environments where communication is challenging. Lead artist Sandra Branch, will work with community member as a guide to help individual create a personal representation of themselves on a flag, that will express the messages from the unacknowledged heroes of Flint.

The events will take place starting at 5 PM at all four events,  May 30th, at Brownell Holmes Neighborhood, June 27th, at Totem Books, July 25th, at the Civic Park Neighborhood, and August 29th, at the Hispanic Technology Center.

Easter Art Hunt

Flint Public Art Project (FPAP) is excited to announce the first ever Easter Art Hunt on April 21st, 2019. Ten wheat paste posters, designed by Cuban-Flint artist Agenor Martí Fernández, will be strategically placed throughout the City of Flint, in locations highlighting the the community’s effort to improve our city. The goal of the project is to get people to see and interact with places such as parks, gardens, community centers, organizations, and other locations that community member have invested time and money in to improve the beauty of their neighborhood. FPAP will release a locator map of the posters on April 21st. The first ten people who locate all the posters, and post pictures of all ten on Flint Public Art Project’s Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/flintproject/) with the hashtag #flintpublicart, will receive a signed limited-addition print. A very limited number of prints will be available at Totem Books for $20.00 each.

For additional information please contact:
Joseph Schipani joeschipani71@gmail.com 810-820-0275.

Artist Bio:
Martí Fernández (https://www.agenormarti.com/) is a professional visual artist, based in Flint. His artistic career spans 25 years and three continents. Born in Cuba, he started traveling very early in his life. At age 16, he had his first solo exhibition at the Gallery of the French Lyceum in Montevideo, Uruguay. Since then, his solo exhibitions, which number in the dozens, have taken place is such diverse places as Finland, Portugal, Norway, etc., the most recent of these taking place in the Baltic Contemporary Art Gallery in Slupsk, Poland.

  

Totem Books Mural Contest

Flint Public Art Project will host a mural competition at Totem Books in Flint, Michigan in September of 2018. Three artists or artist teams will be selected as finalists from contest applicants by the staff at Totem Books. The public will then be able to vote for their favorite of the three finalists. The one with the most public votes will be chosen as the winner. Voting will take place on September 13th, 2018 from 11 am until 7 pm during Flint Art Walk at Totem Books. The winner will be able to realize the mural on one of the three exterior walls at Totem Books with $1,000 in supplies and a $500 prize for the artist. Artists will have until the August 31st, 2018 deadline to submit an original rendering. All renderings will be on display at Totem Books on September 14th, 2018. The final mural must be completed by October 11th, 2018.

Preferred Topics:

1) An artistic branding of the Totem name spelled out in between the windows. Be creative with how or what will make the letters TOTEM stand out.
2) The Ojibwe tribe that originated in Flint took as its symbol nine animals that represented unity in a community. They are the 1) loon 2) turtle 3) wolf 4) deer 5) marten 6) otter 7) catfish 8) crane 9) bear. The idea is to create a mural that represents the unity of a community using some or all of these nine animals. This design can be created for the east, west, and back walls.
3) The artist’s free choice, as long as it is family-friendly and uses no offensive images. Can be designed for the west or back wall.

For official rules and applications, download at flintpublicartproject.com or email Joe Schipani at info@flintpublicartproject.com with questions.

Official rules and applications can also be picked up at Totem Books at 620 West Court Street during normal business hours.

Neighborhood Art Parade + Light Up the City 2017

Each summer, Flint Public Art Project partners with community organizations to creatively transform under-appreciated sites into neighborhood attractions. Each month’s place-making project culminates in a free barbecue, live local music, and a parade through the streets. Starting in 2015, the Neighborhood Art Parade teamed up with the Michigan State Police’s Light Up the City initiative to improve public safety, beautify civic spaces, and build community together.

This year’s locations–Brownell Holmes STEM, Kennedy Park, Elated Flute Foundation Art Center, and Hispanic Technology & Community Center–bring attention to the schools, parks, arts organizations, and community centers at the heart of Flint’s civic life. Join us the last Thursday of the month for a celebration of agency, vibrancy, and community-building.

Special thanks to Walmart for generously providing food, volunteers, and supplies for these monthly projects, and to Nightfire Drumline for its vibrant beats leading the parade.

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May 25, 5-8 pm
Brownell Holmes STEM
6302 Oxley Drive

June 29, 5-8 pm
Kennedy Park
Mary Street and Saginaw Street

July 27, 5-8 pm
The Elated Flute Foundation Art Center
742 Neubert Street

Sep. 28, 5-8 pm
Hispanic Technology & Community Center
2101 Lewis Street

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In partnership with Community Foundation of Greater Flint, Walmart, Michigan State Police, Flint Neighborhoods United, Neighborhood Engagement Hub, Hispanic Technology & Community Center, Brownell Holmes Neighborhood, Consumers Energy, ELGA, and Smith Village Neighborhood.

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Image Credits
Project: Design Studio at UM Flint, 2016
Photo: Jay Rowland
Design: Marisa Jahn

Free City 2017: Ecology + Technology

In August 2017, Flint Public Art Project’s 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.

Fazed Grunion
FIG Projects, 10 Instructions to Visit Flint
Peter Pawlicki, Beacon
Peter Fend, Great Lakes Rendering
Ben Gaydos, wind/ stone/ water
Sandra Branch, Gallery on the Go
AKOAKI & Detroit Afrikan Music Institution, The Mothership
Paolo Pedini, mural
Peter Halquist, Poke
Desiree Duell, A Body of Water
Jason Ferguson, Domestic Carnival: Flint
Oreen Cohen, Exploded Parts: GM Ignition Switch
Marisa Jahn, Bruce Lee Dispatches
Little Bang Theory, Laugh, Clown, Laugh
Hubert Dobler, 64TEETH Photo: Hubert Dobler

Free City is a large-scale public art festival that temporarily reclaims the former Flint-Chevy manufacturing site along the Flint River for public use. The festival features dozens of music, dance, and theater performances, and art installations – all free and open to the public – to reconnect residents to the Chevy Commons site and its future potential. A critical mass of temporary activities turns the abandoned industrial property into an active public space, highlighting the ongoing transformation of Flint.

Since the first festival, the Chevy Commons site has attracted nearly $3 million in grants to support its transformation into a year‐round public space. The festival has been covered by AbitareArchitect’s NewspaperArt in Odd Places, East Village Magazine, the Flint Journal, Next City, and WDET’s Craig Fahle Show. The event has attracted thousands of visitors from the region to activate the sprawling city-owned landscape at the curve of the Flint River.

Dates: Aug. 18-19, 2017

To send proposals for projects, email us by Mar. 1 2017 at info@flintpublicartproject.com with 100-word descriptions, sample images, 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.

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Free City 2016: Motion & 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?

Fazed Grunion
FIG Projects, 10 Instructions to Visit Flint
Peter Pawlicki, Beacon
Peter Fend, Great Lakes Rendering
Ben Gaydos, wind/ stone/ water
Sandra Branch, Gallery on the Go
AKOAKI & Detroit Afrikan Music Institution, The Mothership
Paolo Pedini, mural
Peter Halquist, Poke
Desiree Duell, A Body of Water
Jason Ferguson, Domestic Carnival: Flint
Oreen Cohen, Exploded Parts: GM Ignition Switch
Marisa Jahn, Bruce Lee Dispatches
Little Bang Theory, Laugh, Clown, Laugh
Hubert Dobler, 64TEETH Photo: Hubert Dobler

Free City is a large-scale public art festival that temporarily reclaims the former Flint-Chevy manufacturing site along the Flint River for public use. The festival features dozens of music, dance, and theater performances, art installations, and hands‐on workshops – all free and open to the public – to reconnect residents to the Chevy Commons site and its future potential. A critical mass of temporary activities turns the abandoned industrial property into an active public space, highlighting the ongoing transformation of Flint.

ARTISTS
Sandra Branch, Flint, muralist
Rodney Campbell, Flint, sculptor
Oreen Cohen, Pittsburgh, sculptor
Hubert Dobler, New York, sculptor
Desiree Duell, Flint, activist artist
Peter Fend, New York, conceptual artist
Jason Ferguson, Ypsilanti, sculptor
FIG Projects, Montreal, architects
Ben Gaydos, Detroit, designer
Freeman Greer, Flint, architect
Frazed Grunion, international, graphic designers
Peter Halquist, Ann Arbor, architecture
Gregory Hatch, Columbus, textile artist
Marisa Moran Jahn, New York, transmedia artist
Christina Long, New York, visual artist and print-making
Frank Pahl and Little Bang Theory, Detroit, musicians
Peter Pawlicki, Sterling Heights, sculptor
Paolo Pedini, Detroit, painter
Anya Sirota + AKOAKI & Detroit Afrikan Music Institution, Ann Arbor and Detroit, architects and musicians

PERFORMERS

Vehicle City Stage curated by Jay Rowland

Where: Chevy Commons, entrance at Stevenson St. between University and Kearsley

Friday, Aug. 19
5 pm Mike Roland, Flint, acoustic alternative rock
6 pm Scott Green, Flint
7 pm Apollo’s Din, Montrose, grungy trance blues
8 pm Big Donut, Flint, southern 70’s rock
9 pm Katie Stanley, Fenton, folk blues americana

Saturday, Aug. 20
5 pm Wax Wane, Linden, post rock instrumental
6 pm Urban Panda
7 pm Sprowt, Flint, pop punk
8 pm Allday Monday, Flint, acoustic alternative folk
9 pm Fink, Flint, feel good psychedelic funk jazz blues
10 pm Breaker Breaker, Flint, southern rock blues

Intergalactic Stage featuring the Mothership curated by Detroit Afrikan Music Institution

Where: Chevy Commons, entrance at Stevenson St. between University and Kearsley

Fri. Aug. 19: 6 – 10 pm Synergistic Mythologies, BRYCE DETROIT, Efe Bes, Onyx Ashanti
Sat. Aug. 20: 6 – 9 pm Efe Bes x iBm

The Mothership arrives from O.N.E. MILE, Detroit’s collaborative North End cultural project, alongside a group of musicians curated by Detroit Afrikan Music Institution, promoting new modalities of contemporary music by African descendants in the 21st Century. The mobile Mothership is a nomadic urban icon designed to transmit a diasporic African cultural narrative by Anya Sirota + AKOAKI.

“Decked out in polished gold vinyl and dichroic film on the outside, Akoaki applied car customization techniques to create the structure’s eye-catching polygonic shell, as if it were a nod to the Mothership’s home turf in Motor City and to North End’s cultural legacy. Colorful lighting adds the finishing touch of psychedelic oomph, while billowing smoke effects make the structure appear as if it just successfully landed at another jammin’ function to get the party started.” – Justine Testado, Archinect

Laugh, Clown, Laugh by Little Bang Theory

When: Sat. Aug. 20, 2016, 8 pm (sunset)
Where: Chevy Commons, entrance at Stevenson St. between University and Kearsley.

Detroit’s Frank Pahl and his “toy” music trio Little Bang Theory perform a live-score accompaniment to the 1928 MGM film Laugh, Clown, Laugh, featuring star of early cinema Lon Chaney, using children’s toys like brightly colored hand bells, crank-operated music boxes, toy pianos, and xylophones. Little Bang Theory is the brainchild of Detroit composer/sonic artist, Frank Pahl, performing with members Terri Sarris and Doug Shimmin. Little Bang Theory have performed at the Detroit Film Theater, Toledo Museum of Art, Mattress Factory in Pittsburgh, Theatre Gigante Studios in Milwaukee, The Carnegie Theatre in Covington, KY, and Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, among other places.

“A heart-broken clown and a romantically smitten count meet and join forces to help each other until they discover that they are in love with the same woman…Traditionally, silent movies were given live accompaniment by the resident pianist or theater organist of the theatrical venue. What if he replaced the organist with his own trio? The result is an entertaining evening of captivating joyful cacophony.”Wayne F. Anthony, Toledo Blade

When: FRI. & SAT., AUG. 19-20, 2016

Where: CHEVY COMMONS (STEVENSON ST. BETW. UNIVERSITY & KEARSLEY ST.)

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Since 2013, more than 125 artists and organizations from the city, the region, and the country have participated, including more than 50 from Flint and 35 from southeast Michigan and the Great Lakes region, as well as international artists from Germany, Ireland, and Poland. The event attracted thousands of visitors from the region to activate the sprawling city-owned landscape at the curve of the Flint River.

The 2014 festival on August 22-23 focused on light and sound, with an emphasis on new media (video, electronic arts, and sensor-controlled and programmed lights), art that engaged active public participation and conversation, conceptual art, and art that played with social processes and scripted actions. The 2014 festival took place across multiple sites in Flint, including the landscape of Spencer’s Art House, the Spring Grove Silos, and Stone Street.

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Directions to the site

Chevy Commons is located a few blocks northwest of downtown Flint between the Carriage Town neighborhood and Kettering University. From the north: From I-23 / I-75, take exit 117A to I-69 E. Take exit 136, turn right onto Grand Traverse. Turn left on Kearsley and right on Stevenson St. From the south: From I-75 N, take exit 116B to I-69 E. Take exit 136, turn right onto Grand Traverse, turn left on Kearsley St. and turn right on Stevenson St. From I-475 N, take exit 7, merge onto M-21 W toward Downtown/Court St. Continue onto Chavez Dr. Turn left onto E Kearsley St. and right on Stevenson. From the east: From I-69 E, take exit 136. Turn right onto Grand Traverse, turn left onto Kearsley St. and right onto Stevenson St. From the west: From I-69 W, take exit 136. Turn left onto Grand Traverse, continue to Kearsley St., turn left, and on Stevenson St. turn right.

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