Neighborhood Art Parade 2016

Since 2013, Flint Public Art Project and its neighborhood partners have produced a series of monthly Art Parades each summer. Catch us in six new locations on the last Thursday of every month starting April 28th through the end of September.

The first Neighborhood Art Parade of 2016 takes place in Ballenger Park, in the northwest section of Flint. The event brings the community together for a block party that combines art, music, food, and fellowship to reclaim the streets, in partnership withBallenger Square Community Association, New Community Block Club, and Ballenger Highway Neighborhood Association. April’s Art Parade features a banquet table designed by local artist Rod Campbell and a mural at 902 Stevenson Street by local artist Jay Rowland. At 6:00 pm we will begin the parade, led by theNightfire Drumline and bright colored banners, following a route down Stevenson Street, past the mural, and then back around Ballenger Park, where everyone is invited to try out the banquet table as they enjoy some food and music by DJ Gozza.

Where: Ballenger Park at 1201 Dupont St. (Corner of Flushing Rd. and Dupont St.)

Event Schedule
5:30 pm     Meet at Ballenger Park
6:00 pm     Start of Art Parade
6:45 pm     Return to Ballenger Park
7:00 pm     Performance by DJ Gozza

Mark the dates

Ballenger Park               Apr. 28
Durant Park                   May 26
Iroquois Park                 Jun.30
Eldorado Vista               Jul. 28
Kennedy Center            Aug. 25
Potter Longway             Sep. 29

Flint Public Art Project produces the Neighborhood Art Parade in cooperation with the Neighborhood Restoration Coalition, Neighborhood Engagement Hub, Flint Neighborhoods United, Christ Enrichment Center, UFO Village, Civic Park Neighborhood Association, Michigan State Police, the Flint Police Department, and Walmart.

Music & Movies @ Spencer’s Art House

Wednesday Nights at Spencer’s Art House.
@ University Ave and Stone St.

Live Performance – Art Exhibit – Film
7pm – FREE and open to the public

October is Altered Realities month. Join us as we explore the altered realities we create in our minds and sometimes find ourselves thrown into unwillingly.

Entire schedule for the month of October listed below. This is an outdoor venue so dress warm. Show will be canceled for that week if it rains.

October 7th
Hypnic jerk – Noisecore from Flint, MI
Aedrochs – Experimental Progressive from Flint, MI

Un Chien Andalou (An Andalusian Dog).
A 1929 silent surrealist short film by the Spanish director Luis Buñuel and artist Salvador Dalí.

Cat Soup
An experimental 2001 Japanese anime film directed by Tatsuo Satō, inspired by the work of manga artist Nekojiru.

October 14th

Being John Malkovich
In this quirky comedy, While at work, Craig Schwartz (John Cusack) discovers a portal that leads into the mind of renowned actor John Malkovich. When he lets his attractive co-worker Maxine (Catherine Keener) in on the secret, they begin both an unusual business scheme and an odd relationship that involves Craig’s restless wife, Lotte (Cameron Diaz).
1999 by Spike Jonze.

October 21st
Kriss Gaynes – Experimental Electronic Visual music. One of the best DIY bands out there right now. They combine sounds, light, and video to put on a great performance.

The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus
Dr. Parnassus (Christopher Plummer), the leader of a traveling show, has a dark secret. Thousands of years ago he traded the soul of his daughter, Valentina, to the devil. Now the devil has come to collect his prize. To save her, Parnassus must make a final wager: Whoever collects five souls first will win Valentina. Tony (Heath Ledger), a man saved from hanging by Parnassus’ troupe, agrees to help collect them, with his eye on marrying Valentina. 2009 by Terry Gilliam.

October 28th
She the Spektor – Folk music from Flint, MI.

A1986 horror movie directed by Steve Miner. A mounted fish moves, household objects levitate, and monsters haunt a troubled novelist (William Katt).

Inside Out: Hasselbring Park

The sixth and final public art parade of 2015 features portraits of kids from the Boys and Girls Club and seniors from the famous Hasselbring Hustlers dance group used to beautify vacant homes in the neighborhood around Hasselbring Park.

Following a process developed by Flint Public Art Project to amplify local culture across the city, AmeriCorps VISTA Capacity Building leader Mark Baldwin works with project managers Jay Rowland and Ariel Sammone to board up and secure homes east of Dupont Avenue, while Flint-native photographer Paige Barnett sets up photo shoots and prints large photos to place on the boards. Faces of the community shine from every window and doorway.

The 2015 season culminates with a DJ set by DJ Gardell Haralson, a veteran of the George Clinton’s Parliament Funkadelic, Midnight Star, and Flint’s 1980s hit R & B band Hunt’s Determination, and stepping by members of his Hasselbring Hustle and Aerobics class. (Liston to the 80s classic “She’s On My Mind“)

The event includes free food from WalMart and a featured local vendor.

When: Thursday, Sep. 24, 5:30 – 8:30 pm

Where: Hasselbring Community Center, 1002 Home Ave. Flint, MI

In cooperation with Neighborhood Restoration Coalition, Salem Housing, Neighborhood Engagement Hub, Flint Neighborhoods United, UFO Village, Civic Park Neighborhood Association, Michigan State Police, Consumers Energy, the Flint Police Department, ELGA Bank, and Walmart, with support from the Ruth Mott Foundation.

Woven: Ramona Park

August’s Flint Public Art Parade brings us to the winding streets around Ramona Park in historic Metawanene Hills neighborhood, featuring a large-scale fabric piece hanging from the eaves of Cook School created by Montana-native Amanda Browder in collaboration with area textile artists Ariel Sammone, Ash Arder, and Gregory Hatch, and alongside Metawanene Hills Neighborhood Association co-chairs Wendy Johnson and Bill Hammond. Mod Tie Etiquette jazzes up the scene with live music, following a walk led by thundering Nightfire Drumline and a neighborhood hangout hosted by great DJ Tomas Tello.

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When: Aug. 27, 5:30 – 8:30 pm
Where: Ramona Park, Flint (N. Grand Traverse between Stone and Edgewood)

Special thanks to Dan Crannie of Signs by Crannie for helping us install and donating time for the project.

In cooperation with Neighborhood Restoration Coalition, Salem Housing, Neighborhood Engagement Hub, Flint Neighborhoods United, UFO Village, Civic Park Neighborhood Association, Michigan State Police, Consumers Energy, the Flint Police Department, Elga Bank, and Walmart, with support from the Ruth Mott Foundation.

Revolve: East Side Art Parade

See Flint Public Art Project’s amazing new installation, the Fibonacci Flint spiral conceived by pioneering new media artist G.H. Hovagimyan, march with Nightfire Drumline to reclaim the streets with the Columbia Heights Neighborhood Association, then vibe out to the dope rhymes of Ethereal during this month’s East Side Art Parade. At dusk, the spiral will be used for video projection-mapping, turning its surface into a head-spinning visual performance piece.

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The East Side slide is constructed based on the Fibonacci Sequence, an essential building block of natural form in which two preceding numbers are added to compose the next number (0, 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, 34…). The sequence, known as the golden ratio, has been used by artists from the ancient Greeks and Renaissance painters to modern artists and architects like Le Corbusier and Salvador Dali. Its reference to the growth factor of plants and living forms responds to the Imagine Flint master plan’s reimagining of the East Side as a green innovation neighborhood. The spiral is located on the site of a recently demolished Ben Franklin five-and-dime store, which the Columbia Heights Neighborhood Association is working to transform into an exciting public space.

When: Thursday, July 30, 5:30 – 9:30 pm

Where: Franklin St. between Dakota and Maryland Ave.

In cooperation with Neighborhood Restoration Coalition, Salem Housing, Neighborhood Engagement Hub, Flint Neighborhoods United, UFO Village, Civic Park Neighborhood Association, Michigan State Police, Consumers Energy, the Flint Police Department, Elga Bank, and Walmart, with support from the Ruth Mott Foundation.


Summer Volunteer Meeting + The Pruitt-Igoe Myth Screening

Come to the backyard of Spencer’s Art House on Friday, June 12 at 7 pm for a public meeting to coordinate planning of the Art House, Stone Street painting, and the David Philpot mosaic. FPAP is collecting tiles, stones, broken mirrors, and mementos to be incorporated in the mosaic, and afterward screening The Pruitt-Igoe Myth, a riveting documentary on the modernist St. Louis public housing complex designed by Minoru Yamasaki, demolished in 1972. Interviews with residents and archival footage expose the compelling story of its initial success and eventual demise, revealing the hidden story of what really doomed a modernist icon.

Meeting: 7 – 8 pm
Potluck: 8 – 9 pm
Screening: 9 – 10:30 pm

Art in the Parklet

On Saturday, April 25 from 1 to 4 pm, Art in the Parklet was a day of art, food, and growth at the intersection of Welch and Chevrolet, reimagined as one of the new gateways to the city. The event featured temporary planters and benches, new minimalist one-board chairs, plantings of flowers, shrubs, and grasses, and a group salad (with apologies to our friend Alison Knowles).

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Art in the Parklet is a project of the Public Art Studio at UM-Flint led by associate professor Ben Gaydos in cooperation with Flint Public Art Project and the City of Flint Department of Planning and Development. As part of FPAP’s Planning Action program, Public Art Studio spent the spring researching the Welch – Chevrolet business strip looking for opportunities to enhance its identity and create amenities for the businesses, and engage residents in the process from the nearby New Community Block Club and Ballenger Square Block Club.

With Kurt Neiswender of Project FORA, students planned and designed planters and seating to enhance the Welch Avenue strip’s identity, worked with the Department of Planning and Development to seek improvements in the infrastructure, parking, and sidewalk amenities, conceived temporary programs for activating vacant storefronts, and obtained permission from a property owner for a large-scale mural. This summer, the groups will collaborate on a large-scale mosaic to be designed by Detroit-based master staff maker, carver, mosaic and collage master David Philpot.

When: Sat. Apr. 25, 1-4 pm
Where: Welch Avenue at Chevrolet Avenue, Flint

Public Art Studio students:
Symantha Foreman
Alana Misura
Michael Schlund
Jessica Teeples
Cloe Smith-Westphall

Special thanks to Lorrie Knighten and Marijoyce Campbell, and to Neighborhood Engagement Hub for use of its Community Tool Shed.

Planning Action is organized with support from the Ruth Mott Foundation.

Neighborhood Art Parade 2015

The Neighborhood Art Parade brings together residents with artists and performers for monthly walks and gatherings to help reclaim the streets for the community. Each parade features art and performance elements—marching bands, jazz musicians, dancers, spoken word poets, and site-specific installations—making each event a movable, free performance series. Each month’s walk takes a different route, marked by ephemeral markers such as balloons, painted yard signs, and temporary installations, as well as more permanent elements such as planters. Each walk culminates in a block party that is open to everyone.

2015 Schedule

Last Thursdays, April through September, 5:30 – 8:30 pm

Sarvis Park (Apr. 30)

Atherton East (May 28)

Civic Park (June 25)

East Side (July 30),

Metawanee Hills (Aug. 27)

Hasselbring Park (Sep. 24)

Neighborhood leaders serve as community organizers for the events, recruiting residents as well as local businesses and institutions to participate as anchors along the route. A local resident may open her home to describe the neighborhood’s history and current issues, or a restaurant may serve as a final stop for participants for a communal meal. The walks began with residents from the immediate neighborhood, then gradually grew to include residents citywide—bringing together people both within the Northside and from around the city to join in the process of revitalization.

Long-time Flint residents remember social clubs that used to bring neighbors and performers together for walks on the Northside. Neighborhood Art Parade revives this tradition, creating a fun, ceremonial experience to increase public safety and community cohesion.

Since 2014, Neighborhood Art Parade has been produced in combination with Light Up the City, a community-policing initiative of the city and state police to hand out free compact fluorescent lightbulbs in neighborhoods, encouraging residents to keep porch lights on and developing relationships between officers and members of the community.


In cooperation with Neighborhood Restoration Coalition, Salem Housing, Neighborhood Engagement Hub, Flint Neighborhoods United, UFO Village, Civic Park Neighborhood Association, Michigan State Police, Consumers Energy, the Flint Police Department, Elga Bank, and Walmart, with support from the Ruth Mott Foundation.

Free City 2015: Being Here

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 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; #POINTBEING 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 and Ariel Sammone.

When & Where:
July 3: 6 pm – midnight; Spring Grove, 2nd Street between Ann Arbor and Hall Street
July 4: 2 pm – midnight; Chevy Commons, Stevenson St. between University and Kearsley, Flint, Michigan

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.

Flyer by Oaklin Mixon

Nadia Alamah

Stone Street Residency welcomes local artist and writer Nadia Alamah to Carriage Town for a fall/ winter residency with Flint Public Art Project. While at Stone Street, Alamah aims to expand her involvement in community-based art projects with the initiation of Flint Bedouin Tent, a nomadic space for arts-based community activity, including arts and crafts exhibitions, open mics, and creative workshops. The tent is also intended as a touchstone for collaboration between existing arts and community organizations, as well as a platform to assist newer individuals and groups in establishing their work. Her work currently focuses on restoration, transformation and growth.

Photo: Nadia Alamah

Photo: Nadia Alamah