Sunday, September 23, 2012

Fall Events/ Save the Date - Congress for Urban Transformation (CUT), Oct. 26-28


[7 - 9 pm] Fri. Oct. 5
Potluck and Screening of "The Greenhorns" 
Flint River Farm/ Spacebuster, 
1623 Beach Street

Bring food to share for a potluck with local urban farmers, and a documentary about a new generation of young farmers in America. 

[7 - 11 pm] Fri. Oct. 12
Kero and Annie Hall - Art Walk 
Genesee Towers/ Spacebuster, 
120 E. First Street 

Windsor-based veterans of the Detroit electronic music scene Kero and Annie Hall perform and install projection mapping work onto the Genesee Towers.


Oct 26 - 28
Flint Public Art Project presents

Congress for Urban Transformation (CUT)

CONGRESS FOR URBAN TRANSFORMATION (CUT) is a week-long gathering of residents, city officials, and visiting artists, architects, planners, and community organizers to exchange ideas, build consensus toward a shared vision, and help reimagine the city. The conference is organized by Flint Public Art Project in collaboration with Mayor Dayne Walling, chief planner Megan Hunter, University of Michigan-Flint, Kettering University, and Mott Community College.

During the week of October 21 - 28, visiting artists and designers will work with community partners to engage residents in designing and planning specific sites throughout the city. These events will culminate in a three-day conference from October 26 - 28 featuring talks and conversations with local, regional, national, and international leaders in urban revitalization. The final day will end with a public workshop to generate strategies to transform a section of the Chevy-in-the-Hole site into an active public space.

Photo: Jesse Sugarmann

Flint Public Art Project is produced in affiliation with Flint Institute of Arts and Red Ink Flint with support from ArtPlace. 

About the Spacebuster: 
The Spacebuster is a mobile inflatable structure designed by Raumlabor in 2009 and commissioned by Storefront for Art and Architecture to transform public spaces of all kinds into points for community gathering. 

Storefront for Art and Architecture has kindly loaned the Spacebuster for this event. 

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Vote for Art House

Carriage Town Historic Neighborhood Association is collaborating with Flint Public Art Project to renovate an abandoned home in the city’s oldest neighborhood as a cooperative art and community space – using an imaginative rebuilding process to help train local residents how to revitalize some of the city’s other 20,000 abandoned buildings.

Led by Andrew Perkins, a recent graduate of State University of New York–Buffalo architecture school who rescued an abandoned house in upstate NY using only recycled materials, Carriage Town and Flint Public Art Project are collaborating with local, regional, and national artists to reuse the magnificent Spencer’s Mortuary, once owned by one of Flint’s leading civil rights figures.

Taking cues from the civil rights meetings held at Spencer’s to transform social conditions, Carriage Town and Flint Public Art Project are planning a series of public workshops to engage residents, city officials, and nonprofits in discussions on how to transform the building into a new community center and reconstruct it using all sustainable and salvaged materials. Located steps from a Native American burial ground, blocks from birthplace of the American auto industry, and halfway between two thriving universities, Spencer’s Art House project is perfectly situated as a beacon of the transformation of Flint already underway.

Funds from Chase Community Giving will offset major renovation costs, including repairing the roof and foundation, installing insulation, solar power, and gray water recycling, and turning the home into a model for the emerging new city. Spencer’s Art House will demonstrate that abandoned homes can be reborn as neighborhood resources – both in Flint and in cities nationwide.

Here's where you vote for the Spencer's project: You have to allow the Chase Community Giving App--it posts who you vote for on your Facebook page--then vote for Carriage Town Historic Neighborhood Association. If you do this it will help us rebuild this structure as an art and community space.

If you have a Chase banking account, you can vote here as well.

Friday, September 7, 2012

Intern/Volunteer Info Session

This Saturday at 7pm, Flint Public Art Project is holding a one-hour information session for potential volunteers and interns.

This is an amazing opportunity to get directly involved with an exciting, high impact project.

FPAP volunteers will provide critical support for our art and design projects, events, workshops, exhibitions, interventions and actions. We are looking specifically for social media power-users, street artists, designers, and others interested in the built environment.

FPAP interns will help drive our programming and projects, collaborating directly with visiting artists, designers, staff, and local stakeholders, co-curating shows, developing original projects and programs.

About Flint Public Art Project

Flint Public Art Project organizes public events, workshops, and temporary installations to inspire residents to reimagine the city, reclaim vacant and underutilized buildings and lots, and use innovative tools to guide Flint’s master planning process and improve the city’s design.

Flint Public Art Project supports collaborations between local residents and organizations with leading artists, architects, planners, and community organizers from around the world, connecting the city to regional, national, and global movements to revitalize neighborhoods and cities through art and design.

The project will publicize and amplify the many ways local residents, businesses, and institutions are transforming Flint and its public image and identity, and broadcast this new story to audiences throughout the city and the world.

FPAP Intern / Volunteer Information Session
124 W. 1st Street
(Above The Local)
Flint, Michigan
Saturday, September 8th

Please RSVP to: